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.


  • ‘The Historical Development of Duress and the Unfounded Result of Denying Duress as a Defence to Murder’ The Journal of Criminal Law (2022)
  • ‘Allowing a Defence to Those Who Commit Crime Under Coercive Control’ The Journal of Criminal Law (2021)

Other department members

Charley Dugdale
Charley Dugdale
Lecturer in Law
Clare Toombes
Student Employability Adviser
Keith Sinclair
Keith Sinclair
Lecturer in Law

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