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Siobhan Weare

Lecturer, Research Student

Siobhan Weare

Bowland North

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YN

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592898


Research overview

My research interests are focused in the areas of criminal law and criminal justice. I am currently exploring the socio-legal responses to women who commit serious offences, including homocide and sexual violence. More generally, I am also interested in violence against women, domestic violence, sexual offences and criminal legal and gender theory.

Thesis Title

'The Socio-Legal Response(s) to Women Who Kill: A Proposed Model for Acknowledging their Agency'

Thesis Outline

Siobhan's research will examine some of the socio-legal constructions of women who kill. Currently women who kill fall into something of an abstract category; they are 'not men'. Research has shown that men commit the vast majority of crime, as well as committing the most serious crimes. When women commit crime, they violate some of the prominent feminine gender norms ascribed to women by socio-legal discourse of appropriate femininity, in the realms of domesticity, sexuality and motherhood. As a result, when women commit particularly heinous crimes such as murder, the institution of law not only judges them based on the evidence of the crime they have committed, but also on their deviance from appropriate feminine behaviour. Consequently, Siobhan's research will focus on the construction of the category of ‘woman’ within the institution of law and how this construction affects the institutional responses to the actions of these women.

Current Teaching


Siobhan is convening Law 101 English Legal System and Methods. She is also teaching on Law 330 Crime and Criminal Justice and Law 104 Criminal Law.

Web Links

Twitter: @SiobhanWeare https://twitter.com/SiobhanWeare

Academia.edu - https://lancaster.academia.edu/SiobhanWeare


Additional Information

Siobhan is Deputy Director of Admissions and Director of Communications for the Law School

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