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Dr Caroline Keenan

Senior Lecturer

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Stella Turk Building G2:06

I lead the Law School team in Cornwall. I am responsible for the design and delivery of the Law with Business degree programmes. I work with my colleagues in the Law and Business Schools and across the University to ensure that these ground breaking interdisciplinary degrees are a blend of the two disciplines; that we develop the core legal and business skills of our students - ensuring that they are uniquely employable and that we create an environment in which everyone in our diverse community of learners can flourish. 

I have worked in several law schools in Russell Group universities over the last twenty years and have won awards for my teaching, including Academic Fellowship of the Inner Temple. I have convened a range of modules, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, from large core subjects to small specialist group teaching. During this time I developed my interest in inclusion in the teaching and learning of law and the role of student-lead learning. 

My research has always been inter-disciplinary, examing how people use and understand law in action.  I have conducted research for the Home Office which contributed to major reform of the law on sexual offences and in procedures relating to the prosecution of offences against children. I wrote (with Laura Hoyano) Child Abuse:  Law and Policy Across Boundaries, which won the first Inner Temple Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Research. Most recently (2014-2017) I have been a Senior Research Fellow in the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall, researching human conflict relating to the environment. I have also practiced as a mediator, (from 2014-2018) specialising in family disputes.


PhD, University of Sheffield, 1994
The Development of the Law and its Implementation in the Investigation of Child Abuse
ESRC Postgraduate Scholarship and University of Sheffield Scholarship

LLB (Hons. 2.1), University of Sheffield, 1991
Graysons’ Prize for Family Law


Higher Practicing Certificate in Mediation (Legal Aid Board accreditation), Family Mediation
Council, 2016

Other information

My legal hero is Constance Baker Motley, a civil rights lawyer who fought nearly every important civil rights case in the United States for two decades and then became the first black woman to serve as a federal judge. She excelled in the quiet, painstaking preparation and presentation of lawsuits that challenged racial segregation across the United States. Her legal victories including in the landmark school desegregation case of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 meant that Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama and other staunch segregationists yielded, kicking and screaming, to the verdicts of court’s ruling against racial segregation.

Modules taught


Teaching and Research in Law

September 2018 - Present Senior Lecturer in Law, Director of the Law and Business Degrees University of Exeter, Cornwall (Penryn) Campus

January –May 2018 INTO University of Exeter LLP. Module Coordinator - Law

 December 2014–December 2017. Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter
• Research Fellow on ESRC grant Doing TB Differently
• Senior Research Fellow. Local decision-making and Knowledge Exchange in Bovine TB
• Visiting Research Fellow. Social Impact Assessment of Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project

January 2014 - December 2017  Accord Mediation, Truro, Cornwall

​​​Mediator, including for high conflict family mediations. Legal Aid qualified.

October 2013–October 2014. University of Bristol Law School.

October 2011–July 2012. University of Birmingham, Birmingham Law School. Senior Teaching Fellow

October 2009–October 2013. University of Bristol Law School. Senior Teaching Fellow

2007–2009. Parental leave career break

2004–2007. Queen’s University Belfast, School of Law. Lecturer in Law

2002–2003. University of Durham, Durham Law School. Lecturer in Law

1995–2002. University of Bristol Law School. Lecturer in Law

2000 - Visiting Professor at Washburn University, USA
July 2000- August 2001 Visiting Research Fellow at University of Waikato, New Zealand

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