Dr Amy Elkington

Senior Lecturer in Law

Amy Elkington


I have achieved an LLB (Hons) in Law from Brunel University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Portsmouth, before achieving a PhD in Law from the University of Surrey.


I have experience of working within a Conveyancing department at a medium-sized Law Firm and have also written textbooks for City and Guilds for the Institute of Legal Executives Law courses.

I have several years’ experience in teaching undergraduate Law.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Programme Co-ordinator for the LLB Hons Degree at the University of Chichester.

I pride myself on my student-centred approach to teaching and ensuring that a Law degree is accessible to all.


I have particular interest in Criminal Law and the application of Criminal Defences.

My doctoral thesis is entitled ‘A new duress defence and the theory of understandable compliance’. It examines the development of the duress defence from the 13th century through to the 21st century and the injustice of the defence not being available to those who have killed under a threat of death or serious injury to themselves or their family.

Comparisons are drawn to the law in Australia, Canada and the United States of America, and the reform proposals of the Law Commission evaluated, before the recommendation is made for a new duress defence based on the proposed underpinning theory of understandable compliance.

Other department members

Charley Dugdale
Lecturer in Law

I spent my early career working as a Police Officer and have experience of working in several different departments including 999 response, proactive investigation and the prisoner interview and intelligence team.

Luke Browning
Lecturer in Law

I achieved LLB (Hons) in Law from Birmingham City University and a PGCE in Further Education and Training from the University of Brighton. I have taught Law at a range of levels from GCSE to degree since 2015.

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