James Mehigan is a lecturer in criminology at the Open University and a barrister at Garden Court Chambers.
As a lecturer his research interests include policing, prisons, human rights and criminal law. As a barrister he has acted in numerous high profile appeals and inquests and specialises in criminal defence, prison law, inquests and human rights. He is called to the bars of England & Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
He is a trustee of the UK branch of Front Line Defenders, a NGO that focuses on the protection of human rights defenders at risk around the world.
James is a former member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Pentonville Prison.
Who holds the police to account for their actions? Is it just institutions, such as the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the elected police and crime commissioners, and the forces disciplinary procedures?...