Dr Rachel Gimson
I completed my LLB at the University of Sussex. Minoring in American Studies I participated in a year abroad at UC Berkeley in California. I also completed my LLM at Sussex, specialising in International Criminal Law. My PhD drew on a range of research topics including criminal justice, criminology comparative criminal law, international criminal law, social media, trial by media and legal history.
Prior to starting at the University of Exeter I was a Lecturer in Law at the Mauritius branch of the University of Aberystwyth. Here I lectured a variety of subjects including criminal law, criminology, public law and legal systems.
My research considers the impact of social media on the criminal justice system. I am particularly interested in how eyewitness footage can alter perceptions of guilt and the role of the defendant, both for domestic trials and trials at the international criminal law level. I also research crime news and the trial by media phenomenon.