Professor Hodgson has researched and written in the areas of criminal justice and comparative criminal justice. Much of her work draws upon her own externally funded empirical research. Her current work includes a study of the role of Criminal Cases Review Commission; the investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences in Britain and in France; the changing concept of prosecutorial independence in Britain and in France; and the protection of suspects' rights within EU criminal justice. During 2009 - 2010 she holds a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship to examine 'The Metamorphosis of Criminal Procedure in the 21st century: A Comparative Analysis'.
Issues of Criminal Justice: an Exploration Through Film
I have been making increasing use of film in my first year core criminal law module teaching and students have responded positively to this as a stimulus for discussion. The aim of this project is to build on this experience and to engage students in a range of criminal justice issues that go beyond the current undergraduate curriculum. There are six students working on the project, drawn from the law, law & sociology and film & TV programmes. Students have begun working in pairs and meet regularly as a group to discuss their ideas and the development of their strand of the research. The study requires students to identify and research key films and the legal issues they raise; analyse the ways in which legal issues are dealt with and how this fits with or challenges academic research; consider the ways in which the film employs particular techniques to sway the audience.