Jack Murphy

Jack Murphy

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details


  • LLB Law (University of Lincoln)
  • LLM Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (University of Birmingham)


Criminal Law

Doctoral research

PhD title
Regulating cross-examination in Human Trafficking trials
Dr Marianne Wade and Dr Samantha Fairclough
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


My research seeks to identify the recurring features of the cross-examination of human trafficking complainants in England and Wales. This has involved qualitatively interviewing barristers about their experiences and perceptions of trafficking cases.

It goes on to consider the appropriateness of the questions that are asked. For example, should the law restrict ‘why didn’t you just leave’ questions. This assessment has been guided by Roberts and Zuckerman’s foundational principles of criminal evidence.

Other activities

  • Member of the European Criminal Law Association (UK)
  • Recipient of the College of Arts and Law Doctoral Scholarship