You’ve probably familiar with TED Talks, among other sources of informative video content via Internet. Although TED defines its mission as spreading ideas by bringing together people from the worlds of technology, entertainment and design, many TED Talks explore or implicate legal and law-related issues–from human rights to intellectual property, from money in politics to international environmental law.
Usually running 15 to 20 minutes, these talks can help to identify an unseen issue, inspire action or even suggest research leads to explore. A few popular examples:
- Lawrence Lessig, We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim (how too few people dominate American democracy and a proposal to change the way election campaigns are funded)
- Michael Sandel, Why We Shouldn’t Trust Markets with Our Civic Life (on America’s “market society,” in which almost everything is for sale; the sting of inequality and the case for reform)
- Shereen El-Feki, HIV – How to Fight an Epidemic of Bad Laws (about opposing restrictions on persons with HIV; the impact of laws banning entry or residence in many countries)
- Kristina Gjerde, Making Law on the High Seas (on those areas in the seas beyond any national jurisdiction and building a network of “marine protected areas” to prevent exploitation)
- Karen Tse, How to Stop Torture (the safeguards necessary to prevent torture as a routine means of securing information and confessions)
- Scott Fraser, Why Eyewitnesses Get it Wrong (a forensic psychologist explores how eyewitnesses create “memories” and testify falsely)
- Joanna Blakley, Lessons from Fashion’s Free Culture (on intellectual property, knockoff products and the fashion industry)
- Micha Glenny, How Global Crime Networks Work (a former BBC journalist on the Russian mafia, drug cartels and other organized criminal enterprises in the world economy)
- Kevin Bales, How to Combat Modern Slavery (on the scope, the causes and methods of human trafficking)
The site’s topical directory and search engine facilitate discovery of other talks. Still more talks are available from TEDx events, which afford the “opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.” These include some 30,000 videos on many topics from events in over 130 countries.