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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. 

Criminalising ecocide in England: are we nearly there yet?

A blog post by Jodie Bettis discussing if the UK Government is delivering on its ambitious environmental programme promise to halt the decline of biodiversity by 2030? 

2nd March 2023
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Acting as an expert witness - what this involves

A blog post by Philippe Espinasse on his role of acting as an expert witness, what this involves, and how his LLB qualification gave him a better appreciation of the work done by solicitors, barristers, and judges and a deeper understanding of the principles of the law underlying. 

2nd March 2023

What students tell us about assessment

A blog post by Liz Hardie and Sarah Henderson on the importance of student assessment and the value of using a variety of methods. 

9th February 2023

Exploring the controversy surrounding the teaching of gender identity in UK schools: balancing legal obligations, political ideologies, and personal beliefs

A blog post by Maria Salas Dual discussing supporting and opposing arguments for teaching gender identity in schools. 

9th February 2023
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Mothering & Studying

Rachel is a first year law student. This blog gives some insight into what it's like to study as well as being a homemaker and hands-on parent.

3rd February 2023

Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

A blog post by Gillian Mawdsley discussing the theme of "Ordinary People" which is the UK's theme to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2023.  

25th January 2023
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Learning from a global nation of law tutors

A blog post on Carol Edwards and her colleague Liz Hardie's trip to South Africa to give a presentation based around supporting online students to engage in the development of peer support communities.

25th January 2023

Looking for environment rights within children’s rights

A Blog post by Dr Fiona MacDonald on how over time, global issues change and a United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child was created. The Convention was a significant step for the recognition of children’s rights and took a decade of discussion and compromise to draft, finally being adopted in 1989.

17th January 2023

Sharing our experiences of online clinical legal education

Clinical legal education involves law students learning about the law through real or simulated cases. Read Liz Hardie's blog post on how the Law School embraces this issue.

13th January 2023

Prospects for AI Powered Justice

A blog post by Paul Troop on how a new chat-based implementation of an artificial intelligence (AI) project is making waves 

This is a huge step in the field of legal adjudication by computers. 

6th January 2023