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Professor Ed Cape

Ed Cape is a Professor of Criminal Law and Practice at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

A former criminal defence solicitor, he has a special interest in criminal justice, criminal procedure, police powers, defence lawyers and access to justice.

He is the author of a leading practitioner text, Defending Suspects at Police Stations (6th edn., LAG, 2011), is a contributing author of the standard practitioner text, Blackstone’s Criminal Practice (OUP, published annually), writes a bi-annual Police Station Law and Practice Update for the journal Legal Action, and regularly contributes case comments to Criminal Law Review.

Ed has conducted research both in the UK and internationally, and his research publications include Demand Induced Supply? Identifying Cost Drivers in Criminal Defence Work (LSRC, 2005), Evaluation of the Public Defender Service in England and Wales (LSC, 2007), Suspects in Europe: Procedural rights at the investigative stage of the criminal process in the European Union (Intersentia, 2007), Effective Criminal Defence in Europe (Intersentia, 2010), Effective Criminal Defence in Eastern Europe (Soros Foundation - Moldova, 2012) and Improving Pretrial Justice: The Role of Lawyers and Paralegals (Open Society Foundations, 2012).

He is currently conducting an empirical study of suspects’ rights in police detention in four European jurisdictions, and a study of defence rights in Latin America, and is writing a handbook on early access to legal aid in criminal justice systems for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Other publications include an edited book, with Richard Young, Regulating Policing: The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Past, Present and Future (Hart, 2008), and journal articles on a range of themes including the criminal defence profession, the regulation of police powers, police bail without charge, the retention and use of biometric data, and the anti-terrorism provisions of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

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