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Dr Rachel Gimson


Rachel completed her LLB at the University of Sussex. Minoring in American Studies she participated in a year abroad at UC Berkeley in California. She also completed her LLM at Sussex, specialising in International Criminal Law. Her PhD drew on a range of research topics including criminal justice, criminology comparative criminal law, international criminal law, social media, trial by media and legal history.

Prior to starting at the University of Exeter she was a Lecturer in Law at the Mauritius branch of the University of Aberystwyth. Here she taught a variety of subjects including criminal law, criminology, public law and legal systems.

Her research considers the impact of social media on the criminal justice system. She is particularly interested in how eyewitness footage can alter perceptions of guilt and the role of the defendant, both for domestic trials and trials at the international criminal law level. She also researches crime news and the trial by media phenomenon.