Leila’s research examines judicial discretion at sentencing with a particular focus on the Australian model of sentencing, instinctive synthesis. The project uses doctrinal analysis and interviews with members of the Victorian judiciary to understand how instinctive synthesis is applied in practice. The research is supervised by Professor Julian Roberts.

Leila completed a BA/LLB at Monash University, including a year at the University of Edinburgh, and an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Oxford. Prior to beginning the DPhil she worked as a judicial associate at the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

Leila is currently a Stipendiary Lecturer in Criminal Law at St John’s College, University of Oxford. She has also taught criminal law at Mansfield College and Regent’s Park and was Graduate Teaching Assistant for Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford.

Research projects