Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Anna Kawalek
About Dr Anna Kawalek
Dr. Kawalek is currently the leading expert on Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the UK. She is also co-founder and co-chair of the UK Chapter for Therapeutic Jurisprudence. She is also trustee and a member of the Advisory Board for the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence, and is currently developing her publications in this area and writing a book on problem-solving courts and drug courts in England and Wales.
Anna's academic career began at Sheffield Hallam University in 2015, where she began work as an Associate Lecturer and Doctoral Researcher. After completing her PhD in 2017, Anna was more recently appointed as a Law Lecturer at Leeds Beckett Law School. She was appointed to focus on her research outputs and to develop of the teaching and learning on the LLB and GDL programmes.
Dr. Kawalek's research interests are Drug Courts, Problem-Solving Justice, Specialist Courts, Justice Innovation, Comprehensive Law Approaches, Restorative Justice, and Social Justice amongst Marginalised Groups. However, her leading expertise is in Therapeutic Jurisprudence within the UK.
Anna's doctoral thesis examined the therapeutic quality of Manchester Problem-Solving Court from a jurisprudential perspective. She is currently working on publication of this work into a book. The book is predicted as having significant impacts on the operation of the specialist court at Manchester, in particular, the therapeutic practices and values of the judiciary.
Anna is also an expert in empirical methods, and has a Professional Qualification in this area. Anna is particularly fascinated by epistemological enquiry and its translation into empirical methodology. As a socio-legal researcher, Anna is currently seeking to supervise PhD students interested interested in the aforementioned topics.
- Contract Law
- Criminal Law
- Applied Crime
- LPC dissertation supervision
- LLB dissertation supervision
- MRes dissertation supervision
- 3 PhDs
Anna's research on UK problem-solving courts is thought to have a wide ranging impact on stakeholders, including policymakers, government ministers, front-line practitioners and service users. Anna is also working on a project commissioned by the Ministry of Justice evaluating Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Integrated Offender Management systems including the "Choices and Consequences" programme.