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Mrs Louise Taylor

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Professional biography

Louise is a Lecturer in Law, having joined the Open University Law School in 2019. Prior to that she was a Senior Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Trent University from 2006-2017.

Louise gained her LLB (Hons) Scots Law and Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Dundee. She then went on to complete her PGCHE and LLM at Nottingham Trent University. Louise is currently enrolled as a part-time PhD student at the Open University investigating the development of a coercive control defence for domestically abused criminal defendants.

Louise is a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the Association of Law Teachers. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

Louise's main areas of research interest relate to criminal law and victims' rights. She is currently researching the criminal law's response to coercively controlled defendants who commit crime as a result of the domestic abuse they have suffered, with a particular focus on the development of a coercive control defence to address the gaps evident in the existing criminal law defences regime. She is also interested in criminal justice system decision-making as it relates to vulnerable victims and defendants, and the admissibility of expert evidence in court.

Within the Open University Law School Louise is a member of the Feminism, Gender and Law research cluster and the Law and Neuroscience research cluster.

Teaching interests

Louise has considerable teaching experience and has taught criminal law, criminology and public law subjects at undergraduate level. She has also supervised several PhDs and taught victims' rights and criminal justice at postgraduate level.

At the Open University Louise teaches on the W101 Introduction to Law module and the W350 Exploring Legal Boundaries module. She is co-module team chair on the W101 module and co-module team chair on the new Criminal Law and the Courts module currently under development.

Louise has an interest in the pedagogy of learning and a particular interest in the development of alternative assessment approaches for law programmes. Louise is also the author of the 12th edition of Elliott and Quinn’s Criminal Law textbook published by Pearson in 2018.

Impact and engagement

Louise was invited to join two EU funded projects related to victims' rights as a national expert. For one of these she contributed a publication to the final conference proceedings, available here: Louise has also been invited to speak as an expert on legal education, most notably at the Fifth National Spanish Conference on Legal Education held in Valencia.

External collaborations

Louise's collaboration with Professor Jonathan Doak at Nottingham Trent University has helped develop her work in the field of victims' rights, resulting in several notable publications. Louise has also recently co-authored a Criminal Law Review article with Dr Lucy Justice from Nottingham Trent University focused on the impact of misunderstandings of autobiographical memory on police decision-making in rape cases.


Autobiographical memory misconceptions and the police investigative response to rape complaints (2019-10)
Taylor, Louise and Justice, Lucy
The Criminal Law Review, [2019](10) (pp. 827-840)