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Mrs Cassandra Wiener

Post:Doctoral Tutor (Law)
Other posts:Research student (Law)
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Cassandra was a corporate litigator at Simmons & Simmons LLP for ten years, following which she managed a Citizens Advice Bureau for two years before entering academia.   She was a Teaching Fellow (Senior Lecturer) at the University of Law 2002 - 2012, where she taught the Law of Contract, Employment and Criminal Law.  In 2012 Cassandra left the University of Law to pursue her own research interests in human rights at the University of Sussex.  She is now an E.S.R.C. funded Doctoral Researcher and Associate Tutor at Sussex Law School. She has also been appointed a Visiting Lecturer in Sociology at City, University of London.

Cassandra has acted as a Judicial Assistant to the Court of Appeal, and as an international consultant to Hale Dorr LLP in the US, and Glaxo SmithKline in the UK.  She holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Manchester, two diplomas in law (GDL - with commendation and LPC - with distinction)  from the University of Law, and an MA in Human Rights (with distinction) from the University of Sussex. 




Current       Ph.D Law Studies, University of Sussex (E.S.R.C. funded)

2013 - 2014 MA Human Rights, University of Sussex, Pass with Distinction

1994 - 1995 Legal Practice Course, College of Law, Pass with Distinction

1993 - 1994 Common Professional Exam, College of Law, Pass with Commendation

1989 - 1992 English Language and Literature, University of Manchester, BA Hons  2:i



Cassandra Wiener, ‘From Social Construct to Legal Paradigm: the New Offence of Coercive or Controlling Behaviour in England and Wales’ in Marilyn McMahon and Paul McGorrery, (eds) Criminalising Non-Physical Family Violence: Coercive Control and Autonomy Crimes (Springer International) forthcoming.

Cassandra Wiener and Evan Stark, 'Coercive Control, the Offense and Men: Reply to Bates and Taylor' (2019) 25(2) Domestic Violence Report 31.

Cassandra Wiener, 'The New Law on Controlling or Coercive Behaviour in England and Wales: Progress But Not (Yet) A Solution?' (2019) 28(3) Human Rights Defender 11.

Cassandra Wiener, ‘Grooming and Coercive Control‘ [2019] (67) Safe: The Domestic Abuse Quarterly 23.

Cassandra Wiener, 'Seeing What is 'Invisible in Plain Sight': Policing Coercive Control (2017) 56(4) The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice 500 - 515. 


January 2017: Internship at the Sentencing Council, Ministry of Justice

August 2016:  Successful application to the Impact and Knowledge Exchange Funding programme

August 2015: ESRC studentship 

August 2014: SLS partial fee waiver scholarship

Research Activities:

Coercive Control and the Criminal Law (2019) Home Office Presentation to the Home Office Policy Unit on my research findings and the possibility for reform. 

Coercive Control and s. 76 Serious Crime Act (2018) Elder Abuse National Conference, London.

Criminalising Coercive Control in England and Wales; the Context, the Statute, the Challenges (2017) Roundtable on Criminalising Non-Physical Abuse, Deacon University, Melbourne.

Policing Coercive Control (2017) Presentation at the Policing Futures Conference, School of Law, University of Leeds (2017).

Seeing What is 'Invisible in Plain Sight': IDVA's and Survivors' Responses to a Theoretical Model of Coercive Control Presentation at the SVDV Research Network Coercion and Control in the Commission of Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence and Abuse Conference, De Montifort University, Leicester (2016).

What is Coercive Control? Building a Theoretical Model of Domestic Abuse.  Presentation at the NGender Conference Liberation, Struggle and Resistance (2016).

What is a Case of Domestic Abuse and Why Does This Matter? Presentation at the Sussex Law School Crime Research Group PhD Conference (2016).

Danger and Ethics in the Postmodern Qualitative Interview. Presentation at the University of Westminster Social Science Methodology Conference (2016).



Socio-Legal Studies Association (member)

Higher Eduation Authority (fellow)

the Law Teacher (reviewer)

Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research

Sussex Rights and Justice Research Group

Gender, Law, Crime and Violence Reading Group (convenor)

NGender (Sussex Centre for Gender Studies) (member)

Crime Research Centre (Sussex Law School) (member and convenor of Work in Progress sessions)

Human Rights Groups: Liberty, Amnesty, the Fawcett Society