Lecturer in Criminology, The Open University

James Mehigan is a lecturer in criminology at the Open University and a barrister at Garden Court Chambers.

As a lecturer his research interests include policing, prisons, human rights and criminal law. As a barrister he has acted in numerous high profile appeals and inquests and specialises in criminal defence, prison law, inquests and human rights. He is called to the bars of England & Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

He is a trustee of the UK branch of Front Line Defenders, a NGO that focuses on the protection of human rights defenders at risk around the world. James is a member of the Policy Council of Liberty.

James is a former member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Pentonville Prison.


  • 2016–present
    Lecturer in Criminology, The Open University
  • 2009–present
    Associate Lecturer, The Open University


  • 2009 
    Open University, PhD
  • 2002 
    Cambridge University, M Phil (Criminnological Research)
  • 2001 
    Trinity College, Dublin, LLB (Hons)