I enjoyed reading this article by Samantha Pegg about the legality of body modification. It addresses the criminal law relating to consent, which is always of interest, not least because it forces us to confront, fairly head-on, the relationship between law and policy, and the ways in which law accommodates sometimes competing philosophical priorities.  The article caused […]

[This post also appears on Ed Lines, my blog about learning in law and beyond.] On 17 September I had a great day out at the University of Birmingham, where CEPLER, the Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research, hosted a day workshop entitled, ‘Re-imagining the teaching of criminal law’.  It was a fantastic event.  A room full of […]

[This post also appears on Ed Lines, my blog about learning in law, and beyond.] I am looking forward to participating in the workshop ‘Re-imagining the Teaching of Criminal Law’ at the University of Birmingham in September.  The event is being hosted by CEPLER, the Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research, and big thanks go […]

Earlier this month, in R v McLoughlin and Newell [2014] EWCA Crim 188 the Court of Appeal ruled that ‘whole life’ terms for murder did not violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, because (i) such a term was not ‘irreducible’ and (ii) the conditions for ‘reducibility’ were sufficiently certain. The Grand […]

[*This post also appears on Ed Lines, my blog about criminal law and criminal justice.] I like the serendipity of Twitter, and how the unanticipated stuff in your timeline can cause you to pause for thought in relation to issues you might have previously taken for granted, or had not had reason to ponder. And […]

[This post also appears on Ed Lines, my blog about learning in law, and beyond.] I’ve been thinking a bit about module design in criminal law.  Decisions about how to design modules, activities, tasks or other components presuppose some groundwork on what we mean by ‘criminal law’ itself.  This post is an attempt to think […]

[*this post also appears on Ed Lines, my blog about learning in law and beyond.] I’m writing this as a new academic year is about to begin. It seems no time since the last one. Scary. If you are about to embark on the study of criminal law for the first time, then this post […]