Our members

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Professor Sarah Blandy

  • tenure and rights
  • collective and individual property rights
  • multi-owned property
  • the interaction of family and property law
  • regulation of conduct, dispute resolution, and access to justice, amongst residential occupiers
  • the spatial boundaries of law, especially in relation to gated communities

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Deputy Director

Penelope Russell

  • Importance of genetic ties in parenting
  • Understandings and experiences of the exercise of Parental Responsibility
  • The nature of 'contribution' in the determination of ancillary relief cases

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Dr Matthew Bacon

  • Policing (in particular the occupational culture of the police, criminal investigation and covert policing practices)
  • Illegal drug markets and drug control policy
  • The informal economy
  • Qualitative research methods

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Julia Belshaw

  • Family Law
  •  Litigation and Advocacy
  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law

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Dr Mark Brown

  • Prisons and penal policy
  • Penal history and theory
  • Colonial and post-colonial law and justice
  • Comparative jurisprudence
  • Global criminology
  • Transnational organised crime
  • Security sector reform
  • Fragile and post-conflict states

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Pablo Castillo-Ortiz

  • Comparative constitutional law and politics, with a focus on constitutional jurisdictions
  • Theories and models of judicial decision-making
  • European legal/judicial integration
  • Configurational analysis
  • Historic Memory

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Dr Vicky Chico

  • English Tort Law
  • Medical Negligence
  • Medical and Genetic Services

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  • Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Public Law and Political Ideologies (Especially Conservatism)
  • Judicial Independence
  • Judicial Appointments

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  • Land Law
  • Equity and Trusts Law
  • Law of Restitution
  • Administrative Law
  • Business Law

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Dr Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg

  • International and Regional Protection of Human Rights
  • The Work of International Courts
  • Domestic Implementation of International Human Rights Law
  • Human Rights Methods and Methodologies
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law
  • Feminist and Queer Legal Theories.

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Dr David Hayes

  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Punishment and Society
  • Philosophies of Punishment

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Professor Tamara Hervey

  • European Union Law
  • Health Law and policy in trans-national contexts
  • Discrimination Law and social rights

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Michael Jefferson

  • Criminal law
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Modern slavery
  • Non-fatal offences
  • Corporate manslaughter

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Dr Richard Kirkham

  • Ombudsman
  • Constitutional theory
  • Administrative justice
  • Complaints mechanisms

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Professor Claire McGourlay

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal evidemce
  • Criminal Process
  • Miscarraiges of justice

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Tina McKevitt

  • Employment Law
  • Discimination Law
  • Law and business

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Dr Brid Ni Ghrainne

  • Public International Law
  • Treaty Interpretation
  • State Responsibility
  • Non-State Actors

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Peter Odell

  • Equity and Trusts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Law

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Zoe Ollerenshaw

  • Contract Law
  • Classical and neo-classical theories of law
  • Supply-chain

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Tara Lai Quinlan

  • Police and Policing
  • Comparative UK/US Criminal Justice
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)
  • Civil Liberties
  • Racial Disproportionality and the Criminal Justice System
  • Discrimination Law

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Dr Gwen Robinson

  • Community sanctions/penalties
  • Offender rehabilitation and management
  • Restorative justice

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Professor Joanna Shapland

  • Criminal justice
  • Victimisation, victimology and victims in the criminal justice system
  • Restorative justice
  • Business and crime
  • Offending, desistance and offending careers

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Dr Layla Skinns

  • The police custody process
  • Police and policing
  • The role of the law in policing
  • Police legitimacy
  • Multi-agency criminal justice partnerships
  • Crime prevention and community safety
  • Mixed-methods research

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Dr Francesca Strumia

  • Citizenship Law and Theory
  • European and Comparative Constitutional Law
  • European and Comparative Migration Law and Policy
  • Comparative Federalism
  • EU Cohesion Policy

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Dr Philippa Tomczak

  • The sociology of punishment
  • The penal voluntary sector
  • Actor-network theory
  • Deaths in punishment
  • Penal reform and activism
  • Penal monitoring and regulatory bodies

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Dr Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis

  • The nature and function of bioethics norms
  • The content and protection of fundamental rights
  • European and international human rights law
  • Comparative constitutional law
  • Legal theory and theories of judicial reasoning

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Joan Upson

  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law
  • Environmental Law
  • European Law

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Professor Peter Vincent-Jones

  • Contract and Public Law
  • Administrative law
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Public services contracting, governance and regulation
  • Comparative healthcare governance
  • Central-local government relations
  • Litigation in business practice and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Research methods

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Dr Maggie Wykes

  • Links between represented crime and real crime
  • Gender, violence and representation in law, policy and the media
  • Intra-familial abuse and violence
  • Internet crime

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Dr Ting Xu

  • Law, governance and development
  • Property law
  • Property and human rights
  • Socio-legal studies
  • Chinese law
  • Comparative law
  • Political economy

Visiting Members

Dr Shengqiang ChenDr Shengqiang Chen


Dr Shengqiang Chen is an academic visitor (2016.12-2017.12) at the School of Law, University of Sheffield. He holds a PhD in Constitutional Law and Administrative Law from Wuhan University, China. He is an expert in constitutional law, especially in comparative constitutional law, history of Chinese constitution, modernization theories of politics, legal and culture. He has practised law for more than 15 years in China before coming to the UK. He is now an associate professor at the School of Law, University of Henan, China. Dr Shengqiang Chen is also a member of the Council of Chinese Constitutional Law Society, a Legal Think-tank expert of the government of Henan province, China.
Dr Shengqiang Chen has published 3 books in Chinese, namely, On Disputes of Modern China’s Regime:1898-1949 (Law Press,2014), Innovation of the Central Government in Modern China (Wuhan University Press, 2013), Public Interest Philosophy through Litigation (ed. Wuhan University, 2010). He also writes several articles on comparative constitutional law and history of Chinese constitution.
During his stay in the University of Sheffield, Dr Shengqiang Chen will focus on the following research project: ‘The Judicial Organ of the State and Legal Order of Changing Societies: The Comparison of England and China’. He aims to investigate the functions of the judicial organ of England during the period 1640-1688 and that of China during the period 1912-1928, to make comparisons and reveals the underlying reasons. At the end of his research, he would like to give a presentation on his findings.

Research Interests

• Comparative law, especially comparative public law
• Constitutional law
• Legal history
• Socio-legal studies
• Judicial system studies

Research students

Our postgraduate research students are also members.