Dr Anna Kawalek, Senior Lecturer

Dr Anna Kawalek

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Anna Kawalek Kawalek is a Lecturer in Law from Leeds Beckett University. Her research specialises primarily in justice innovation and criminal justice and she primarily teaches criminal law and criminological based discourse.

Dr. Anna Kawalek Kawalek is the co-founder and co-chair of the UK Chapter for Therapeutic Jurisprudence. She is also Trustee and a member of the Advisory Board for the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence. Both these roles involve being at the forefront of international and national decision making and discussions in the area.

Anna's academic career began at Sheffield Hallam University in 2015, where she was first appointed as an Associate Lecturer and Doctoral Researcher, then latterly a Law and Criminology Lecturer. After completing her PhD in 2017, Anna was more recently appointed as a Law Lecturer at Leeds Beckett Law School in 2018. She was appointed to focus on her research outputs and to develop of the teaching and learning on the LLB and GDL programmes.Her teaching interests lie primarily in public law, criminal law, as well as methodology and criminological discourse.

Dr. Kawalek's research interests are Drug Courts, Problem-Solving Justice, Specialist Courts, Justice Innovation, Comprehensive Law Approaches, Restorative Justice, and Social Justice amongst Marginalised Groups, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence. She is currently developing her publications in this area and writing a book on problem-solving courts in England and Wales due in 2020. The book is predicted as having significant impacts on the operation of the specialist court at Manchester, in particular, the therapeutic practices and values of the judiciary. Anna's most recent publication was 'a tool for measuring therapeutic jurisprudence values during empirical research', a link to which can be found here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0160252720300406?dgcid=author

Dr. Kawalek is also working on a project commissioned to herself and colleagues by the Ministry of Justice, and outputs from this project are expected imminently.
Anna is also an expert in empirical methods, and has a Professional Qualification in this area. Anna is particularly fascinated by epistemological enquiry and its translation into empirical methodology. As a socio-legal researcher, Anna is currently seeking to supervise PhD students interested interested in the aforementioned topics.

Current Teaching

  • Criminal Law (L4 & L7) (module lead at L7).
  • Applied Crime
  • LPC dissertation supervision
  • LLB dissertation supervision
  • MRes dissertation supervision
  • Four PhD students
  • Public Law

Research Interests

Anna's research on UK problem-solving courts is thought to have a wide ranging impact on stakeholders, including policymakers, government ministers, frontline practitioners and service users.

Dr Anna Kawalek, Senior Lecturer

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  1. Law
  2. Justice

Selected Outputs

  • Kawalek A; Edwards M; Best D (2018) Recovery and Restorative Justice: Systems for Generating Social Justice. In: Gavrielides T ed. Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice. Routledge International, Francis and Taylor: Routledge International Handbooks, pp. 87-103.

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