Panel discussion on contemplative practices in the study and practice of law

Join us at 09.30 GMT on Thursday, 9th March for this online Panel session. Network members will receive full details via email. If you are not a member and wish to attend, please join the Network via this website or email us.

The session will explore the use of contemplative practices in the context of legal education and professional practice. Drawing on the experience of panel members, we will discuss trends in the integration of such practices, addressing issues of resilience, well-being, and personal and professional efficacy.

Anthony Cullen is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the School of Law, Middlesex University, London. He currently teaches Public Law, International Human Rights Law, and supervises the research of PhD students in the fields of public international law, military law and the law of armed conflict. Anthony is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Bordeaux, France, an External Examiner at Dublin City University, Ireland, and a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. His research interests include the areas of international humanitarian law, international human rights law, the use of contemplative methods in teaching, the decolonization of higher education, and student well-being.

Paridhi Singh is a Trainee Solicitor at Baker McKenzie LLP, qualifying in March 2023. She holds three postgraduate law degrees, including a Master-in-law degree in international law from the University of Cambridge. She also completed her double bachelors in law from the Jindal Global Law School in India. She has worked at Accenture, Scotland as a Management Consultant and has undertaken human rights work in several countries including with the United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka, and the Centre for the Study of Democracy in Bulgaria.

Elaine Quinn is an experienced senior lawyer having worked in major law firms in London and Sydney specialising in dispute resolution and insurance. She is the founding editor of The Conscious Lawyer online magazine, and passionately interested in subjects such as the integration of contemplative practice into law practice and legal education, and the rising voice of the feminine in law. She is an active member of The Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics (PISLAP) and recently served on their Executive Committee. She is admitted to practice in Ireland (2007), England and Wales (2016) and California (2008), and is a recently accredited mediator.

Lughaidh Kerin is Director of Clinical Legal Education at Middlesex University, London, where his teaching includes Alternative Dispute Resolution and Legal Ethics at undergraduate level and Legal Research Skills at postgraduate level. As Senior Lecturer in Clinical Legal Education, he has won numerous awards for student support, including ‘Outstanding Commitment to Student Development’ and ‘Outstanding contribution to putting students first’. His research interests include the use of contemplative practices in legal education, life coaching for law students, and the promotion well-being in legal education and professional practice.

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