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Prof Jennifer Temkin

Post:Emeritus Professor (Law)
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Date of Appointment: October 1992


  • London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London
  • LLB 
  • LLM  (Distinction)
  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • Barrister (Middle Temple)


  • 2002       LLD  (University of London)
  • 2009       Academician, Academy of Social Sciences
  • 2009       Bencher, Middle Temple  

Previous Appointments:

  • Lecturer in Law, LSE
  • Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law, University of Buckingham

Visiting Appointment:

  • Visiting Professor of Law, University of Toronto

Sussex University Activities:

  • Director, Centre for Legal Studies, 1994-96 
  • Director, CPE/GDL Programme, School of Law, 1999-2006
  • Chair, Criminal Law Research Group, 2008-

External Activities:


1.  Law Reform

  • Member, Old Bailey Scrutiny Committee on Draft Criminal Code, 1985-1986
  • Member, Home Office Advisory Group on Video-Recorded Evidence in Criminal Trials [The Pigot Committee], 1988-1989 
  • Member, National Children's Home Committee of Enquiry into Children and Young People Who Abuse Other Children, 1990-1992 
  • Member, Justice Committee on Sexual Offences Law Reform, 1998 
  • Member, External Reference Group, Home Office Sex Offences Review, 1999-2000 
  • Patron (with Margaret Drabble), SCOSAC (Standing Committee on Sexually Abused Children), 1993-1996
  • Peer Reviewer, Ministry of Justice Research Report,"Providing Anonymity to Rape Defendants:An Assessment of Evidence" (2010).


2. Education and Higher Education

  • Member, Committee of Heads of University Law Schools, 1989-1992, 1994-96
  • Member, Discipline Committee, University College London, 1994-
  • Governor, South Hampstead High School for Girls, 1992-1999

3. Research Related

  • Member, Executive Committee and European Secretary, International Society of Family Law, 1973-1977
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Group, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 1984-
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Criminal Law, 1986-2005
  • Member, Society of Public Teachers of Law Criminal Law Sub-Committee, 1992-
  • Founding Member, Women Law Teachers' Group
  • Scientific Expert, Council of Europe's Committee of Experts on the Treatment of Sex Offenders, 2003-5
  • Member, Expert Group on Rape and Sexual Assault, Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme, Department of Health and National Institute for Mental Health in England, 2005-2007
  • Member, Board of Diploma in the Forensic and Clinical Aspects of Sexual Assault (DFCASA), Society of Apothecaries of London, 2010-


4. Research Related Training

  • "Setting the Scene". Judicial Studies Board, Serious Sexual Offences Training Seminar for Judges, November 2003, July 2004, November 2004.
  •  "Sexual History Evidence:Section 41" North Eastern Circuit Sexual Offences Training Seminar, December, 2006.
  •  "The Cross-Examination of Complainants in Sexual Assault Cases" Western Circuit Rape and Serious Sex Offences Training Conference, March,2007
  • "The Myths and Stereotypes of Rape" Crown Prosecution Service, Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Training Courses, March, May, June, September, December 2009, December 2010.
  • "Sexual Offences and the Law".  Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Forensic Gynaecology Training Conference, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009.
  •  "Rape Myths and their Implications" Sexuality and Sexual Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine, March 14, 2008.
  • "Attitudes and the ‘Justice Gap’: The Perennial Challenge of Effective Change”, Canadian National Judicial Institute Seminar “Women and Girls and the Justice System”, Ottawa, November 3,2009


5. Broadcasting:



  • BBC Televsion, ITN and Channel 4 News,Sky News
  • Television Documentaries e.g. Panorama', Dispatches 
  • BBC Radio 4:  World at One, P.M., Law in Action, Woman's Hour, The Moral Maze (weekly panel member 1990), File on Four, Today, Unreliable Evidence
  • Radio 5 Live


Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (on the nomination of the Council), 1989


Professor of Law, School of Law