Making use of cutting-edge virtual reality technology to allow my students to experience first-hand the frequent discrepancy between abstract ethical stands and actual behaviour has enabled me to test and develop an entirely new approach to teaching ethics to (future) lawyers.
Rather than surveying in the abstract a set of ethical issues, my aim is to systematically get students to consider the incidence of both environmental and psychological factors on a lawyer’s awareness of ethical challenges.
To do so, the courses introduce students to key contemporary behavioural psychology and neuroscience findings and examines the extent to which the latter impact upon a lawyer’s available frameworks of analysis.
In this way, my law and ethics courses very much benefit from – and feed into - my ongoing inter-disciplinary research, which spans from computer science to public policy via jurisprudence, psychology and philosophy. This has notably led to a publication in a CUP edited volume on the future of legal education.
Public Law, Critical Introduction to Law, Legal theory, Jurisprudence and Law and Ethics. The latter was a newly created course at undergraduate and graduate levels, with excellent feedback in all modules.
In 2018-19 I led the re-design of the compulsory legal theory module in Birmingham, which led to enthusiastic feedback from students and the creation of the most used electronic reading list across campus that year.
I am currently only taking on PhD students interested in data trusts, data altruism or data sharing.