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Alisdair Gillespie supervises 2 postgraduate research students. Some of the students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

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Professor Alisdair Gillespie

Professor, Head of Department

Bowland North

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YN

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 593706


Research overview

Professor Gillespie’s main research interests relate to cybercrime, particularly in respect of child sexual exploitation. Much of his work relates to child pornography, child grooming and child solicitation but also includes broader forms of cybercrime. Professor Gillespie also has research interests in legal systems and evidence, particularly covert surveillance. Professor Gillespie has been called to act as an expert advisor to the UN, Council of Europe, EU and prosecutors & the judiciary from around the world. He has also advised the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Sentencing Council.

PhD supervision

Professor Gillespie is happy to consider PhD proposals in the areas of Criminal Law; Sexual Offences; Cybercrime; Covert Policing; Criminal Justice (including Evidence).

  • Published

    The English legal system

    Weare, S. & Gillespie, A. 06/2015 The English legal system. Gillespie, A. (ed.). 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsOther chapter contribution

  • Published

    Sexual exploitation

    Gillespie, A. 2015 International child law. Buck, T. (ed.). 3rd ed. London: Routledge, p. 333-383 51 p.

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

  • Published

    Hate and harm: the law on hate speech

    Gillespie, A. 2015 Research handbook on EU internet law. Savin, A. & Trzaskowski, J. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, p. 488-507 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

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