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Derek Spencer

Criminal Justice


Derek SpencerDerek Spencer joined the faculty of Criminal Justice after completing a Master of Laws at the University of Victoria.  His graduate thesis examined the legal ramifications of the Protecting Canadians by Ending Sentence Discounts for Multiple Murders Act, a statute that has enabled the passing of criminal sentences of unprecedented length. He examined this law and the broader sentence for murder in Canada from historical, comparative and interdisciplinary perspective that drew on the field of psychology to understand the meaning and importance of hope.  He has presented his research at conferences across Canada and has publications printed and forthcoming in leading criminal law journals.  He continues to research issues in sentencing law, criminal law and criminal procedure, legal ramifications of problem gambling as well as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Concurrently to his graduate degree, he completed a two-year certificate in Learning and Teaching Higher Education (LATHE) at the University of Victoria. He currently teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Advanced Criminal Law, and has developed a course on Constitutional Issues in Criminal Law for the new Criminal Justice Graduate degree.