Mr Tim Hillier

Job: Associate Head (undergraduate) Leicester de Montfort Law School

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Research group(s): International Law, International Criminal Law, Sentencing

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7184

E: thillier@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/bal

 

Personal profile

Tim Hillier is Associate Head of Leicester De Montfort Law School with responsibility for undergraduate programmes.  He has teaches International Law, both public and private, including International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and International Environmental Law.  He also teaches Penology.  Tim is author of Principles of Public International Law (1998) and Casebook on International Law (1998).   More recently he has published in the area of international criminal law and the punishment of extraordinary crimes. 

Publications and outputs

  • Criminal Justice and the Pursuit of Truth
    Criminal Justice and the Pursuit of Truth Dingwall, Gavin; Hillier, Tim Can the criminal justice system achieve justice based on its ability to determine the truth? Drawing on a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, this book investigates the concept of truth - its complexities and nuances - and scrutinizes how well the criminal justice process facilitates truth-finding. From allegation to sentencing, the chapters take the reader on a journey through the criminal justice system, exposing the marginalization of truth-finding in favour of other jurisprudential or systemic values, such as expediency, procedural fairness and the presumption of innocence. This important work bridges the gap between what people expect from the criminal justice system and what it can legitimately deliver. Hillier, T. and Dingwall, G. (2021) Criminal Justice and the Pursuit of Truth. Bristol: Bristol University Press
  • The Continuing Chronology of Confusion: Crime Prevention, Welfare and the Why of Youth Justice
    The Continuing Chronology of Confusion: Crime Prevention, Welfare and the Why of Youth Justice Antonopoulos, Irene; Dingwall, Gavin; Hillier, Tim International human rights law states that child well-being must be paramount. The aims of the Youth Justice System in England and Wales should reflect this, but the present system fails to do so as its aims are various and lack coherence. This article argues that this incoherence emanates from an apparent conflict between welfare and crime prevention. The authors argue that this dichotomy is false if one recognises that crime will only be prevented by prioritising the welfare and well-being of the child offender. Adopting this approach would satisfy international obligations and reduce the risk of offending and re-offending. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link. Antonopoulos, I., Dingwall, G. and Hillier, T. (2018) The Continuing Chronology of Confusion: Crime Prevention, Welfare and the Why of Youth Justice. The Journal of Criminal Law, 82 (4), pp. 402-419
  • Blamestorming, Blamemongers and Scapegoats: Allocating blame in the criminal justice process
    Blamestorming, Blamemongers and Scapegoats: Allocating blame in the criminal justice process Dingwall, Gavin; Hillier, Tim We live in a society that is increasingly preoccupied with allocating blame: when something goes wrong someone must be to blame. Bringing together philosophical, psychological and sociological accounts of blame, this is the first detailed criminological account of the role of blame. The authors present a novel study of the legal process of blame attribution, set in the context of criminalisation as a social and political process. Dingwall, G. and Hillier, T. (2015) Blamestorming, Blamemongers and Scapegoats: Allocating blame in the criminal justice process. Bristol: Policy Press
  • A crisis of legitimacy : conflicting notions of justice in responding to war crimes.
    A crisis of legitimacy : conflicting notions of justice in responding to war crimes. Dingwall, Gavin; Hillier, Tim Dingwall, G. and Hillier, T. (2011) A crisis of legitimacy : conflicting notions of justice in responding to war crimes. 2nd. Biennial War Crimes Conference, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, March.
  • The blame game : how international justice seeks to exonerate the rest of us.
    The blame game : how international justice seeks to exonerate the rest of us. Hillier, Tim; Dingwall, Gavin Hillier, T. and Dingwall, G. (2010) The blame game : how international justice seeks to exonerate the rest of us. 10th Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Liège, September,.
  • The Banality of Punishment: Context Specificity and Justifying Punishment of Extraordinary Crimes
    The Banality of Punishment: Context Specificity and Justifying Punishment of Extraordinary Crimes Dingwall, Gavin; Hillier, Tim Dingwall, G. and Hillier, T. (2010) The Banality of Punishment: Context Specificity and Justifying Punishment of Extraordinary Crimes. International Journal of Punishment and Sentencing, 6 (1), pp. 6-18.
  • Ethics first: Reflections on the role of research ethics at the initial stages of an investigation into taxi drivers' experiences of crime.
    Ethics first: Reflections on the role of research ethics at the initial stages of an investigation into taxi drivers' experiences of crime. Denscombe, Martyn; Dingwall, Gavin; Hillier, Tim Denscombe, M., Dingwall, G. and Hillier, T. (2009) Ethics First: Reflections on the role of research ethics at the initial stages of an investigation into taxi drivers' experiences of crime. International Review of Victimology, 16 (3), pp. 301-307.
  • At the genesis of a research idea: defending and defining a duty prior to ethics review
    At the genesis of a research idea: defending and defining a duty prior to ethics review Dingwall, Gavin; Denscombe, Martyn; Hillier, Tim Denscombe, M., Dingwall, G. and Hillier, T. (2008) At the genesis of a research idea: defending and defining a duty prior to ethics review. Research Ethics Review, 4(2) pp. 73-75.
  • Researching taxi drivers' experiences of crime : some issues of ethics and methodology.
    Researching taxi drivers' experiences of crime : some issues of ethics and methodology. Dingwall, Gavin; Denscombe, Martyn; Hillier, Tim Dingwall, G., Denscombe, M., Hillier, T. (2007) Researching taxi drivers' experiences of crime : some issues of ethics and methodology. British Criminology Conference, Mannheim Centre for Criminology, London School of Economics, September.
  • International Criminal Tribunals and their penal philosophies.
    International Criminal Tribunals and their penal philosophies. Hillier, Tim; Dingwall, Gavin Hillier, T. and Dingwall, G. (2007) International Criminal Tribunals and their penal philosophies. British Criminology Conference, Mannheim Centre for Criminology, London School of Economics, September.

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Areas of teaching

Penology, International Law

Qualifications

LLB (School of Oriental and African Studies) 1979, MA (Socio-Legal Studies) Sheffield 1984, BSc (Psychology) Open University 2006

Courses taught:

LLBm Law Joint degrees, LLM

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of Higher Education Academy

American Society of International Law

European Society of Criminology

International Law Association

Current research students

Conrad Nyamutata 2nd supervisor

Mehmet Bektas 1st supervisor

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