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Lecturer and Director of the LLB degree
Degree: LLB (hons), LLM, Barrister at Law (Middle Temple)
Associated research centres and groups: Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Centre for Law and Society, Gender, Sexuality, the Family and the Law, Socio-legal work on Public Law, Legal Theory and Criminal Justice
I currently teach Criminal law, Crime and Criminal Justice, Evidence, Gender and Immigration and Asylum law. I also have interests in prison law and human rights and have developed courses to reflect these interests.
The aims of my research to date have been to create bridges between academia and practice and to attempt to engage the legal community as a whole in a consideration of effective legal reform of the law on rape. I feel that I am in a unique position to do this as I have considerable experience of the operation of the law in practice. I also try to introduce feminist perspectives into mainstream legal debate. In general, I am researching criminal justice issues, including defences and consent, and the application of human rights law to life sentence prisoners and Foreign National Prisoners. My research focuses on gender issues in Criminal and Immigration law such as fairness to women defendants in relation to criminal defences, the inclusion of women in Refugee Convention definitions, sexual history evidence, and the new approach to issues such as consent in sexual offences. I am planning a research project on victim experiences in rape trials, drawing on research about memory and the ability to recount such experiences. I have also written about children in immigration detention and have participated in workshops on this area.
Criminal law and Criminal Justice
Feminist perspectives on law
Human rights and civil liberties
Immigration law, particularly asylum, children's rights and feminist perspectives on Immigration law
Prison law and penology.
Not an invitation to rape: The Sexual Offences Act 2003, consent and the case of the 'drunken' victim,  62 NILQ (1) 99-118
Still a migrant first? The Detention of Asylum Seeking Children after the BCIA 2009, Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, Issue 2, April 2010.
Renegotiating Reproductive Technologies: The 'Public Foetus' Revisited (2009) 92 Feminist Review 54 -71
The Rape Trial and Sexual History Evidence - R v A and the (Un)worthy Complainant  57 NILQ (3) 442
Review of Jennifer Temkin and Barbara Krahe, Sexual Assault and the Justice Gap: A Question of Attitude, Hart Publishing, Oxford 2008, Fem Leg Stud (2009) 17:233-235
Review of Sarah van Walsum and Thomas Spijkerboer, eds, Women and Immigration Law: New variations on classical feminist themes, Glasshouse, Routledge-Cavendish, Oxon 2007, Feminist Theory, Aug 2008; vol. 9: pp. 248 - 249.
Conferences, Seminars and Papers Presented:
Personhood and Immigration Law to be presented at the 'Feminist Futures' conferences at Brunel University in July 2011.
Participation in a workshop organised by the Richardson Institute on 'Forced Migration' on 20 October 2010.
Involvement in an AHRC funded 'The Future of Testimony' Project led by Antony Rowlands and Jane Kilby of Salford University. The paper prepared for the seminar looked at the issue of testimony in asylum appeal cases. The seminar 'Testimony and the Law' was held at the University of Lancaster on Friday 24th September 2010.
Making Difference Matter: Fitting Women into the Refugee Convention presented at the CLG conference in 2007
R v A and the Rape trial presented at the SLSA conference in 2004
Immigration law updates and prison law updates presented on occasion as a member of Garden Court North Chambers to solicitor groups for continuing professional development training.
Work in Progress:
Children and the asylum process
Foreign National Prisoners and Deportation - a moral panic?
Women and the Refugee Convention: The use of personhood
Youth Justice and Youth imprisonment - in transition
Other relevant information:
Invited on two occasions to peer review ESRC major research grant applications in relation to projects concerning gender related aspects of asylum and immigration law.
Potential Doctoral Proposals
Criminal law - particularly feminist perspectives, penology and sexual offences
Immigration law - particularly feminist perspectives, issues relating to childrenand asylum issues
Originally, I worked as a nurse in the NHS and studied law at Lancaster as a mature student. I was an Erasmus Scholar at the University of Trier, Germany and Maastricht, the Netherlands during my year abroad and was chosen to represent Lancaster University and present a paper as a student in my final year at a conference on the Future of the European Union at Uppsala University in Sweden. I graduated from the European Legal Studies Degree with First Class Honours.
I was then a Middle Temple Scholar on the BVC at the Inns of Court School of Law, London and completed pupillage at 6 King's Bench Walk and Doughty Street Chambers in London. After pupillage, I worked as a barrister at Garden Court North Chambers in Manchester from 1996. My areas of practice included criminal defence, prison law, immigration and asylumlaw and inquests.
In 2000 I returned to Lancaster part time and completed an LLM in Socio-legal studies, which was awarded with distinction. The title of my dissertation was "Policing the Boundaries: Women, Rape and the Law". Whilst working as a barrister and completing my masters, I was also a part time lecturer from 2000 on Law 101, 103 and 297. I joined Lancaster as a full time lecturer from September 2003, although I am still a member of Garden Court North Chambers and I maintain my contacts with the Bar.
I am the Staff Co-ordinator of the Lancaster University Innocence Project. This is a student led project focusing on the study of wrongful criminal convictions with a view to referral back to the Court of Appeal via the CCRC.The Project was officially launched in October 2008 when Paddy Hill of the Birmingham Six and Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four gave a well attended lecture at Lancaster. The launch was reported in the Lancaster Guardian. Start up funding for the Project was provided by the Lancaster Alumni Friends Fund and we are a member of the national body, INUK. The students are currently working on five cases of alleged wrongful convictions. We have permission to appeal in one case and have instructed Counsel. This case will be heard in the Court of Appeal in March 2011.
Eprints Publications Repository and Bibliographic Database
Georgina Firth has 3 selected publication records listed on this webpage. Use links to access abstracts and full text where available. View all records to sort by date, type and title. For all ePrints records go to http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk
Firth, Georgina (2010) Still a migrant first?:The detention of asylum seeking children after the BCIA 2009. Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, n/a (2). n/a. ISSN 1360-1326
Firth, Georgina (2009) Re-negotiating reproductive technologies:the 'Public Foetus' revisited. Feminist Review, 92 (n/a). pp. 54-71. ISSN 1466-4380
Firth, Georgina E. (2006) The Rape Trial and Sexual History Evidence R v A and the (Un)worthy Complainant. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 57 (3). pp. 442-464. ISSN 0029-3105
Other Interests and Hobbies
Walking, cycling, yoga and generally being outdoors as much as possible!
Associated Keywords: Asylum, Children, Civil liberties, Crime and society, Crime control, Crime investigation, Criminal justice, Criminal justice policy, Criminal law, Feminist perspectives, Gender and criminal justice, Gender and the law, Human rights, Immigration law, Law, Migrants, Migration, Penology, Policing the criminal justice system, Policy, Punishment, Refugee, Sexual offences, Young offenders, Young people and crime, Youth justice, Youth offending
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