This research cluster provides a collaborative space for academics, PhD students and visiting researchers interested in legal histories.
Its events include the Diversity, Dilemmas and Discoveries conference series.
If you would like to contact the cluster, please email us.
Lecturer in Space Governance. Thomas is active in researching space law, policy and governance. His research focuses on planetary protection, space resources, and taking an environmental approach, grounded in legal geography and environmental humanities, to space governance.
Senior Lecturer in Law. Caroline’s research interests include the history of gender, sexuality and criminal law. Her monograph Lesbianism and the Criminal Law (Palgrave, 2020) explored the regulation of sexuality and relationships between women from the seventeenth century to the present. She has also published on the history of women at the Bar and is currently researching early ethnic minority women at the Bar of England and Wales as part of an Inns of Court project.
Teaching Director and Senior Lecturer in Law. Liz’s research interests include the history of legal education, and in particular clinical legal education. She is part of a project researching the lives of the early lawyers from a BAME background. Liz also is interested in the history of family law and in particular the ways in which children and young people were provided with care away from birth parents in the Modern Period, whether through kinship care, the poor law and welfare systems or fostering or adoption.
Senior Lecturer in Law. Carol’s work explores how law is used to shape and create identity and belonging and how it is used to marginalise. Her most recent work covers constitutional histories and legal traditions, histories of legal education, and the histories of the legal professions in the United Kingdom. She has a particular interest in the comparative legal history of the UK’s four nations, the role of women both in developing and within constitutions and has undertaken work on legal firsts including first women judges within each nation of the UK.
Senior lecturer in law. Simon’s research explores the intersection between law, history and theory in relation to the Third Reich, including the historical and philosophical nature of Nazi law, and its representation in academic historical and legal literature. Simon approaches this subject from an interdisciplinary perspective, using critical research methods from across the disciplines.
Professor of Law. Simon’s research interests include legal biography, the history of legal education, the history of jurisprudence, and the history of the interaction of law with other disciplines, including philosophy (especially ethics), theology, history, literature, politics, sport, medical science and space science. He also researches in the overlapping spheres of jurisprudence and public law. His research interests range from the micro- to the macro- level, from the role of law and grassroots community activism in the history of the Troubles and the Northern Irish peace process through to being a Co-Investigator on the #AstrobiologyOU £6.7million project funded by Research England, addressing the question, ‘Are we alone in the Universe?’
Senior Lecturer in Law. Edwin’s research interests include constitutional histories, the law’s treatment, at supranational and state level, of nationhood for marginalised communities. His current research interests include the relationships between commonwealth, colonies, and empire. His work explores the historical development of legal concepts and the histories of case law and judiciary. Edwin’s research interests are influenced by his practice across both civil and common law jurisdictions.
Edward Rees was called to the Bar in 1973. Specialising in criminal defences (excluding sexual and racist offences), he was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1998. He was awarded an MA in History (OU) in 2019. Publications include Blackstone's Guide to the Proceeds of Crime Act (5 editions, Oxford: OUP, 2015), The Law of Public Order and Protest (ed. Thornton, Oxford: OUP, 2010).