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Amy Elkington

Senior Lecturer in Law

I have achieved a LLB Hons in Law from Brunel University before gaining several years’ experience in teaching undergraduate Law, and pride myself on my student-centred approach to teaching.  I have particular interest in Criminal Law and the application of Criminal Defences. 

Professional: I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  I have also achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education from Portsmouth University.  I am the Programme Co-ordinator for the new LLB Hons Degree at the University.

PhD: My doctoral thesis, supervised by Dr Alex Sarch at Surrey University, is entitled 'A new duress defence and the theory of understandable compliance'.  It exams 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.