Dr Mischa Allen
Dr Mischa Allen is an experienced law lecturer with twenty years’ experience of teaching law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She joined London Metropolitan University in 2004, and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law teaching Criminal Law, Legal System and Penal Policy on the undergraduate programmes and the Common Professional Exam (CPE). She also has responsibility for law dissertations. Mischa previously taught Criminal Law, the Law of Evidence and Legal Skills and System at London South Bank University, the University of West London and Holborn College.
Mischa was educated at University College London, where her undergraduate degree was in French Literature and Philosophy. She has an LLM in Criminal Litigation from City University and a Masters in Research in Legal Theory from Birkbeck College, University of London. Her doctoral research was on the role of forgiveness in criminal law and punishment. Drawing on Emmanuel Levinas and other continental philosophers, she examined the interplay of mercy, victim forgiveness, restorative justice and theories of the criminal law. She has published articles on forgiveness and the nature of pardon. She is the author of Q and A: Criminal Law Concentrate for Oxford University Press and has also published academic and professional training materials for ILEX, Old Bailey Press, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Mischa is currently the module leader for Criminal Law on the LLB and CPE. She also teaches Penal Policy and Legal System and is responsible for law dissertations. She is interested in the development of academic legal skills in the law curriculum and in online and distance learning provision of law programmes. She adopts a supportive, skills-based approach in her teaching methods. Mischa welcomes proposals for research in the fields of criminal law, forgiveness studies and penal policy.