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Ms Vanessa Bettinson

Job: Senior Lecturer in law

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: + 44 (0)116 207 8195

E: vbettinson@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/bal

 

Personal profile

Vanessa Bettinson has worked at DMU since 2004 teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  Her current teaching covers criminal law, human rights law and immigration and refugee law to undergraduates.  She also teaches by distance learning on the LLM Sports Law and is the pathway leader of DMU’s distance learning LLM in International Human Rights Law.

Vanessa’s current research interests are concerned with legal responses to domestic violence both within international and European human rights legal frameworks and domestically. She is the co-conference organiser of the Interdisciplinary Domestic Violence Conference: Working Together the Challenges for Legal and Community Professionals. This Conference is a joint venture with Sarah Hilder, senior lecturer within DMU’s Health and Life Science faculty. Her other current research interest is concerned with the human rights implications for risk based sentences, an issue that she is exploring with Professor Gavin Dingwall.   Vanessa has several publications in a variety of esteemed journals that span matters of criminal justice, asylum law, domestic violence in the criminal justice system and human rights.

Publications and outputs 


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Key research outputs

V. Bettinson, ‘Loss and Denial of Refugee Status’ in An introduction to International Refugee Law. Edited by Rafiqul Islam and Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan, Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (2013)

V. Bettinson and G. Dingwall, ‘Challenging the Ongoing Injustice of Imprisonment for Public Protection: James, Wells and Lee v United KingdomModern Law Review (2013) 76(5) 925-936

V. Bettinson, ‘Restraining Orders Following an Acquittal in Domestic Violence Cases: Securing Greater Victim Safety?’ Journal of Criminal Law (2012) 76(6) 512-527

V. Bettinson and G. Dingwall, ‘Applying Generic Sentencing Aims in Domestic Violence Cases in England and Wales’ International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice (2012) 40 242-25

Research interests/expertise

  • Domestic violence and the law
  • Human rights
  • Criminal justice
  • Sentencing

Areas of teaching

  • Criminal Law
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration and Refugee law
  • Sports participant and the courts
  • Domestic abuse

Qualifications

LLB (Brunel); LLM (Leicester); PGCert in Higher Education (DMU)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Socio-legal Studies association, member
  • Society of Legal Scholars, member
  • Social Policy Association, member

Conference attendance

Conference Organisation

  • Interdisciplinary Domestic Violence: Working Together, the Challenges for Legal and Community Professionals (with Sarah Hilder, DMU), Leicester De Montfort Law School, December 2013.

  • Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Stream Co-Convenor (with Ben Livings, University of Sunderland), Socio-Legal Studies Conference, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 2014.

  • Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Stream Co-Convenor (with Ben Livings, University of Sunderland), Socio-Legal Studies Conference, York University, March 2013.

  • Stream Organiser and Criminal Justice Stream Convenor, Socio-Legal Studies Conference, Leicester De Montfort University Law School April 2012. 

  • Stream Organiser and Themes Convenor, Socio-Legal Studies Conference, Leicester De Montfort University Law School April 2009.

 

Conference papers

  • V. Bettinson, “Sentencing domestic violence offences and the victims’ wishes: The position on the European front” at the Annual SLSA Conference at University of York March 26th 2013.

  • V. Bettinson and G. Dingwall, “Challenging the ongoing injustice of imprisonment for public protection” at the Annual SLSA Conference at University of York March 26th 2013.

  • Staff seminar in the Community and Criminal Justice Lunchtime Seminar series, V. Bettinson and G. Dingwall, “The Theoretical Application of Generic Sentencing Aims in Domestic Violence Cases” February 6th 2013.

  • V. Bettinson, “Preventing continued victimisation: Making the case for further specialisation in courts for domestic violence victims” at the Symposium – ‘Legal Perspectives on the Victim’ at Nottingham Trent University December 19th 2012.

  • V. Bettinson and G. Dingwall, “Do Generic Sentencing Aims Result in Optimised Outcomes in Domestic Violence Cases?” at the Annual SLSA Conference at Leicester De Montfort University Law School April 5th 2012.

  • V. Bettinson, “Restraining Orders following an acquittal: Better Prosecutorial After Care in Domestic Violence Caes?” at the Annual SLSA Conference at Leicester De Montfort University Law School April 5th 2012.

  • V. Bettinson, ‘The future of claims to resist removal by HIV+ Sufferers: The mother and child claim’ at the Annual SLSA Conference at the University of Kent, April 4th 2007.

  • Staff Seminar, ‘The Case of N v secretary of the State for the Home Department [2005] 2 WLR 1124 and the future of Article 3 ECHR claims in the migration and HIV/AIDS context’ at Leicester De Montfort University Law School November 8th 2006.

  • Paper entitled “Resisting removal due to a lack of effective medical treatment for HIV/AIDS” at the Annual SLS Conference in Keele September 4th 2006.

  • Paper on N v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2005] 2 WLR 1124 at LSE Interdisciplinary Conference: Crossing the Boundaries March 24th 2006.

Professional esteem indicators

  • Case Note Editor (Assistant) for the Journal of Criminal Law 2011- 2012
  • Guest Editor for the Liverpool Law Review, a special edition on ‘Historical and Contemporary Legal issues relating to HIV/AIDS,’ Vol. 28 (2) 2007
  • Reviewer for Legal Studies
  • Reviewer for Oxford University Press
  • Reviewer for Routledge
  • Guest Speaker for BBC radio Leicester.
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