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    Gary is Head of Coventry Law School. Prior to this he has held various positions within the School, including Deputy Head, Associate Head (with responsibility for teaching and learning, the student experience and quality assurance), and undergraduate Law course director. He has extensive and varied experience of teaching law at University at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has designed and developed a number of innovative courses and modules in law which has ultimately led to recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In addition, he is a member of the Socio-legal Studies Association, British Society of Criminology, and Association of Law Teachers. He is Chair of the Legal Eduation Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars, and sits on the Executive of both the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools and the Society of Legal Scholars. 



    Upon completion of Gary’s doctoral thesis on Sentencing Convicted Thieves: Principles, Policy and Practice, he has continued to pursue active research in criminal law and justice. In particular, he has an interest in the interplay between sentencing policy and practice, and the use of judicial discretion in this context. Dr Betts has written on the courts’ application of sentencing guidelines, the relevance of previous convictions, and the sentencing of corporate offenders.

    He welcomes expressions of interest from prospective research students who wish to undertake postgraduate study in sentencing, corporate crime or criminal law.


    Area of Expertise:

    • Sentencing theory, policy and practice
    • Corporate Criminal Liability
    • Criminal law, particularly offences against property

    Research Interests

    Sentencing theory, policy and practice ; Criminal Law, particularly theft and kindred offences

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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