Chalen received my PhD in Public International Law from the University of Derby and has been teaching at Sheffield Hallam University since 2008. Her PhD focused on the area of international legal history and looked at the development of the customary international law right of self-determination after the Second World War.
Chalen's current research centres on the empirical analysis of aspects of emotional labour. She has engaged in a study of immigration solicitors and the production of emotional labour in their everyday work.
More recently she has received funding from the Legal Education Research Network to complete a study of the impact of Law Clinics on Law student's perceptions of emotional labour.
Department Of Law and Criminology
Social Sciences and Humanities
Chalen delivers a module in Commercial Law at undergraduate level and International Trade Law at postgraduate level.
She is currently also a member of the teaching team for Law of Contract, a module taught at undergraduate level.
She has been involved in teaching on the Consumer Law and Policy, Law of Tort and the Law and Contemporary Society module at undergraduate level.
Westaby, C., & Jones, E. (2018). Empathy: an essential element of legal practice or ‘never the twain shall meet’? International Journal of the Legal Profession, 25 (1), 107-124. http://doi.org/10.1080/09695958.2017.1359615
Phillips, J., Fowler, A., & Westaby, C. (2018). Self-disclosure in criminal justice: what form does it take and what does it achieve? International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62 (12), 3890-3909. http://doi.org/10.1177/0306624x17751528
Westaby, C., Phillips, J., & Fowler, A. (2016). Spillover and work-family conflict in probation practice: Managing the boundary between work and home life. European Journal of Probation, 8 (3), 113-127. http://doi.org/10.1177/2066220316680370
Phillips, J., Westaby, C., & Fowler, A. (2016). “It’s relentless”: the impact of working primarily with high risk offenders. Probation Journal, 63 (2), 182-192. http://doi.org/10.1177/0264550516648399
Westaby, C. (2014). A qualitative study of the impact of law clinics on students’ perceptions of emotional labour expectations. The Law Teacher, 48 (3), 248-280. http://doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2014.965948
Westaby, C. (2014). What's culture got to do with it? The emotional labour of immigration solicitors in their exchanges with United Kingdom Border Agency case owners. European Journal of Current Legal Issues, 20 (1), 1-26. http://webjcli.org/article/view/298
Westaby, C. (2010). ‘Feeling like a sponge’: the emotional labour produced by solicitors in their interactions with clients seeking asylum. International Journal of the Legal Profession, 17 (2), 153-174. http://doi.org/10.1080/09695958.2010.530882
Westaby, C. (2007). A critical analysis of orthodox approaches to customary international law and the search for transcendence. Journal of the Philosophy of International Law, 2, 6-38. https://www.electronicpublications.org/catalogue.php?id=47
Fowler, A., Phillips, J., & Westaby, C. (2017). Understanding emotions as effective practice. The performance of emotional labour in building relationships. In Ugwudike, P., Raynor, P., & Annison, J. (Eds.) Evidence-based skills in community justice : international research on supporting rehabilitation and desistance. Bristol: Policy Press: http://policypress.co.uk/evidence-based-skills-in-criminal-justice#book-detail-tabs-stison-block-content-1-0-tab1
Since 2011 Chalen has had a Course leader role and manage the LLB Business Law course.
In 2011 she also became the Induction Coordinator and is responsible for managing Orientation at all levels. She has also recently implemented innovative activities in the Induction Programme for first year Law students.