Professor Vanessa Bettinson
Job: Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
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
Vanessa has worked at DMU since 2004, teaching both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She teaches criminal law, human rights law and immigration and refugee law to undergraduates. She has developed a module focusing on employability, commercial awareness and entrepreneurial skills for law students and also delivers teaching on a number of modules on the distance learning LLM. In addition to these responsibilities Vanessa is the pathway leader of DMU distance learning LLM in International Human Rights Law.
Vanessa’s research currently focuses on criminal justice and human rights responses to domestic violence and/or abuse. In particular, she is currently interested in comparative legal responses to coercive control. She has organised conferences in this area with her colleague Sarah Hilder (DMU, Community and Criminal Justice) attended by local, national and international delegates. Both Sarah and Vanessa have a forthcoming edited book collection for 2016 called ‘Domestic Violence: Interdisciplinary perspectives on protection, prevention and intervention’ (Palgrave).
Research group affiliations
DMU Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Research Network
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 Kingdom’ Modern 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
- Domestic violence and the law
- Human rights
- Criminal justice
Areas of teaching
- Criminal Law
- Human Rights
- Immigration and Refugee law
- Sports participant and the courts
- Domestic abuse
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 organiser, Safeguarding and Promoting Wellbeing: Addressing Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Conference (with Leicestershire Safeguarding Adults Board, Leciestershire Safeguarding Children Board and Leicester City Council), November 2014.
- Seminar organiser, LGBT Community and Domestic Violence: Challenges to prevention, protection and intervention (with S.Hilder) Leicester De Montfort Law School, September 2014.
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.
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  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  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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