|The Centre for Empirical Legal Studies comprises 7 members within the
Faculty of Laws:
- Dr Nigel Balmer - Nigel Balmer is an Honorary Senior
Research Fellow within the Faculty of Laws. He is an expert in social
science and statistical methods, and has considerable experience of
their application in an empirical legal context. He has a particular
interest in access to justice.
- Dr Elaine Genders – Elaine Genders is a Reader
in Criminology in the Faculty of Laws. Her interests include the sociologyof
prisons, violent crime, the interface between criminology and law, and
race, sex and criminal justice. She has been a special advisor to the
Home Office on therapeutic prison regimes, as well as a cold reviewer
(part of the auditing of the Audit Commission procedure) of two Audit
Commission Reports on the Government’s performance in relation
- Professor Hazel Genn (co-Director) – Dame
Hazel Genn is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, an Honorary Fellow of
UCL and one of the world’s foremost empirical legal scholars.
With a background in both sociology and law, she is an authority on
civil justice processes, from both ‘bottom up’ and ‘top
down’ perspectives. She was the Law and Society Association Scholar
of Distinction in 2005.
- Professor Pascoe Pleasence (co-Director) –
Pascoe Pleasence is Professor of Empirical Legal Studies at UCL, as
well as being the Head of the Legal Services Research Centre in the
Legal Services Commission of England and Wales. He is a leading expert
on empirical legal research methodologies.
- Professor Cheryl Thomas – Cheryl Thomas is Professor of Judicial Studies within the Faculty of Laws. She is also Director of the UCL Jury Project and Co-Director of the UCL Judicial Institute. A specialist in judicial studies, she has conducted ground-breaking research in the United Kingdom and other jurisdictions on juries, judicial decision-making, the role of diversity in the justice system, and the appointment and training of judges.
- Professor William Twining –William Twining is Emeritus Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at UCL. He is a leading scholar in the fields of evidence and proof and socio-legal theory. He has been actively involved in UCL's major multidisciplinary project "Towards an integrated science of evidence", which is funded by the Leverhulme Foundation and ESCRC. His forthcoming book on General Jurisprudence includes chapters on "The Social Dimensions of Law and Justice" and diffusion of law. He co-edits the Law in Context series for Cambridge University Press.
Additional Associated Members include:
- Dr. Basak Çali (Department of Political Science) - Dr. Basak Çali is Lecturer in Human Rights at UCL's Department of Political Science. Her principal research interests are the theories
of international relations, with particular reference to international law and institutions and qualitative and interpretive research methods.
- Professor Nigel Harvey (Department of Psychology)
– Professor Nigel Harvey is Professor of Judgement and Decision
Research at UCL. He has an extensive record of publication and a particular
interest in Judgmental forecasting and control of dynamical system behaviour.
- Dr David Lagnado (Department of Psychology) –
Dr David Lagnado is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. His
research interests include causal and probabilistic reasoning, multiple
cue probability learning, judgment and decision under uncertainty, issues