Dr Louise Loder
Dr Louise Loder is a Lecturer in Law (Education & Scholarship) at the University of Exeter Law School, based on the Streatham Campus. Her main interests are in International Human Rights Law, Business & Human Rights, Legal Education, and Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law. She has a keen interest in open access to legal information and in the mainstreaming of human rights education, both within and outside of the law school curriculum. She has a LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Exeter (2017) and completed her PhD thesis on human rights culture, communication and education at the University of Exeter in 2022 under the supervision of Dr James Griffin (Law School) and Dr Taro Fujita (Graduate School of Education).
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Intellectual property law; human rights law; freedom of expression and access to information; media and technology law; skilling law students up for the future of work, law and business
Dr Louise Loder has nearly 20 years of international experience in communications, strategic project and NGO leadership, sustainability and business and human rights advocacy, and has worked with The Sydney Morning Herald, Dubai Holding / Dubai Media City, the Dubai International Film Festival, Forbes, and UK- and MENA-based NGOs focused on the empowerment of women and young people through education, employability and entrepreneurship.
In her various roles as a Senior NGO Advisor, she has led the research, planning and implementation of consensus-building initiatives focused on gender diversity and inclusion, gender-based violence, poverty, climate action, food security and water scarcity, sustainable energy, the future of work, rule of law, judicial independence, human rights education, and business and human rights, with responsibility for creating and leading high-level programmes, events and initiatives with international advocacy partners such as the IBA, FCDO, the ILO, the OECD, World Bank, and various UN agencies including the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, UN Women, the UN Global Compact, ESCWA and others. In 2017-2019, she was the lead speechwriter and researcher for a Commissioner on the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work.
In 2016 Louise graduated with her Qualifying Law Degree at UWE Bristol as a mature student (achieving First Class Honours) and went on to achieve her LLM (Merit) in International Human Rights Law at the University of Exeter with specialism in Business & Human Rights, International Migration Law, and Intellectual Property. She was an Associate Lecturer at the University of Exeter in the School of Engineering between 2016 and 2019 (teaching IP Law), and in December 2021, she joined the University of Exeter Law School as a Lecturer in Law, where she has taught Constitutional Law, Business and Human Rights and IP on the LLB programme and Copyright Law on the LLM programme. She convened the Dissertations & Research Papers modules in 2021-2022, and will convene the Legal Foundations core module in the 2023-24 academic year.
Louise successfully defended her PhD thesis in August 2022 at the University of Exeter as a recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Scholarship. Her thesis explored the numinosity between the individual and human rights and shaped ‘Rights by Design’, her original framework for integrating human rights values, respect and awareness in family and social life, education, culture, in our digital lives and in our worlds of work. She is now readying her thesis for publication as a monograph. She has a keen interest in the digitisation and disruption of legal education as lifelong learning, legal edtech entrepreneurship and academic-private sector-NGO collaboration. She is the Director of Skills at the University of Exeter Law School, and Director of Prizes & Scholarships.
Louise is a member of the International Bar Association’s Academic and Professional Development Committee and the Arab Regional Forum. She is an honorary member of the Secretariat of the Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN), where she is committed to working with the IPAN Board and Partners to bridge the industry-academia gap in IP. She has been proud to support the Bar Human Rights Committee of England & Wales in their legal education and rule of law advocacy since 2021. She is a member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association, and of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s Human Rights Communicators Network.
A committed lifelong learner, she has a CIM Diploma in Digital Media & Branding and has completed numerous CPD short courses including Business & Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science; Law & Logic at the European University Institute Summer School co-hosted by EUI and Harvard Law School; and most recently, the University of Oxford’s Leading Strategic Projects programme at Said Business School. Louise is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.