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Laurène Soubise

Research Profile

Laurène's research interests are in criminal justice and criminal law, in particular from a comparative point of view. Her PhD research was a comparative study of prosecutorial discretion and accountability in France and England/Wales. Her study endeavoured to understand how the French and Anglo-Welsh criminal justice systems attempt to combine the necessities of accountability for public prosecution services in modern democratic societies with the flexibility and reactivity needed in the application of the law provided by prosecutorial discretion. It combined library-based research with ethnographic observation and interviews.


Laurène joined Warwick Law School as a part-time teacher in 2013. She teaches Criminal Law and Comparative Criminal Justice. She completed her PhD on prosecutorial discretion and accountability in 2016. Originally from Lyon, France, she completed her Bachelor in Law at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in 2005. She then spent a year in Germany, through the Erasmus scheme, studying German Law at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin. She obtained a Masters in Human Rights Law from Université Lumière Lyon 2 in 2007. She moved to the UK in 2008 and started her PhD at Warwick in 2011.