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Professor David Miers

Professor David Miers

Position: Emeritus Professor
School: Law

Fax: +44 (0)29 208 74097

Point of contact: Clare Pike

   Public Law
   Victims of Crime


LL.B, LL.M. (Leeds), D.Jur. (Osgoode Hall, Toronto), LL.D. (Cardiff). David was appointed Professor of Law in 1992.  Between 1992-2000 he was Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies at Cardiff, and between 2000-2004 Deputy Head and 2004-2005 Acting Head of the Law school.  He previously held appointments at the Queen's University, Belfast and in Cardiff. In 1981-82 he was Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson College, Oxford. He has written extensively on the formulation and interpretation of legislation. Between 2001-2004 he held an AHRB award (rated 'outstanding') that supported Wales Legislation Online, a database run from Cardiff Law School that details the devolved functions of the National Assembly for Wales. He has given evidence to parliamentary select committees in both Houses of Parliament on the deregulation procedure, the procedural consequences of devolution, and the legislative process.  He was Chairman of the Study of Parliament Group 2007-2009.

David has a long-standing research interest in crime victim compensation and more generally in the place of the victim in the criminal justice system. He is an Editor of the International Review of Victimology, founded in 1989, and in 2001 completed two Home Office funded research projects on the use of restorative justice.  He was one of the two UK national representatives on an EU COST Action researching restorative justice and victim offender mediation provision across Europe.  He is a Research Fellow at INTERVICT, Tilburg University, The Netherlands. He also writes on the legal regulation of commercial gambling. He has been Special Adviser to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and to the Joint Committee on the Gambling Bill in 2003/04.  His book, 'Regulating Commercial Gambling', published by OUP in  2004, was described as 'magisterial' in its ommand of the subject.  In February 2009 David was appointed for three years a member and in May 2009 Deputy Chairman of the Gambling Commission's Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, whose purpose is to advise the Government on gambling policy.