Board Bios

Dr Sharron A. FitzGerald (LEX founder and Co-Chair):  Sharron A. FitzGerald is a social scientist and has taught in universities in Canada, the UK and most recently in Germany. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, sexuality and mobility with a particular focus on human trafficking, gender-based violence, social justice, sex work and victim-centred approaches to victim protection in the criminal justice system. She is the founder of the Irish Sex Work Research Network (ISWRN). She has written widely on these topics in international journals and has edited two books on these topic Regulating the Movement of Women: From Protection to Control (Routledge 2011) and Realising Justice for Sex Workers: An Agenda for Change (with Kathryn McGarry Rowman & Littlefield 2018

Professor Dr May-Len Skilbrei (Co-Chair): May-Len Skilbrei is professor of criminology at the University of Oslo where her research and teaching revolve around the role of criminal law in meeting gendered and sexual harms. Her publications include the book Prostitution Policy in the Nordic Region: Ambiguous Sympathies (Ashgate 2013/Routledge 2016), the edited book Rape in the Nordic Countries: Continuities and Change (Routledge 2020) and articles about human trafficking and prostitution in e.g. British Journal of Criminology, Annual Review of Criminology, Ethnos and Feminist Review. She is currently heading the research project “Medical, legal and lay understandings of physical evidence in rape cases (Evidently Rape)”. You can read more about Skilbrei’s projects and publications here:

Professor Dr Jill Marshall (Media Outreach and PR): Jill Marshall is a Human Rights lawyer and Professor of Law at Royal Holloway, University of London where she co-directs the Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law (CSEL) and leads the Human Rights cluster on Global Challenges Research Fund work. Her work focuses on the relationship between law and living well, human flourishing, what it means to be free, with a focus on women’s human rights. This includes analysis of conceptions of privacy, freedom, care, belonging and recognition and how they relate to the purpose of law, including human rights and anti-discrimination law purporting to protect aspects of our personal freedom, dignity and identities. Current projects include conceptually distinguishing pregnancy and giving birth from ‘motherhood’, ‘baby boxes’, ‘children born of conflict’, freedom of religion, expression and identity especially through dress. She has written widely on these topics and is the author of three books including Human Rights Law and Personal Identity (Routledge 2014).

Dr Anna Carline (Discussion and Mailing List Co-ordinator): Anna Carline is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool. Her main areas of expertise are criminal law and criminal justice (in particular violence against women and sexual offences), family law and feminist/gender theory. Her research is socio-legal, comparative and interdisciplinary in nature, examining legal developments by drawing upon a range of social science and legal methodologies and different theoretical approaches. She has published extensively on the issues of rape and sexual assault, prostitution and trafficking and domestic homicide. Dr Carline has recently completed a co-authored monograph (with Drs Clare Gunby and Jamie Murray), entitled: Affective Justice: Rape and the Courtroom Assemblage (Palgrave Macmillan 2020). This book brings new materialism and affect theory into a conversation with barristers’ insights into the rape trial process and impact of reforms to argue that the courtroom needs to be reconceptualized as an ‘affective assemblage’.

Dr Hildur Fjola Antonsdottir: Hildur Fjóla Antonsdóttir is a sociologist of law and post-doctoral researcher at the EDDA Centre at the University of Iceland. Hildur completed her doctoral research at Lund University in Sweden in 2020. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled: ‘Decentring Criminal Law: Understandings of Justice by Victim-Survivors of Sexual Violence and their Implications for Different Justice Strategies’. Her publications include “Injustice Disrupted: Experiences of Just Spaces by Victim-Survivors of Sexual Violence”, published in Social & Legal Studies, and “‘A Witness in My Own Case’: Victim–Survivors’ Views on the Criminal Justice Process in Iceland”, published in Feminist Legal Studies. Her current research focuses on sexual violence and the project is entitled: ‘Mis/Recognising Sexual Violence: Discursive Frameworks, Procedures, and Standards of Proof’. Her research interests include sexual violence, gender-based violence, victim-survivors, justice, formal and informal justice procedures and pathways.

Professor Dr Maggie O’Neill: Maggie Is Professor and Head of Department in Sociology & Criminology at University College, Cork Ireland. She has a long history of conducting innovative culture work at the intersections of Sociology, Criminology and Women & Gender Studies. She is leading proponent of participatory action research, biographical and creative methods, including visual, performative and walking methods. Former Chair of ESA Research Network Biographical Perspectives of European Societies, co-founded the SEX Work Research hub and the North East Race, Crime and Justice Network. Research expertise in critical and feminist theory, innovative research methodologies and policy oriented praxis, with social justice at the core of her work. Recent books include: Walking methods:research on the move with Brian Roberts and Imaginitive Criminology;of spaces past, present and future with Lizzie Seal.