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Robert Webster

Robert Webster

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: August 12, 2020




Robert Webster is an English barrister. Following his education in England and France, he was called to the bar by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and was awarded both the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Scholarship and a Duke of Edinburgh Prize by his Inn. He began his career by serving as marshal (law clerk) to Sir Joseph Donaldson Cantley, O.B.E. – one of England’s most celebrated High Court judges.

He teaches business organizations, contracts, gifts, wills and trusts and contract drafting, analysis and negotiations.

Webster has combined practice with an academic career that began at London’s Inns of Court School of Law (now The City Law School) where he pioneered the school’s international outreach and was responsible for the introduction of specialist skills-training programs for aspirant barristers in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. He has taught and lectured worldwide and has contributed to textbooks on both criminal and civil litigation, having acquired considerable trial experience in both those arenas during his career.

He has advised an international clientele on a wide range of matters relating to European Union law and media law and has lectured extensively on international business negotiations, "doing business in Europe," and the labyrinthine problems associated with Brexit.

He was named "Professor of the Year" four times by the students and alumni of Whittier Law School where he spent a decade teaching a rich variety of domestic and international subjects while serving, firstly, as the director of the school’s Center for International and Comparative Law and, thereafter, as its director of international development.

He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law — teaching business organizations and criminal law — and has taught at, among other institutions, the University of Salzburg, in its executive MBA program, and Boston University School of Law's London-based legal institute.

He has unparalleled experience in designing and directing innovative overseas programs devoted to entertainment law and media law, as well as advocacy and negotiations in cooperation with academia, the judiciary, practitioners and the diplomatic corps in Austria, France, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.

He remains a member of his London chambers.

He is a regular contributor to the media on British and European affairs and the British monarchy.

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Re: Franita Tolson

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