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Dr Roxanna Dehaghani

Dr Roxanna Dehaghani


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Roxanna holds an LLB from Queen’s University, Belfast (2010), an LLM from Maastricht University (2012), and a PhD from the University of Leicester (2017). Prior to entering academia, Roxanna worked at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Citizen’s Advice. Before joining Cardiff in September 2017, Roxanna worked at the universities of Leicester and Birmingham.

Roxanna currently teaches Criminal Law and Legal Foundations, and guest lectures on Crime, Law and Society. Roxanna's research focuses on vulnerability in the criminal process and she will soon be publishing a book with Routledge on the implementation of the appropriate adult safeguard in police custody. Roxanna has also written on the decision to detain in police custody, perceptions of child and youth vulnerability in police custody, domestic violence and abuse (with A. Carline) and the vulnerablity of criminal justice practitioners (with D. Newman).

Roxanna was a Visiting Scholar at QUB School of Law in 2016 and is the Academic Advisor for the British Society of Criminology Postgraduate Committee. She was involved in the Home Office Working Group on Vulnerable Adults and is conducting research for the National Appropriate Adult Network’s review of National Standards. Roxanna (CO-I) is also conducting a thematic review of domestic homicide reviews and adult practice reviews for the National Independent Safeguarding Board Wales with Prof Amanda Robinson (PI) and Dr Alyson Rees (CO-I) of Cardiff School of Social Sciences. 

Roxanna can be found on twitter on @roxanna_law


  • 2014-18 - Ph.D. in Law - Leicester Law School, University of Leicester
  • 2011-12 - L.L.M., Forensics, Criminology & Administration of Justice, cum laude - Faculty of Law, Maastricht University
  • 2007-10 - L.L.B. (Hons.), Law, Second Class, First Division - School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast

Anrhydeddau a Dyfarniadau

  • Thematic Review of DHRs and APRs - National Independent Safeguarding Board Wales (CO-I with Prof Amanda Robinson (PI) and Dr Alyson Rees (CO-I)) (£20,000)
  • REF-Research Impact Development Fund – University of Leicester (£3623.60, awarded but declined)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship (Fully funded PhD) – University of Leicester (£57,204)
  • Postgraduate Bursaries – British Society of Criminology 2016; 10th North-South Irish Criminology Conference 2016; Socio-Legal Studies Association 2016
  • Postgraduate Development Fund – College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, University of Leicester, 2016 (£500); College of Arts, Humanities and Law, University of Leicester, 2016 (£500)
  • Top 3% Scholarship – Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, 2012 (Full tuition fee for L.L.M.)

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • National Appropriate Adult Network – Academic lead on National Standards (05/2017-); Research dissemination co-ordinator (05/2017-)
  • Home Office Working Group on Vulnerable Adults (11/2016-11/2017)
  • British Society of Criminology Postgraduate Committee – Academic Advisor (08/2017-); Events Manager (07/2016-07/2017)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2017-)
  • Member of the European Society of Criminology
  • Member of the Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies
  • Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Member of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
  • Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member of the Early Career Academic Network – Howard League for Penal Reform

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • 2016-17 - Lecturer in Law - University of Leicester
  • 2014-16 - Graduate Teaching Assistant - University of Leicester
  • 2016 - Visiting Scholar - Queen's University Belfast
  • 2015-16 - Teaching Associate - University of Birmingham

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus

  • 'Professional Vulnerability in the Context of the Criminal Justice Process in England and Wales' - Workshop on Professionalism and Vulnerability (Leeds, 2017)
  • ‘Invisibility of disability in the Criminal Justice System: vulnerability and the appropriate adult safeguard’ – LSESU Penal Reform Society (Panel Contribution) (London, 2017)
  • ‘Barriers to implementing the appropriate adult safeguard’– National Appropriate Adult Network (NAAN) Professional Development Day (Bristol, 2017)
  • ‘Can practitioners and institutions be ‘vulnerable’?: examining the effect of neo-liberalism and austerity on police custody and criminal legal aid’ – British Society of Criminology Annual Conference (Sheffield, 2017)
  • ‘Constructions of ‘mental disorder’ and ‘mental vulnerability’ in police custody: more than just ‘understanding’ and ‘capacity’?’ – Mental Disability PGR and ECR Conference (Nottingham, 2017)
  • ‘Conceptualising practitioners and institutions as ‘vulnerable’: examining Fineman’s vulnerability thesis in the context of the criminal justice system’ – DMU-Leicester-Modena Conference: A Dialogue on Law and Rights (Modena, 2017)
  • ‘“We’re vulnerable too”: an (alternative) analysis of vulnerability within criminal legal aid and police custody’ – SLSA (Newcastle, 2017)
  • ‘Vulnerable by law but not by nature: exploring child and youth vulnerability in the context of police custody’ - Third Leicester-Modena Conference: A Dialogue on Law and Rights (Leicester, 2016); 10th North-South Irish Criminology Conference (Maynooth, 2016); British Society of Criminology Annual Conference (Nottingham, 2016); European Society of Criminology (Muenster, Germany, 2016)
  • ‘Vulnerability in police custody:  custody officers’ constructions of ‘vulnerability’ for the appropriate adult safeguard’ - Inaugural UK Mental Disability Law Conference (Nottingham, 2016)
  • ‘Automatic authorisation: assessing necessity to detain under PACE 1984’ – SLSA (Lancaster, 2016)
  • ‘Interrogating Vulnerability: a critical analysis of vulnerability under Code C to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984’ - SLSA (Lancaster, 2016); Human Rights Centre (Belfast, 2016); Socio-Legal Seminar (Leicester, 2016)
  • ‘Automatic authorisation: an exploration of the decision to detain in police custody’ – Criminal Law, Criminal Justice and Criminology Seminar (Leicester, 2016)
  • ‘Identifying and defining vulnerability in police custody: assessing impact’ - Annual Summer PGR Conference (Birmingham, 2015)
  • ‘Implementing the appropriate adult safeguard – custody officers’ responses’ - Midlands Postgraduate Conference in Law (Leicester, 2015)
  • ‘Identifying Vulnerability and Risk in Police Custody: An Exploration of Themes’ - SLSA (Warwick, 2015)
  • ‘A Miscarriage of Justice at the Custody Suite?’ - Miscarriages of Justice Project (Leicester, 2015)
  • ‘The appropriate adult safeguard in police custody’ - Miscarriages of Justice Project (Leicester, 2014)

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

  • Policy Press - Monograph reviewer (2017)





Roxanna is passionate about using socio-legal approaches to interrogate various aspects of the criminal justice process. Her forthcoming book, to be published with Routledge, critically appraises the operationalisation of the appropriate adult safeguard for adult suspects in police custody. This research, focusing predominantly on how and why custody officers implement the safeguard, provides the first in-depth examination of the appropriate adult safeguard in the 30 years post-PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984) and has been deemed a 'major contribution to the field' by Prof Emeritus Gisli Gudjonsson CBE.

In addition to research on the appropriate adult safeguard for adult suspects (Howard Journal of Crime and Justice; Policing), Roxanna has also published on the decision to detain in police custody (Criminal Law Review), the vulnerability of young suspects in police custody (Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law), with Anna Carline (Leicester) on domestic violence and abuse (OUP), and, with Dan Newman on the vulnerability of criminal justice practitioners and institutions (Onati Socio-Legal Series). She has also written on the use of age assessments for asylum seekers and refugees and on the experiences of immigration detainees in police custody (both Border Criminologies).

Roxanna’s primary interests are on the treatment of 'vulnerable' people in the criminal justice process, the police custody process and environment, police decision-making, police discretion, vulnerability theories, the operation of the criminal justice process,  comparative criminal justice, and suspect/defendant rights in Europe. She is also interested in access to justice, youth justice, mental health and disability, the criminalisation of immigration, and qualitative methodologies.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Mental health in the criminal justice system
  • Police discretion
  • Police custody
  • Vulnerability in the criminal justice system
  • Vulnerability theory
  • Suspect/defendant rights