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My main academic and professional interests relate to legal education, law & technology, access to justice and international human rights strategy.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have a lifelong interest in legal education, particularly in Clinical and experiential legal education. I have led the development of our LLB and LLM courses, including the establishment of our Legal Advice Clinic and our responses to the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination.
I have recently developed an interest in the impact of technology on access to justice, legal services and careers in law and have begun teaching a collaborative and practical Law & Technology course in collaboration with the Computer Sciences Division at LSBU.
For over 20 years I have worked on human rights and access to justice training and assistance projects. I was a founder member of the UK section of the European Law Students Association and from 1989 onward took part in the 'Book Bus' project taking law books and training to young lawyers in former communist countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. I then joined the International Human Rights Committee of the Law Society in 1994, where I worked for six years on issues such as the harassment of lawyers in Kenya and the operation of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. Since then, I have worked on human rights training projects in Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia for the British East-West Centre (a democracy and good government NGO). I am a former president of the South London Law Society and took part in our twinning project with the Law Association of Zambia, where I helped to establish access to justice stakeholder roundtable to support access to justice, particularly in rural areas. All of these experiences have fed into the courses I teach on International Human Rights Law & Strategy and on Comparative Law.
Before coming to LSBU, I was a High Street Legal Aid Solicitor. I am a former chair of the Trainee Solicitors Group and the Young Solicitors Group (now combined as the Junior Lawyers Division) of the Law Society of England & Wales.
Legal Education Meets Computer Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching LawTech
Russell, A., Otoyo, L., Silver, K. and Unger, A. (2022). Legal Education Meets Computer Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching LawTech. in: Thanaraj, A. & Geldhill, K. (ed.) Teaching Legal Education in the Digital Age - Pedagogical Practices to Digitally Empower Law Graduates Routledge. pp. chapter 11
Chap 9. Making a Racism Reporting Tool: A legal design case study
Unger, A. and Otoyo, L. (2022). Chap 9. Making a Racism Reporting Tool: A legal design case study. in: Design in Legal Education Routledge.
The Changing Relationship between Law Schools and the Legal Profession
Unger, A. (2019). The Changing Relationship between Law Schools and the Legal Profession. in: Jones, E. and Cownie, F. (ed.) Key Directions in Legal Education: National and International Perspectives Abingdon Routledge.
The impact of extended clinical placements on student academic achievement: preliminary findings of a collaborative research project at London South Bank University
Russell, AC, Unger, AD and Evans, C (2017). The impact of extended clinical placements on student academic achievement: preliminary findings of a collaborative research project at London South Bank University. 15th International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference ‘Bringing It All Together: Clinical Legal Educators in the 21st Century University’. Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK 03 - 05 Jul 2017
Clinic Post SRA t4t: Threats & Opportunities
Unger, AD (2016). Clinic Post SRA t4t: Threats & Opportunities. Clinical Legal Education Conference: Quality & Supervision. London South Bank University, London 11 Nov 2016 London South Bank University.
Clinical legal education and the delivery of legal services to people on low incomes: preparing for the future
Unger, AD, Russell, A and Evans, C (2016). Clinical legal education and the delivery of legal services to people on low incomes: preparing for the future. Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2016. Oxford 06 - 09 Sep 2016 London South Bank University.
Clinical Collaborations & CILEx Collaboration at LSBU: Where next in response to the SRA's t4t Proposals
Unger, AD, Russell, A and Evans, C (2016). Clinical Collaborations & CILEx Collaboration at LSBU: Where next in response to the SRA's t4t Proposals. Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference 2016. , University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne 20 - 22 Mar 2016 London South Bank University.