Dr Sarah Cooper

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Senior Lecturer in Law

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Dr Sarah Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of Mooting. Sarah leads Criminal Law on the LLB and carries out her research in the Centre for American Legal Studies. She co-teaches American Criminal Procedure and American Legal Practice – the Law School’s unique American Internship Programme.

Sarah is a barrister and Lord Denning Scholar of the Bar of England and Wales. Before joining the University she worked as a research assistant at the Community Relations Trust of Jersey, interned for a leading Arizona law firm and federal capital defence in California. She joined the University in 2009.

She has been a pro bono academic for Amicus since 2007. Since 2010, Sarah has been a Fellow at the Arizona Justice Project - a non-profit organisation that considers claims of "innocence" and "manifest injustice" from Arizona inmates - at Arizona State University. In that time, she has worked on multiple post-conviction relief and clemency petitions, grappling with issues surrounding forensic science, medical science, confessions and disproportionate sentencing. She spends time in the USA working on these issues every year.

Sarah has published and presented her scholarship in Europe and the USA, and was shortlisted for Birmingham Law Society’s 2012 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award, and the Bar Pro Bono Unit’s Sydney Elland Justice Award. In 2014, she was shortlisted for the ‘Academic of the Year’ Extra Mile Award. In 2014 and 2015 she was nominated for LawCareers.Net’s Law Lecturer of the Year Award. Her research has been widely cited in America, including by state supreme courts and in high profile cases. Her first edited collection – – was highly praised by the Founders of the American Innocence Movement, Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld.

Sarah holds a LL.B, BVC, PgCert for teaching, postgraduate qualification in international justice from the University of London, and is currently finalising her PhD, which examines the influence on legal process theory on American judges adjudicating issues relating to scientific developments.

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