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Professor David Miers

Emeritus Professor

School of Law and Politics

Overview

LL.B, LL.M. (Leeds), D.Jur. (Osgoode Hall, Toronto); LL.D (Cardiff).  David was appointed Professor of Law in 1992.  Between 1992-2000 he was Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies at Cardiff, between 2000-2004 Deputy Head and 2004-2005 Acting Head of the Law School.  He previously held appointments at the Queen's University, Belfast and in Cardiff. In 1981-82 he was Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson College, Oxford. He has written extensively on the formulation and interpretation of legislation, and is co-author, with William Twining, of How to Do Things with Rules (Cambridge UP, 5th ed. 2010). Between 2001-2004 he held an AHRB award (rated 'outstanding') that supported Wales Legislation Online, a database run from the Law School that detailed the devolved functions of the National Assembly for Wales. Between 2008 and 2011 he was Chairman of the Study of Parliament Group.

Following his time in Oxford David undertook research on the legal regulation of commercial gambling, publishing extensively and giving many conference papers here and in North America and Europe. His book, Regulating Commercial Gambling (Oxford UP, 2004), was described as 'magisterial' in its command of the subject. Between the 1980s and the 2000s he was a Special Adviser to a number of parliamentary select committee enquiries into gambling, and until 2018 he was Deputy Chair of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, appointed by the Gambling Commission in 2009.  

David also has a long-standing research interest in crime victim compensation and more generally in the place of the victim in the criminal justice system. Until 2010 he was an Editor of the International Review of Victimology, and during this time was engaged in a number of research projects on restorative justice for the Home Office and the European Commission. Much of that research was presented in conferences here and in Europe. He continues to publish articles in these areas; his book Compensation for Criminal Injuries was published in 2018 ((Oxford UP).

Biography

David is Honorary Treasurer of the Society of Legal Scholars.

Professional memberships

Government Committee
Member and Deputy Chairman of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (DCMS) May 2009

Membership of Organisation
Member of the Academic and Expert Board of the Research Program on Gambling Law at the University of Dec 2009
Affiliate Member, Centre for Research into the Social Impact of Gambling, University of Plymouth

Speaking engagements

DateTitleEvent
May 2006 Implementing the Gambling Act 2005: The Gambling Commission, and the Casino Question Centre for Gambling and Risk Taking, Universityt of nevada, 13th International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
May 2006 The National Lottery: Developments in the UK Lottery Centre for Gambling and Risk Taking, University of Nevada, 13th International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA
January 2006 Compensating victims of crime and terrorism in Great Britain Reparation and the International Criminal Court: Meeting the Needs of Victims , Research Group Victimology and Restorative Justice, International Centre for Comparative Criminology
January 2006 Victims of violent and terrorist crimes: compensation and victim services in Britain Conference on Victim Services in Israel, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusal
November 2005 A British view of European gambling regulation Colloquium on the European and National Perspectives on the Regulation of Gambling, University of Tilburg, Netherlands
May 2005 Modelling a State Victim Compensation Scheme Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, Riga, Latvia
February 2005 The Finnish system of victim-offender mediation as part of the international development of mediat The Future iof Victim Offender Mediation, The Parliament of Finland, Helsinki, Finland
May 2004 Restorative Justice in Europe: a summary of developments and research questions Restorative Justice and the Victim. National School for the Judiciary, Paris
September 2003 Victim offender mediation with juvenile offenders n Europe GROTIUS II Criminal Justice Programme, Bologna, Italy
September 2003 A comparative review of restorative justice provision in Europe Portuguese Association of Victim Support Schemes, Lisbon, Portugal
October 2002 The Gambling Review Report: Redefining Gambling Regulation in Great Briitain European Association for the Study of Gambling, Barcelona
October 2002 Gaming machines in Great Britain: the new regime European Association for the Study of Gambling, Barcelona
October 2002 A Century of Change: Gaming Machines in Great Britain European Association for the Study of Gambling, Barcelona
October 2002 The Gambling Review Report: Redefining Gambling Regulation in Great Britain European Association for the Study of Gambling, Barcelona

Publications

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2013

2010

2006

2005

  • Miers, D. R. and Navarro, M. 2005. La dévolution en Ecosse et au Pays de Galles [The 'devolution' in Scotland and Wales]. In: Fialaire, J. ed. Subsidiarité Infranationale et Territorialisation des Normes: état des Lieux et Perspectives en Droit Interne et en Droit Comparé [Subnational Subsidiarity and Territorialisation Standards: State and Perspectives in Law and Comparative Law]. Rennes: University of Rennes Press, pp. 85-95.

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1999

David holds an award of £40,000 from the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government to support Wales Legislation on Line.