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Legal Support Strategy Conference Agenda

Legal Support Strategy Conference 2024

Francine Ryan, Senior Lecturer in Law, and Director of the Open Justice Centre discusses her recent attendance at the Legal Support Strategy Conference hosted by Farah Ziaulla the Director of Access to Justice at the Ministry of Justice. The conference brought together organisations from across the advice sector to discuss the provision of legal support and legal advice.

3rd April 2024
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Same course, but different now

Martyn Fryer, former 'Justice in action' student and now Criminal Justice Clinic case worker writes about his experiences both as a student and supporting students.

25th March 2024
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Twelve Days of Legal Cases

Francine Ryan, Director of the Open Justice Centre and Senior Lecturer in Law leads us all in her annual festive sing-a-long. 

22nd December 2023

A Cautionary Seasonal Warning from Glasgow 1949 regarding Alcohol (Methanol Poisoning)

This blog post by Gillian Mawdsley examines the consequences of methanol poisoning examined in an FAI held into ten deaths that occurred in Glasgow at New Year in 1949. 

21st December 2023

All I want for Christmas is Mediation

https://www5.open.ac.uk/open-justice/It has been suggested by some critics that the fundamentals of the legal system and legal profession will never change, however, this is no longer strictly true, as mediation gathers pace as a significant form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

20th December 2023

‘A Christie for Christmas’

In the next blog in our Legally Christmas series, Emma Curryer discusses how Agatha Christie dispenses her own form of justice in her novels.

19th December 2023

The Open Justice Legally Christmas Series 2023

Hugh McFaul pens our first blog post from 2023's Legally Christmas series, showcasing some of the highlights from a year in the life of The Open University Law School.

18th December 2023
VR Courtroom - police blog

Can a virtual reality courtroom be a useful learning tool?

Dr Ahmed Kadry and Simon Hull, who both work in the Department for Policing at The Open University have recently finished a project that evaluated OU policing apprentice's experiences of learning in a virtual reality (VR) courtroom. Read more about it in this new blog.

8th December 2023
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Migrant Rights - how public legal education can help raise awareness.

Siobhan Cullen, in this blog written for Pro Bono Week 2023 writes about a recent pro bono Street Law project delivered in collaboration with ATU (Atlantic Technological University) aimed at raising awareness of migrant rights with secondary school children.

9th November 2023
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Pro bono work and the benefits of online delivery

Siobhan Cullen, in this blog written for Pro Bono Week 2023 writes about a recent pro bono project delivered in collaboration with Donegal Women’s Centre which demonstrated the very real advantages of online or virtual public legal information clinics in comparison with in-person clinic.

8th November 2023

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