Centre of Forensic Interviewing


Prof Penny Cooper

  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone:
  • Email: penny.cooper@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Penny Cooper, a former practising barrister, became a professor of law in 2009 and is very widely published on vulnerability and witness evidence. She created registered intermediary training, devised the ground rules hearing approach to witness evidence and co-founded and chairs The Advocate's Gateway. Best practice guidance on theadvocatesgateway.org has been widely endorsed by the senior judiciary and applied internationally. Penny’s research resulted in the Criminal Procedure Rules' requirements for ground rules hearings. She teaches judges, intermediaries, police and legal practitioners and advises law firms, government departments and organisations in many jurisdictions on getting the best evidence from witnesses.  

Penny is an academic associate at 39 Essex Chambers, an honorary visiting professor at City University, London, a visiting professor at the University of Roehampton and a senior research fellow at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research at Birkbeck, University of London.

Penny’s current research compares psychological, legal, evidential and procedural aspects of investigative interviewing with courtroom cross-examination. Her PhD by publication is supervised by Professors Becky Milne and Ray Bull.

  • Vulnerability in the courts and effective participation of witnesses and defendants
  • Cross-examination
  • Forensic Interviewing
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Procedural Fairness