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Chris Baldwin

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Senior Lecturer in Law

I have worked at the Sunderland Law School at the University since 2010.

I initiated The Sunderland Client Interviewing Competition, which is now in it's 7th year, where students learn and develop the skill of interviewing new prospective clients. In 2017, the team we coached finished 2nd in the competition for England and Wales. I am also the Northern Regional Coordinator for the competition.

I also deliver Mooting as an extra-curricular activity to students at all stages with my colleague, Amy Purvis.

Teaching and supervision

I have been module leader for the (Stage 1) Practical Contract Law module since my appointment seven years ago. In that time it has transformed from a traditional, black-letter law module into an immersive, practice-focused learning experience aiming to teach how the substantive rules of contract law apply to real-life situations. I have taken a similar approach to the (Stage 2) Practical Tort Law module, which I have led for four years.

I work alongside Zach Leggett to deliver the (Stage 1) Criminal Law and Procedure module, where my focus is on the procedural elements of arrest, police-station work, bail, trial and sentencing. I also teach Legal Theory and Personal Injury and Industrial Disease Law at Stage 3, and in previous years have led the Land Law and Civil Litigation modules.

Research interests for potential research students

I am broadly able to supervise any research involving my areas of teaching  as well as any involving my own area of research, Criminal Records and Vetting. I have supervised a number of undergraduate and masters level dissertations in these areas.


My particular focus is on the retention of old, minor conviction data and the disclosure of this via the CRB/DBS, along with the disclosure of so-called 'soft-material' in enhanced criminal record checks.

I have published two peer-reviewed journal articles in the Journal of Criminal Law and I am currently in the write-up stage of my PhD, which is entitled 'Modern Criminal Vetting: Protection from harm or more harm than good'?


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Baldwin, Chris (2019) The demise of the Criminal Records Bureau. Journal Of Criminal Law. ISSN 0022-0183

Baldwin, Chris (2017) The Vetting Epidemic in England and Wales. Journal of Criminal Law, 81 (6). pp. 478-496. ISSN 0022-0183

Baldwin, Chris (2012) Necessary Intrustion or Criminalising the Innocent? An exploration of Modern Criminal Vetting. The Journal of Criminal Law, 76 (2). pp. 140-163. ISSN 0022-0183


Baldwin, Chris (2019) Protection from harm or more harm than good? A critical evaluation of the PHOENIX Police National Computer application and concurrent police compliance with applicable data protection legislation. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.

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Last updated 11 June 2019