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Dr James Mehigan

James Mehigan

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Criminology
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • Social Policy & Criminology
  • james.mehigan

Professional biography

James Mehigan is a lecturer in criminology at the Open University and a barrister at Garden Court Chambers.

His research interests include policing, prisons, human rights and criminal law. As a barrister he has acted in numerous high profile appeals and inquests and specialises in criminal defence, prison law, inquests and human rights.

He is co-chair of the module DD301: Crime and Justice and has been an associate lecturer on the module since it was first presented in 2009.

He is a trustee of the UK branch of Front Line Defenders, a NGO that focuses on the protection of human rights defenders at risk around the world.

James is a former member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Pentonville Prison.

James is currently co-supervising two PhD students. One is conducting research on gangs and the other is studying the policing of organised crime. He is happy to discuss supervision opportunities in any of his areas of research interest.

Education

  • PhD                                                  Open University                         2009
  • MPhil (Criminological Research)          University of Cambridge              2002
  • LLB (Hons)                                        Trinity College, Dublin                 2001

James was called to the bar of England & Wales in 2008. He is admitted as an assistant to counsel at the International Criminal Court and has also been called to the bar in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Research interests

James' research looks at human rights from an interdisciplinary perspective. This includes research on policing, prisons, state crime and criminal law.

Selected Publications

  • (with Eoin Murray), Defending Hope: Human Rights Defenders in Israel and Palestine, Dublin: Veritas (forthcoming 2018).

  • (with Henry Blaxland QC and Joanne Cecil) ‘Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure’ in D Clarry and C Sargeant (eds) (2017), UK Supreme Court Yearbook, London: Appellate Press, pp.324-335.

  • Qatar, civil society and human rights: Lack of civil society space hinders work of human rights defenders, (2016), Beirut: Gulf Centre for Human Rights.

  • (with Reece Walters and Louise Westmarland) ‘Crime, Globalisation and Human Rights’ in Criminal Justice: Local and Global, Cullompton: Willan, 2010.

  • (with Alan DP Brady) ‘Universal Jurisdiction for International Crimes in Irish Law’ Irish Jurist, 2009

  • (with  Abigail  Rowe):  ‘Problematizing  Prison  Privatization’,  in Jewkes, Y. (ed)  (2007), Handbook  of  the  Prison, Cullompton: Willan.

  • ‘Bringing  Cases  Against  War  Criminals:  Universal  Jurisdiction  in  Ireland’,  (2006) Law  Society Gazette, July.

  • ‘The  Australian  Criminal  Justice  System  and  the  Aboriginal  Community’, (2001)  Trinity  College Social and Political Review.

Wider Publications

Selected Conference Papers and Guest Lectures

  • (with David Scott & Vickie Cooper) Imagine a world without prisons, Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast, March 2017.

  • The Hillsboroough Stadium Disaster; A 28 Year Struggle for Justice, Guest Lecture at Trinity College Dublin, January 2017.

  • (with David Scott) Why Prison?, Empty Cages Collective, Wellingborough, January 2017.

  • Challenging Violations of Children’s Rights through strategic litigation in Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine, Child Rights International Network, Belgrade, November 2016.

  • Civil Society Curtailed in Saudi Arabia & Qatar, UN Human Rights Commission Side Event, Geneva, March 2016.

  • Assessment of Risk and the Parole Board, Guest Lecture at BPP University, November 2015

  • Challenging Police Brutality in Court: A Practical Approach, European Roma Rights Centre, Belgrade, October 2015

  • Building a Case Against Perpetrators of Hate Crimes Against Roma Victims, European Roma Rights Centre, Belgrade, October 2015

  • The Prosecutorial Discretion: Challenging the Decision to Prosecute, Legal Action Group Public Law Conference, June 2014.

  • Threats to Human Rights Defenders and the International Response, Chair of English Language Working Group for the Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders, October 2013.

  • Parole Reform and the ECHR, Irish Penal Reform Trust Prison Legal Seminar, Dublin, October 2012.

  • Security and Protection in Human Rights Defenders’ Cases, Avocats Sans Frontières and East Africa Law Society, Training for East African and Congolese Human Rights Lawyers, Kampala, June 2012.

  • Neighbourhood Policing, Partnership and Problem-solving, British Society of Criminology Conference, London School of Economics, September 2007.

  • Building Trust in Neighbourhood Policing Research, British Society of Criminology Conference, London School of Economics, September 2007.

  • Quality of Life Research and Policing, British Society of Criminology Conference, Glasgow, June 2006.

  • Bringing Cases Against War Criminals: Universal Jurisdiction in Ireland, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Universal Jurisdiction Conference, Malaga, March 2006.

Teaching interests

He is co-chair of the module DD301: Crime and Justice and has been an associate lecturer on the module since it was first presented in 2009.

James is currently co-supervising two PhD students. One is conducting research on gangs and the other is studying the policing of organised crime. He is happy to discuss supervision opportunities in any of his areas of research interest.

Impact and engagement

James is a trustee of of the UK branch of Front Line Defenders, a NGO that focuses on the protection of human rights defenders at risk around the world.

James is on the advisory boards of a number of NGOs including the Policy Council at Liberty and the legal advisory panel at the Child Rights International Network.

Publications

Justice, globalisation and human rights (2009-11)
Mehigan, James; Walters, Reece and Westmarland, Louise
In: Drake, Deborah; Muncie, John and Westmarland, Louise eds. Criminal justice: Local and global
ISBN : 978-1-84392-513-2 | Publisher : Willan Publishing | Published : Cullompton
Problematizing prison privatization: an overview of the debate (2007)
Mehigan, James and Rowe, Abigail
In: Jewkes, Yvonne ed. Handbook on Prisons (pp. 356-376)
ISBN : 978-1-84392-185-1 | Publisher : Willan | Published : Cullompton

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