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Welcome to our blog, providing a platform to showcase the wide variety of research, knowledge exchange and teaching activities that contribute to the life of the OU Law School.

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Please note that views expressed in these blog posts are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the OU Law School. 

Where do you see the law in 25 years’ time?

As part of our 25th anniversary reflections, we asked our Law School students and staff 'Where do you see the law in 25 years?'. The first post in this series is from Liz Hardie, senior lecturer in Law.

13th November 2023

Transparency: A Unicorn in Public Procurement

When campaigning for public office, politicians are usually knowledgeable of how to promote transparency and promise its observation when elected. However, this competency regarding the observation of transparency is frequently reduced to ineptitude when elected. This metamorphosis may suggest that transparency is akin to a mythical creature like a unicorn.

6th November 2023

Being a Law student living in Northern Ireland

Rachel Lafferty's blog post talking about her understanding of how the Nothern Ireland Executive works... or doesn't? 

26th October 2023

The Red Flag Act

A blog post by Emilio Kyprianou - In the realm of legal history, the story of the 19th-century ‘Red Flag Act’ holds profound lessons for the ever-evolving intersection of law and technology.

2nd October 2023

Why collaborate?

Dr Sam Woods-Peel's reflects on a very worthwhile experience that taught her a lot about how to collaborate with others.

7th September 2023

Designing the Virtual Courtroom website

A blog post by Teah Zdanowicz  discussing the aims of the virtual courtroom, which enables students to experience a modern courtroom within a online learning space.

7th September 2023

Is Rwanda Safe?

This blog by Law lecturer Kate Ritchie explores this key question that the Court of Appeal had to determine in AAA and Others v The Secretary of State for the Home Department.

11th August 2023

Women working in the judiciary system

A blog post by Law student Rachel Lafferty discussing the representation of women judges in the UK judiciary system.

28th July 2023

BBC Parole Board: Shedding a light on parole decision-making and academic consultancy

This blog by Dr Sophie Doherty and Dr Neil Graffin provides an overview of the Parole series which aried on BBC2 in Spring 2023. 

They highlight what the series sought to do within the wider context of increasing the transparency of the parole-decision making process, and what the role of an academic consultant is in relation to our involvement with the programme. 

23rd June 2023

Trauma v The legal profession. Who will win? Time for you to be the judge

A blog post by Jason Passfield on the emotional and psychological impact of exposure to vicarious trauma. 

20th June 2023