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Charley Dugdale

Senior Lecturer in Law
LLB Course Lead and Law Subject Lead for Partnerships

Charley Dugdale

About Research



Charley spent her early career working as a Police Officer and has experience of working in several different departments including 999 response, proactive investigation and the prisoner interview and intelligence team. Charley now undertakes work as a Mental Health Act Review Manager for an NHS Trust, where she reviews the legality of people detained under the Mental Health Act. She has a particular focus on undertaking reviews in forensic secure units and for young people detained under the mental health act, involving some of the most complex cases.

Charley supports the Client Interviewing Competition and has been a Judge at both regional and international level and embeds these skills within her modules. She is also an active advocate for Amicus ALJ, a small UK based death penalty charity that supports individuals who face the death penalty in America.
Charley mentors young people from non traditional backgrounds who which to pursue a career in law and is herself a member of Working Class Academics.

Prior to joining St Mary's University, Charley held lecturing positions at Anglia Ruskin University London, University of Winchester and Chichester University. She has experience of module lead at both undergraduate and postgraduate level for subjects such as public law, family law, contract law, law and society as well as dissertation supervision.


Research profile

Charley Holds a First Class LLB (Hons) Law Degree from the University of Winchester, and LLM in International Law from the University of Reading. Charley is in the write up stage of her PhD and her research focuses on the effects of the effects of short term prison sentences.

Charley presented her paper on 'Social Class and Crime at the Foregrounding the Senses in Ethnographies of Crime, Harm and Social Control Symposium in 2022' at Kings College Cambridge.

Charley regularly contributes to the Amicus ALJ news letter and has written articles including 'Terminally Ill Death-Row Prisoner Fights Impending Execution' and 'Inmate Executed by Lethal Injection Despite Fears of Painful Death.'

Areas of expertise and media experience

Charley attended the 'BBC News 50:50 Project - Experts With a Difference' media training and has been an advisory contact since October 2022. Charley has featured on a number of Amicus ALJ publicity videos including a segment on the rule of law on the 25th anniversary film.

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