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Durham University

Gender and Law at Durham

Crime, Violence and the Law

January 2012 -  Durham Law School postgraduate student interviewed by BBC Radio Tees  

Nikki Godden, a PhD candidate in the Law School, contributed to a debate on BBC Radio Tees about the comments made by Alison Saunders, head of the CPS in London, that jurors' preconceptions about women affect how they consider evidence in rape trials and impact on young women's ability to secure a fair trial. Drawing on her PhD research, Nikki Godden raised wider issues about the ways that preconceptions and stereotypes affect the way rape cases are dealt with throughout the criminal justice process, drawing attention to the fact that only a relatively low proportion of cases go to trial, and the majority not of rapes are not reported to the police.

December 2011 - New Research Briefing on Sexual Violence and Restorative Justice available

Professor Clare McGlynn, together with Durham colleagues Nicole Westmarland and Nikki Godden, have just published a research briefing on their work which asks whether restorative justice is possible in cases of sexual violence. The full results will be published in 2012 in the Journal of Law and Society.

May 2011 -  Professor Clare McGlynn responds in the Guardian to the Justice Secretary's comments on Rape

Professor Clare McGlynn has written an article in the Guardian in response to Ken Clarke, the Justice Secretary's, proposal to increase the sentencing discount for early guilty pleas of rape. Professor McGlynn argues that he was right to start a debate about sentencing in rape cases and goes on to suggest that restorative justice may provide one way of meeting some of the needs and expectations of rape victims. It allows them a sense of justice by giving them a chance to tell their story in their own way and granting them a measure of control over the treatment of their complaint. 

May 2011 Professor Clare McGlynn comments in The Guardian's Women and Equality debate  

Professor McGlynn has commented in the Guardian on the Coalition Government's record on legal issues and women. Professor McGlynn suggests that though many of the Government's cuts aren't labelled as affecting women, "when you look at the detail that's exactly what they are ... as a feminist, [she continues] I believe women's victimisation and discrimination is a societal issue and not an individual one, so it needs a societal response. "

Jan 2011 Clare McGlynn comments in The Guardian on troubling case of a false rape complaint prosecution.

Full article.

November 2010 - Durham Professor Clare McGlynn comments in the Guardian on the release of a woman imprisoned for falsely saying that a rape did not take place.

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