Professor of Law
Elliott Jaques Room 001
Tel: +44 (0)1895 266228
Fax: +44 (0)1895 269875
BA (1st Class Bristol)
I am an active member of the Law School’s Research Ethics Committee, a Personal Tutor and a supervisor of PhD students.
Teaching and Research
Family law and policy
Youth justice issues
Family and child law
Child and family law: children rights, children 'in need', socio-legal theory.
Family mediation and dispute resolution.
Sentencing law, policy and practice.
Youth justice: pre-court processes, court orders, detention, the treatment of girls and young women.
Member of the Editorial Board of the Child and Family Law Quarterly.
Currently External Examiner for postgraduate Law programmes at the University of Exeter; recently examined Ph.D. candidates in the UK and abroad.
Recent conference papers:
- Mediation and Vulnerable Parents’, Seminar at Exeter College, Oxford, 27 September 2013 (to be included as a chapter in an edited collection, Vulnerabilities, Care and Family Law, Routledge)
- ‘The Knowing Child: Sex, Innocence and Law’, Keynote Lecture at the Knowing Young People II conference organized jointly by the British Education Research Centre and the Centre for Youth Work Studies at Brunel University, 19th September 2012.
- (with S. Easton) ‘How effective is non-custodial sentencing in achieving compliance with road traffic law?’ PACTS/CJRC Conference, Brunel University 13th June 2012.
- ‘Child Focused Legislation: For the Sake of the Children?’ Annual Family Law Conference: Fifty Years in Family Law, Staffordshire University Law School, March 24th 2012.
- ‘Family Law: an invisibility cloak for children?’ Public lecture, Brunel University,25th October 2011.
‘Re-thinking the impact of Re L (A Child) (Contact: Domestic Violence)’, SLS Annual Conference, Southampton University, 15 September 2010.
(2012) Piper, CD. and Hunter, C., Parent abuse: Can law be the answer?, Social Policy and Society 11 (2) : 217- 227
(2010) Piper, C., Investing in a child’s future: Too risky?, Child and Family Law Quarterly 22 (1) : 1- 20
(2007) Piper, CD., Should impact constitute mitigation?: Structured discretion versus mercy, Criminal Law Review 2007 (1) : 141- 155 Download publication
(1999) Piper, C., How do you define a family lawyer?, Legal Studies 19 (1) : 93- 111 Download publication
(1996) Piper, C., Divorce reform and the image of the child, Journal of Law and Society 23 (3) : 364- 382 Download publication
(2012) Piper, CD. and Easton, S., How effective is non-custodial sentencing in achieving compliance with road traffic law?, Achieving Compliance with Road Traffic Law Download publication
(2012) Piper, CD., Child focused legislation: For the sake of the children?. In: Probert, R. and Barton, C. eds. Fifty years in Family Law: Essays for Stephen Cretney. Cambridge : Intersentia 71- 82
(2010) Kaganas, F. and Piper, CD., Re L (A child) (Contact: Domestic violence). In: Hunter, R., McGlynn, C. and Rackley, E. eds. Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice. Oxford : Hart Publishing 120- 133 Download publication
(2009) Piper, C., Rights and responsibility: Girls and boys who behave badly. In: Wallbank, J., Choudhry, S. and Herring, J. eds. Rights, Gender and Family Law. Oxon, UK : Routledge 70- 92
(2008) Piper, CD., Will law think about children? Reflections on youth matters. In: Invernizzi, A. and Williams, J. eds. Children and Citizenship. London, UK : Sage Publications
(2006) Piper, C., Feminist perspectives on youth justice. In: Diduck, A. and O'Donovan, K. eds. Feminist Perspectives on Family Law. London : Routledge-Cavendish 165- 188
(1999) Piper, CD. and Day Sclater, S., Changing divorce. In: Day Sclater, S. and Piper, C. eds. Undercurrents of Divorce. Ashgate 233- 254 Download publication
(1999) Kaganas, F. and Piper, C., Divorce and domestic violence. In: Day Sclater, S. and Piper, C. eds. Undercurrents of Divorce. Ashgate 183- 207 Download publication
(1999) Day Sclater, S. and Piper, CD., The Family Law Act 1996 in context. In: Day Sclater, S. and Piper, C. eds. Undercurrents of Divorce. Ashgate 3- 29 Download publication
(2012) Piper, CD. and Easton, S., Sentencing and punishment: The quest for justice. Oxford University press
(2008) Easton, S. and Piper, C., Sentencing and punishment: The quest for justice. Oxford University Press
(2008) Piper, C., Investing in children: Policy law and practice in context. Willan Publishing
(1993) Piper, CD., The responsible Pparent. Harvester Wheatsheaf/Simon Schuster