Law and Criminal Justice

Centre of Law and Criminal Justice Research

About us

nullThe Centre of Law and Criminal Justice is a focal point for criminal justice and criminological research at City, University of London. Reflecting its interdisciplinary approach the Centre of Law and Criminal Justice includes members from across the University including The City Law School, the School of Policy and Global Affairs, the School of Health & Psychological Sciences and Bayes Business School.

Our aim is to drive a progressive agenda for change that is grounded in multi-disciplinary research but also in the experiences of lawyers, police, prosecutors, judges and all those with lived experience of the criminal justice system.

To achieve this, we bring together key voices (researchers, practitioners, policy makers campaigners, citizens) from the criminal justice sector and from academia nationally and internationally.

Through cutting edge scholarship we advance national and comparative research investigating the most pressing issues in criminal justice. Our ethos is at once practical and research based – we believe that allowing theory to inform policy and practice is a route to meaningful criminal justice reform.

We organise seminars, workshops, public lectures and conferences to share research findings and promote perspectives that are at once practical and specialist.

We welcome collaboration – prospective students, visiting faculty, campaigners and concerned citizens are welcome to join us in transforming criminal justice.

Advisory board

Dr Aldo Zammit Borda (Co-Director)

Dr Aldo Zammit Borda is a Reader in Law at City, University of London. He previously served as Director of the Centre for Access to Justice and Inclusion at Anglia Ruskin University. His research focus lies in the area of International Criminal Justice.

Alexia Zimbler

Alexia Zimbler is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment (Postgraduate and Professional Programmes) at City Law School.She practised at the bar for 25 years, specialising in Criminal Law, Advocacy and Vulnerable Witnesses.

She started her practice on the Western Circuit at 2KBW, then to Broad Chare (now Dere Street) Chambers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, before returning to the South-East where she continued to practice, specialising in criminal defence work at the highest level. She also practiced Family Law specialising in Public Law children cases.

Professor Andrew Choo

Andrew Choo is Professor of Law at The City Law School. His research interests include evidence and procedure, especially criminal evidence. His published work has been cited in decisions of various appellate courts, including the House of Lords, the UK Supreme Court, the Privy Council and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Dr Cassandra Wiener (Co-Director)

Dr Cassandra Wiener is an Academic in Law at The City Law School. She is passionate about domestic abuse law reform and regularly acts as advisor to the Home Office and the Domestic Abuse Commissioner's office, among others. She played a key role in the drafting of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, successfully campaigning for a clause enhancing the criminal law protection of survivors of coercive control.

She is regularly consulted by governments and activists around the world who are considering following the UK's lead and criminalising coercive control, most recently appearing before the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Coercive Control in New South Wales, Australia.

Professor Emmeline Taylor

Professor Emmeline Taylor is a professor of Criminology and nd Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) in the School of Policy and Global Affairs. nd Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) in the School of Policy and Global Affairs. Emmeline has completed empirical research in a number of sociological and criminological areas including; surveillance and the societal impact of new technologies, armed robbery, residential burglary, retail crime, crime and security in education, and several evaluations of criminal justice initiatives in England and Australia.

Professor Eugene McLaughlin (Co-Director)

Professor Eugene McLaughlin is Professor of Criminology at City, University of London. His current research concentrates on: the policing challenges of multi-pluralist, risk societies; the news-media, crime and criminal justice policy; the politics of law and order and new developments in criminological theory

Dr Gemma Birkett (Co-Director)

Dr Gemma Birkett is a senior Lecuturer in Criminology at The City Law School. As such, she has extensive experience of working on criminal justice consultations and legislation, speech-writing and briefing on political issues. Gemma continues to undertake research and consultancy work for several criminal justice charities.

Dr Jessica Corsi

Dr Jessica Corsi is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Policy and Global Affairs at City, University of London. Jessica's work focuses on how the law can prevent and alleviate violence and foster substantive and transformative equality. Her approach spans public international, regional, and domestic law, and combines theory, data, traditional legal research methods, and social science research methods.

Dr Jonathan Ilan

Dr Jonathan Ilan is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at City, University of London. He has a strong interest in ethnographic research methods, providing advanced training internationally. He also keenly follows and contributes to debates in Cultural Criminology. He is a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology.

Professor Peter Hungerford-Welch

Professor Peter Hungerford-Welch is a Professor Law and Associate Dean at The City Law School.His teaching includes modules on the Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) and Master of Laws (LLM) programmes, and supervision of dissertations on those programmes. He is a regular contributor to the Criminal Law Review and is the Cases Editor for that journal.


Upcoming events

13th January 2023, 9:30am - 4:30pm Current Issues in Sentencing Policy and Research TLG11/Foyer The City Law School Building, Sebastian Street All day Seminar
February 2023 (tbc) The UK Government’s Transforming Our Justice System Agenda and the Likely Impact on Marginalised Communities

Dr Gemma Birkett
TBC Seminar
16thMarch 2023 6pm

Criminal Justice in Crisis

Baroness Helena Kennedy

TLG11/Foyer The City Law School Building, Sebastian Street

Public Lecture
23rd March 2023 5:30 pm

Coercive Control and the Criminal Law

Dr Cassandra Wiener

TLG11/Foyer The City Law School Building, Sebastian Street Book launch

The Centre for Crime and Justice Research has joined The City Law School Law and Documentary Film Network to host a season of film screenings and discussions.

Past Seminars

Find out about past events at the Centre for Crime and Justice Research.

Law and Documentary Film Network

The Centre for Crime and Justice Research is part of a new project at The City Law School called Law and Documentary Film Network. The Network seeks to bring academic research and documentary film together in conversation to engage with key legal issues from a socio-legal perspective. Each screening is followed by 30 minutes' discussion.

For more information, please contact Dr Mara Malagodi:

24th February 2016, 6pmGeneration Right
Watch the film trailer
The showing will be followed with a Q&A session with Professor Stephen Farrall, who was involved in the making of the film and the ESRC project
Long-term Trajectories of Crime in the UK
Room AG22, College Building, City University London, St John Street. London, EC1V 4PB


Dr Aldo Zammit Borda invited to speak at the Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague on the work of the Uyghur Tribunal

Dr Aldo Zammit Borda and Sir Geoffrey Nice KC
On 24 and 25 October 2022, Dr Aldo Zammit Borda, Reader at the School of Law at City, together with Sir Geoffrey Nice, delivered the keynote address for a new project run by the Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague (Czechia) on the subject of “The Uyghur Tribunal: From Judgment to Action”.

Aldo spoke about the work of the Uyghur Tribunal and the need for accountability for the crimes being committed against the Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities in Xinjiang. In addition to a public lecture, Sir Geoffrey and Aldo also ran a workshop for law students taking the Human Rights course.

On this visit, Sir Geoffrey and Aldo had a busy programme, including meetings with the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Senators of the Prague Parliament, a Czech Radio Station and the British Ambassador to Czechia.