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Amy Sixsmith


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Senior Lecturer in Law

I am a senior lecturer in law and have taught law at the University of Sunderland for over 12 years. I'm also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) and have taught a wide range of subjects including the English  legal system, child law, family law and medical law. I am  heavily involved in coaching students as part of Sunderland Law School's wide range of extracurricular activities. I'm involved in mooting, student negotiation and client Interviewing. I have also acted as a judge for the National Client Interviewing Competition and the International Client Consultation Competition. 

My primary research interest is children's rights and I am currently undertaking a PhD which focuses on children's rights in the context of the youth justice system. I am also a series editor for Revise SQE revision guides and author of 'The Legal System and Services of England and Wales' Revise SQE book.



Teaching and supervision

I primarily teach on the undergraduate law degree. I teach the following modules: 

  • Family law 
  • Medical Law and ethics


I also supervise dissertations and legal research projects that focus on family law, youth justice and medical law and ethics (at both undergraduate and postgraduate level).


Research interests for potential research students

My primary area of research is focused on children's rights. My PhD focuses specifically on children's rights in a youth justice context. My other research interests include:

  • Family law
  • Children's rights
  • Youth justice

Until September 2020, I also convened the Family Law section of the Society of Legal Scholars. 

Research

My primary area of research is children's rights. My PhD focuses specifically on children's rights in a youth justice context. My areas of interests are :

  • Children's rights
  • Youth justice
  • Family law
  • Medical law

I have published articles on family law and children's rights. Until September 2020, I also convened the Family Law section of the Society of Legal Scholars.

  • Children's rights
  • Family law
  • Youth justice

Last updated 22 February 2022