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Academic Biography

Angela studied for her LLB (Hons) Law at Teesside, where she particularly enjoyed studying constitutional law – the relationship between the individual and the state, how the state operates and who holds the power. Linked to this, her 12,000-word dissertation looked at the impact of joining the European Union on the UK’s constitution.

Angela progressed to a full-time LLM European and International Law at Durham University. During this one-year master’s, she studied substantive European Union law, international human rights, and contemporary issues in international law. And her dissertation focused on the use of force in Kosovo.

In 2003 she started lecturing part time at Teesside in public law and the English legal system, increasing to full time in 2004, Principal Lecturer for Programmes in 2019 and Head of Department in 2021.  During this time, Angela's research interests have been influenced by teaching criminal evidence and human rights across the law and policing portfolio, developing a particular passion for the right to a fair trial and the exercise of police powers.

In 2020, Angela contributed a chapter on the role of the police as a public authority, for a textbook on Professional Policing, to support the introduction of the Policing Education Qualification Framework and is currently engaged in collaborative research focussed on the relationship between the right to a fair trial and criminal evidence.

Summary of Research Interests

Angela's research interests lie in particular in the areas of state and police power, the right to a fair trial and cross examination.


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