Mr Vincent McAviney
Vincent McAviney completed his undergraduate studies at Collingwood College, Durham University graduating in June 2009 with a second class honours LLB. He returned to Durham Law School in September 2009 as a research candidate working towards the Master of Jurisprudence (M.Jur).
Under the supervision of Mr Neil Cobb and Professor Clare McGlynn, Vincent's current research explores the defence of provocation. The main focus of his research will be on the potential of the Coroners and Justice Bill 2009 to improve the legal position of abused women who kill. In particular, the introduction of two 'loss of control' defences (Section 41) provide abused women with a defence which more adequately reflects their experience, rather than trying to fit it to the male norm inherent within provocation. In assessing whether the new reforms go far enough to help battered women who kill Vincent will review any further steps the Bill could have taken and compare it to laws in comparable jurisdictions. Vincent's research will also assess how far the new reforms will curb the dangerous practice of cuckholded men using the defence and also how it has been stretched in cases of honour crimes where cultural defences have been woven into provocation.
Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD)
Human Rights Centre (HRC)
- Criminal Law
- Law Gender and Society
- Constitutional Law