Professional Career

Judicial Conference at Northeastern University London 2 Nov 2022

Public Speaking & Conference Papers

Media Law

November 2022 Anti-SLAPP conference (‘Strategic litigation against public participation’). Two-day conference organised by a coalition of media and free speech groups opened by Conservative MP David Davis, who co-sponsored a debate on ‘lawfare and the UK court system’. 28/29 November. Justice Centre for International Journalism Foundation London.

November 2022 ‘Judicial Conference: Diversity and the Judiciary’. Organised the judicial conference at Northeastern University London, St Katharine Dock. 2 Nov. 2022 as part of the Ministry of Justice recruitment drive for magistrates in the community.

March 2021 ‘Transparency in digital electioneering and campaigning: are UK election laws fit for the digital age?’ Paper presentation at the University of Aberdeen. Lawyers Without Borders Student Division Conference (online) 26 March 2021.

December 2020 Presentation to the National Prison Administration and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova on the scoping study re. the economic activities in Moldovan prison industries.

April 2020 ‘Regulating online harm’. Paper at the British and Irish Law Education Technology Association (BILETA) Conference, Regulating Transitions in Technology and Law, Tilburg University, Netherlands, held online due to Coronavirus Lockdown; 7 May 2020.

September 2017 ‘What’s the point of superinjunctions? Are privacy injunctions pointless in the digital age?’ Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Dublin.

February 2014 ‘Will the Defamation Act 2013 make a real difference in the Internet age?’ Keynote speech at the Annual Law Society Conference, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk.

January 2010 ‘Crime and the Media in the UK’. Keynote speech at Panteion University, Athens.

June 2008 ‘Teaching to non law students’. Teaching and learning conference at Thames Valley University, Reading Campus, 30 June 08.

April 2008 ‘Purposeful activities in prison: research findings’ (in German). German Prison Governors’ conference. Wagnitz Seminar. Wiesbaden. 24 April 2008.

January 2008 Teaching ‘contempt of court’ to non-lawyers’. Annual ‘Learning in Law Conference’, 3 January 2008, University of Warwick.

June 2007 ‘Crime and the Media: what are the British laws on contempt?’ Winning paper at the World Journalism in Education Congress, 19 June 2007, Singapore.

May 2007 ‘Journalism and the Law in Great Britain’, International Journalism School ‘Erich Brost Institut’, Dortmund University, 8 + 9 May 2007.

Prison Policy and Criminal Justice Research

November 2007 ‘Britain behind bars: lessons from abroad’. Keynes Forum, Day Conference on prison reform, 17 November 2007, Goodenough College, London.

June 2007 ‚Sozialisierung und Rehabilitation im Vollzug: Sind Gefängnisse die Achillessehne unserer Gesellschaft?’ (‘Resocialisation and rehabilitation: are prisons the Achilles heal of our society?’). International Penal Reform Congress, Berlin, Reichstag, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. 29 June 2007, Berlin.

September 2006 ‚Rehabilitation im Vollzug durch Gefangenenarbeit: internationaler Vergleich des vollzuglichen Arbeitswesens’ (‘Developments in Prison Industries and Prisoner Labour: international comparisons’). Bavarian Prison Congress, Straubing, Germany.

April 2006 ‘What works in correctional industries: meaningful work for prisoners.’ International Human Rights Congress, Riga, Latvia, 20 April 2006.

August 2005 ‘Honour Killings: impact on EU countries’. European Union of Women Annual Congress, Bern, Switzerland, 21 August, 2005.

December 2004 ‘What does ‚end to end’ offender management mean?’BSC Annual Conference, Birmingham, 3 December 2004.

October 2004 ‘Current Issues in Domestic Violence’. European Union of Women, Annual Congress. Berlin, 3 October 2003.

June 2004 ‚Privatisierung im Vollzug: nun auch in Deutschland?’ (‘Privatisation of prisons in Germany as well now?’), German Prison Congress, Cologne, 14 June 2004.

March 2003 ‘What works in prison programs?- European perspectives in prison industrial and educational programs.’ ACA Annual Congress, Denver, Colorado, USA, 23/24 March 2003.

November 2002 ‘Crimes of the privileged: motivational aspects of economic crime’. Annual Compliance Congress, Lloyds Bank, London, 23 November 2002.

September 2002 ‘European and international developments of crime and punishment’. European Society of Criminology (ESC), Toledo, Spain, 4 September 2002.

February 2002 ‘European aspects of prison labour and education’, Correctional Services of New South Wales Conference, Sydney, Australia, 30 January 2002.

December 2001 ‘Public Attitudes to Punishment in Germany’. International Symposium, Southwark Cathedral Conference, 6 December 2001.

July 2001 ‘The influence of the Human Rights Act 1998 on prison and probation’. Criminal Justice Associates, Inner London Probation Service, 24 July 2001.

February 2001 ‘Therapeutic community prisons in England and Germany.’ Midland’s Centre for Criminal Justice, Loughborough University, 28 February, 2001.

February 2001 ‘Prison Labour: constructive regimes in prisons.’ The Howard League for Penal Reform, London, 14 February, 2001.

November 2000 ‘Serious and violent offenders: comparing therapeutic community prisons in Europe’. ASC Annual Congress, San Francisco, 8 November, 2000.

November 2000 ‘Will the new Human Rights Act change the working practices of the Prison and Probation Services?’ Criminal Justice Associates, Inner London Probation Service, 6 Nov. 2000.

June 2000 ‚Vollzugsprivatisierung in England, den USA und Deutschland (‘Prison privatisation in England, the USA and Germany.’) Prison congress as part of the EXPO 2000-World Exhibition, Hanover, Germany, 21 June 2000.

May 2000 ‘Schule im Vollzug: Lehrkurrikulum in England’ (‘Prisoner education in England: national curriculum’), Association of Teachers in German PrisonsAnnual Congress, Göttingen, 10 May 2000.

November 1999 ‘Restorative Justice: current European trends in victim-offender mediation.’ American Society of Criminology(ASC) Annual Congress Annual Congress, Toronto, Canada, 23 November 1999.

May 1999 ‘Vollzugsprivatisierung in England und den USA (‘Prison privatisation in the UK and the USA‘), Annual Congress German Prison Governors’ Association, Hannover, 23 May 1999.

October 1998 ‘Privatisation Explosion: Prison Industries in Europe.’ ACA and Correctional Industries Association (CIA), Joint Annual Congress, Cincinnati, Ohio, 29 October 1998.

April 1998 ‘Prison Industries: research findings from a study into prison labour in ten European countries.’ European Prison Industries Forum, Stockholm, Sweden, 3 April 1998.

January 1998 ‘Key developments in European Prison Industries’. American Correctional Association, Congress (ACA), San Antonio Texas. USA, 10 January 1998.

September 1997 ‘Can the theory of punishment be applied to pre-trial detention?’ Howard League of Penal Reform Annual Conference, New College, Oxford, 3 September 1997.

July 1997 ‘Prisons for profits? The state of prison industries in England.’ Joint presentation with Dr. Jon Vagg, British Society of Criminology (BSC) Annual Conference, Queens College, Belfast, 21 July 1997.

Memberships and Associations

Member of the editorial board European Journal of Intellectual Property Law (EIPL)

Member of the editorial board (‘Foreign Correspondent’) ‚Zeitschrift für Strafvollzug und Straffälligenhilfe’. German penological prisons and probation journal

European Society of International Law (ESIL)

Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)

Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS)

Member of the Higher Education Academy (2001 - 2010)

British Society of Criminology - Honorary Member British Society of Criminology U Smartt

Magistrates’ Association (2003 - 2020)

Executive Committee Surrey Magistrates’ Association (SMA) (2011 - 2013)

German National Advisory Board for Socialwork in Prisons: „Beiratsausschuss der Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Soziale Arbeit im Justizvollzug“ (BAG) (2007 - 2009)

Chairman of the Judicial Commission, European Women’s Association (EWA /NGO). Remit: human trafficking; honour killings; domestic violence (1998 - 2005)


2016 ongoing Sentencing Council, Adviser on Pilot Schemes for new sentencing guidelines (e.g. stalking; knife crime).

2010 - 2020 Magistrate and Presiding Justice (Youth and Adult Court), Surrey and Sussex Bench. Licensing Appeals; Crown Court appeals. Magistrates’ Appraiser. Mentor to new magistrates. Now on the magistrates’ reserve register as JP (notary functions).

2003 - 2009 Magistrate and Presiding Justice (Adult Court), West London Bench (Ealing, Acton & Hammersmith); Youth Court.

2005 - 2007 Licensing, Betting and Gaming Panels (West London)