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Law Teacher of the Year Award

COVID-19 – judging postponement
In light of ongoing developments resulting from COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone all the judging visits to the Law Teacher of the Year candidates until the new academic year. This means the winner will not be announced until close to the end of the year. The Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference usually scheduled for June, will not take place this year.

 Visionary Teaching

Thank you to everyone who nominated a visionary teacher or colleague for Law Teacher of the Year 2020. The judges have made a decision and we are delighted to announce that the six law teachers moving into the second stage of the award are:

  • Emma Flint is a Law Lecturer, Birmingham Fellow, and CEPLER Education and Innovation Lead at the University of Birmingham where she teaches Legal Communication and Writing, Legal Skills and Methods, Land Law, Law of Torts, and Advanced Property Law.

“I want my students to have the space to ask the big questions, of themselves and of the law."

  • Neal Geach is an Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning at the University of Hertfordshire Law School with teaching and research interests in Law of Torts, Law of Evidence, Equity and Property Law.

“My role is to develop students as much as possible so as to enhance their skills and give themselves the best chance of achieving as high as possible.”

  • Rebecca Maina is a Lecturer in Law at Solent University where she teaches Criminal Law, Law and Popular Culture, Criminology, and Criminal Justice Process.

“I endeavour to create opportunities for my learners to be heard, and for me to listen."

  • Maria Moscati is a Senior Lecturer in Family Law at the University of Sussex where she also introduced and specialises in an Alternative Dispute Resolution module, and is one of the lead academics of CLOCK, a legal clinic project aiming at supporting litigants in person in the local courts and community.

“I believe that education is a shared effort aiming at transforming (for the good) students, teachers and society."

  • Francine Ryan is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the Open University and founding Director of the Open Justice Online Law Clinic, where she teaches the Justice in Action module.

“My approach to teaching is to be inclusive and creative because there is no such thing as a typical OU student."

  • Steven Vaughan is a Professor of Law and Professional Ethics at University College London, teaching Laws’ Connections, Tort Law, Environmental Law, and Critical Introduction to Sexuality Studies.

“I want to create a safe space in which to explore the legal world; a space in which respectful, robust debate and well-informed rhetoric are the order of the day."


Watch our round-up of Law Teacher of the Year 2019 in the video below: