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Dr Rachel Gimson

Lecturer

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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.

Research interests

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.

My research draws on a range of disciplines including criminal law, criminology, media studies, international criminal law and legal history.

Other information

My office hours are Thursdays 9-11. If you would like to book an appointment, please follow this link: https://calendly.com/r-m-gimson/office-hour

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