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Dr Karen Nokes
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  • Lecturer in Law
  • Faculty of Laws
Dr. Karen Nokes joined UCL Faculty of Laws as a Lecturer in 2021. She holds a PhD in Business and Management from the University of Manchester, an LLB from the University of Cardiff and a BSc in psychology from the Open University. Karen was admitted as Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales in 1992.Prior to joining UCL, Karen was a Research Fellow in the Centre for Crime, Justice, and Policing at the University of Birmingham. Prior to postgraduate study, Karen was a solicitor in private practice after which she spent nearly 20 years working for the Law Society/Solicitors Regulation Authority where she held a number of senior posts, including Head of Practice Standards and Director of Supervision. She has extensive experience of legal regulation and of practitioner engagement.Karen received a scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council for her doctoral studies and has presented at a number of national and international conferences including the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (2015, 2016 and 2018), British Academy of Management Annual Conference (2017) and the Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference (2022).
Research Summary
Dr. Karen Nokes is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research uses insights from psychology and business and management to explore the law and the legal system in context. Karen’s research interests focus on using interdisciplinary approaches/methodologies to explore individual, group and collective action and behaviour within the legal system. One particular area of interest is the psychological processes of judgment and decision making within organisations and institutions, including how individuals and organisations navigate complex and dynamic environmental contexts. Karen also has a keen interest in empirical legal research and is a member of the Centre for Empirical Legal Studies.
Teaching Summary

Laws Connections (1st year LLB) 

Law and Social Inquiry (3rd year LLB) 

Tort (Special Seminars) (2nd year LLB)

Lawyers, Ethics and Organisations (3rd year LLB) Co-Convenor 

Access to Justice: Theory and Practice (LLM) Co-convenor 

Participation in the Faculty of Laws PhD research training programme.

Academic Background
  BSc Hons Psychology – Psychology The Open University
  PhD Business and Management – Business psychology University of Manchester
  LLBHONS Law – Law by area University of Cardiff
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