Legal Research at CATS
The unique interdisciplinary nature of the Centre allows legal research to be undertaken in a vibrant academic environment which aims to explore the interaction between law, legal processes, legal institutions and the social sciences.  This research aims to compliment and support the core subject areas of the Centre - Abuse, Trauma and Risk - by considering the effect, impact, and consequences of legitimacy, legislation and legal intervention (social policy) on society. 

Legal Research at CATS aims to examine Abuse, Trauma and Risk via reference to a number of emerging and established Socio-Legal themes and contexts, including: Age, Criminal Justice, Child Law, Cybercrime, Disability, Family Law, Hate Crime, Mental Health, Human Rights, Organisational Deviance, Penology, Racism, Sex Crime, Victimology and Vulnerability.

Prospective students and research partners are able to draw on Director, Researcher, and Advisory Group Network expertise in fields as diverse as Criminal Justice, Criminology, Information Technology, Legal Practice, Psychiatry, Psychology, Medicine, Policing, and the Voluntary / Charity sector.  This diversity provides the opportunity for Socio-Legal research in its truest sense within an inquisitive, collaborative culture.

For further information on Legal Research at CATS please contact Christopher Hamerton, Director of Legal Studies at:  c.hamerton@kingston.ac.uk.

Professional Legal Studies at CATS
In addition to the wide portfolio of generic specialist courses offered by the Centre, CATS also provides discrete legal training.  This training ranges from short courses on legislative change and refresher workshops on court skills, to fully accredited CPD training for lawyers, paralegals, and professionals in a number of key practice areas, including:

  • Charity Law
  • Child Law
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Data-Protection and IT Law
  • Elderly Client
  • Evidence (including best evidence and witness handling)
  • Family Law
  • Fraud and Money-Laundering
  • Mental Health Law
  • Vulnerable Client
  • Welfare Law

All of the Centre’s trainers possess knowledge and expertise in their field and are drawn from the legal professions, academia, the police and public services depending on course requirements and subject matter.

For information on our current courses please visit CATS Training page.


About Christopher Hamerton, Director of CATS Legal Studies
Christopher Hamerton’s role as Director of Legal Studies encompasses the direction and management of professional legal studies and socio-legal research.  Christopher holds degrees in Law (LLB (Hons), BCL) and Criminal Justice (MA) as a graduate of the Universities of Oxford and Southampton.  In addition, he is a Barrister of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute (FRAI) in 2008 following research on legal pluralism.  Christopher joined Kingston University in 2010 having previously held posts at the University of Westminster, the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and the University of Southampton.   He is co-author with Julia Davidson of International Perspectives on Child Victimisation (Routledge, 2011), and is currently writing monograph texts on Cybercrime, and the Historiography of Law.  His research interests include inter alia Victimology, Cybercrime, Fraud, and International Legal Response to Transnational Crime.

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