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Dr Janet Keliher

Visiting Lecturer

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Janet has an LLB from Aberystwyth University and an LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law from King’s College London. After completing a training contract in the West End of London she worked as a solicitor at the City firm Richards Butler (now Reed Smith) advising clients on large corporate transactions.

In 2013 Janet completed an MRes at the University of Exeter and went on to receive ESRC funding for her doctoral research on the relationship between culture and legal responsibility in the Criminal Law of England and Wales. She was awarded her PhD in 2019.

Janet has taught Criminal Law and Gender Sexuality and Law at the University of Exeter and is currently a Visiting Lecturer on the Law and Business Programme at the Penryn Campus where she teaches Criminal Law and Legal Foundations. She also leads the Introduction to Law Module on the Foundation Programme in Humanities at INTO Exeter and has experience teaching Employment Law, Family Law and EU Law.

• Qualified Solicitor
• PhD- University of Exeter
• MRes- University of Exeter
• LLM Corporate and Commercial Law- King’s College London
• LLB Law – Aberystwyth University

Research interests

As well as researching in the domain where law and culture interact, Janet is involved in a GW4 funded project that is investigating gender based violence at UK universities. She is looking specifically at the regulation of higher education institutions in England and at legal arguments for making universities accountable to government in the event of their failure to prevent or respond to gender based violence.

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Janet's Legal Heroes

Alan Norrrie

In the academic field Alan Norrie is a legal hero. Norrie is a professor of criminal law and legal theory who takes a refreshingly different approach to the ideas that underpin our criminal law and criminal justice system. He challenges us to rethink concepts such as blame, responsibility and guilt which are focused on the individual and in his intriguingly named book ‘Law and the Beautiful Soul’ he explores a ‘relational’ approach to justice which argues that any judgment of an individual must take account of the broader environment and situation in which he finds himself.


Clive Stafford Smith

In the practical field Stafford Smith is a campaigning lawyer who has spent many years working on death penalty cases and other civil rights issues. In 1999 he set up the human rights group Reprieve which provides free legal and support to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, in particular those facing execution. Clive has represented over 300 prisoners facing the death penalty in the southern United States and has prevented the death penalty in all but six cases (a 98% “victory” rate). He explains that he does this work because the world is not divided into good and bad people and there are reasons why an offender might find himself facing the death penalty. In some ways he brings Norrie’s relational approach to the realities of the criminal justice system.

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