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Hannah Wishart

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Lecturer in Law

I am a Criminal Lawyer who sits within youth justice, criminal justice, social justice, criminology and neurolaw.

My research uses neuroscience and psychology to inform changes in criminal law doctrine and legal practice for developmentally immature children. My main focus is the engagement of these scientific insights with the law to challenge/reform practices and legislation for developmentally immature children that kill.

I have published peer-review journal articles on the relevancy of neuroscience in youth justice, the abolition of the doctrine of doli incapax and the unfair treatment of developmentally immature children in the English criminal justice system.

I am currently co-editing a book with Ed Johnston (Northampton) for Routledge titled â€˜Neurolaw in the Courtroom: Comparative Perspectives on Vulnerable Defendants’ to be published in late 2023. 

Teaching and supervision

I am module leader for the following modules on LLB (Hons) Law and LLM Law:

  • Criminal Law (LLB, Level 1)
  • Applied Legal Methods (LLM)
  • Advanced Legal Skills (LLM)

I also supervise students on the following:

  • Legal Research Project (LLM)
  • Dissertation (LLM)
  • Dissertation (LLB)

Research interests for potential research students

  • Youth Justice 
  • Criminal Law  
  • Neurolaw 


My research is on the English youth justice system with a particular focus on neurolaw, legal defences and adolescent brain development.

I am working towards my PhD in law. My PhD focuses on developmentally immature children, neuroscience and the defence of diminished responsibility.

  • Homicide law
  • Neurolaw 
  • Youth Justice 
  • Criminal law 

Last updated 06 July 2022