Caroline Derry joined the Open University as a Lecturer in Law in April 2017.
Caroline was educated at Oxford University, where she studied Jurisprudence, and later at the University of Westminster where she was awarded an LLM and PhD. She qualified as a barrister, practising in criminal defence law, and as a solicitor in a large, central London legal aid practice. She then taught for fifteen years at London Metropolitan University, where she was a senior lecturer in criminal and evidence law and gender & law, and course leader for the LLB Law. She has been a visiting lecturer in criminal law at SOAS and at Paris Descartes (Masters in Common Law).
Caroline is a Fellow of the HEA.
Gender, sexuality and criminal law, particularly the legal regulation of relationships between women from the seventeenth century to the present. Recent conference papers include ‘Learning from Wolfenden’s silent women’ and ‘Judges, nabobs and malign domestics: judicial fact-finding in Woods and Pirie v Cumming Gordon’.
First women lawyers: Caroline is currently researching several of the first British women to qualify as barristers. She is a participant in the First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire Symposia, where she has presented papers including 'Diverse definitions, diverse women: who was the first woman barrister?' and ‘Ethel Bright Ashford: using ‘failure’ to promote the greater cause’.
Prior to working at the Open University, Caroline led a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including:
She is the co-author of two textbooks: Complete Criminal Law, sixth edition (with Janet Loveless and Mischa Allen, OUP, 2018) and Gender and Law (with Judith Bourne, Routledge, 2018).