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Rachel Dunn is a Senior Lecturer, joining the Law School full-time in 2017. Prior to this, she completed a PhD in law, exploring clinical legal education and how it can develop the knowledge, skills and attributes which are necessary to start day one training as a solicitor. Rachel is an experienced researcher in the fields of legal education and animal law, using innovative methods to inform her work. Rachel supervises doctoral students in both of these areas. She also undertakes work in other areas such as domestic abuse and youth justice.  


Rachel is currently the Programme Leader for the M Law (Solicitors) Programme and works in the Policy Clinic in the Student Law Office, overseeing projects exploring animal law, environmental law and domestic abuse. She also teaches on a range of modules, including animal law, advocacy and English and European Legal Systems.


Research interests

Rachel's main research interest is animal law, specifically looking at animal welfare legislation. She has published on various issues, including fur farming, the effectiveness of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and whether veganism/vegetarianism should be a protected philosophical belief in employment law. She is currently working on the use of an Animal Welfare Assessment Grid as a tool to improve animal welfare under the Animal Welfare Act and as a legal tool for any subsequent proceedings. Rachel has also started to look at some aspects of conservation law and environmental more law generally. Her work is multi-disciplinary and is open to collaboration with those working in various fields, such as criminology and veterinary science.  

Rachel is interested in all aspects of legal education, including experiential learning, regulatory changes and innovative teaching methods. She regularly publishes in this area and shares her teaching practice more widely. 

She uses a variety of innovative methodologies, including visual methods, like Diamond Ranking, and draws inspiration from other disciplines to inform her work in law. This has led her to work on projects in youth justice and domestic abuse with colleagues in the Law School. 

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD

1 Oct 201420 Dec 2017

Law, LLB (Hons), Northumbria University

14 Sep 2009Jun 2013


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