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Laura Lammasniemi

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Associate Professor

STP & GTA Development Director

Gender and Law; Legal History; Criminal Law; History of Crime

School of Law
B1.01, Social Sciences Building
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

024 761 50503

Laura’s principal research interests lie in the areas of criminal law, gender, and class, mainly from a historical perspective. She was a Leverhulme Fellow 2020-2022, working project "Narratives of sexual consent in criminal courts, 1870-1950". The project explores how sexual consent was understood and spoken of by victims, defendants, judges and witnesses during sexual offences trials, broadly understood, and how that understanding changed over time.

Laura has previously published on histories of age of consent, white slavery and transmission of venereal disease during the First World War. Although most of Laura's work focuses on 19C England, she is also interested in colonial history and has taken part of Indian Feminist Judgments Project, co-writing a feminist judgment for 19C colonial case on consent to marriage, Dadaji Bhikaji v Rukhmabai. In the contemporary context, she has published on the gendered impact of economic austerity. In all of this work, she explores the connection between law, social class, and gender; often focusing on how women who were the most marginalized navigated legal and court structures.