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Meet the Open Justice team

The Open Justice team manage the Open Justice Centre and activities. You can find out more about the team members below.

Hugh McFaul, Open Justice Centre Director and Senior Lecturer in Law

Hugh is a lecturer in law and a non-practising barrister. He is responsible for the operation and supervision of the Open Justice Public Understanding of Law activities. Hugh is currently chair of W360 Justice in action.

Francine Ryan

Francine Ryan, Open Justice Centre Director and Senior Lecturer in Law

Francine originally qualified as a solicitor and specialised in complex litigation claims. She was involved in pro bono work supervising trainee solicitors at a local law clinic. Francine is responsible for managing the Law Clinic. Her research interests focus on legal education in particular online learning and the impact technology is having on the legal profession.

Jon-Paul Knight

Jon-Paul Knight, Open Justice Centre Manager

Jon-Paul is the manager of the Open Justice Centre and most recently worked as a Qualification Manager in Law and Business. He is responsible for coordinating the work of Open Justice, and supports the work of the Law Clinic and the Public Understanding of Law activities.

Liz Hardie

Liz Hardie, Senior Lecturer in Law and Law Teaching Director

Liz is a lecturer and Teaching Director of the Law School. She also tutors on W360. Liz originally qualified as a solicitor and specialised in family and employment claims. She now works for the Open University and is particularly interested in online learning and reflective practice. As a member of the Open Justice team Liz is one of the supervising solicitors in the law clinic and leads the Open Justice policy clinic.

Emma Curryer

Emma Curryer, Lecturer in Law 

Emma is a lecturer and qualified solicitor specialising in crime and evidence.  She now works for the Open University and manages the Criminal Justice Clinic within the Open Justice Centre.  She is also the lead for the mediation project on W360 and tutors on W101 (Introduction to Law)  and W203 (Public Law and Criminal Law).  Emma is particularly interested in teaching practice including tutoring online.  Her research interests include crime and evidence and the concept of justice including the provision of legal advice to the vulnerable and youth justice. Emma is keen to expand opportunities for students to work on criminal law cases and is currently developing some new exciting projects.

Andrew Maxfield

Andrew Maxfield, Associate Lecturer and Student Experience Manager

Andrew tutors on W360 and is also the Student Experience Manager for the module.

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