Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Dr Nikki Godden-Rasul

Lecturer in Law

Background

Introduction 

Nikki joined Newcastle Law School as a lecturer in September 2012. Her research interests primarily lie in the fields of rape law and policy, restorative justice and sexual violence, tort law and gender, feminist legal theory, and criminal justice and gender. She is on the steering committee for Newcastle University's Gender Research Group and on the advisory board for PECANS (Postgraduate and Early Career Academics Network of Scholars), an interdisciplinary network for early career researchers working in the field of law, gender and sexuality. In 2014-2015, Nikki co-directed (with Professor Kathryn Hollingsworth) the 'Inspirational Women of the Law' exhibition and sister event, which was reported in local and national legal press. In 2011, she was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies, University of British Columbia. Nikki is a founding editor of the weblog Inherently Human: Critical Perspectives on Law, Gender and Sexuality

Qualifications 

Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (2014)

PhD, Dunelm (2013)

Durham University Learning and Teaching Award (2010) 

MJur, Dunelm (2009)

LLB(Hons), Leicester (2008)

Roles and Responsibilities 

Stage 3 Tutor 

Editorial Work

Book Review Editor for Feminist Legal Studies 

Memberships 

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of Newcastle University Gender Research Group Steering Committee 

Member of Newcastle Forum for Human Rights and Social Justice

Member of Feminist and Women's Studies Association

Member of Socio-Legal Studies Association 

 

Research

Research Interests

Nikki’s research interests primarily lie in the fields of rape law and policy, restorative justice and sexual violence, tort law and gender, feminist legal theory, and criminal justice and gender. She is particularly interested in conceptions of justice from the perspectives of rape victim-survivors and the potential of non-conventional responses to rape in addition to the criminal law and justice system, such as tort law and restorative justice. A briefing of a case study into restorative justice and sexual violence, undertaken with Clare McGlynn and Nicole Westmarland (Durham University) is available here. Nikki's current research projects interrogate the concept of harm in the context of rape and different legal responses, and conceptions of harm underpinning the abuse of intimate media (eg so-called 'revenge porn') and other similar forms of technology facilitated violence against women.  She is also researching sexual violence on campus and Universities' legal obligations, and the visual representation of women in law, following the Inspirational Women of the Law Exhibition she co-ordinated with Kathryn Hollingsworth (www.iwlaw.uk).

Conference & Seminar Presentations

Godden-Rasul, Nikki (July 2016) 'Sexting, Sexual Ethics, and Law', Fossilisation and Innovation in Law, Newcastle University. 

Godden-Rasul, Nikki (June 2016) 'Portraits of Women in Law: The Inspirational Women of the Law Project', Feminism, Legality and Knowledge, QMUL. 

Godden-Rasul, Nikki (March 2016) ' Sexual Offences Act 2003, Section 1: Definition of Rape', Women's Legal Landmarks: Criminal Law Workshop, University of Bristol. 

Godden-Rasul, Nikki and Cobb, Neil (March 2016) 'Bringing Feminism into the (Legal): Research, Pedagogy, Activism', Campus Feminisms, Newcastle University. 

Godden-Rasul, Nikki (May 2015) 'Gendered Abuse of Intimate Media: Responding to Technology Facilitated Violence Against Women', Gender, Sexuality and Law Seminar Series, Northumbria University.

Godden, Nikki (November 2013) 'Feminist Legal Scholarship and the Values of Research', Interdisciplinarity and Law; Human Rights and Social Justice Forum Seminar Series, Newcastle Law School. 

Godden, Nikki (March 2013) 'Tort Law, Human Rights and Rape: Beyond the Enforcement of Criminal Justice', Private Law and the Subject of Human Rights; The Public Life of Private Law ESRC funded seminar series, Warwick University.

Godden, Nikki; McGlynn, Clare and Westmarland, Nicole (September 2011) '"I just wanted him to hear me": Sexual Violence and the Possibilities of Restorative Justice', Sexual Violence Conference, Middlesex University.

Godden, Nikki (July 2011) 'Rape and Restorative Justice: A Case Study', PECANS International Workshop, Centre for Feminist Legal Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Godden, Nikki; McGlynn, Clare and Westmarland, Nicole (September 2011) '"I just wanted him to hear me": Sexual Violence and the Possibilities of Restorative Justice', British Society of Criminology Annual Conference 2011, Northumbria University.

Godden, Nikki and McGlynn, Clare (April 2011) '"I just wanted him to hear me": Sexual Violence and the Possibilities of Restorative Justice', Restorative Justice: Building Consensus in Theory and Practice, Nottingham Trent University.

Funding

2016-2017 - £3988.53 Newcastle University HaSS Faculty Research Fund, for 'Portraits of Women in Law: Representing Women, Rewriting Legal Histories'. 

2014-2015 - £3,500 The Catherine Cookson Foundation, toward the 'Inspirational Women of the Law' Exhibition at Newcastle University. 

2014-2015 - £2,260 Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal, toward the 'Inspirational Women of the Law' Exhibition and event at Newcastle University.

2014-2015  - £1,500 Vice Chancellor's fund; £1,000 Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching's fund, toward the 'Inspirational Women of the Law' Exhibition and event at Newcastle University.

2011 - £750 Small Grants Scheme - Postgraduate Dissemination Grant, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, to partially fund a Visiting Scholar position and conference presentation at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (July 2011). 

2009-2012 - £13, 300/annum approx. (set at the nationally agreed rate) Durham Doctoral Fellowship to support the completion of my PhD thesis 'Seeking Justice for Rape Victim-Survivors: Unconventional Legal Responses to Rape'.

2008 - £3,500 Durham Postgraduate Scholarship to support my MJur degree.

Teaching

Undergraduate teaching  

Law, Gender & Sexuality (Module Co-ordinator)(Stage 3) 

Criminal Law (Stage 2)

Tort Law (Stage 2)

Publications