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Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Canterbury

James Mehigan is a senior lecturer in law at the University of Canterbury and a barrister at Garden Court Chambers, London.

As an academic 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.

James is a former member of the Policy Council of Liberty. He is also a former member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Pentonville Prison.


  • 2019–present
    Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Canterbury
  • 2009–2019
    Associate Lecturer, The Open University
  • 2016–2019
    Lecturer in Criminology, The Open University


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

Professional Memberships

  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy