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Writings on law, pro bono and social justice 

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Technology – helping or hindering victim-survivors of domestic abuse?

In this latest blog post 'Digital Justice' student Heather Gordon looks at the role technology plays in domestic abuse issues.

Domestic abuse cases have soared during the Covid 19 crisis, with many victims increasingly isolated and perpetrators exploiting lockdown rules [1]. Present difficulties in securing access to traditional avenues of support and legal relief, mean the Government must consider alternative methods and procedural changes to best safeguard and protect those affected by domestic abuse.

15th July 2020

A societal perspective on compulsory pro bono

Lily McDermaid was inspired to write a piece for our blog after working through the free course 'Pro bono work and social justice' which is a taster for our module 'Justice in action' (W360).

19th June 2020
Caitlin Alexander

The EU Settlement Scheme is Failing the Vulnerable: The UK Government Must Act Now

In this second guest blog post trainee solicitor Caitlin Alexander writes about the current EU Settlement Scheme.

In March of this year, the government announced a further £8 million to assist vulnerable people to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme – a scheme which EU citizens MUST apply to if they wish to stay in the UK after 30 June 2021.

12th June 2020
Hugh McFaul Open Justice Centre Director

‘Taking legal outreach online: how law students can help bridge the justice gap during lockdown’

Hugh McFaul, Director of The Open Justice Centre and Module Chair of W360 'Justice in action' writes about taking legal outreach online.

15th May 2020
Caitlin Alexander

‘How do you prove to the Home Office something you’ve spent your life trying to hide?’

In this guest blog post trainee solicitor Caitlin Alexander writes about asylum cases and persecution on the basis of sexual orientation.

23rd April 2020
(photo – Roseline ( pictured first on the right), fellow students and tutor Kate Ritchie ( far left) in the HMP High Down grounds, March 2020)

HMP High Down prison project 2020

'Justice in action' student Roseline Egbejimba writes about her experience on a recent 'public understanding of law' prison project 

During one of my modules last year, a student highlighted the benefits of participating in one of the prison projects. I remember quite vividly the smile on the student’s face as she recounted how much she looked forward to each prison visit and how rewarding the experience was, not just for the prisoners but also for the students. I was intrigued and wanted to know more.

21st April 2020

Human Rights, Diversity and Inclusion in the UK post-Brexit

In this guest blog post Professor Suzanne Rab reflects on human rights, diversity and inclusion in the UK in the wake of the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January 2020.

Undergraduates from the UK and overseas will be wondering about the implications of Brexit for human rights, equality and diversity law and practice in universities.

5th March 2020

Experiences of working in Citizens Advice and the Open Justice law clinic

W360 ‘Justice in action’ offers some excellent opportunities to work in communities and give back some of what you have learnt as well as developing those skills you may have newly found.

Daniel Doody writes about his experiences of volunteering with Citizens Advice. 

11th February 2020

The future of EU law in the UK post-Brexit

In this guest blog post Professor Suzanne Rab reflects on the opportunities for the practice of EU law for academics and practitioners in the UK and in the wake of the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January 2020.

3rd February 2020

Developing an appreciation for pro bono work through Justice in Action and the Open Justice Mediation Project

Having relished the academic experience of my OU LLB and with the finish line in sight, I was keen to get stuck into some practical ‘lawyering’.  Justice in Action (W360) offered an array of exciting pro bono activities.  Regrettably, practicalities limited my involvement to the online environment, but the innovative course allowed for this and I selected the Open Justice Mediation Project.

23rd December 2019

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