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Dr Melanie Collard

Dr Melanie Collard
Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice


Melanie is a Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Brunel Law School. Melanie’s research interests are interdisciplinary and lie within the areas of criminal law, critical criminology and human rights.

Before joining Brunel, Melanie was a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Hertfordshire, a Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London, teaching Human Rights Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice, as well as a Birkbeck Associate Lecturer in Criminal Law and State Crime, and a Teaching Assistant at the London School of Economics and Political Science, teaching Criminology and Criminal Justice. Melanie has also worked as a Researcher for the International State Crime Initiative.


Melanie holds a PhD in Law and Criminology from King’s College London. In addition to her doctorate, Melanie studied law in Belgium (Université de Liège) and the USA (Florida International University) and holds an LLM in Public International Law (Queen Mary University of London) and an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice (King’s College London).

Melanie is a Fellow of the Higher Edcation Academy as well as a Fellow of the Brunel Academy for the Transformation of Teaching.


Melanie teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Evidence and Sentencing & Penology at Brunel Law School. She also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations as well as PhD theses in those areas. She is part of the Senior Tutor Team.

Newest selected publications

Collard, M. (2018) 'Torture as State Crime: A Criminological Analysis of the Transnational Institutional Torturer'. London: Routledge. ISSN 13: 9781315456133


Collard, M. (2015) 'Transnational Institutional Torturers: State Crime, Ideology and the Role of France’s Savoir-Faire in Argentina’s Dirty War, 1976 to 1983', in Barak, G. (ed.) The Routledge International Handbook of the Crimes of the Powerful. Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge. pp. 305 - 319. ISBN 10: 1317807324. ISBN 13: 9781315815350. Open Access Link

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