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Christopher Riley

Christopher Riley LL.B (Hons), PGCLTHE, LLM by Research, FHEA

Principal Lecturer

Summary

I have worked at Sheffield Hallam University since 2007. I started as a Lecturer in Law before being appointed to Senior Lecturer in 2009 and Principal Lecturer in Law in January 2015. I have taught a number of modules and held a number of management roles during my time in academia. Before joining the University I spent a number of years working in the legal profession.

  • About

    My research interests include the broad area of public international law, but more specifically international criminal law and justice, international human rights law and international dispute settlement. I have an interest in mental health law, in particular detention and public protection issues. I also have an established profile in the area of miscarriages of justice, specifically focusing on key issues and contextual debates around wrongful convictions and the presumption of innocence.

    I have received nominations for the UK’s Best Law Teacher Award, sponsored by LawCareers.Net. As well as nominations in 2011, 2012 and 2013 for Inspirational Teacher Awards.

    I currently deliver modules in criminal law, international criminal justice and as Director of Hallam Criminal Appeals Clinic and the new Prison Clinic, which both involve students working under supervision on real-life cases.

  • Teaching

    Department Of Law and Criminology

    Social Sciences and Arts

    Organised the national Criminal Legal Appeals Conference based at Sheffield Hallam University in November 2014.

    Invited speaker at Australian National University – July 2012

    Seminar: ‘The role of clinical legal education in uncertain times’.

    Sheffield Hallam University – February 2012

    Panellist - International Law Round Table Event

  • Publications

    Presentations

    Riley, C. (2014). Law in Practice International: making a success of international placements. Presented at: SHU Placement Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, 2014

    Riley, C. (n.d.). Comparative post-release experiences of the wrongfully convicted. Presented at: The McDonaldization of justice and the disappearance of fair trial, Criminal Justice Centre, University of Warwick

    Riley, C., & Kennedy, V. (n.d.). Work experience: does any work experience count for the new route to legal qualification? Presented at: Bringing It All Together: Clinical Legal Educators in the 21st Century University, Newcastle, 2017

    Riley, C., & Kennedy, V. (n.d.). Work experience: does any work experience count for the new route to legal qualification? Presented at: Bringing It All Together: Clinical Legal Educators in the 21st Century University, Newcastle, 2017

    Riley, C. (n.d.). Clinical Legal Education For All, Not For The Few: One UK Law School’sApproach To Legal Pedagogy. Presented at: Association of American Law Schools Annual Clinical Conference, Florida, USA

    Riley, C. (n.d.). The role of clinical legal education in uncertain times: a comparative analysis. Presented at: Visiting fellowship paper, College of Law, Australian National University

    Riley, C., & Smart, E. (n.d.). SHU Law: enabling access to justice through a teaching law firm. Presented at: National Forum on Access to Justice, Civil Justice Council, Westminster, London

    Riley, C. (n.d.). The role of law in post-conflict societies. Presented at: International Law Round Table, Sheffield Hallam University, 2012

    Riley, C. (n.d.). The Landscape of Criminal Appeals: 2015 and beyond. Presented at: Criminal Legal Appeals Conference, Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, SHU, 2015

    Riley, C. (n.d.). Wrongful Convictions - new beginnings, opportunities and innovations. Presented at: Criminal Legal Appeals Conference, Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, SHU, 2014

  • Other activities

    I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    I sit on the Advisory Committee for the Centre for Criminal Appeals

    I was appointed a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in 2012.

    I am an External Examiner at the University of Westminster.

    Member of the Association of Law Teachers

    I act as a book reviewer for a number of publishers.

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