Law and Criminology Research Group

Our experts

Professor Mark Pawlowski

Mark Pawlowski's research interests lie in the fields of land law, equity and trusts, and landlord and tenant law. In terms of a general theme, his published output focuses on highlighting areas of property law which require reform. In this connection, many of his publications provide a fresh appraisal of common law and equitable doctrines and their application with recommendations for changes in the law. In particular, Pawlowski's published work has reached the judiciary and practising legal profession both nationally and internationally.

Dr Dragana Radosavljevic

Dragana Radosavljevic's research is directed at informing and influencing policy development and legal practice. Her work on restorative justice is included in the publications of a leading restorative justice forum, Restorative Justice Online (Centre for Justice and Reconciliation,

Carol Withey

Carol Withey's research outputs focus on statutory developments within criminal law and examine the practical significance of new legislation. She has conducted empirical research on strategies for improving the low conviction rate for rape. Her other research is underpinned by the desire to encourage student engagement with all facets of a law course. Focus to date has been on engagement in lectures and seminars, through the piloting of schemes to maintain focus through interactive and visual pedagogy. She has also developed a unique visual aid to legal teaching using animated Lego characters to illustrate key principles in criminal law. This has resulted in the production of a number of 'Lego Law Films' for use by law schools.

Her other research has been into the use of electronic voting systems (EVS) through her involvement with a specialist interest group (Engaging Students Through In-Class Technology - ESTICT), which was established with HEA funding.

Dr Olga Martin-Ortega

Olga Martin-Ortega's research focuses on post-conflict reconstruction and accountability for mass atrocities after armed conflict. This work also explores the tension between internationally-driven justice processes and local and national initiatives to provide justice after conflict. Her work on business and human rights aims at impacting on policy debates on the harmful consequences of the activities and working methods of multinational corporations with regards to human rights. Her work has been cited by the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights and the European Parliament (Directorate-General for External Policies, Business and Human Rights).

Dr Opi Outhwaite

Opi Outwaite's research lies in the fields of biosecurity and biodiversity. She has authored and co-authored several articles and book chapters, as well as presenting her work at national and international conferences.

Angela Laycock

Angela Laycock's main contribution has been in the development of a grounded theory approach to the analysis of phytosanitary and biosecurity law. She has trained postgraduate students in the approach and co-authored several conference papers on this subject.

She has also been involved in the teaching of human rights law through the vehicle of membership of a commissioned research project. This project, the Comparative Evaluation of Rights Mechanisms project (CERM), was designed with the aim of providing the student with the opportunity to learn through practical experience the skills required to work as part of a research project team and, secondly, to make a comparative study evaluating mechanisms for the promotion of the rights of a specific sector of society in the UK and at least one other jurisdiction.

Professor Steven Haines

Steven Haines is a legal consultant to the Global Coalition for the Protection of Education from Attack (GCPEA). GCPEA is a coalition of UN agencies (including, , UNESCO and UN High Commission for Human Rights) and non-governmental organisations (including, Human Rights Watch and Education Above All). He has recently drafted 'International Guidelines for Military Forces Interacting, or Having the Potential to Interact, with Education in the Context of Armed Conflict'.

Edward Phillips

Edward Phillips is working together with an interdisciplinary group of academics to investigate the teaching of Islamic Studies (including law) across the UK. The Steering Group that has been set up has received initial funding from the HEA/HEFCE. In addition, Phillips is collaborating (as a joint editor) on a proposed text on using simulation exercises and assessments in law teaching. He has also secured research funding for using mock trials in the teaching of criminal law, for developing software for teaching and learning and for developing a PDP scheme for law students.

Professor Darrick Jolliffe

Darrick Jolliffe's research interests relate to the psychology of criminal behaviour, the development of crime across the life-course and evaluations of interventions with offenders.

Dr Michael Fiddler

Michael Fiddler's research concerns the varied readings of the prison, both in its built form and in fictional representations. His published work on prison space and prison film has been cited extensively.

Dr Maria Kaspersson

Maria Kaspersson's research is directed at increasing the understanding of violence in its different forms, especially within a domestic context and so called "honour"-based violence. Her research also investigates the historical aspects of the criminal justice system and has aimed to influence policy and measures regarding specific pieces of legislation.

Dr Stacy Banwell

Stacy Banwell's research focuses on a critical investigation into the relationship between gender and offending behaviour. In particular, Dr Banwell's work is directed at increasing an understanding of the nature and causes of violence against women in order to improve legislation and criminal justice policies relating to gender-based violence.