Professor Alisdair Gillespie

Head of Department, Professor

Research Overview

Professor Gillespie’s main research interests relate to cybercrime, particularly in respect of child sexual exploitation. Much of his work relates to child pornography, child grooming and child solicitation but also includes broader forms of cybercrime. Professor Gillespie also has research interests in legal systems and evidence, particularly covert surveillance. Professor Gillespie has been called to act as an expert advisor to the UN, Council of Europe, EU and prosecutors & the judiciary from around the world. He has also advised the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Sentencing Council.

The English legal system
Gillespie, A.A., Weare, S.F. expected in 2017 6th ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press.
Book

"Trust me, it's only for me": 'revenge porn' and the criminal law
Gillespie, A. 11/2015 In: Criminal Law Review. 2015, 11, p. 866-880. 15 p.
Journal article

The English legal system
Weare, S., Gillespie, A. 06/2015
Other chapter contribution

Cybercrime: key issues and debates
Gillespie, A. 2015 London : Routledge. 308 p. ISBN: 9780415712200.
Book

Hate and harm: the law on hate speech
Gillespie, A. 2015 In: Research handbook on EU internet law. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 488-507. 20 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Sexual exploitation
Gillespie, A. 2015 In: International child law. London : Routledge p. 333-383. 51 p. ISBN: 9780415825924.
Chapter

Obscene conversations, the internet and the criminal law
Gillespie, A. 2014 In: Criminal Law Review. 2014, p. 350-363. 14 p.
Journal article

Complicity on the internet
Gillespie, A. 04/2013 In: Participation in crime. Farnham : Ashgate p. 205-222. 18 p. ISBN: 9781409453451. Electronic ISBN: 9781472404060.
Chapter

Adolescents, sexting and human rights
Gillespie, A. 2013 In: Human Rights Law Review. 13, 4
Journal article

Child pornography in international law
Gillespie, A. 2012 In: Understanding and preventing online sexual exploitation of children. Abingdon : Routledge p. 60-76. 17 p. ISBN: 9780415689403 . Electronic ISBN: 9781136464683 .
Chapter

Jurisdictional issues concerning online child pornography
Gillespie, A. 2012 In: International Journal of Law and Information Technology. 20, 3, p. 151-177. 22 p.
Journal article

Child pornography: law and policy
Gillespie, A. 2011 London : Routledge. 381 p. ISBN: 9780415499873 .
Book

Restricting internet access by sex offenders
Gillespie, A. 2011 In: International Journal of Law and Information Technology. 19, 3, p. 165-186. 22 p.
Journal article

Sexual exploitation
Gillespie, A. 2011 In: International child law. London : Routledge p. 262-284. 23 p. ISBN: 9780415487160 .
Chapter

The English legal system
Gillespie, A. 2011 3rd ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press. 540 p. ISBN: 9780199599165 .
Book

Defining child pornography: challenges for the law
Gillespie, A. 2010 In: Child and Family Law Quarterly. p. 200-222. 23 p.
Journal article

Legal definitions of child pornography
Gillespie, A. 2010 In: Journal of Sexual Aggression. 16, 1, p. 19-32. 14 p.
Journal article

Covert surveillance, human rights and the law
Gillespie, A. 2009 In: Irish Criminal Law Journal. 19, 3, p. 71-79. 9 p.
Journal article

Regulation of online surveillance
Gillespie, A. 2009 In: European Human Rights Law Review. 4, p. 552-565. 14 p.
Journal article

Sexual offences prevention orders and the right of entry
Gillespie, A. 2009 In: Criminal Law Review. 8, p. 576-580. 5 p.
Journal article

'Upskirts' and 'down-blouses': voyeurism and the law
Gillespie, A. 2008 In: Criminal Law Review. n/a, n/a, p. 370-382. 13 p.
Journal article

Adolescents accessing indecent images of children
Gillespie, A. 2008 In: Journal of Sexual Aggression. 14, 2, p. 111-122. 12 p.
Journal article

Child exploitation and communication technologies
Gillespie, A. 2008 Lyme Regis : Russell House Publishing. 192 p. ISBN: 9781905541232 .
Book

Five perspectives on omissions liability
Dingwall, G., Gillespie, A. 2008 In: Cambrian Law Review. 39
Special issue

Juvenile sources
Gillespie, A. 2008 In: Covert human intelligence sources. Hampshire : Waterside Press p. 109-122. 14 p. ISBN: 9781904380443 .
Chapter

Juvenile test purchasing and the law
Gillespie, A. 2008 In: Irish Criminal Law Journal. 18, p. 98-104. 7 p.
Journal article

Reconsidering the good samaritan: a duty to rescue?
Dingwall, G., Gillespie, A. 2008 In: Cambrian Law Review. 39, p. 26-39. 14 p.
Journal article

Sexual exploitation of children: law and punishment
Gillespie, A. 2008 Dublin : Thomson Reuters. 374 p. ISBN: 9781858005140 .
Book

Sexual offences
Card, R., Gillespie, A., Hirst, M. 2008 Bristol : Jordans. 679 p. ISBN: 9781846611223 .
Book

Barring teachers: the new vetting arrangements
Gillespie, A. 2007 In: Education and the Law. 19, 1, p. 1-18. 18 p.
Journal article

Diverting children involved in prostitution
Gillespie, A. 2007 In: Web Journal of Current Legal Issues. 2
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Diverting juveniles, diverting justice?
Dingwall, G., Gillespie, A. 2007 In: Web Journal of Current Legal Issues. 2
Special issue

Mooting for learning
Gillespie, A. 2007 In: Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education. 5, 1, p. 19-37. 19 p.
Journal article

Preventing secondary victimisation through anonymity: R v Teesside Crown Court, ex parte Gazette Media Ltd.
Gillespie, A., Bettinson, V. 2007 In: Modern Law Review. 70, 1, p. 114-138. 25 p.
Journal article

Sex offender registers
Gillespie, A. 2007 In: Irish Criminal Law Journal. 17, 1, p. 9-16. 8 p.
Journal article

The future of child protection and the criminal law
Gillespie, A. 2007 In: Irish Criminal Law Journal. 17, 3, p. 2-8. 7 p.
Journal article

Caution ahead: teachers, vetting and the law
Gillespie, A. 2006 In: Education and the Law. 18, 1, p. 19-30. 12 p.
Journal article

Cyber-bullying and the harassment of teens: the legal response
Gillespie, A. 2006 In: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 28, 2, p. 123-136. 14 p.
Journal article

Dangerousness: variations on a theme by Thomas
Gillespie, A. 2006 In: Criminal Law Review. p. 828-831. 4 p.
Journal article

Enticing children on the internet: the response of the criminal law
Gillespie, A. 2006 In: Juridical Review. p. 227-238. 12 p.
Journal article

Indecent images, grooming and the law
Gillespie, A. 2006 In: Criminal Law Review. p. 412-421. 10 p.
Journal article

Offensive communications and the law
Gillespie, A. 2006 In: Entertainment Law Review. 17, p. 236-239. 4 p.
Journal article

Child pornography: balancing substantive and evidential law to safeguard children effectively from abuse
Gillespie, A. 2005 In: International Journal of Evidence and Proof. 9, 1, p. 29-49. 21 p.
Journal article

Indecent images of children: the ever-changing law
Gillespie, A. 2005 In: Child Abuse Review. 14, 6, p. 430-443. 14 p.
Journal article

Prostitution or abuse? The sexual Offences Act 2003
Gillespie, A. 2005 In: Criminal Law Review. p. 285-289. 5 p.
Journal article

Reprimanding juveniles and the right to due process
Gillespie, A. 2005 In: Modern Law Review. 68, 6, p. 1006-1015. 10 p.
Journal article

Tackling child pornography: the approach in England and Wales
Gillespie, A. 2005 In: Viewing child pornography on the Internet. Lyme Regis : Russell House Publishing p. 1-16. 16 p. ISBN: 9781903855690 .
Chapter

The Sexual Offences Act 2003: tinkering with "child pornography"
Gillespie, A. 2004 In: Criminal Law Review. p. 361-368. 8 p.
Journal article

Sentencing for offences involving child pornography
Gillespie, A. 2003 In: Criminal Law Review. p. 81-93. 13 p.
Journal article

Child protection on the internet: challenges for criminal law
Gillespie, A. 2002 In: Child and Family Law Quarterly. 14, 4, p. 411-425. 15 p.
Journal article

Discharging sex offenders
Gillespie, A. 2002 In: Criminal Law Review. p. 53-55. 3 p.
Journal article

Entrapment on the 'Net'
Gillespie, A. 2002 In: Journal of Civil Liberties. 7, p. 143-146. 4 p.
Journal article

Using juvenile test purchasers
Gillespie, A., Clark, D. 2002 In: Journal of Civil Liberties. 7, p. 3-9. 7 p.
Journal article

Children, chatrooms and the law
Gillespie, A. 2001 In: Criminal Law Review. p. 435-446. 12 p.
Journal article

Compellability of children
Gillespie, A. 2000 In: Journal of Criminal Law. 64, p. 98-105. 8 p.
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Establishing a third order in care proceedings?
Gillespie, A. 2000 In: Child and Family Law Quarterly. 12, p. 239-253. 15 p.
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Legality of participating informers
Gillespie, A. 2000 In: Web Journal of Current Legal Issues. 5
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The care plan
Gillespie, A. 1999 In: Web Journal of Current Legal Issues. 4
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Paedophiles and the Crime and Disorder Bill
Gillespie, A. 1998 In: Web Journal of Current Legal Issues. 1
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