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Dr Karen Cooper

Dr Karen Cooper

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Prior to teaching law I worked as a Senior Occupational Therapist in the health service, my areas of clinical expertise being adult learning disabilities and Palliative care. During my time in practice I developed considerable experience in work based learning in my role a Clinical Practice Educator supporting and supervising students on placement, before moving to take up a new role as Trust Moving and Handling Advisor for a large Nottinghamshire health care trust. I taught on the Occupational Therapy undergraduate programme at the University of Derby, with responsibility as Practice Placement Supervisor, for the training of placement teams and the support of students on placement.

During my time at the University of Derby I have been module Leader for Criminal Law, Criminal Law Principles and Application, Criminal Law Property and Procedure, Principles of Law, Independent Studies (Dissertation module) on the undergraduate law degree. I have also contributed significant teaching to the under graduate Tort Law and Tortious Liability and Negligence modules, the law Clinic Module.

I have previously been Subject leader for law and had specific responsibility for the undergraduate Joint Honours Law Curriculum, student personal development planning, oversight of the personal tutee scheme and the provision of subject academic counselling.

At post graduate level I developed the Transnational Criminal Law pathway and was module leader for Transnational Criminal Law and Transnational Organised Crime. I also made a significant contribution to programme management and post graduate curriculum development as the LLM programme leader and Postgraduate Scheme Leader. Latterly I held the position of Research Leader for Law and was a member of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee.

Since joining the team at Liverpool John Moores, I have contributed to teaching on the Independent Learning in Law, Foundations in Law, Public Law, Property Offences, Criminal Law and Sex Crime and society modules on the undergraduate law degree. I also act as personal tutor, and have joined the Senior Management team as LLB Programmer Leader.

I gained a First in law at the University of Derby in 2005, my post graduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in 2008, and my PhD from Leeds in 2014. My PhD considered at the effectiveness of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 for the prevention of terrorism financing in the regulation of Alternative Remittance Systems in the UK. My wider research interests include criminal law, fraud, transnational and organised crime, in particular money laundering, terrorism and terrorism finance, human trafficking, and financial regulation.

In relation to my academic role and the pedagogy of learning and teaching, my research interests and areas of expertise include: reflective practice, reflection as a tool for learning, work based learning, law clinic, the professionalisation of law students and employability, feedback strategies, developing and embedding research skills into the law curriculum.

I have previously been engaged by the Solicitor’s Regulatory Authority in providing work based consultancy services.


University of Derby, UK, LLB Hons
University of Derby, UK, Post Graduate Certificate Teaching and Learning
University of Leeds, UK, PhD

Academic appointments

External Examiner, Law, Huddersfield University, 2015 - 2019

Postgraduate training

Post Graduate Supervisor Course, United Kingdom, University of Derby, 2014 - 2020


Journal article

Cooper KA, Walker C. 2016. Security From Terrorism Financing: Models of Delivery Applied to Informal Value Transfer Systems British Journal of Criminology, 6 :1125-1145 >DOI

Cooper KA. 2014. Assessing Law clinic – the use of digital patch text assessment as an alternative to traditional portfolios International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 20 :615-632 >DOI >Link

Cooper KA. 2014. Redressing the balance – will proposed legislation improve consumer Rights New Law Journal, 164 :7596-7598 >Link

Cooper KA. 2014. Consumer protection for vulnerable consumers - preventing the mis-selling of mobility aids Trading Standards Today,

Clubb K. 2014. The Terrorist Asset Freezing Etc Act: Harnessing Proportionality to Secure Prevention without Punishment Covert Policing, Terrorism and Intelligence Law Review, :32-51

Cooper KA. 2013. Masters of our Destiny – The Integration of law clinic into post graduate Masters provision International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 19 :395-404 >DOI >Link


Cooper KA, Walker C. 2016. Constitutionalism Across Borders in the Struggle Against Terrorism Fabbrini F, Jackson V. Constitutionalism Across Borders in the Struggle Against Terrorism :1-368 Edward Elgar Publishing. Cheltenham, Gloucester, UK 9781784715397

Cooper KA. Counter-terrorism finance, precautionary logic and the regulation of risk: the regulation of Informal Value Transfer Systems within the UK. Walker C, Girule J, King K. Handbook of Criminal and Terrorism Financing Law Palgrave Macmillan. London

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Not in our times ..... from plantation pickers to cannabis gardeners... evaluating EU strategy to address the criminal exploitation of modern slavery through analysis of the UK perspective., The 17th Cross-Border Crime Colloquium., Nortumbira UNiversity, Oral presentation 26/06/2016

Preventing Terrorism Financing Models of Delivery., Third Dirty Assets conference Comparative and International Aspects of Criminal and Terrorism Funding, 26-27 October, Tilburg University, Netherlands, Tilburg University, Netherlands, Other 25/10/2015

Terrorism Finance and Informal Value Transfer Systems a UK Perspective., Successes and Failures of Proceeds of Crime Approaches., University of Manchester, Oral presentation 01/10/2014

Protecting the Socially Vulnerable from Fraud, The Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime, Cambridge University, Oral presentation 03/09/2012

Community Punishments, Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, Cambridge University, Oral presentation 05/09/2010

‘Assisted suicide – assisting a dignified death’ A thematic approach to teaching criminal law, Association of Law Teachers, Amsterdam, Oral presentation 05/04/2009

Use of tutor feedback to develop reflexivity in students - Avoiding Ghost writing, Clinical Legal Edcuation Symposium, Nortumbira University, Oral presentation 08/01/2009

Using Reflection to Enhance Work-based Learning: Towards Professionalism’ Learning in Law Conference, UKCLW, Warwick University, Oral presentation 07/01/2008

The Inward Eye of the Student Experience: Developing Reflection’, Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Plymouth, Oral presentation 08/04/2007

Conference organisation:

HEA Innovative Assessment Methods’, Conference Organisor and participant

External collaboration:, Karen Clubb (nee Cooper) Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Derby,, JISC, Centre for recording Achievement, Universities of Bedfordshire , Cumbria, Liverpool and Wolverhampton., Karen Clubb (nee Cooper)Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Derby, Research project in partnership with Derbyshire Trading Standards, ‘A critical investigation of the legal powers of Trading Standards Services in the prevention of the mis–selling of mobility aids.’


Fellow of Higher Education Academy, 2008, Higher Education Academy

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy, 2014, Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional bodies:

Member Society Legal Scholars, Society Legal Scholars

Other Professional Activity:

Membership of Liverpool Law Soci

Work based learning consultancy for Solicitor's Regulatory Authority 2008