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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

Current research interests centre on the links between the law of equity, psychoanalysis, literature and language drawing upon critical legal theories, philosophy and more traditional jurisprudence.  Research has engaged with and involved presentation of papers at domestic and international conferences; law and non-law journal publication; edited collection publication; academic/journalism publication via major online portals including The Conversation.

Further research interests include: the development of the law of equity as a core area of knowledge in legal education, and legal education more generally; social, political and economic critical theory; philosophy and psychology; literature, humanities and critical cultural theory; law and technology. 

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, and property law
  • Future/development of legal education
  • History and development of the law of equity and equitable principles

External collaborations

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)
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