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Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden

Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, and Director of Research in the School of Law

School of Law

Professor McAlinden is a world-leading expert on the subject of sexual offending against children.

Professor McAlinden is a world-leading expert on the subject of sexual offending against children and the author/editor of over 50 publications, including three sole-authored monographs: ‘The Shaming of Sexual Offenders’, which was awarded the British Society of Criminology Book Prize in 2008;  ‘Grooming’ and the Sexual Abuse of Children’ published in the prestigious Clarendon Studies in Criminology Series by Oxford University Press; and ‘Children as “Risk”: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Children and Young People’ published by Cambridge University Press as part of its Cambridge Studies in Law and Society Series.

Professor McAlinden has been Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator on a number of ESRC funded projects including a recently completed three-year study on ‘Sex Offender Desistance’; and currently ‘Apologies, Abuses and Dealing with the Past’, where one of the case studies is institutional child abuse.

In March 2017, she was invited to give evidence on ‘grooming and entrapment’ to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Criminal justice Law
Areas of Expertise

sexual offending against children, grooming, child sexual abuse, exploitation, institutional child abuse, peer abuse

Media Experience

Professor McAlinden has extensive media experience and has been interviewed and cited in The New York Times and The Economist.

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