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I joined Westminster Law School in 2014, having spent two years as a lecturer at the University of Reading. Prior to this, I completed a PhD at the University of Vienna, Austria, which involved social research into adolescent drug treatment in England, and analysis of UK drug law and policy. I graduated in 2013 and continue to undertake research in the areas of youth justice, criminology, drug use/policy, human rights and discrimination. Before entering academia, I worked as a newspaper journalist, mental health support worker and in the voluntary sector as a child rights officer.

* Family Law

* Criminology/criminal justice

Research interests

  • Youth justice
  • Drug laws and policy
  • Criminology
  • Legal and social theory
  • Human rights
  • Discrimination

Supervision interests 

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Drug law and policy
  • Youth justice
  • Children’s/family law
  • Law, gender and sexuality
  • Mental health/disability law
  • Crime/criminology in general.

2016

Book review: Children Behind Bars: Why the Abuse of Child Imprisonment Must End, by Carolyne Willow (2016)
Flacks, S. 2016. Book review: Children Behind Bars: Why the Abuse of Child Imprisonment Must End, by Carolyne Willow. British Journal of Criminology. 56 (5), pp. 1039-1042.

2015

Book review: Crime, Desire and Law's Unconscious: Law, Literature and Culture by David Gurnham (2015)
Flacks, S. 2015. Book review: Crime, Desire and Law's Unconscious: Law, Literature and Culture by David Gurnham. International Journal of Law in Context. 11 (3), pp. 379-380.

2014

Risk, welfare and the treatment of adolescent cannabis users in England (2014)
Flacks, S. 2014. Risk, welfare and the treatment of adolescent cannabis users in England. British Journal of Criminology. 54 (2), pp. 281-297.
Is childhood a 'disability'? Exploring the exclusion of children from age discrimination provisions in the Equality Act 2010 (2014)
Flacks, S. 2014. Is childhood a 'disability'? Exploring the exclusion of children from age discrimination provisions in the Equality Act 2010. Child and Family Law Quarterly. 26 (4), pp. 421-438.

2013

Book review: Tough choices: risk, security and the criminalization of drug policy (2013)
Flacks, S. 2013. Book review: Tough choices: risk, security and the criminalization of drug policy. Criminology and Criminal Justice. 13 (1), pp. 127-129.

2012

Deviant disabilities: the exclusion of drug and alcohol addiction from the Equality Act 2010 (2012)
Flacks, S. 2012. Deviant disabilities: the exclusion of drug and alcohol addiction from the Equality Act 2010. Social and Legal Studies. 21 (3), pp. 395-412.
Youth justice reform: redressing age discrimination against children? (2012)
Flacks, S. 2012. Youth justice reform: redressing age discrimination against children? Youth Justice. 12 (1), pp. 19-35.

2011

Drug control, human rights, and the right to the highest attainable standard of health: a reply to Saul Takahashi (2011)
Flacks, S. 2011. Drug control, human rights, and the right to the highest attainable standard of health: a reply to Saul Takahashi. Human Rights Quarterly. 33 (3), pp. 856-877.

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