My doctoral research has taken me back across the Irish Sea, to explore rights and policing, based on extensive fieldwork with the Police Service of Northern Ireland. It sheds light on how human rights law is interpreted and applied, but also re-defined and resisted, by a variety of officers across the police. The study is animated by the country’s recent conflict and lingering ethno-politics; contestation over human rights abounds.

During my DPhil, I have published on criminal law, law of evidence and policing, and been a researcher and co-writer on projects investigating the ways in which mounted police work is experienced in the UK, funded by the ESRC, and public confidence in the police, funded by the Northern Ireland Policing Board. I have also worked as a consultant for the Law Commission of England and Wales. I have been Editor and Managing Editor of the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, a top-ranking human rights law blog that promotes dialogue between researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from around the world.

Criminal justice and connected legal issues are an area I have been interested throughout my studies, having spent valuable time over summers with the Committee on the Administration of Justice (Belfast), as well as the Northern Irish Departmental Solicitor’s Office, the Department of Justice and Legal Services for the Stormont Assembly.

Before commencing my DPhil, I graduated with first class honours in Law from the University of Bristol and was awarded the Oxford University Press Prize. I arrived at the Centre for Criminology to study for the MSc. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, receiving the Roger Hood Prize for coming first in the year. Most recently, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Law Faculty, University of New South Wales.

I have recently taken up a Fellowship in Law at the London School of Economics.

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Human Rights Law and Discourse; Policing; Legitimacy; Northern Ireland; Public Law; Law of Evidence; Criminal Law

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