Expertise of the Criminal Justice Unit

Criminal Justice Unit members possess expertise across a wide range of areas. However, there are four areas in which members have concentrated expertise, as well as a national and international reputation for scholarship and income generation. In all fours areas unit members have published, attracted research grant income and worked with relevant criminal justice agencies.

Policing and procedural rights

The unit’s members can offer considerable expertise in various aspects of policing, the ethics of defending suspects, along with the way in which police, suspects and their legal advisors interact. Expertise in specific areas includes police powers, interviewing of suspects, the role of lawyers in defending procedural rights, policing of specific crimes such as public order offences and rape, training of police officers and factors that influence the exercise of police discretion.

Members; Ed Lloyd-Cape, James Hoggett, Lysandra Marshall, Rachel Manning, Mark O’Brien, Liz Beckerlegge

Interpersonal Violence and Offending

Expertise in this area includes sexual and non-sexual violence as well as human trafficking, with examination of issues pertaining to offenders, as well as victims. Research extends to wider social responses to offending and the problem of ‘moral panics’ in response to such issues as sex offenders and child pornography.

Members; Kieran McCartan, Phil Rumney, Jessica Elliot, Rachel Fenton, Duncan McPhee, Rachel Manning, Jackie Jones

Terrorism and Organised Crime

Criminal behaviour, whether it is motivated for financial reasons, power, politics or religion, is a major area of contemporary concern. Expertise within the unit covers typical notions of organised crime such as terrorism and mafia-type groups, but also street gangs and white collar criminals.

Members: Jackie Jones, Phil Rumney, Nic Ryder, Duncan McPhee

Alternative Justice Approaches

The unit contains a number of members who have nationally recognised expertise in examining various conceptions of justice. They are not only concerned with traditional ‘law and order’ conceptions of justice, but also alternative methods of dealing with criminality and the prevention of re-offending. For example, members engage in work within prisons and probation in examining strategies to prevent re-offending and, also seek better understandings of the impact of defendant characteristics on criminal liability. This includes the use of neuroscientific evidence within the criminal justice system.

Members: John Moore, Nikki McKenize, Nick de Viggiani, Mike Woodiwiss

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