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Gemma Davies

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

 Gemma obtained a First Class LLB (Hons) degree and was called to the Bar as a member of Middle Temple.  She completed pupillage in 2005 and went on to practise as a barrister until 2012 specialising in criminal law. Gemma is currently Associate Professor and her research focuses on transnational crime and criminal justice cooperation. She has been involved in a series of inter-disciplinary research applications that have resulted in income generation of over £355,000 in the area of transnational crime and criminal justice co-operation within the EU. She is currently co-investigator in a NordForsk / ESRC funded research project: Police Detectives on the TOR-network (A Study on Tensions Between Privacy and Crime Fighting) and principle investigator on an AHRC funded project entitled UK-Irish Criminal Justice Cooperation Network (AH/S002197/1). This network will be funded until April 2020 during which a number of events will be held to explore the impact of Brexit on various aspects of criminal justice cooperation between the UK and Ireland from an interdisciplinary perspective. If you would like to hear more about this network please contact Gemma directly.

Gemma is an elected committee member of the European Criminal Law Association (UK) and her work in this area has focused on the way information exchange mechanisms can establish a regional harmonized system of criminal justice cooperation which helps to tackle cross-border crime effectively. Gemma’s work also engages with data protection and Article 8 ECHR as it touches upon “criminality information” sharing. Her most recent article, published in the International Journal of Evidence and Proof, focused on post-Brexit sharing of criminal records Information between the EU and UK and her work continues to consider the impact of Brexit on criminal justice cooperation and the policing of cross-border crime.

Gemma currently holds the role of Director of International Development for the law school and has responsibility for the strategic international development of the law school, which includes overseas partner management and development.

Campus Address

City Campus East



Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Navigating Troubled Seas, Davies, G., Woo, M. Jun 2018, In: Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Northumbria University Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies (NCECJS) – Written evidence (FRS0038), Wilson, T., Stockdale, M., Jackson, A., Carr, S., Davies, G., Piasecki, E. 14 Sep 2018
  • Advocacy 20 years on from Hampel: is it time we revisited the postgraduate teaching of advocacy?, Davies, G., Welsh, J. 2017, In: The Law Teacher
  • Brexit and the Law School, Noto La Diega, G., Carr, S., Davies, G., Dunn, R., Jackson, A., Piasecki, E. 10 Jul 2017
  • Making the case for ECRIS: Post “Brexit” sharing of criminal records information between the European Union and United Kingdom, Jackson, A., Davies, G. 15 Feb 2017, In: The International Journal of Evidence & Proof
  • Article 8 ECHR and the Disclosure of Criminal Records: Time to Reconsider, Davies, G., Piasecki, E. 7 Dec 2016, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • No More Laissez Faire? Expert Evidence, Rule Changes and Reliability: Can More Effective Training for the Bar and Judiciary Prevent Miscarriages of Justice?, Davies, G., Piasecki, E. Oct 2016, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • The future of advocacy training in respect of expert evidence. No more ‘laissez-faire’?, Davies, G., Jackson, A., Piasecki, E. 24 Jun 2016
  • The impact of Article 8 ECHR on the retention and disclosure of criminality information in the UK, Jackson, A., Davies, G. 14 Sep 2016
  • Written evidence from the NCECJS to the HoC Justice Committee: implications of Brexit for justice, Wilson, T., Stockdale, M., Jackson, A., Carr, S., Davies, G., Johnson, D., Piasecki, E. 29 Nov 2016


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