Roxanna Dehaghani

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LLB (QUB) LLM (Maastricht)

Roxanna completed her LLB at Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) in 2010 before pursuing an LLM in Forensics, Criminology and Administration of Justice in Maastricht, the Netherlands in 2011 (graduating cum laude in 2012). Prior to commencing her PhD in January 2014, Roxanna worked at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Citizen’s Advice. Roxanna has previously worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (Leicester) and a Teaching Associate (Birmingham).

Roxanna provides open and visit day support, and is a member of the Athena SWAN Steering Committee, the Athena SWAN Questionnaire Committee, and the Doctoral College Project. She is also member of the Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies, was recently a Visiting Scholar at QUB School of Law, and is the Events Manager for the British Society of Criminology Postgraduate Committee. Roxanna also sits on the Home Office Working Group on Vulnerable Adults.

Twitter: @roxanna_law


Roxanna's PhD thesis examined the construction and identification of vulnerability within the context of police custody. This involved, inter alia, a qualitative analysis of how custody officers interpret 'vulnerability', how they identify whether a suspect is 'vulnerable', and how they make decisions based on their findings.

Roxanna is interested in police decision-making, how vulnerability is interpreted within various contexts, and how different jurisdictions approach vulnerability and police custody. She has more recently developed an interest into the interplay between immigration and the criminal justice system. Her interests also include the criminal process, suspect and defence rights, access to justice, youth justice, mental health/disability law, family law, criminology, socio-legal studies, and qualitative methodologies.


  • Family Law
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Criminal Law (Sexual Offences Lectures)


Key publications

  • Vulnerability in police custody: police decision-making and the appropriate adult safeguard (forthcoming) (Routledge: 2018)
  • ‘Domestic violence’ in R. Lamont (ed.), Textbook on Family Law (forthcoming) (OUP 2018) (25000 words with A. Carline)
  • '"We’re vulnerable too”: an (alternative) analysis of vulnerability within English criminal legal aid and police custody (forthcoming) Oñati Socio-Legal Series (17000 words with D. Newman)
  • ‘“Vulnerable by law but not by nature”: examining child and youth vulnerability in the context of police custody’ (forthcoming) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
  • ‘Automatic authorisation: an exploration of the decision to detain in police custody’ (2017) 3 Criminal Law Review 187-202
  • 'Custody officers, Code C and constructing vulnerability: implications for policy and practice' (2017) 11(1) Policing 74-86
  • ‘He’s just not that vulnerable: exploring the implementation of the appropriate adult safeguard in police custody’ (2016) 55 (4) Howard Journal of Crime and Justice 396–413


Other publications

  • ‘Review of ‘Vulnerable Adults and the Law’ by Johnathan Herring’ (forthcoming) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law

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