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Prof Elaine Hall


Department: Northumbria Law School

Professor Elaine Hall joined Northumbria School of Law as a Reader in legal education research in October 2013. She was previously Lecturer in Research Methods at Newcastle University where she was a member of the Centre for Learning and Teaching.  Her research career has spanned twenty years and more than thirty funded projects.  This research has been directed towards the experience of teaching and learning from the early years to old age, as curriculum-specific, metacognitive and professional practices. The diversity of context has produced a unifying theory of pedagogic enquiry, which focuses on the intent of the researcher, the power of research and pedagogic tools and the critical engagement of research networks. 

Her doctorate Enacting Change in Classrooms focuses on the potential for professional learning for educators in all contexts through enquiry processes.  Elaine was also a UKCP registered psychotherapist with a private clinical, supervision and teaching practice in Newcastle.  She holds a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy from the University of Wales.

Elaine leads the Legal Education and Professional Skills Signature Research Area.

 Elaine is an Editor of the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education (IJCLE) and organises its annual conference. She is a Board member of the Association of Law Teachers and the Law Teacher journal.

She is also an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Education Research; Guest Editor for the International Journal of Research Methods in Education; and a regular reviewer for journals including British Educational Research Journal, Educational Review, Teachers and Teaching, Teacher Development and the European Journal of Psychology of Education.

Elaine is co-convener of Network 15: Research Partnership in Education within the European Educational Research Association.  She acts as external examiner for the University of Glasgow Practitioner enquiry programme and the Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Sciences at Queen Margaret University as well as conducting doctoral examinations at Glasgow, Durham, Sheffield and Middlesex.

Campus Address

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Key Publications

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  • Grasping the nettle of ‘doctorateness’ for practitioner academics: a framework for thinking critically about curriculum design, Hall, E. 4 May 2019, In: Studies in Continuing Education
  • Look who’s talking: Factors for considering the facilitation of very young children’s voices, Hall, E., Wall, K., Cassidy, C., Robinson, C., Beaton, M., Kanyal, M., Mitra, D. 1 Dec 2019, In: Journal of Early Childhood Research
  • Narcissus in peril: weighing the risks of unthinking practice and excellent practice against the cognitive and emotional load of reflection, Hall, E. 2 Oct 2019, In: Law Teacher
  • Research Methods for Understanding Professional Learning, Hall, E., Wall, K. 21 Feb 2019
  • "What we did over the summer": updates on proposed reforms to legal education and training in England and Wales and in the Republic of Ireland, Hall, E., Hodgson, J., Strevens, C., Guth, J. Oct 2019, In: Law Teacher
  • Clinic as the crucible for theorised practice and the practice of theory in legal education, Sylvester, C., Hall, E. 4 Oct 2018, Reimagining Clinical Legal Education , Bloomsbury
  • Contemporary issues in legal education, Reed, A., Hall, E. 1 Jun 2018, In: Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Glass Houses: how might we decide on a ‘good enough’ assessment to become a solicitor?, Hall, E. 2018, In: Law Teacher
  • If we could instil social justice values through clinical legal education, should we?, McKeown, P., Hall, E. Jun 2018, In: Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Look Who’s Talking: Eliciting the Voices of Children from Birth to Seven, Wall, K., Arnott, L., Cassidy, C., Beaton, M., Christensen, P., Dockett, S., Hall, E., I'Anson, J., Kanyal, M., McKernan, G., Pramling, I., Robinson, C. Sep 2017, In: International Journal of Student Voice

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  • Tribe Mkwebu Clinical Pedagogy: A Systematic Review of Factors Influential in the Establishment and Sustainability of Clinical Programmes and a Grounded Theory Explication of a Clinical Legal Education Case Study in Zimbabwe Start Date: 18/11/2013 End Date: 15/06/2017
  • Folasade Bola Kuti-Olaniyi Section 15(3) of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956: A Critical Examination of anomalies with Interpretation and Application of the doctrine "in loco parentis". Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Ashimedua Okonkwo What is the law on liens in Ireland Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Daireen Laverty Anti Doping and Strict Liability - is strict liability an appropriate measure? OR Gender Pay Gap in Sport - Contrary to the Laws of Equality or not? Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Karen Costello Bridging the gaps in legal writing education of undergraduate students. An empirical examination of legal writing skills from first year to fourth year students. Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Lucinda Shaw Patterns in successful and unsuccessful deal making Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Marco Palladino Technology Law: a critical analysis of the contemporary legislative framework Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Barry Crushell Jurisdiction of the Workplace Relations Committee (WRC) Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Elaine Walsh Do Clinical Legal Education/Legal Skills Modules enhance the learning experience of the learner - what are the experiences of it? The relevance of Legal Skills Modules as legal practice continues to evolve? Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Cormac McCarthy What characteristics and motivations in directors' duties culminate in unethical governance decisions? Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Denise Hunter An exploration of the issues and challenges facing the Irish planning system. Does the recentralisation of power to central Government provided for under Section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 sideline democracy? Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Caroline Mantl Viewing earth from space - Legal issues, particularly data protection, in geographical information systems downstream applications using artificial intelligence Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Festus Ibi An exploration of the issues and challenges faced by refugees when applying for international protection under the International Protection Act 2015 in Ireland and the challenges faced by legal practioners when genuine cases are denied. Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Linda Gordon Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Noeleen Redmond Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Mary McNamara Start Date: 01/09/2020 End Date: 12/03/2021
  • Hugh-Michael Hannigan The provision of quantum guidelines to juries empanelled to determine and assess damages in defamation actions in the High Court of Ireland and to draft those quantum guidelines along with separate quantum guidelines for judges in the Circuit and District Courts Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Bethany A'Court Youth Justice and the Police: Identifying Areas for Improvement Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Gustavo Romano-Jackson Individual inefficiencies and collective losses: how companies are preparing an ageing population for retirement and post-retirement careers, and how laws can distribute and mitigate costs Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Alanna Woods How the Compliance Function is Changing and Adapting to New Demands Imposed on Irish Banks since 2008 Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Anna Butler The circular economy – is the law a pragmatic driver or a distracting passenger? Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Callum Thomson The development and future of mental health protection for the child in private law childcare proceedings. Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Jacqueline Ann MacCurtain CORPORATE GOVERNANCE: Regulation or Voluntary Code-A Way Forward Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Karena Hester Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 – Implications for stakeholders. Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Bill Holohan The Likely Attitude of the Irish Courts to the application of section 21 of the Mediation Act 2017 Start Date: 01/09/2019
  • Tamsin Sharp Start Date: 01/09/2016 End Date: 17/02/2021
  • Rosemary Horgan Adoption at the Cross-Roads, in whose best interest is an adoption from the public care system? Start Date: 13/08/2020
  • Ana Speed To what extent do traditional forums of informal dispute resolution operate within community and religious organisations in Newcastle’s West End in relation to family law disputes and how does this facilitate and/or prohibit access to justice for female users? Start Date: 01/09/2018
  • Samantha Rasiah The purpose, content, and currency of legal education in the 21st Century Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Rita Frawley The Cinderella Syndrome – Do the Irish District Courts need a Prince Charming? Start Date: 01/09/2019
  • Sarah Morse Is Street Law, as a form of legal education, an effective method of developing intellectual independence in law students? Start Date: 01/09/2016
  • Carol Boothby Supervising the supervisors: what are the challenges inherent in teaching in a law clinic environment and how can colleagues be supported on the transition from practitioner to practice-informed teacher and researcher? Start Date: 01/03/2016
  • Richard Lee How to Identify and Manage Corporate Risk Start Date: 01/09/2019 End Date: 30/03/2021
  • Andrew Watson Privacy and Data Protection: which factors impact on the enforcement of data protection rights in the UK Start Date: 01/09/2016
  • Christopher Mitford Start Date: 01/03/2018 End Date: 14/01/2020
  • Rachel Dunn The Knowledge, Skills and Attributes Considered Necessary to Start Day One Training Competently and Whether Live Client Clinics Develop Them Start Date: 01/10/2014 End Date: 23/04/2018
  • Christopher Simmonds Start Date: 01/03/2016


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