Anna Carline

Anna CarlineAssociate Professor 
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2796

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LLB (LJMU) LLM (Edinburgh) PhD (Hull)

I joined the School of Law in January 2014, having previously worked at Liverpool John Moores University. My main areas of expertise are criminal law and criminal justice, in particular violence against women and sexual offences, family law and feminist/gender theory. My research is socio-legal and interdisciplinary and examines legal developments by drawing upon a range of empirical, theoretical and policy based methodologies. I have published extensively on the issues of rape and sexual assault, prostitution and trafficking, and domestic homicide. My research has an impact beyond academia, and I have worked closely with a City Council in the North West of England in the production and evaluation of two primary prevention interventions which aimed to reduce alcohol related rape and sexual assault in the NTE.

My current research includes a Ministry of Justice funded evaluation of the impact of the new sentencing guidelines for sexual offences and robbery (PI, with Profs Mandy Burton and Sally Kyd (law) and Dr Emma Palmer (Psychology). Other recent projects include two funded by British Academy which focused upon the criminal justice response to rape. The first project examined barristers’ perspectives on the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and the extent to which law and policy reform positively influenced practice. Building on a previous study, this was the first project to provide an evaluation, in four cities, of the effectiveness of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Co-I, with Dr Clare Gunby, Department of Criminology, University of Leicester). The second involved collaborating with a range of stakeholders (police, CPS, National Crime Agency) to develop guidelines to assist the police when interviewing complainants who were intoxicated at the time of the assault (Co-I with Dr Heather Flowe, University of Birmingham)


  • ‘Equal Consideration and Informed Imagining: Recognising and Responding to the Lived Experiences of Abused Women who Kill’ Melbourne Law Review (in press) (with Hopkins and Easteal).
  • ‘Too Drunk to Consent? Exploring the Contestations and Disruptions in Male-Focused Sexual Violence Prevention Interventions’ Social and Legal Studies (2017) Available online DOI: 10.1177/0964663917713346 (with Gunby and Taylor)

  • ‘Location, Libation and Leisure: Questioning the usefulness of the Night Time Economy in challenging sexual violence’ Crime, Media, Culture (2017) Available online DOI: 10.1177/1741659016651751 (with Gunby and Taylor)

  • ‘Almost abolitionism: the peculiarities of prostitution policy in England and Wales’. In E. Ward, & G. Wylie (eds.) Feminism, Prostitution and the State Abingdon: the Politics of Neo-abolitionism [Routledge, 2017] 103-120 (with Scoular).

  • ‘Rape Politics, Polices and Practice: Exploring the Tensions and Unanticipated Consequences Well-Intended Victim-Focused Measures’ The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice (2016) 56(1) 34-52 (with Gunby).

  • ‘Saving Fallen Women Now? Critical Perspectives on Engagement and Support Orders and their Policy of Forced Welfarism’ Social Policy and Society (2015) 14(1): 103-112

  • ‘A Critical Account of a ‘Creeping Neo-abolitionism’: Regulating Prostitution in England and Wales Criminology and Criminal Justice (2014) 14(5) 608-626 (with Prof Scoular)

  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Against Women: Law Reform and Society [Routledge, 2014] (with Prof Easteal)

  • ‘Regretting it?After:?Perspectives on Alcohol, Non-Consensual Sex and False Rape Reports’ Social and Legal Studies (2013) 22(1) 87-106 (with Gunby and Beynon).

  • ‘Of Frames, Cons and Affects: Butlerian Perspectives on the Responses to Trafficking for the Purposes of Sexual Exploitation’ Feminist Legal Studies (2012) 20(3): 207-225.

  • ‘“How an Ordinary Jury Makes Sense of it is a Mystery”: Barristers’ Perspectives on Rape, Consent, and the Sexual Offences Act 2003’ Liverpool Law Review (2011) 32(3): 237-250 (with Gunby).

  • ‘Criminal Justice, Extreme Pornography and Prostitution: Protecting Women or Promoting Morality?’ Sexualities (2011) 14(3): 312-333.

  • ‘Constructing the Subject of Prostitution: A Butlerian Reading of the Regulation of Sex Work’ International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (2011) 24(1): 61-78.

  • ‘Alcohol-related Rape Cases: Barristers’ Perspectives on the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and its Impact on Practice’ Journal of Criminal Law (2010) 74(6): 579-600 (with Gunby and Beynon).

  • ‘Critical Perspectives on the Policing and Crime Act 2009: An Unethical Approach to the Regulation of Prostitution?’ Contemporary Issues in Law (2010) 10(2): 77-100.

  • ‘Reforming Provocation: Perspectives from the Law Commission and the Government’ Web Journal of Current Legal Issues (2009) 2. Online access

  • ‘Ethics and Vulnerability in Street Prostitution: An Argument in Favour of Managed Zones’ Crimes and Misdemeanors: Deviance and the Law in Historical Perspective (2009) 3(1): 20-53.


  • Criminal Law, Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Family Law
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Feminist/Gender Theory

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