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Louisa Ashley

Louisa Ashley
Contact Details

Head of Subject (Postgraduate)

Leeds Law School

0113 81 26416

About Louisa Ashley

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.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (2)

Chapters (1)

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

Conference contributions (6)

  • Riches LJ (2015) States in crisis, normative pluralism and the Universal Periodic Review University of Oslo, Norway 10/06/2015.
  • Gardiner SJ; Riches L (2015) Sport Diversity, Discrimination and the Equality Act University of Chester .
  • Riches LJ (2014) Participant in roundtable discussion (participation by invitation only) Institute of Advanced Studies, The University of Birmingham .
  • Riches LJ (2013) Alternative Spaces of Normativity University of Leeds, UK 12/12/2013.
  • Riches LJ (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 University of York, UK .
  • Riches LJ (2013) 'How soon is now? A discussion of indigenous peoples land rights, parallel sovereignty and global legal pluralism' University of York, UK .
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