Established in 2021, the Constitutions, Rights and Justice research group seeks to foster a collaborative approach regarding how to talk about and conduct research on the nature of constitutions, different categories of rights (i.e., social, political, legal and employment) and the importance of justice in its many forms. 

Constitutions, Rights and Justice is based within the School of Humanities at the University of Worcester. This innovative group brings together academics at the University of Worcester, external academics, legal practitioners and active and retired judges to work together on a myriad of issues and seek scope for collaboration within the wider academy and legal practice. The group builds upon five years of research and scholarly activity within the School of Law at the University of Worcester that has focused on issues such as the application of the Fraud Act 2006, the Miller litigation, the rule of law and access to justice.    


The aims of the group are to:

  1. Engage with the public, the academy and legal practice through the dissemination of research and scholarship, the hosting of Public Lectures, workshops and research seminars.
  2. Foster collaboration between ordinary members, associate members and the wider academy and legal practice.
  3. Produce innovative research and other scholarly work that advance the work of the group.

The group’s director is Dr Chris Monaghan. If you have any questions, please contact Chris at


The group consists of ordinary members and associate members. Prospective members are welcome to get in contact to enquire about joining. 

Director of the Constitutions, Rights and Justice Research Group


Dr Chris Monaghan

Dr Chris Monaghan is the Director of the Constitutions, Rights and Justice research group. He is a Principal Lecturer in Law and specialises in Constitutional Law and accountability, with a particular emphasis on the accountability of the executive and the use of impeachment. Chris holds a PhD in law from King’s College London and has published on constitutional law, human rights and discrimination law. He is the co-editor of the Routledge Frontiers in Accountability Studies book series and is the author of Public Law (Routledge 2021). His book, Accountability, Impeachment and Constitution: The Case for a Modernised Process for the United Kingdom will be published by Routledge in 2022.

Ordinary members

Michelle Clarke

Michelle Clarke joined the University of Worcester after serving as an officer with West Mercia Police, achieving the rank of Detective Sergeant with a career predominantly based within CID. As the Professional Policing Course Lead and Lecturer in Policing at the University of Worcester, Michelle is the point of contact for the College of Policing and leads on the development of University qualifications to support the National Policing Education Qualifications Framework.

Her teaching and research interests include the investigation of serious and complex crime, emotional intelligence in investigative interviewing, public protection and ethical policing. She is a member of the West Mercia Police Ethics Committee and also sits on the University of Worcester and West Mercia Police Working Group; securing and strengthening collaborative and community partnership opportunities for both institutions.  

Professor Ning Han 

Professor Ning Han is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Worcester. Ning graduated from China University in Political Science and Law in 1996. After that, she engaged in legal affairs in Mentougou District Judicial Bureau of Beijing. In 2001, she went to Japan to study humanities. She obtained a Master's Degree in Social Informatics from Gunma University in 2004, and a PhD in Law from Chuo University in 2007. Ning joined Toin University of Yokohama in April 2007 to teach Civil Dispute Resolution and Chinese Law at the Faculty of Law. Her research interests include related topics in Civil Procedure Law, ADR, and Access to Justice.

She is the author of The Mediation System in China (Shinzansha Publisher, 2008) and the co-author of Legal Policy and Judicial Reform for the Right Enforceability (Shojihomu Publisher, 2009), Comparative Study on China-Japan Civil Procedure Law (Kyushu University Press, 2017), Trends in the Universalization of Access to Justice (Chuo University Press, 2018), and the co-translator of A Discussion of Compromise Techniques (China Legal Publishing House, 2016).

Angi Hart

Angi Hart is a Lecturer in Policing at the University of Worcester, specialising in Criminal Investigation, Investigative Interviewing and Policing Vulnerability. Her research interests include Domestic Abuse, Improving the Police Response to Vulnerability and Adverse Childhood Experiences and their effects on vulnerability and criminality in later life.

Stephen Hurley

Stephen Hurley is a solicitor and a Principal Lecturer in Employment and Equality Law. He has published in the areas of disability harassment and misconduct in the workplace and teaches Contract Law, Disability Law and Employment Law.  He is currently researching the issue of the protection of non-religious philosophical belief in the workplace in support of his ongoing PhD studies with Oxford Brookes University. Before entering the ivory towers of academia, Stephen worked for over a decade in private practice as an Employment Solicitor, becoming a partner in a large commercial law firm. 

Sarah Lloyd

Sarah Lloyd recently joined UOW as a Lecturer in Psychology and co-course lead in undergraduate studies.  She previously taught Forensic Psychology at Birmingham City University.  Sarah is in the final year of her PhD which explores the group decision-making processes of juries.

Her teaching and research interests include jury decision-making, courtroom and legal psychology, and sexual and violent crime.

Felicity Miles

Felicity Miles is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Worcester, contributing to various LLB modules and specialising in Family Law. Her research interests include the promotion of children’s rights in Family Law and exploring the effectiveness of holistic and restorative approaches to family disputes, as alternatives to litigation.

Nicola Monaghan

Nicola Monaghan is a Principal Lecturer in Law specialising in Criminal Law and the Law of Evidence. She is the author of Criminal Law Directions, now in its 7th edition (OUP). She has published on criminal procedure and evidence, including issues relating to jury misconduct. Her research has been cited by the Law Commission.

Bill Morcom

Bill Morcom is an associate lecturer in law and he teaches Public Law and Criminal Law.

Dr Aisha Shah

Dr Aisha Shah is a Lecturer in Law. Her research interests lie in the field of English Private Law, and in particular claims for restitution in equity, property, trusts and unjust enrichment. 

 During her undergraduate studies, Aisha was awarded the Dean’s Law Scholarship to pursue her doctoral studies. She completed her PhD in 2020. Her doctoral research is titled ‘Proprietary Claims and Unjust Enrichment’. It focuses on the availability of proprietary responses in the law of unjust enrichment. Her research uses the classic example of the mistaken payment as the basis for developing her approach and builds upon the work of the late Professor Peter Birks.  Aisha published a paper in the Trust Law International journal in 2017 titled ‘Proprietary Restitution and Receipt by Insolvent Agents: Angove’s Pty Ltd v Bailey’. She has presented papers in the Restitution Section of the Society of Legal Scholars Conference at the University of Oxford in 2016 and the University of Exeter in 2020. Aisha also presented her research at the Modern Studies in Property Law Conference (postgraduate stream) at UCL in 2018.

Dr Josie Welsh

Josie Welsh is a Lecturer in Law and her research interests cover constitutional law and theory, political jurisprudence, political science and judicial studies. Josie is a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield and is currently undertaking research into the changing patterns of judicial power in the United Kingdom.

Doug Wotherspoon

Doug Wotherspoon after practising as a solicitor for 20 years specialising in company and commercial law (with a particular niche in insolvency law) has now been lecturing for 12 years. He was initially assigned to teach on various law modules at Worcester Business School at University of Worcester and, after teaching on other modules in the Business School such as Business Skills and Business Ethics and a couple of years as Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Business portfolio, he moved to the Law School at University of Worcester shortly after its inception. He now teaches on various modules including Professional Legal Skills and Ethics, Law of Torts, Commercial Law and Company Law. He also oversees the Work-based Placement module for final year students. He has presented at conferences at home and abroad and in May 2020 he secured for University of Worcester the ASET Summer Project Bursary Award which involved supervision of a student research project on the gap between academic qualifications and the skills demanded of graduates by employers and making an online presentation on that subject to the annual ASET conference.

Meet our Experts

Dr Chris Monaghan

Professor Ning Han 


Stephen Hurley

Associate Members 

Professor Neil Fleming

Neil Fleming is Professor of Modern History, University of Worcester. He has published on the contested nature of imperial constitutional reform (India) and UK devolution (Northern Ireland). He is the author or editor of eight books including Britannia's Zealots, Volume I: Empire, Tradition and the Forging of the Conservative Right (2019) and Ireland and Partition: Contexts and Consequences (2021).

Richard Glover

Richard Glover is a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law at Sussex Law School, University of Sussex and is a former practising solicitor. He has published widely in the areas of criminal law, protest law and the law of evidence, and is the author of Murphy on Evidence (Oxford), a leading textbook on the law of evidence. He is also a trustee of the Association for Citizenship Teaching, the subject association for school citizenship teachers, which aims to citizenship teaching that equips young people with the 'political knowledge, skills and experience to participate in and shape a strong and vibrant democracy based on equality, fairness and justice'.

HH Toby Hooper KC

HH Toby Hooper KC graduated in Law from Durham University in 1972. From 1973 he practised as a Barrister in London (latterly as a QC) in civil liability claims and employment and discrimination claims until he was appointed a Circuit Judge for the Cities of Hereford and Worcester in 2007. He retired in 2016. He was a member of the Parole Board 2010–13.  He is a Bencher (Governor) of his Inn of Court (Inner Temple), Vice-Chair of Heart of Mercia Multi-Academy Trust (the Sixth Form Colleges at Hereford, Stourbridge and Worcester), an Honorary Fellow of the University of Worcester, and an Honorary Freeman of the City of Hereford. 

Professor Allyson Macvean OBE, BSc (Hons), MA, PhD, PFHEA

As Emeritus Professor of Policing and Criminology, Allyson’s research has impelled and encouraged institution-wide ethical leadership and culture change in several organisations, in particular the Police Service of England and Wales and the military. Supporting the establishment of ethics committees and other fora, her work has informed policy change and the dissemination of ethical values at both strategic and operational level.  Her work with these organisations – those that are conferred with powers that include the use of force and other morally intrusive tactics - has collectively raised ethical awareness and understanding, leading to changed attitudes and better decision making. Allyson draws upon her experience from working at the Home Office as well as her extensive knowledge of both policy and operational context. In 2020, as a member of the COVID-19 National Foresight Group, Professor Macvean’s work supported the development of the recommendations to the UK Government to inform their response to the pandemic.

Allyson works with the Royal Navy having undertaken the Review into the Ethical Health and Culture Across the Five Arms of the Royal Navy (2018/2019) and assisted the development of the ethics agenda in the Royal Marines. Allyson is a member of the NATO Research Task Group 304 on Ethical Leadership. She is also part of the Metropolitan Police Service Professional Group to oversee the implementation of recommendations from the Daniel Morgan Inquiry.

Allyson has published numerous books and articles on ethics and intelligence.

Dan Jasinski

Dan Jasinski joined Kingston University in December 2021. He originally published in the realm Commercial Law, focussing on the subjects of consumer credit and debt. However, since his call to the Bar, Dan has steered his research towards legal skills and procedure, particularly in the context of the criminal process. Dan is currently undertaking a PhD on the use of technology in the criminal courtroom

David Mason KC, Deputy Head of Chambers, No 5 Chambers

David Mason KC, Deputy Head of Chambers, No 5 Chambers

Jenna Page

Jenna Page has been a lecturer in Criminology at the University of Worcester for four years. Jenna specialises in Criminological theory; Youth crime and Justice and Criminal Justice. Jenna is a non-practicing lawyer who used to specialise in civil litigation. Jenna is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Education to help enhance her academic and teaching practice.

HHJ Jim Tindal

HHJ Jim Tindal was appointed the Designated Civil Judge for Worcestershire and Herefordshire in January 2020 having been appointed a Circuit Judge in 2016. He is a former barrister at St Philips Chambers in Birmingham and at that time used to sit as a part-time employment and immigration judge.

Dr Wendy Toon

Senior Events Facilitator for the Constitutions, Rights and Justice Research Group  

Janey Robins

Janey Robins graduated with a first-class honours in BSc Biology in 2012. She later joined the University of Worcester and an Administrator in 2014 and was promoted to Senior Administrator when she joined the School of Law when it opened in 2016. She provides dedicated support to the School of Law and the University’s Legal Advice Centre and enjoys helping to organise all School of Law events.

Research and scholarly Activity

Stephen Hurley Research Seminar 2022

 Dr Chris Monaghan Accountability, Impeachment and the Constitution book launch

 Willmott & Hudspith Juries in Rape Trials

Jury Conference Pamela Ferguson

 Jury Conference - P Hungerford Welch, N Monaghan, D Jasinski

Valerie Hans Keynote Paper

Lee Curley

Upcoming events

Practical Research Workshop: 31 January 2023

4.30pm, 31 January 2023 in JL1005

School of Law, University of Worcester

Guest Speakers: HHJ James Burbidge KC; John Aldis, barrister at St. Philips Chambers, Birmingham and Victoria Caleb LLB (Hons) 

Convened by Doug Wotherspoon, Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester

You are warmly invited to attend a free Constitutions, Rights and Justice Research Group Seminar. The title of the session is 'Practical Research’, and our guest speakers will discuss the importance of legal research in dealing with practical problems and issues on a daily basis.

His Honour Judge Burbidge KC is the Honorary Recorder of Worcester, the Resident Judge of Worcester and Hereford Crown Courts and has recently taken over as Chair of the Law Forum of the School of Law at the University of Worcester. In his capacity as Chair of the Law Forum His Honour Judge Burbidge readily understands how important transferable employability skills such as research are in assisting students as they move into employment on graduation. In his career as a barrister and now as a judge, His Honour Judge Burbidge appreciates the need for meticulous research and preparation on the part of advocates.

John Aldis is a barrister at St. Philips Chambers in Birmingham specialising in Property and Probate and is a very good friend to the Law School having participated in our first practical research seminar in February 2022. As such, John is well acquainted with using Westlaw and Lexis Nexis sources such as practitioners’ texts, case law and statutes to research complex questions of law and will underscore the importance of research to legal practitioners as a vital skill in their day-to-day work. 

Victoria Caleb, a recent University of Worcester law graduate and ASET bursary prize-winner, will share her hints and tips on the practical research activities she conducted on placement and whilst a student at the Law School. Victoria will further explain how she is now utilising the experience she gained as a student researcher at University of Worcester in the workplace as a paralegal at a local firm. 

This session will follow a Q&A format and should be of interest and benefit to practitioners, academics and students alike. It is anticipated that the session will last approximately one hour. Light refreshments will be available and there will be an opportunity for networking afterwards. The Constitutions, Rights and Justice Research Group very much hope you will join us. There is no need to register, and everyone is very welcome to attend.   


Spring Law Research Workshop: 8 February 2023

10am, 8 February 2023

School of Law, University of Worcester

Convener: Dr Chris Monaghan (University of Worcester)

Keynote Speaker: Dr Sarah Cooper (Birmingham City University) 

Speakers: Stephen Hurley (University of Worcester), Prof. Ning Han (Toin University), David Hallmark, Dr Chris Monaghan (University of Worcester)

Constitutions, Rights and Justice Group Annual Public Lecture with the Rt Hon Sir Robert Buckland KC (the former Lord Chancellor): 15 March 2023

11am, 15 March 2023

School of Law, University of Worcester Conveners: Michelle Clarke and Angi Hart

Speaker: Rt Hons Sir Robert Buckland KC (the former Lord Chancellor) 

The Rt Hon Robert Buckland KC was Secretary of State for Wales from 7 July 2022 to 25 October 2022.

He was previously Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from July 2019 to September 2021, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice from May 2019 to July 2019 and Solicitor General. He was elected the Conservative MP for South Swindon in 2010.

Robert was born in Llanelli in 1968. He went to Hatfield College, Durham, graduating in Law in 1990. Robert attended the Inns of Court School of Law, where he was a prize winner for Advocacy and was Called to the Bar at Inner Temple in October 1991. He returned to practise in Wales, most recently being a member of Apex Chambers in Cardiff. Robert is a door tenant at 23 Essex Street Chambers, London. In 2009, Robert was appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court, sitting on the Midland Circuit.

Challenges and Prospects for the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean: 26 May 2023

Friday 26 May 2023 

Convenors: Dr Chris Monaghan (University of Worcester) and Professor Laura Jeffery (University of Edinburgh)   

Time Room Event Speaker 



Introduction and Coffee 

Professor Laura Jeffery and Dr Chris Monaghan 



Session One: Contesting Chagos 


Chair: Professor Stewart Motha 


The Chagos Saga: Over five decades of Contention (Dr Milan Meetarbhan)  

The “British” Courts and the Chagos Story: British Justice, Colonial Mindsets, and Finding a Voice (Dr Chris Monaghan and Professor Satvinder Juss)  

Return of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius and Chagossian Identity: Constitutional, Legal and Political Perspectives (Professor Charles M Fombad)  

Stakeholders or Bystanders? Chagossian Representation in Inter-State Legal Proceedings (Dr Jamie Trinidad, Dr Stephen Allen, Professor Thomas Burri)  

By 2036 BIOT at 70 will have outlived its uses: return of the Chagossians to their homeland and Chagos to Mauritius is long overdue (David Snoxell)  

Coconut crabs, courtroom clashes and fights over flagpoles (Owen Bowcott) 







Session Two: Righting Wrongs 


Chair: Professor Suzanne Schwartz  


Ongoing human rights violations (Michael Joson)  

Political and legal debates about Chagossian ethnicity and indigeneity (Professor Laura Jeffery)  

The Chagossians, a population in exile (Dr Priya Bahadoor)  

Intergenerational challenges, cultural identify, and future prospects for Chagossian communities in the UK (Jean Fabrice Thierry Mandarin)   

Human rights and the marine protected area around the Chagos Archipelago (Professor Sue Farran) 







Session Three: Writing Wrongs 


Chair: Dr Ruth Stacy and Dr Jack McGowan  


“Not another book” A Chagossian woman's lament: Portrayals and betrayals in creative and critical discourses and the impact for Chagossian selfhood and self determination (Saradha Soobrayen)  

Whose story is it anyway? (Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams)  

Voicing the Trauma of the Lost Territory: Creative Writing, Therapy and the Chagos Refugees Group (Dr Esther Pujolràs-Noguer and Dr Felicity Hand)  

Paradise Enclosures: Chagos and Post-Imperial Desire (Christopher Hill)  

Title TBC 

(Stewart Motha) 







Keynote Address 

Prof Philippe Sands KC  

Introduced by Professor David Green







Session Four: International DisOrders 


Chair: Professor Satvinder Juss 

The Chagos Archipelago in Late Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Indian Ocean World History (Professor Richard B Allen)  

The Conundrum in the African Common Position on the Chagos Question (Professor Siphamaandla Zondi)  

The Colonial Master: How the US Government Has Hidden Its Leading Role in Exiling the Chagossians and Why It Must Finally Face Its Responsibility (Professor David Vine)  

The Indo-Pacific and the Chagos Archipelago: Two Logics, Two Futures (Dr Peter Harris)  

International law, the carceral archipelago, and the Chagos Archipelago (Dr Oumar Ba and Kelly-Jo Bluen)  

Militarized Environmental Science (Chen Chu) 







Concluding Address 

A View from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Mauritius to the United Nations (Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul)  



Film Screening 

Absolutely Must Go (directed by Jean-Noël Pierre) 

The Keynote Speaker

Professor Philippe Sands KC, University College London and 11 KBW 

Philippe is Professor of Public Understanding of Law at University College London, and Samuel and Judith Pisar Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is President of English PEN and on the board of the Hay Festival of Arts and Literature. Author of many books, including East West Street (2016) and The Ratline (2020), Philippe is an occasional contributor to many publications, including the Guardian, Financial Times and New York Times, and appears regularly on the BBC and CNN. His latest book, The Last Colony, was published in September 2022.

Concluding Address 

Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Mauritius to the United Nations  

Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul has had a long and distinguished career in diplomacy, and has served as Mauritius’ representative in New York, Brussels, Paris, Washington, New Delhi and as Secretary for Foreign Affairs. In November 2015, he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mauritius to the United Nations for the second time, after a successful tenure between 2001 and 2005, during which he was also the chief representative of Mauritius in the UN Security Council.  

The Presenters 

Professor Richard B Allen, formerly of the University of Framington  

Dr Stephen Allen, Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London  

Dr Oumar Ba, Assistant Professor, Cornell University   

Dr Priya Bahadoor, Lecturer, University of Mauritius  

Kelly-Jo Bluen, PhD Candidate, London School of Economics and Political Science  

Owen Bowcott, former Legal Correspondent for The Guardian newspaper   

Professor Thomas Burri, St Gallen University  

Chen Chu, PhD candidate at MIT  

Professor Sue Farran, Professor of Comparative and Plural Laws, Newcastle University  

Professor Charles M Fombad, Professor of Comparative African Constitutional Law, University of Pretoria  

Dr Felicity Hand, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Catalonia  

Dr Peter Harris, Colorado State University  

Christopher Hill, MA student in Postcolonial Studies, University of Kent  

Professor Laura Jeffery, Professor of Anthropology of Migration, University of Edinburgh  

Michael BC Joson, Lecturer in Political Science and Human Rights, University of Mauritius   

Professor Satvinder Juss, King’s College London  

Thierry Mandarin, MSc student in School of Global Studies, University of Sussex  

Dr Milan Meetarbhan, former Ambassador of Mauritius to the United Nations  

Dr Chris Monaghan, Principal Lecturer in Law, University of Worcester 

Professor Stewart Motha, Professor of Law at Birkbeck, University of London  

Dr Esther Pujolràs-Noguer, Universitat de Lleida, Catalonia  

David Snoxell, former UK High Commissioner to Mauritius and the co-ordinator of the Chagos Islands All-Party Parliamentary Group 

Natasha Soobramanien is a British-Mauritian writer based in Brussels and teaches on the Lens-Based Masters Programme of the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam 

Saradha Soobrayen, Independent Researcher and Creative Activist working with Poetry, Visual Arts and Live Arts 

Dr Jamie Trinidad, Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge 

Professor David Vine, Professor of Political Anthropology at American University in Washington  

Luke Williams is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London  

Professor Siphamaandla Zondi, Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg   

How to Register 

The conference is free to attend and is open to everyone. The conference will be taking place in person at the University of Worcester. It will however be possible to attend as either an in-person or online delegate. To book a place you will need to register by emailing


Debating Rights and Justice: Challenges and Opportunities for Research Led Teaching: 14 June 2023 

9am, 14 June 2023

School of Law, University of Worcester

Conveners: Stephen Hurley (University of Worcester) and Dr Chris Monaghan (University of Worcester)

Rights and Justice: In Theory and Practice Conference: 5 September 2023

Constitutions, Rights and Justice, University of Worcester  

Tuesday 5 September 2023  

Format: In-person and Online  

Convenor: Dr Chris Monaghan 

Administrative Lead: Janey Robins


Times Event Room Speaker 



JL Law Seminar Room 


Dr Chris Monaghan  

Professor Mike Bradshaw, Head of the School of Humanities  


Session 1 

Panel A 

JL Law Seminar Room 

Citizens, the State and Justice 1 


The Interplay Between Rights and Judicial Power – The Human Rights Act 1998 and Declarations of Incompatibility    

Dr Josie Welsh, Senior Lecturer, University of Worcester  

The Aftermath of Successful Planning Claims  

Alistair Mills, University of Cambridge, Landmark Chambers  

Constitutional rights - Unison and beyond 

Dr Chris Monaghan, Principal Lecturer, University of Worcester  

Parliaments and Independent National Human Rights Institutions: Joining Forces to Protect and Promote Human Rights  

Franklin De Vrieze, Westminster Foundation for Democracy and Luka Glušac, PhD, University of Belgrade.    

The right to protest and what’s necessary in a democratic society   

Richard Glover, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law, University of Sussex   

Panel B 

JL Court Room 

Rights and Justice 1 


Surrogacy in the UK: are the rights of children born through gestational surrogacy adequately protected by the law?   

Felicity Miles (University of Worcester)   

Student Law Clinics – helping or hindering access to justice for vulnerable litigants in person  

Lucy Yeatman (University of Liverpool)   

Law’s violence, human rights and women’s bodies: contemporary challenges to women’s reproductive rights in Poland  

Dr Olga Jurasz (The Open University)   

Education Laws as a Social Foundation for Defining and Normalizing Rights and Justice in Theory and Practice  

Professor John Dayton (University of Georgia)  




JL Law Seminar Room 



Session 2 

Panel A 

JL Law Seminar Room 

Citizens, the State and Justice 2 


The Right to a Fair Trial: Inadequate Disclosure and an Inadequate Response  

Dr Ed Johnston, University of Northampton  

Juror and witness intimidation in criminal proceedings  

Nicola Monaghan, University of Worcester     

Virtual Justice – is a technologically enhanced criminal justice system capable of delivering ‘true’ justice for the accused?  

Dan Jasinski, Kingston University London   

‘You need to be more professional?’ informality, access to justice and restorative relationships within the criminal justice process.   

Dr Darren McStravick, Kingston University London   

Innocence Organisations: What’s the Appeal?   

Dr Louise Hewitt, University of Greenwich and Professor Claire McGourlay, University of Manchester  

Panel B 

JL Court Room 

Rights and Justice 2 


The Law of Unfair Dismissal and its role in protecting non-religious philosophical belief in the workplace  

Stephen Hurley (University of Worcester)   

Balancing individual and collective rights in religious employment cases   

Professor Lucy Vickers (Oxford Brookes University)   

Resolving Human Rights Cases in Strasbourg and at Home: a contrived conflict  

Dr Steve Foster (Coventry University)   

Achieving Justice in Imprisonment  

Professor Susan Easton (Brunel University)   

The role of multilingualism in upholding the rule of law in the European Union  

Susan Wright (Court of Justice of the European Union)   




JL Law Seminar Room 




Panel A 

JL 200X 

Citizens, the State and Justice 3 


The Police and Justice: Behind the Blue Line    

Michelle Clarke and Angi Hart, University of Worcester    

Policing Disability Hate Crime in England   

Dr Louise Hewitt, University of Greenwich    

Rethinking Territorial Jurisdiction in Canadian Extradition Law  

Jay De Santi, Osgoode Hall University Toronto   

The right to protest and what’s necessary in a democratic society   

Richard Glover, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law, University of Sussex    

A citizen’s view on the state’s ability to manipulate perception in times of crisis – a case study on counterterrorism responses.   

Dr Noel McQuirk, University of Lancaster   




Panel B 

JL Court Room 

Rights and Justice 3 


Nemo Dat and Theft  

Dr Sean Thomas (University of York)   

Justice in a Changing Constitutional Landscape    

Dr Chris Monaghan and Dr Josie Welsh (University of Worcester)    

Rights, Outcomes, and Institutions  

Professor TT Arvind (University of York) and Professor Aisling McMahon (Maynooth University)   



JL Law Seminar Room 




Panel A 

JL Law Seminar Room 

Rights and Justice 4 


Human Rights, Business and Supply Chains 

Professor Olga Martin-Ortega and Martina Trusgnach, University of Greenwich   

Climate Justice 

Doug Wotherspoon and Bill Davies (University of Worcester)    

Collective Redress under the Competition Act 1998 – Achieving Justice for Parties?  

Rhonson Salim (Aston University)   

Civil Liability for Disruptive Cyber Events  

Chris Kirkbride (University of Worcester)    



Panel B 

JL Court Room 

Citizens, the State and Justice 4 


Parliaments and Independent National Human Rights Institutions: Joining Forces to Protect and Promote Human Rights  

Franklin De Vrieze, Westminster Foundation for Democracy and Luka Glušac, PhD, University of Belgrade.   

The Courts and Justice: A Criminal Perspective  

HH Toby Hooper QC, Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple   

State responses to protest and public disorder in times of crisis: a case study on citizenry rights  

Dr Noel McQuirk, University of Lancaster   


Drinks Reception 


JL Law Seminar Room 




Recent events 

Autumn Research Workshop: 7 September 2022

Wednesday 7 September 2022

Convenor: Dr Chris Monaghan

Time  Room  Event  Speaker  


Law Seminar Room JL1005  

Coffee and Refreshments  

All Attendees  


Law Seminar Room JL1005  



Prof Michael Bradshaw,  
University of Worcester  



Law Seminar Room JL1005  

Research in the School of Law and the Constitutions, Rights and Justice Research Group  


Dr Chris Monaghan      
University of Worcester



Law Seminar Room JL1005  


‘AI: Emerging Legal and Ethical Issues'    

Doug Wotherspoon, 
University of Worcester  

‘Now for some audience participation: the role of clients and service users in deciding if you are allowed to manifest your protected philosophical belief in the workplace’    

Stephen Hurley,  
University of Worcester    


Reappraising civil liability for cyber attacks

Chris Kirkbride,   
University of Worcester   


‘Reconsidering Lawrance: when does deception vitiate consent in sexual offences?’    

Nicola Monaghan,  
University of Worcester


Law Seminar Room JL1005

Research Development Session

Richard Glover, University of Sussex


The Jury Trial Conference: 7 December 2022

Wednesday 7 December 2022  

Convenor: Nicola Monaghan  

Time Event Speakers 


Welcome: Professor Mike Bradshaw, Head of Humanities, University of Worcester  



Session One: Chaired by Toby Hooper KC

  • Professor Peter Hungerford-Welch – Helping the jury do their job   
  • Nicola Monaghan - Reconsidering the position of jurors with specialist knowledge and expertise  
  • Dan Jasinski – Preparing for the big screen: considerations for advocates in remote jury trials 


15 mins per paper & 30 mins for Q&A 









Session Two: Chaired by Dan Jasinski   

  • Dr K Crosby – When the parties call for jury nullification: a comparative analysis  
  • Professor Pamela Ferguson – The Scottish Jury  
  • Professor Meryll Dean – Jury Trial in Japan: Third Time Lucky or Forever a Misfit?   

15 mins per paper & 30 mins for Q&A 








Keynote: Introduced by Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor, University of Worcester   

Professor Valerie Hans – The Surprising Endurance of Trial by Jury: A US Perspective  



Session Three: Chaired by Dr K Crosby  

  • Rosie Cowan – (Un)reasonable beliefs: How rape myths impact (mock) juror decision-making in Northern Ireland and how potential bias might be prevented  
  • Dr Lee Curley – The strengths and limitations to the experimental study of juror and jury decision making  

15 mins per paper & 30 mins for Q&A 













Research and Scholarly Activity

  • We are excited to announce that the Constitutions, Rights and Justice group will be hosting a conference in September 2023. The conference, Rights and Justice: In Theory and Practice, will bring together scholars from across the United Kingdom and further afield.  
  • On behalf of the Constitutions, Rights and Justice group Dr Chris Monaghan will be hosting the Chagos Dialogue workshop on 26 May 2023. The workshop is co-hosted with Professor Laura Jeffery from the University of Edinburgh. Professor Philippe Sands QC will be delivering the keynote address.  
  • In December 2022 Nicola Monaghan will be hosting a workshop on the jury trial and the challenges that it faces in the 21st century. Academics from around the world will be taking part. The workshop will take place online.  
  • In July 2022 Dr Chris Monaghan will be speaking at the ICON Society’s annual conference at Wroclaw University, Poland. Chris will be presenting on his research on the House of Lords’ decision in Bancoult (No.2).  
  • In June 2022 Dr Chris Monaghan spoke at the Hive Worcester as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, where he talked about ‘Colonial Mindsets and the Legacy of Empire: The United Kingdom, Mauritius and the Chagos Islands’. This draws upon Chris’ research on the Chagos legal dispute.   
  • Dr Josie Welsh passed her viva at the University of Sheffield. Josie's research is on judicial power and is incredibly timely given the challenges that the UK constitution faces. Congratulations Josie! 
  • In May 2022 Dr Chris Monaghan and Professor Matthew Flinders (University of Sheffield) had a book commissioned by Hart Publishing. The book, Questions of Accountability: Prerogatives, Power and Politics, will feature essays from leading academics, politicians and practitioners and will be published in late 2023.
  • Josie Welsh and Dr Chris Monaghan presented on their research ‘Power and the Constitution’ at the ICON Great Britain and Ireland Chapter Conference, who was hosted by Trinity College Dublin in April 2022.
  • Dr Chris Monaghan delivered a paper, ‘Checking Executive Power: The Possible Role for Impeachment and the Constitution’ at the Political Studies Association Annual Conference, University of York, April 2022. 
  • The Constitutions, Rights and Justice research group will be co-hosting the book launch for Dr Chris Monaghan’s book, Accountability, Impeachment and the Constitution: The Case for a Modernised Process in the United Kingdom (Routledge 2022), at 2pm on 8 June 2022. The event is co-hosted with the PSA Parliaments Specialist Group and speakers include Professor Alison Young (University of Cambridge), Professor Matthew Flinders (University of Sheffield), Dr Stephen Holden Bates (University of Birmingham), and Dr Chris Monaghan.
  • On 23 February 2022 was the launch event for the Constitutions, Rights and Justice research group. Professor Lucy Vickers (Oxford Brookes University) delivered the lecture to mark the launch. Her lecture explored ‘Religious rights at work – finding the “best answer”’.
  • The 7th edition of Nicola Monaghan’s textbook, Criminal Law Directions (Oxford University Press), was published in February.
  • The Constitutions, Rights and Justice research group is co-hosting the School of Law Research Seminar Series in Spring 2022. Speakers include Susan Wright (Director at the Court of Justice of the European Union, Stephen Hurley (a member of the group), Professor Darren Oldridge (University of Worcester), and Jay De Santi (Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto).
  • HHJ Jim Tindall and Doug Wotherspoon organised a Practical Research Workshop that took place in February 2022. The speakers included Danielle Jones and John Aldis (St Philips Chambers, Birmingham).
  • Doug Wotherspoon delivered a research paper at the School of Law’s Winter Research Workshop in December 2021. Doug’s paper looked at ‘Rehabilitating Saloman’.
  • December saw the publication of Dr Chris Monaghan’s textbook Public Law (Routledge). It was reported in Worcester Observer.
  • Doug Wotherspoon delivered a paper at the Questions of Accountability conference. Doug’s paper looked at ‘Corporate Accountability Reappraised and Reinvigorated’.
  • Dr Chris Monaghan and Josie Welsh delivered a paper at the Questions of Accountability conference. Chris and Josie’s paper looked at ‘Questions of Control: Accountability in the Shadow of Prorogation’.
  • Toby Hooper QC delivered a paper at the Questions of Accountability conference. Toby’s paper looked at ‘The accountability of the Office for Students (OfS) as the statutory regulator of Higher Education Institutions under the Higher Education Act 2017’.
  • The Constitutions, Rights and Justice research group hosted a paper session at the Questions of Accountability: Prerogatives, Power and Politics conference on 5 November 2021. This session saw several members of the group and academics from other universities explored pertinent issues relating to the constitution and accountability. For more information please visit the conference webpages.

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