Miss Jessica Elliott

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  • Qualifications:LLB (Hons), LLM (International and Comparative Public Law, University of Exeter), PhD (University of Birmingham)
  • Position:Senior Lecturer: Law
  • Department:FBL - Law
  • Telephone:+4411732 82974
  • Email:Jessica.Elliott@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Dr Jessica Elliott has been a Senior Lecturer in Law at UWE since September 2009, and Head of the Criminal Justice Research Unit since March 2014. Prior to this post, Jessica was a doctoral candidate and postgraduate teaching assistant in the School of Law at the University of Birmingham.

Jessica successfully studied for LLB at Swansea University (1999 - 2002), LLM at Exeter University (2004 - 2005), and PhD at the University of Birmingham (2005 - 2009). Her doctoral thesis focused upon the role of consent in human trafficking.

Area of expertise

Research and teaching expertise:

Human trafficking, sexual exploitation, prostitution, consent, migration.



Journal Articles:       

• J Elliott 'The National Referral Mechanism: Querying the Response of 'First Responders' and the Competence of 'Competent Authorities'', JIANL (2016), 30(1), 9-30

• J Elliott '(Mis)Identification of Victims of Human Trafficking: The Case of R v O', Int J Refugee Law (2009) 21 (4): 727-741

• J Elliott and K McCartan, 'The Reality of Trafficked People's Access to Technology' The Journal of Criminal Law (2013) 77 JCL 255–273

Book Chapters:

• J Elliott 'Criminalising the Purchase of Sexual Services: The Use of Strict Liability as a Form of Risk Management?' In Child, Doolin, Beech and Rain (Eds.) Whose Criminal Justice: Regulatory State or Empowered Communities?, (Waterside Press, 2011)

• J Elliott, 'Victims or Criminals: The Example of Human Trafficking', in The Illegal Business of Human Trafficking, M Joao (Ed.) (Springer, 2015)


• J Elliott, The Role of Consent in Human Trafficking, (Routledge 2015) 



'Victim Participation in the Prosecution of Traffickers' (March 2015), Understanding Sexual Violence and Abuse: Causes, Consequences and Prevention – Public engagement event sponsored by Social Science in the City and the Centre for Legal Research (UWE)

'Prosecuting Human Trafficking' (Sept 2014) SLS Conference 2014, Migration Section

'Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking: Bringing Down the Barriers' (June 2014) Human Trafficking: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century, hosted at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law

'The Reality of Trafficked Persons Access to Technology' (July 2012) North South Irish Criminology Conference (Paper co-authored with Dr Kieran McCartan, Criminology, UWE)

'Victim or Criminals: The Example of Human Trafficking', (October 2012) 1st Crimmigration International Conference - CINETS 

'Human Trafficking in Context: The role of 'Economic Coercion'', (September 2011) SLS Conference 2011, Migration Section

'Who Pays the Price? Tackling the Demand for Sexual Services' (September 2011) SLS Conference 2011, Criminal Justice Section

'The Role of Consent in Human Trafficking', (September 2010) SLS Conference 2010, Open A Section



• Strategic Research Development Fund (SRDF) award, UWE, 2013 – 2014: award of £10,000 (with two colleagues) to conduct empirical research into prosecution and conviction rates as regards human trafficking offences in the UK.

• SPUR 4, Early Career funding, UWE, 2012 – 2013:  Award of £5790 to undertake a project focussing on the barriers to identification of trafficked victims.

• Centre for Legal Research, UWE, 2011 – 2012:  Awarded (together with a colleague) £2,111 to conduct empirical research into the access that trafficked victims have to communication technology.

• Graduate School, University of Birmingham, 2008 – 2009: £500 awarded to run a Postgraduate Research Seminar Series, Birmingham Law School.



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