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Mr Robert Herian

Robert Herian

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Law
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Law School
  • The Law School
  • robert.herian

Professional biography

My current research interests centre on regulation of new technologies within socioeconomic, political and legal contexts.  Further research interests involve exploration of links between the law of equity, civil justice, psychoanalysis, literature and language drawing upon critical legal theories, philosophy and more traditional jurisprudence. 

I have presented my research at domestic and international conferences, and my work has been published in legal and non-legal peer reviewed journals, edited collections, and via online portals including The Conversation and Critical Legal Thinking.   

For a full list of conference papers and publications please follow my ORCID link.

Research interests

  • Law & psychoanalysis
  • History and development of the law of equity and equitable principles
  • Law & literature
  • Critical legal theory, philosophy and jurisprudence
  • Law & Technology


Teaching interests

  • Equity & trusts, civil justice and property law
  • Future/development of legal education
  • History and development of the law of equity and equitable principles
  • Critical Legal Theory

Impact and engagement

  • Member/contributor All Party Parliamentary Group on blockchain (@appg-blockchain) examining policy development and regulation of distributed ledger technologies.
  • Interviewee/Contributer RAND Europe report: "Distributed Ledger Technologies/Blockchain: Challenges, opportunities and the prospects for standards", May 2017 ( 

External collaborations

  • Member/contributor All Party Parliamentary Group on blockchain (@appg-blockchain)
  • Member of the Open Univeristy research group on blockchain technology:
  • Development of Equity & Trusts Research Network in collaboration with Kent Law School.  Activities include: guest journal editorial, workshops, significant AHRC/ERSC grant to aid further development, conference stream and panel organization.
  • American Society of Law Culture and the Humanities (ASLCH)
  • Law Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia (LLHAA) 



Blockchain and the (re)imagining of trusts jurisprudence (2017-09-21)
Herian, Robert
Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance, 26(5) (pp. 453-460)
The Castrated Trustee: Jouissance and Breach of Trust (2017-04-04)
Herian, Robert
Pólemos, 11(1) (pp. 97-115)
Evolutionary Roots of Property Rights; The Natural and Cultural Nature of Human Cooperation (2017)
Szocik, Konrad and Herian, Robert
The Heythrop Journal ((Early Access))
'How long do you intend to stay?': Desire meets proscription in the subject in Henry Miller's Via Dieppe-Newhaven. (2014-04)
Herian, Robert
Liverpool Law Review, 35(1) (pp. 65-81)
Blockchain and the Distributed Reproduction of Capitalist Class Power (2018-01-20)
Herian, Robert
In: Gloerich, Inte; Lovink, Geert and De Vries, Patricia eds. MoneyLab Reader 2: Overcoming the Hype (pp. 43-51)
ISBN : 9789492302199 | Publisher : Institute of Network Cultures
Henry Miller: obscene other of the law (2015-06-18)
Herian, Rob
In: Decker, James and Männiste, Indrek eds. Henry Miller: New Perspectives (pp. 95-108)
ISBN : 9781628921236 | Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic | Published : London