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Professor Jennifer Temkin


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Professor Jennifer Temkin joined The City Law School in September 2012. She began her academic career as a lecturer at the London School of Economics before moving to the University of Buckingham as Professor of Law and Dean of the Law School in 1989. Professor Temkin joined the University of Sussex as Professor of Law in 1992, remaining there for almost 20 years, combining her research activities with teaching, Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Evidence and Forensic Science.

Professor Temkin has authored a number of highly regarded books including Rape and the Legal Process (1992). In 2008, she co-authored 'Sexual Assault and the Justice Gap: A Question of Attitude' a book which addresses social prejudices and how they are linked to what has been called the "justice gap" - the difference between the number of rapes reported and the number of convictions.

Throughout her academic career, Professor Temkin has contributed expert opinion to national reviews on how victims of rape and sexual assault are treated by the legal system. Between 2005 and 2007, she was a Member of the Expert Group on Rape and Sexual Assault, Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme for the Department of Health. In 2010, she acted as a Peer Reviewer for the Ministry of Justice research report entitled "Providing Anonymity to Rape Defendants: An Assessment of Evidence".

Professor Temkin has also delivered research related training regarding sexual offences to barristers, members of the judiciary, the Crown Prosecution Service and the forensic medical profession. She was awarded the degree of LLD by the University of London in 2002 and was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2009.


- 2002 LLD (University of London)
- 2009 Academician, Academy of Social Sciences
- 2009 Master of the Bench, Middle Temple

External activities

Law Reform
- Member, Old Bailey Scrutiny Committee on Draft Criminal Code, 1985-1986
- Member, Home Office Advisory Group on Video-Recorded Evidence in Criminal Trials [The Pigot Committee], 1988-1989
- Member, National Children's Home Committee of Enquiry into Children and Young People Who Abuse Other Children, 1990-1992
- Member, Justice Committee on Sexual Offences Law Reform, 1998
- Member, External Reference Group, Home Office Sex Offences Review, 1999-2000
Patron (with Margaret Drabble), SCOSAC (Standing Committee on Sexually Abused Children), 1993-1996
- Peer Reviewer, Ministry of Justice Research Report, "Providing Anonymity to Rape Defendants: An Assessment of Evidence" (2010).

Education and Higher Education
- Member, Committee of Heads of University Law Schools, 1989-1992, 1994-96
- Member, Discipline Committee, University College London, 1994- 2009
- Governor, South Hampstead High School for Girls, 1992-1999
- Member and Chair, Olive Stone Memorial Fund Committee, LSE 1992-2010

- BBC Television, ITN and Channel 4 News, Sky News
- Television Documentaries e.g. Panorama, Dispatches
- BBC Radio 4: World at One, P.M., Law in Action, Woman's Hour, The Moral Maze (weekly panel member 1990), File on Four, Today, Unreliable Evidence
- Radio 5 Live
- BBC World Service


Research related external activities

- Member, Executive Committee and European Secretary, International Society of Family Law, 1973-1977
- Member, Editorial Advisory Group, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 1984-
- Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Criminal Law, 1986-2005
- Member, Society of Public Teachers of Law Criminal Law Sub-Committee, 1992-
- Founding Member, Women Law Teachers' Group 1980-1990
- Scientific Expert, Council of Europe's Committee of Experts on the Treatment of Sex Offenders, 2003-5
- Member, Expert Group on Rape and Sexual Assault, Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme, Department of Health and National Institute for Mental Health in England, 2005-2007
- Member, Board of Diploma in the Forensic and Clinical Aspects of Sexual Assault (DFCASA), Society of Apothecaries of London, 2010-
- Research reviewer: E.S.R.C.; Nuffield Foundation
- Peer reviewer for REF , University of Essex 2011
- Article reviewer: Modern Law Review, Journal of Law and Society, British Journal of Criminology, International Review of Victimology etc
- Expert Advisor, Disability Forum, Disability Protection Project, Handicap International, 2010


  1. Temkin, J. and Krahe, B. (2008). Sexual assault and the Justice Gap: A Question of Attitude. Oxford: Hart Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84113-670-7.
  2. Temkin, J. (2002). Rape and the Legal Process. London: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-876354-3.

Books (2)

  1. Temkin, J. (1995). Rape and the Criminal Justice System. Aldershot: Dartmouth. ISBN 978-1-85521-670-9.
  2. Temkin, J. (1987). Rape and the Legal Process. Sweet and Maxwell. ISBN 978-0-421-33840-1.

Chapters (7)

  1. Temkin, J. (2016). The Role of the Legal Profession in Protecting Judicial Independence. In Shimon Shetreet and Wayne McCormack, (Ed.), The Culture of Judicial Independence in a Globalised World (pp. 156–161). leiden ;boston: BRILL. ISBN 978-90-04-30708-7.
  2. Temkin, J. and Krahe, B. (2009). Addressing the Attitude Problem in Rape Trials: Some Proposals and Methodological Considerations. In Horvath, M.A.H. and Brown, J.M. (Eds.), Rape: Challenging Contemporary Thinking Willan Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84392-520-0.
  3. Temkin, J. (2000). Literature Review of Research into Rape & Sexual Assault: A Report Commissioned by Research, Development and Statistics Directorate of the Home Office for the Review of Sexual Offences. Setting the Boundaries: Reforming the Law on Sexual Offences (pp. 80–124). London: Home Office.
  4. Temkin, J. (2000). Rape and Criminal Justice at the Millennium. In Nicolson, D. and Bibbings, L. (Eds.), Feminist Perspectives on Criminal Law (pp. 183–203). Cavendish. ISBN 978-1-85941-526-9.
  5. Temkin, J. (1994). Women, rape and law reform. The Woman Question (pp. 276–303). Sage. ISBN 978-0-8039-8747-0.
  6. Temkin, J. (1986). Women, Rape and Law Reform. In Tomaselli, S. and Porter, R. (Eds.), Rape (pp. 16–40). New York: Basil Blackwell.
  7. Temkin, J. (1979). Family Law. Pear's Encyclopaedia of the Law (pp. 71–91).

Conference papers and proceedings (2)

  1. Krahe, B. and Temkin, J. (2008). Raising rape awareness through mass media campaigns: An experimental evaluation.
  2. Temkin, J. and Ashworth, A. (2004). Rape, Sexual Assaults and the Problems of Consent.

Journal articles (40)

  1. Temkin, J., Gray, J.M. and Barrett, J. (2016). Different Functions of Rape Myth Use in Court: Findings From a Trial Observation Study. Feminist Criminology. doi:10.1177/1557085116661627.
  2. Temkin, J. (2010). And Always Keep A-Hold of Nurse, For Fear of Finding Something Worse: Challenging Rape Myths in the Courtroom. New Criminal Law Review, 13(4), pp. 710–734. doi:10.1525/nclr.2010.13.4.710.
  3. Temkin, J., Krahe, B., Bieneck, S. and Berger, A. (2008). Prospective Lawyers' Rape Stereotypes and Schematic Decision Making about Rape Cases. Psychology, Crime and Law, 14(5), pp. 461–469. doi:10.1080/10683160801932380.
  4. Krahé, B., Temkin, J. and Bieneck, S. (2007). Schema-driven information processing in judgements about rape. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 21(5), pp. 601–619. doi:10.1002/acp.1297.
  5. Temkin, J., Krahe, B. and Bieneck, S. (2007). Schema-Driven Information Processing in Judgements about Rape. Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology, 21(5), pp. 601–619. doi:10.1002/acp.1297.
  6. Temkin, J. and Ashworth, A. (2004). The sexual offences act 2003: (1) - Rape, sexual assaults and the problems of consent. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW pp. 328–346.
  7. Temkin, J. and Ashworth, A. (2004). Rape, Sexual Assault and the Problems of Consent. Criminal Law Review, 1, pp. 328–346.
  8. Temkin, J. (2003). Sexual history evidence - Beware the backlash (Apr, pg 235, 2003). CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW.
  9. Temkin, J. (2003). Sexual history evidence - Beware the backlash. Criminal Law Review, (APR.), pp. 217–242.
  10. Temkin, J. (2003). Sexual History Evidence- Beware the Backlash. Canadian Criminal Law Review, 4, pp. 217–242.
  11. Temkin, J. (2002). Digging the Dirt: Disclosure of Records in Sexual Assault Cases. Cambridge Law Journal, 61, pp. 126–145.
  12. Temkin, J. (2000). Prosecuting and defending rape: Perspectives from the bar. Journal of Law and Society, 27(2), pp. 219–248.
  13. Temkin, J. (2000). Unwanted sex: The culture of intimidation and the failure of law. SOCIAL & LEGAL STUDIES, 9(3), pp. 461–462. doi:10.1177/096466390000900311.
  14. Temkin, J. (2000). Prosecuting & Defending Rape: Perspectives from the Bar. Journal of Law & Society, 27(2), pp. 219–248. doi:10.1111/1467-6478.00152.
  15. Temkin, J. (1998). Reporting Rape in London: A Qualitative Study. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 38(1), pp. 17–41. doi:10.1111/1468-2311.00114.
  16. Temkin, J. (1998). Medical Evidence in Rape Cases: A Continuing Problem for Criminal Justice. Modern Law Review, 61(6), pp. 821–848. doi:10.1111/1468-2230.00180.
  17. Temkin, J. (1997). Plus Ca Change: Reporting Rape in the 1990s. British Journal of Criminology, 37(4), pp. 507–527.
  18. Temkin, J. (1997). Plus ÇA change: Reporting rape in the 1990s. British Journal of Criminology, 37(4), pp. 507–528. doi:10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjc.a014195.
  19. Temkin, J. (1996). Doctors, Rape and Criminal Justice. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 35(1), pp. 1–20. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2311.1996.tb00856.x.
  20. Temkin, J. (1994). Disability, Child Abuse and Criminal Justice. Modern Law Review, 57(3), pp. 402–418. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2230.1994.tb01948.x.
  21. Temkin, J. (1993). Law commission report: Rape within marriage. International Review of Victimology, 2(4), pp. 345–349. doi:10.1177/026975809300200405.
  22. Temkin, J. (1993). Sexual History Evidence - The Ravishment of Section 2. Criminal Law Review, 3, pp. 3–20.
  23. Temkin, J. (1991). Do We Need a Crime of Incest. Current Legal Problems, 44, pp. 185–216. doi:10.1093/clp/44.1.185.
  24. TEMKIN, J. (1988). THE LUST TO KILL - CAMERON,D, FRASER,E. BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY, 28(4), pp. 541–542. doi:10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjc.a047767.
  25. Temkin, J. (1986). Pre-Natal Injury, Homicide and the Draft Criminal Code. Cambridge Law Journal, 45(3), pp. 414–429. doi:10.1017/S0008197300118434.
  27. TEMKIN, J. (1985). INVESTIGATING RAPE - A NEW APPROACH FOR POLICE - BLAIR,I. BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY, 25(4), pp. 394–397. doi:10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjc.a047559.
  28. Temkin, J. (1984). Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases - The Scottish Proposal and Alternatives. Modern Law Review, 47, pp. 625–650.
  29. Temkin, J. (1984). Regulating Sexual History Evidence - The Limits of Discretionary Legislation. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 33, pp. 942–978.
  30. Temkin, J. (1983). The Limits of Reckless Rape. Criminal Law Review pp. 5–16.
  31. Temkin, J. (1983). The Limits of Reckless Rape. Criminal Law Review pp. 5–16.
  32. Temkin, J. (1982). Towards a Modern Law of Rape. Modern Law Review, 45(4), pp. 399–419.
  33. Temkin, J. (1981). Property relations during marriage in england and ontario. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 30(1), pp. 190–212. doi:10.1093/iclqaj/30.1.190.
  34. Temkin, J. (1981). Property Relations between Spouses in England and Ontario. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 30(1), pp. 190–212.
  35. Temkin, J. (1978). When is a Conspiracy like an Attempt - and other Impossible Questions. Law Quarterly Review, 94, pp. 534–556.
  36. Temkin, J. (1976). Impossible Attempts - Another View. Modern Law Review, 39(1), pp. 55–69.
  37. Temkin, J. (1976). Impossible Attempts - Another View. Modern Law Review, 39(1), pp. 55–69.
  38. Temkin, J. (1974). The Lane Committee Report on the Abortion Act. Mod Law Rev, 37(6), pp. 657–663.
  39. Temkin, J. and Zellick, G.J. (1974). Attempts in English Criminal Law. Dalhousie Law Journal, 1(3), pp. 581–596.
  40. Temkin, J. (1973). The Child, the Family and the Young Offender - Swedish Style. Modern Law Review, 36(6), pp. 569–586.

Other Activities


  1. Member, Biometrics & Forensics Ethics Group (Non-departmental Public Body sponsored by the Home Office) 2014-