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Personal profile

Biography

Gary is the Associate Head of School, and leads on all matters relating to the student experience, quality assurance and accreditation. Prior to this, he was the LLB Course Director with responsibility for all undergraduate-level courses run within the School. 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 Society of Legal Scholars, Socio-legal Studies Association, British Society of Criminology, and Association of Law Teachers.

Research:

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

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larceny Social Sciences
offense Social Sciences
previous conviction Social Sciences
proportionality Social Sciences
justice Social Sciences
act Social Sciences
child custody Social Sciences
criminal law Social Sciences

Research Output 2014 2019

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Robbery and the Principle of Fair Labelling

Betts, G., 13 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Criminal Law. 83, 3, p. 205-216 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
offense
human being
larceny
possession
bank

THE ROLE OF PROPORTIONALITY IN SENTENCING REPEAT THEFT OFFENDERS

Betts, G., 2015, In : Contemporary Issues In Law. 13, 3, p. 155-174

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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previous conviction
proportionality
larceny
offender
repeat offender
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The impact of the criminal justice act 2003 on theft and the custody threshold

Betts, G., 9 Oct 2014, In : Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. 54, 2, p. 176-192

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
larceny
child custody
justice
act
imprisonment

Activities 2005 2012

  • 13 Participation in conference

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference

Gary Betts (Speaker)
4 Apr 2012

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Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference

Gary Betts (Speaker)
5 Sep 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Coventry University Faculty of Business Environment and Society Research Conference

Gary Betts (Speaker)
14 Jul 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Coventry Law School Staff Research Seminar

Gary Betts (Speaker)
30 Nov 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

2010 Internal Research Faculty of Business, Environment and Society conference

Gary Betts (Speaker)
1 Jul 2010

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference