Professor of Law - Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences
Brunel University London
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Publications by FLRG members in Family Law - 12 Jul 2013In June Family Law published Professor Christine Piper’s article ‘Neglecting neglect in the Crime and Courts Act’ and in July Paulette Morris’s article on ‘Dispute Resolution: LASPO Mediation and the role of the PCC’ appeared.
‘Law and Michael Freeman’ Colloquium - 12 Jul 2013Felicity Kaganas and Christine Piper attended this event at UCL on July 1st and 2nd to honour Professor Freeman’s distinguished academic career. They presented a paper entitled ‘Michael Freeman and the rights and wrongs of resolving private law disputes’. A conference publication is planned.
BA (1st Class Bristol)
My research and teaching interests are in child and family law and policy as well as youth justice and sentencing. These overlapping interests are reflected in my most recent books - Investing in Children (Willan Publishing, 2008) and Sentencing and Punishment: The Quest for Justice (with S. Easton, OUP, 3rd ed 2012) – and also in the undergraduate modules on which I teach. I am on the Editorial Board of the Child and Family Law Quarterly and am a member of the Advisory Group for an EU funded project developing training for gender-related violence. I am currently involved in pressure to amend the offence of child cruelty and have been involved in the Feminist Judgments Project and the Parent Abuse Research Network (PARN). I am a member of the Criminal Justice Research Centre and the Family Law Research Group based in BLS. My PhD student is researching the process of family mediation in relation to domestic abuse.
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
Children and the Law
Sentencing and Penology
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.
Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences
Member of the Editorial Board of the Child and Family Law Quarterly.
Member of the Action for Children advisory panel in relation to amending section 1 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (cruelty to persons under 16)
External Examiner for postgraduate Law programmes at the University of Exeter; recently External Examiner for Ph.D. candidates in the UK and abroad.
Forthcoming conference paper:
‘Should emotional neglect of children be criminalised?’, SLS Annual Conference, Nottingham University, 11th September 2014
Recent conference papers:
- (with F. Kaganas) Michael Freeman and the rights and wrongs of resolving private law disputes, Colloquium: Law and Michael Freeman, University College London, 2nd July 2013.
- Mediation and Vulnerable Parents’, Seminar at Exeter College, Oxford, 27 September 2013 (published in Vulnerabilities, Care and Family Law, Routledge)
- ‘Fixed penalties and careless driving: not a simple matter?’ Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, York Law School, 27 March 2013
(2013) Piper, C., Neglect neglected in the Crime and Courts Act, Family Law 43 722- 725
(2012) Piper, CD. and Hunter, C., Parent abuse: Can law be the answer?, Social Policy and Society 11 (2) : 217- 227 Download publication
(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
(2006) Piper, CD. and Easton, S., What’s sentencing got to do with it? Understanding the prison crisis, Contemporary Issues in Law 8 (4) : 356- 376 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
(2015) Kaganas, FR. and Piper, C., Michael Freeman and the Rights and Wrongs of Resolving Private Law Disputes. In: Diduck, A., Peleg, N. and Reece, H. eds. Law In Society: Reflections on Children, Family, Culture and Philosophy Essays in Honour of Michael Freeman.. Leiden, Boston : Brill Nijhoff 369- 393
(2013) Piper, C. and Easton, S., Seriousness: A disproportionate construction and application?. In: Cornwell, D., Blad, J. and Wright, M. eds. Civilising criminal justice: An international restorative agenda for penal reform. Hampshire : Waterside Press 187- 206
(2013) Piper, C., Mediation and vulnerable parents. In: Wallbank, J. and Herring, J. eds. Vulnerabilities, care and family law. Oxon : Routledge 115- 137
(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