Professor of Socio-Legal Studies
LLB (Leicester) D.Phil (Oxford)
Telephone: 0116 252 2340
Mandy Burton researches in the fields of criminal law, criminal justice and family law. She is particularly interested in police and prosecution decision-making, criminal courts, victims’ rights and domestic violence. She has considerable experience in carrying out externally funded socio-legal research projects and has produced numerous research reports for UK government departments and other public bodies. Examples of her empirical work include a Home Office funded project to evaluate special measures to protect vulnerable and intimidated witnesses and two projects commissioned by the Crown Prosecution Service to examine specialist domestic violence courts (carried out in collaboration with colleagues at other Universities).
Mandy has a strong commitment to policy relevant research, especially relating to improving legal responses to domestic violence. She completed a study of the effectiveness of civil law remedies for domestic violence for the forebear of the Ministry of Justice and recently carried out a review for the Legal Services Commission examining why applications for protection orders under the Family Law Act 1996 have declined. She has contributed to the development of practitioner responses to domestic violence at both local and national level as a member of several advisory and project implementation groups.
Many strands of her empirical and theoretical work are brought together in her monograph Legal Reponses to Domestic Violence (Routledge Cavendish, 2008). She is co-author (with Professors Cownie and Bradney) of English Legal System in Context (5 th ed, OUP, 2010) and (with Professors Sanders and Young) of Criminal Justice (4th ed, OUP, 2010).
Research InterestsSocio-legal studies, criminal law, criminal justice, family law.
- Burton, M (2009) ‘The Civil Law Remedies for Domestic Violence: Why are applications for non-molestation orders declining?’ Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 109-120.
- Burton, M (2009) ‘Failing to Protect: Victims’ Rights and Police Liability’ Modern Law Review, 72(2) 283-295.
- Burton, M (2009) Domestic Abuse Literature Review (Legal Services Commission)
- Burton, M (2008) Legal Responses to Domestic Violence (Routledge-Cavendish)
- Burton , M (2008) ‘Scream Quietly or the Neighbours will Hear’: Domestic violence, ‘nuisance neighbours’ and the public/private dichotomy revisited’, Child and Family Law Quarterly , 20(1) 95-108.