Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Louisa Riches
About Dr Louisa Riches
Louisa is a Course Director 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.
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.
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.