Professor of Socio-Legal Studies
LLB (Leicester) D.Phil (Oxford)
Telephone: 0116 252 2340
Professor Burton’s research lies 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. Examples of her empirical work include a project commissioned by the Home Office 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. Most recently she has carried out a major study of the way the criminal justice system handles cases of rape and serious violence. The research was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and carried out in collaboration with other academics and the social research organisation TNS-BMRB.
Professor Burton also has a strong commitment to policy relevant research in family law. She completed a study of the effectiveness of civil law remedies for domestic violence for the forebear of the Ministry of Justice and was commissioned by the Legal Services Commission to carry out a review of the decline in applications for protection orders under the Family Law Act 1996 after reforms made to the law made by the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004. Achieving impact beyond academia is a key component of Professor Burton’s research. 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 Professor Burton’s 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 (6th ed, OUP, 2013). She is co-author (with Professors Sanders and Young) of Criminal Justice, (4th ed, OUP 2010) and is currently working on the fifth edition to be published in 2014. She is co editor (with Dr Watkins) of Research Methods in Law (Routledge, 2013).
Socio-legal studies, criminal law, criminal justice, family law.
- Burton, M (2013) ‘How Different are ‘False’ Allegations of Rape from False Complaints of GBH?’ Criminal Law Review’, 203-213.
- M Burton (2013) ‘Doing Empirical Research: Exploring the decision making of magistrates and juries’, in Watkins, D. and Burton, M. (eds) Research Methods in Law, p.63-78.
- M. Burton, R. McLeod, V. de Guzman, R. Evans, H. Lambert and G. Cass (2012) Understanding the progression of serious cases through the Criminal Justice System; Evidence drawn from a selection of casefiles (London: Ministry of Justice) Ministry of Justice Research Series 11/12.
- M Burton (2011) ‘The Legal Construction of Domestic Violence: Unmasking a private problem in Jones, J, Grear, A, Fenton, R and Stevenson, K (eds) Gender, Sexualities and Law, Routledge-Cavendish. p.161-17.
- M Burton (2010) ‘Commentary on R v Dhaliwal’ in R Hunter, C, McGylnn, and E, Rackley (eds) Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice, Hart Publishing. p.255-260.
- 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.
Teaching and Research Supervision
Professor Burton currently teaches criminal justice and criminal law at undergraduate level, and periodically contributes to family law teaching. At postgraduate level she teaches socio-legal research methods, including research ethics. She welcomes applications from potential Phd students, especially those interested in doing empirical work in her areas of expertise. One of her successful Phd students has completed a study of the treatment of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses in Malaysia. She is currently supervising a study of domestic violence and divorce.