Karen Cooper


Karen began her academic career as a Senior Lecturer on the Occupational Therapy Professional Practice undergraduate degree at the University of Derby. This followed an extensive and successful career in professional practice in the areas of learning disabilities and palliative care. Karen had responsibility for training and supporting clinical practice supervisors and students on their clinical placements. In 2006 Karen moved to the School of Law and Criminology at Derby University, where she held a number of distinct roles including:  Subject Leader Law, Faculty Teaching Fellow, LLM Programme leader, before moving to take up role of Programme leader at Liverpool John Moores University. Karen has also been Head of Law at both Newman University and Staffordshire University. Her current role is Head of Subject (Criminology, Law, Policing and Working with Children and Young Persons). She is a Senior Teaching Fellow HEA.


Research interests

Karen was awarded her PhD from Leeds University in 2014 – A critical examination of the anti-money laundering legislative framework for the prevention of terrorist finance. Counter terrorism finance is her main area of research.

Additional research interests include:

Medical Law

Innovation in Learning teaching and Assessment

Work based experience and clinical legal education


Karen has led and contributed to a number of research projects, including:

  • Teaching Informed Research –CPD needs of Allied Health Professionals who are qualified non-medical prescribers (Joint Project with EHS Prescribing Team Derby) (2009)
  • JISC Project – Innovation in digital assessment – Investigation of the impact of digital media to enhance assessment and feedback. (2011)
  • Derbyshire Trading Standards, ‘A critical investigation of the legal powers of Trading Standards Services in the prevention of the fraudulent sale of mobility aids.’ (2013)
  • Derbyshire Modern Slavery Consortium- Investigation into the detection of Modern Slavery by front line workers. (2015).



Karen has previously taught a range of core and option modules on law and criminal justice single, joint honours, course at both undergraduate and post graduate level. She has also supervised research students.

Her current teaching includes:

Introduction to law

Criminal law

Advanced Criminal Law

Medical law and Ethics

Extended research project



Administrative responsibilities

Head of Subject

Leadership and development of subject portfolio

Curriculum design and development

Management and development of external partnerships


Karen has previously led and contributed to a range of cross institutional committees:

Research Ethics Committee; Law in Society Research Group; Extenuating Circumstances Review Panel; Exam Scrutiny Committee; Joint Honours Management Committee; Academic Misconduct Panel; Faculty Quality Committee; Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee; Faculty Management Committee; Senior Executive Team; Teaching and Learning Forum; Retention Task and Finish Group; Student Experience Task Group; Employability Task Group.


Member of professional organisations

Senior Fellow of HEA

Association of Law Teachers

Law Society

Clinical Legal Education Organisation

Society of Terrorism research

Other Activities

In 2007 Karen led a prestigious Consultancy project for the Solicitors Regulation Authority which focused on the development of Work Based Learning in relation to the professional  Training Contract.


Book Chapters:

Cooper, ‘Counter-terrorism finance, precautionary logic and the regulation of risk: the regulation of Informal Value Transfer Systems within the UK’ The Handbook of Criminal and Terrorism Financing Law, edts Walker C, Gurule J, King C, Palgrave MacMillan 2017.

Cooper, C. Walker, ‘Heroic or hapless? The legal reform of counter-terrorism financial sanctions regimes in the European Union’ book Chapter Constitutionalism Across Borders in the Struggle Against Terrorism Elgar 2015



Cooper, C. Walker, ‘Security from terrorism financing: Models of delivery applied to Informal Value Transfer Systems’ British Journal of Criminology Special Edition Rethinking Security Studies Across Disciplinary Boundaries August 2016
doi: 10.1093/bjc/azw057

Clubb ‘Secret Justice – closed material proceedings and the Justice

Security Act 2013 Covert Policing 2014 Vol 2

Clubb Consumer protection for vulnerable consumers – preventing the mis-

selling of mobility aids’ Trading Standards Today March 2014

K.Clubb   ‘Redressing the balance – will proposed legislation improve consumer

Rights’ New Law Journal Vol164 7596

K.Clubb ‘The use of patch text in assessing law Clinic portfolios’ International Journal of Clinical Legal Education 2014

K.Clubb ‘Masters of our Destiny- the integration of law clinic into post graduate

Masters provision’ IJCLE Vol 19 pp 394-404 2014

K.Clubb ‘The terrorist asset freezing etc Act 2010 ‘Harnessing proportionality to

deliver prevention without punishment’, Covert Policing Issue 1 2014

K.Clubb Case Comment Michaud v France, Covert Policing Issue 1 2014




Cooper, abstract submitted to Cross- Border Crime Colloquium, Newcastle University, 26th – 28th June.

Cooper, ‘Secret Justice – Intelligence and closed material proceedings in terrorism cases’ Covert Policing Conference London December 2nd 2015

Cooper, ‘Models of Terrorism Financing and models of delivery-ensuring effective regulation’ Conference: ‘Comparative and International Aspects of Criminal and Terrorism Funding’ Tilburg October 25th 2015

Clubb, ‘Terrorist Finance perspectives on informal systems a UK perspective’ The Successes and Failures of Proceeds of Crime Approaches, Manchester October 2014. Paper submitted for special edition journal.

K Clubb, Professor Walker ‘Heroic or hapless? The legal reform of counter-terrorism financial sanctions regimes in the European Union’ Conference Constitutionalism Across Borders, Harvard Law School, March 2014

Clubb ‘HEA Clinic Legal Education Conference – Form and Funding’ London February 2012

Clubb ‘Protecting the Socially Vulnerable from Fraud’ Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime 2012

Clubb ‘HEA Innovative Assessment Methods’ Conference Derby 2012

Clubb ‘The use of Patch text assessment in a Derby Law’ Clinic poster presentation LTA ‘July 2011

Clubb ‘Assessing clinic – the use of patch text assessment as an alternative to portfolios’ Abstract accepted and presentation to IGAJE and IJCLE Valencia 2011

Clubb. ‘Community Based Punishment’ Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime 2010

Clubb ‘Use of tutor feedback to develop reflexivity in students – Avoiding Ghost writing.’ CLEO Symposium Northumbria University January 2009

Clubb ‘Assisted suicide – assisting a dignified death’ A thematic approach to teaching criminal law ALT Conference Amsterdam April 2009

Clubb ‘Using Reflection to Enhance Work-based Learning: Towards Professionalism’ Learning in Law Conference, UKCLE for Legal Education, Warwick, January 2008

Clubb ‘The Inward Eye of the Student Experience: Developing Reflection’

Annual conference of the Association of Law Teachers, Plymouth April 2007

K.Clubb ‘Two Sides of the Same Coin: Learning from the Student Experience. Presentation at the Learning Teaching and Assessment conference, University of Derby, July 2006