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Current Projects

Below is a list of projects that members of the Criminal Justice Research Centre are involved in. 

Digital Legal Rights – user-testing a prototype app with detainees in police custody

Dr Vicky Kemp, a Principal Research Fellow in the School of Law, and co-director of the Criminal Justice Research Centre, worked with Drs. Elvira Perez and Ben Bedwell, from Horizon Digital Economy Research, in developing a prototype Police Station App.

Digital Legal Rights – for young suspects

When conducting research into procedural safeguards for young suspects, Dr Vicky Kemp’s research helps to highlight the adult-centred approach adopted when dealing with people accused of having committed a crime, irrespective of their age.

Digital Legal Rights: police station app for voluntary interviews

When testing the prototype app with detainees it was evident from a number of issues raised that changes needed to be made to improve access to legal advice.

Effective police station legal advice in times of austerity

The British Academy/Leverhulme provided a small grant to fund a comparative study of police station legal advice in Belgium, England and Wales, Ireland, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Clinical Legal Education: looking to the future

In 2016, as part of a programme to review and reform its Legal Advice Centre, the School of Law at the University of Manchester commissioned Dr Vicky Kemp to undertake a research study to investigate the potential for setting up a ‘teaching law firm’.

A comparative study of procedural safeguards for young suspects

Dr Vicky Kemp was involved in a comparative study of procedural safeguards for young suspects interviewed by the police, led by the University of Maastricht.

European law and policy on non-custodial punishment: penology and human rights

This research project carried out by Prof Dirk Van Zyl Smit at the University of Nottingham School of Law explored different approaches to non-custodial sentences in European Law.

Life Imprisonment Worldwide: principles and practice

In the first study of its kind, the researchers will examine the imposition and implementation of life imprisonment around the world in order to be able to understand which crimes attract life sentences, how such sentences are implemented, and the conditions under which prisoners serve them.


Criminal Justice Research Centre

School of Law
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University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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