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Annual Borderlands lecture - 'What's done cannot be undone' (Macbeth V. ii. 74)

(29 September 2017)

This lecture will be given by the Hon. Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb DBE on Wednesday, 25 October, 6.15pm in Lecture Theatre ER201, Elvet Riverside. What did Frankenstein, Raskolnikov and Judas have in common? This lecture will consider the nature of remorse and discuss its significance in the criminal justice system, in particular the role of judges who have to assess the authenticity of expressed remorse when sentencing offenders. The influence of remorse in transitional and restorative justice will also be explored. It will be suggested that the relative lack of research about the impact of remorse on such important topics as recidivism rates (and how quickly criminals re-offend) should be addressed. This lecture is open and free to all. However, spaces are limited so please email Clare Towns at to register.

Bobbie Cheema-Grubb was born in Derby in 1966 and brought up in Yorkshire. After state school followed by a law degree at King’s College London Dame Bobbie was called to the Bar in 1989. Her pupillage was served at the prominent criminal set 2, Hare Court where she practiced for 25 years. In 2006, she was appointed Treasury Counsel based at the Old Bailey. She subsequently became Senior Treasury Counsel (one of only three women ever to achieve that elite rank) before taking silk (QC). Whilst Treasury Counsel she prosecuted over 50 murders, many terrorist trials and had a busy appellate practice. She also advised the authorities in respect of extra-territorial fraud and corruption charges against US & European banks.

Since taking up her appointment to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in November 2015 she has sat regularly in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division. She also sits in the Administrative Court on judicial reviews and on serious trials on circuit.