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Christopher Riley

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

Principal Lecturer


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 Humanities

    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

  • 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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