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OU and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime join forces on learning

The Open University’s Open Justice Centre and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are continuing their partnership to deliver the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative. E4J has been developed to prevent crime and promote lawfulness – by supplying integrity and ethics education resources for schools, colleges and universities around the world.

2nd September 2020
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Open University students join Freedom Law Clinic Race and Policing Forum project

Ten students from The Open University’s Open Justice Centre are taking part in a Freedom Law Clinic project exploring race and policing in the UK and the USA.

The project has been launched following recent events in the USA, namely the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent response. The incident inspired global debate and galvanised people worldwide who believe that the US justice system is racist.

2nd September 2020
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Open Justice and International Journal of Clinical Legal Education

Open Justice has been asked to edit a special issue of the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education on clinical legal education in a pandemic. IJCLE is the pre-eminent international clinical legal education journal. This invitation comes after our successful ‘Taking CLE Online’ webinar and is further recognition of the ground breaking and sector leading work the centre has been doing on making opening up CLE to distance learners.

20th August 2020
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Parliamentary recognition for online domestic abuse resource

The Open Justice Centre’s collaboration with the Support Through Court charity on a free open online resource for learners, themed around domestic abuse, has been highlighted in Parliament.

Its timely launch in April coincided with the rapid rise in numbers of people in domestic abuse situations seeking help during the UK lockdown due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

21st July 2020
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Open Justice Centre academics present at two legal education events

Liz Hardie presented the work of the Open Justice Policy Clinic at the Connecting Legal Education event on Tuesday 14 July. Joining Liz on the panel were Dr Rachel Dunn from Northumbria University and the Law Commissioner Prof Nick Hopkins who talked about how academics can become more involved with the Law Commission’s work.

14th July 2020
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OU Law students develop chatbots to support the public with domestic abuse, injunctions and legal aid

Law students from The Open University have been working with legal automation platform, Josef, to develop a series of chatbots to support the public with legal issues such as domestic abuse and injunctions.

The Open University’s Open Justice Centre has been working with Josef since February this year, making the OU the first UK university to work with Josef to educate Law students.

1st July 2020
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Hugh McFaul is chosen as the university’s submission in the ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’

The Co-Director of the Law School’s Open Justice Centre, Hugh McFaul (pictured), has been chosen as the University’s submission in the ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ category for the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2020. This will recognise the academic whose imagination and passion have transformed a course and inspired students.

11th June 2020
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Open University Law students join Freedom Law Clinic project researching the effects of Covid-19 on civil liberties

Ten law students from The Open University are taking part in a four-week project that will consider the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on civil liberties.

9th June 2020

Covid-19: Open University Open Justice Centre shares online education best practice

The Open University Law School’s Open Justice Centre is reaching out to support the wider legal education sector in its time of need during the Covid-19 pandemic.

20th May 2020
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Online domestic abuse resource launched as calls to domestic violence helplines soar during lockdown

The Open University’s Open Justice team has collaborated with charity Support Through Court (STC) to launch a free open online resource for learners, themed around domestic abuse.

Its timely launch coincides with the rapid rise in numbers of people in domestic abuse situations seeking help during the UK lockdown.

1st May 2020
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