Centre for Empirical Legal Studies


Our People

The Centre for Empirical Legal Studies comprises 8 members within the Faculty of Laws:
  • Dr Nigel Balmer - Nigel Balmer is Reader in Law and Social Statistics 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, law and health and decision making.
  • 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 to imprisonment.

  • Professor Hazel Genn (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.
  • Richard Moorhead - Richard Moorhead is Professor of Law and Professional Ethics and the Director of the Centre for Ethics and Law. His work focuses on lawyers' ethics, professional competance, the regulation of legal services and access to to justice. Often employing empirical methods, he has conducted a wide range of studies, including for the Ministry of Justice, Legal Services Board, Civil Justice Council, and the Law Society.
  • Jacqueline Kinghan- Jacqueline Kinghan is Director of the Clinical Legal Education in the Faculty. Jacqueline was responsible for establishing the UCL Centre for Access to Justice at UCL Faculty of Laws.
  • Professor Pascoe Pleasence (co-Director) – Pascoe Pleasence is Professor of Empirical Legal Studies at UCL, and a former advisor to the Legal Services Commission of England and Wales. He is a leading expert on empirical legal research methodologies and has a particular interest in the legal profession, the public experience of law and access to justice.

  • 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. Bask Cali (Department of Political Science) - Dr. Bask Cali 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 of rationality.