Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law

Our Trustees

Our trustees and staff are highly experienced
in the areas of psychology, law and social policy, providing a solid basis for our interdisciplinary endeavour.

David Rhys Jones

David Rhys Jones began his career in the refugee field in the Refugee Unit of the UK Immigration Advisory Service (UKIAS) and he has since worked with UNHCR in Asia, Refugee Legal Centre (RLC), Glazer Delmar solicitors, the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID) and Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). In January 2002 he began work as a policy officer at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. In 2007 his role was redefined to concentrate on medico-legal issues. David left the Medical Foundation in 2010. He continues to work as a consultant, researcher and trainer in the torture/trauma medico-legal field working with colleagues from centres in the UK (principally the Helen Bamber Foundation) and elsewhere in Europe. David is co-author of the article Medical Evidence in Asylum and Human Rights Appeals (IJRL, Vol 3, No. 3, 381-410).

Chris Brewin

Chris Brewin

Chris is a Professor of Psychology at University College, London. He is internationally known and widely published. He is a scientist specializing in the field of memory and psychological responses to trauma and has conducted, supervised and collaborated with many studies collecting empirical evidence relevant to the theory and treatment of anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder.

Mary Robertson

Mary Robertson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and heads the Traumatic Stress Clinic (TSC), Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to coming to the UK, Mary managed the Trauma Clinic at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa. She has had extensive experience in working with trauma in a variety of settings and with diverse client groups. She has local and international experience in consultancy, training, programme evaluation and policy development. She was one of the founder members, acting coordinator and trustee of the South African Network of Trauma Service Providers (Themba Lesizwe) and she was a member of a national reference group on the National Crime Prevention and Victim Empowerment Programme in South Africa.

Martha Spurrier

Martha Spurrier

Martha is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, where she specialises in public law and human rights. Martha has a particular interest in issues relating to access to justice, mental health and women's rights. Prior to joining Doughty Street Chambers Martha was in-house counsel at the mental health charity, Mind, and the Public Law Project. Martha is the assistant editor of the European Human Rights Law Review, a contributing editor of Rights and Freedoms, Halsbury's Laws (2013) and the author of Freedom to Write: A User's Guide for English PEN (2012). Martha is a founding member of the Mental Health in Detention Action Group and an executive committee member of the Human Rights Lawyers' Association.

Amina Memon

Amina Memon

Professor Memon's main area of expertise is Applied Social and Cognitive psychology and she has been conducting research in the Psychology and Law area for 25 years. Her research is international with collaborations in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, North America, Germany and Sweden. Dr Memon has received numerous awards to support her research and has over 80 publications. Current projects including work on false memories, detection of deception, video parades, child witnesses, older adult witnesses and the Cognitive Interview.

More about Amina Memon and the Royal Holloway Eyewitness Group.

Become A CSEL Trustee

We are looking for a variety of people to help us take forward our vision of CSEL as a provider of scientific evidence that brings together the disciplines of Emotion and Law. We would particularly welcome applications from people who have settled in the UK as refugees. Contact s.turner@csel.org.uk

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