Ms Louise Hewitt LLB, LLM, PG cert

Lecturer in Law, Director Innocence Project London

Key details

Louise Hewitt

Ms Louise Hewitt
LLB, LLM, PG cert

Lecturer in Law, Director Innocence Project London


Louise Hewitt joined the School of Law at Greenwich in 2011. She previously studied at the University of Greenwich as an undergraduate before Co-Founding (with Kristian Humble) the Innocence Project London, a pro-bono clinic dedicated to investigating wrongful convictions. The Innocence Project London is the only UK member of the international Innocence Network based in New York.

As a lecturer Louise primarily teaches on the Crime & Problem solving course and the Law of Evidence course. Louise is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Law

Responsibilities within the university

  • Director Innocence Project London
  • Disabled Witness Project leader
  • Disability Co-ordinator for the Law School

Awards

Winner Faculty Star Award, Student Led Teaching Awards University of Greenwich 2018

Highly Commended Extra Mile Award, Student Led Teaching Awards University of Greenwich 2018

Highly Commended, Extra Mile Award, Student Led Teaching Awards University of Greenwich 2017

Recognition

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Innocence Network (New York)
  • Member of the European Innocence Network (Italy)
  • Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education

Research / Scholarly interests

Louise is currently undertaking her PhD in international law. The thesis is examining the extent to which United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 has altered the relationship between domestic and international law, in the context of the suppression and prevention of terrorism.

Louise is currently carrying out research funded by the Peter Harris Trust, centred on promoting access to justice for disabled witnesses of disability hate crime (the Disabled Witness Project); teaching using the Flipped Classroom and the effect this has on students learning, and miscarriages of justice.

Louise's other research interests include examining the effectiveness of current procedures and pre-trial processes that facilitate the giving of evidence in court by witnesses to disability crimes (the Vulnerable Witness Project); teaching using the Flipped Classroom and the effect this has on students' learning; and miscarriages of justice.

Key funded projects

Disabled witness project: promoting access to justice for disabled witnesses of disability hate crime

The research is funded by the Peter Harris Trust and is supported by the National Police Chiefs Council (NCC) and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) is an interested party.

At the centre of the project is the need for legislative change in the context of an offence of disability hate crime, in line with other hate crimes. Case studies will identify good practice in the investigation of disability hate crime, alongside identifying practical standards for which police forces could potentially be assessed by the HMIC, to create recommendations for all police forces in the UK to adopt. A uniform standard of investigative practice could potentially be a driver for a change in legislation. 

The aims of the research are:

1. Review the efficacy of current legislation

  • is there a need for an offence of disability hate crime?
  • identify the benefits for policing and disabled witnesses of a change in legislation

2. Investigate Strategies for effective policing of Disability Hate Crime

  • Measure the effectiveness of police forces recording of disability hate crime
  • Identify the key areas in police policy and procedure that could lead to development in national strategies for operational improvement and drive legislative change

Publications

  • Nunn v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary Case Comment" Inquiry. The Quarterly Newsletter of the Innocence Network UK, Issue 8-Summer 2013
  • Timing is Flipping Everything: Is student engagement through the flipped classroom dependent on the year of study it is introduced? A Case Study in Law. Vol 10. No/1 (2017) Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching

Forthcoming

  • "Learning by experience on the Innocence Project London: The employer/employee environment" a practice report to be published in the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education