Dr Louisa Ashley, Head of Subject (Postgraduate)

Dr Louisa Ashley

Head of Subject (Postgraduate)

Louisa is Head of Law with a professional background in legal practice and devised theatre. She is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (non-practising) who trained and then practised as an employment lawyer at a large corporate law firm in Leeds. Louisa’s interests include international human rights and her PhD evaluates the United Nations’ newest human rights reporting and monitoring system. She is an external examiner at three other universities and an internal coach at Leeds Beckett, offering one-to-one coaching to support colleagues who are new, going through organisational change, or seeking to improve their performance.

During her training contract at Leeds-based Walker Morris LLP she gained experience in corporate tax, insolvency, commercial property and employment law. Post-qualification, Louisa worked with private clients, companies and public sector organisations advising them on contentious and non-contentious employment law matters.

Before becoming a lawyer, Louisa was one of the founders of award-winning Unlimited Theatre and then subsequently chaired the board of trustees until 2016.

Louisa teaches professional and vocational as well as academic subjects to postgraduate students. 

Current Teaching

Louisa teaches International Human Rights Law, English Legal System, Method and Skills, and Employment Law. On the Legal Practice Course, Louisa teaches Employment Law and Practice, Solicitors Accounts and Writing.

Research Interests

Louisa’s PhD research is critical appraisal of the global governance function of the Universal Periodic Review – an international human rights monitoring and reporting mechanism - in relation to states in crisis. Her research considers the link between burgeoning matters of global insecurity, civil society communities of practice, global governance and related challenges for human rights protection.

Dr Louisa Ashley, Head of Subject (Postgraduate)

Ask Me About

  1. Human rights
  2. Governance

Selected Outputs

  • Ashley L (2019) The Universal Periodic Review: civil society and communities of practice. In: Socio-Legal Scholars Association (SLSA) Annual Conference, 3 April 2019, University of Leeds.

  • Ashley L (2017) Universal Periodic Review and States in Crisis. In: Universal Periodic Review and States in Crisis, 10 May 2017, Birmingham City University.

  • Gardiner SJ; Ashley L (2015) Sport Diversity, Discrimination and the Equality Act. In: The Equality Act 2010: five years on, Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity (FRED), University of Chester.

  • Ashley L (2015) States in crisis, normative pluralism and the Universal Periodic Review. In: Law and Society in the 21st Century: The functions of law in a global society, 10 June 2015 - 12 June 2015, University of Oslo, Norway.

  • Ashley L (2014) Participant in roundtable discussion (participation by invitation only). In: Hybridity: Exploring power, social structures, and institutions beyond the liberal west, Institute of Advanced Studies, The University of Birmingham.

  • Ashley L (2013) Alternative Spaces of Normativity. In: Spaces of Indigenous Justice, 12 December 2013 - 13 December 2013, University of Leeds, UK.

  • Ashley L (2013) ‘How soon is now? A discussion of indigenous peoples land rights, parallel sovereignty and global legal pluralism’. In: Socio-legal Scholars Association (SLSA) Annual Conference, University of York, UK.

  • Ashley L (2013) Whose Development Is It Anyway? A Discussion Of The Potential For Concepts Of Cosmopolitan Legal Pluralism To Address Tensions Between The Right To Development And The Impact Of Development Projects On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples. In: Socio-legal Scholars Association (SLSA) Annual Conference, University of York, UK.

  • Ashley L (2021) Unilateral Coercive Measures: Towards International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights. In: Subedi S ed. Unilateral Sanctions in International Law. Hart Publishing,

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  • Ashley L (2021) Global governance to address land rights and local ills: the universal periodic review aiding the creation of a third space in pursuit of land rights that support social innovation, biodiversity and natural capital in Latin America. In: Calvo S; Morales A ed. Social Innovation in Latin America Maintaining and Restoring Social and Natural Capital. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 37-63.

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  • Riches LJ (2017) Legal and normative pluralism, hybridity and human rights: The Universal Periodic Review. In: Lemay-Hebert N; Freedman R ed. Hybridity: Law, Culture and Development. Routledge, pp. 161-181.