About Louisa Riches
Louisa is a Principal Lecturer with a professional background in employment law. She is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (non-practising) with a background in employment law from a large law firm in Leeds. Louisa is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. Her interests include 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.
Louisa completed her training contract at Leeds-based law firm Walker Morris LLP, getting experience in corporate tax, insolvency, commercial property and employment law. Once she finished her training contract, she practised as an employment lawyer, working with private clients, companies and public sector organisations advising them on employment law.
Before becoming a lawyer, Louisa was one of the founders of award-winning Unlimited Theatre and chaired the board of trustees meetings until 2016.
Louisa teaches professional and vocational as well as academic subjects to postgraduate students.
Louisa teaches International Human Rights Law, Public Law and Employment Law. On the Legal Practice Course, Louisa teaches Employment Law and Practice, Solicitors Accounts and Writing.
Louisa’s PhD research is an evaluation of the United Nations’ newest human rights monitoring and reporting mechanism – the Universal Periodic Review – in relation to states in crisis. Her research considers the link between burgeoning matters of global insecurity and the challenges this poses for human rights protection particularly in relation to fragile states.