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Mrs Keren Lloyd Bright

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Professional biography

Keren Lloyd Bright is a Senior Lecturer in Law. She was the Law School's Programme Director for over five years.

Keren was educated at the University of Bristol (degree in geography and sociology) and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London (Masters' degree in anthropology, ethnography and history in sub-Saharan Africa). She was later awarded legal academic, vocational and professional qualifications by the Universities of Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Cambridge. Keren qualified as a solicitor and dealt with contentious and non-contentious business law in a media context (defamation, employment, intellectual property, company and commercial).

Before joining the Open University, Keren was Principal Lecturer in Business Law at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice. She was a member of the senior management team and course leader for Intellectual Property, Private Acquisitions and Business Accounts. During this period, Keren enjoyed a sabbatical with the Clinical Law Programme at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and a placement in the intellectual property department of Linklaters, a leading global law firm.

Keren held a consultancy for many years with the UK Centre for Legal Education. UKCLE was the Law subject centre of the Higher Education Academy and was based at the University of Warwick. Her consultancy involved the professional development of law lecturers at universities across the UK and additionally, the authoring of teaching and assessment resources for law lecturers.

In 2017, Keren was successful in her application for Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Research interests

Keren's current research interests include: 

  • Cultural property, belonging and identity
  • Prison-based public legal education
  • Prisons and gender identity
  • Psychological abuse and the law (coercive control)

Keren has presented many papers at conferences in the UK and Italy. Please see the Orcid web link to 'Publications and presentations'.

Teaching interests

Keren's current teaching interests include:  

  • Tort (W202)
  • The Judiciary (W101)
  • Cultural property and the law (W340)
  • Gender and the criminal justice system (W340)
  • Prison-based public legal education (W360 and Open Justice)
  • Business, human rights and corporate social responsibility (W822)

Keren has authored module chapters for most of these subjects. Previous teaching responsibilities have included the following areas of law: contract, company, commercial, insolvency, personal and business taxation, intellectual property, employment and family law.

Impact and engagement

Keren has acted as an External Adviser to Bristol Law School (UWE). She was also appointed as an external panel member for validation of undergraduate law degrees at both Manchester Law School (MMU) and the University of London (International Programme).

For many years Keren held a consultancy with the UK Centre for Legal Education. UKCLE was the Law subject centre of the Higher Education Academy and was based at the University of Warwick. Her consultancy involved the professional development of law lecturers at universities across the UK and additionally, the authoring of teaching and assessment resources for law lecturers.

External collaborations

During her time as Programme Director at the Open University Law School, Keren worked in collaboration with her counterparts at the University of Law to deliver the OU law degree. Keren also had involvement in the collaboration with ACAS to create an OU postgraduate qualification for their advisers.

At the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, Keren was jointly responsible for mediating the Institute's relationship with eight leading City law firms, BPP Law School and Nottingham Law School in delivering the 'City LPC'.

For some years, Keren was a member of the UK national executive committee of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association and Editor of its Newsletter, which is distributed to Law Schools across the Commonwealth.

Publications

Taking Clinical Legal Education Online: Songs of Innocence and Experience (2020)
McFaul, Hugh; Hardie, Liz; Ryan, Francine; Lloyd Bright, Keren and Graffin, Neil
International Journal of Clinical Legal Education ((In press))


The trouble with psychological abuse in an intimate or family relationship: the legal and societal challenges in meeting a human condition (2019-11)
Lloyd Bright, Keren
The Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education (Law and Emotion Special Edition) (pp. 1-11)


Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship: A new domestic abuse offence in England and Wales (2016-10)
Lloyd Bright, Keren
Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education, 11(1) (pp. 99-106)


Gender identity and prisons in England and Wales. The development of rights and rules; checks and balances (2020)
Lloyd Bright, Keren
In: Claydon, Lisa and Derry, Caroline eds. Law, Justice and the Open University 1969-2019 ((In Press))
Publisher : Routledge


Access to medicines: intellectual property rights, human rights and justice (2011-01)
Bright, Keren and Muraguri, Lois
In: Voiculescu, Aurora and Yanacopulos, Helen eds. The Business of Human Rights. An Evolving Agenda for Corporate Responsibility. Human Rights; Business (pp. 101-121)
ISBN : 978 1 84813 863 6 hb | Publisher : Zed Books in association with the Open University | Published : London, UK and New York, USA


Mind the medicine gap (2010-09-16)
Bright, Keren
OpenLearn, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.