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Research interests

Professor Leslie Moran has written and researched extensively on matters relating to sexuality and law, criminal justice, with particular reference to hate crime, law and visual culture and the judiciary. He has a keen interest in multidisciplinary and empirical legal research.

Judicial studies

Professor Moran is undertaking pioneering research on the judiciary. His multidisciplinary scholarship draws upon research sociology, psychology, anthropology, visual culture, art history gender and sexuality studies as well as law. The publication of an essay in the Sydney Law Review 2006 on sexual diversity in the judiciary offers a new dimension to, and a new intervention in, judicial diversity debates. His work on judicial swearing-in speeches, judicial portraiture and representations in the news are all opening up new areas of judicial research. One of the unique legacies of his research is the judges that now hold visiting posts in the School of Law and make regular contributions to the life of the School through the Judicial Conversations series of seminars.

Professor Moran is principle investigator on an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded network initiative; the Judicial Images Network. The project is supported by a website;

Sexuality and the law

Professor Moran's monograph, The Homosexual(ity) of Law, published by Routledge in 1996, is a pioneering historical and contemporary study of sexuality in law. He has edited two collections of essays in the field:

  • Legal Perversions (1997) published as a special edition of the journal Social and Legal Studies
  • Legal Queeries (Cassel, 1998) edited with Daniel Monk and Sarah Beresford

Sexuality Identity and Law was published in 2006 as part of Ashgate’s international Law and Society series.

His current work examines sexual diversity in the legal profession and the judiciary. He been working with InterLaw Diversity Forum for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (“LGBT”) Networks, a London-based people working in the legal sector. Together they have submitted evidence to a number of government reviews of the judicial appointments process and judicial diversity in particular. He is a member of the Law Society's Equality and Diversity Committee.

Criminal justice

Professor Moran's research in criminal justice has focused on violence and safety.

The monograph, Sexuality and the Politics of Violence and Safety, written with Beverley Skeggs and published by Routledge in 2004, is based upon empirical research undertaken as part of an Economic and Social Research Council-funded initiative, the Violence Research Programme directed by Professor Betsy Stanko. The research project used focus groups, structured interviews and surveys to examine experiences and perceptions of safety and danger in relation to sexual violence. It examined individual, business, local government and criminal justice responses and initiatives to produce sustainable safer spaces in response to violence. To date it is the largest study of homophobic violence in the UK.

Hate crime

Professor Moran has edited two collections of international scholarship in Law and Critique (2001) and Liverpool Law Review (2008). Other work in this field includes an empirical study of violence against transgender people in Sydney, Australia undertaken with Professor Andrew Sharpe, then of Macquarie University, Sydney and empirical work with the anti-violence charity GALOP. Count me in! was the report of a survey of experiences of homophobic violence in Bexley and Greenwich, two boroughs in South London, undertaken by Professor Moran with colleagues at GALOP.

He is currently working with Gail Mason of the University of Sydney on an Australian Research Council grant-funded project that involves an international comparative study of hate crime law reform.

Law and visual culture

Professor Moran's research on includes studies of law and film including the edited collection, Law’s Moving Image (Glasshouse Cavendish, 2004), law and television, law and architecture. He is a member of JILC (Justice Image, Language, Culture) a research laboratory to promote the study of images of justice based at the University of Paris 8, France.

Editorial boards

Professor Moran is a member of several editorial board including Law and Society Review, Law and Critique, Liverpool Law Review, Macquarie Law Journal.