Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Ms Marika Henneberg

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) (University of Southampton), MPhil (University of Birmingham), LLB (Hons) (College of Law / Open University), PGDip (LPC) (Bournemouth University), LLM (University of Central England), PGCLTHE (University of Portsmouth)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer, Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Marika has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK, since 2009.  Marika has dual qualifications in humanities and law up to Master level, and is currently undertaking PhD research on  controversies with scientific evidence in England and Wales. Prior to her career in academia she worked in the forensic field for a number of years, focusing primarily on human identification and forensic search and recovery. Marika has carried out work in her native Sweden, as a consultant for the Criminal Investigations Department of the National Criminal Police, and internationally, for example at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Odense, Denmark, and for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), stationed in Kosovo. She also worked as a volunteer at the California Innocence Project in San Diego, where she used her forensic knowledge to contribute to investigations of innocence cases. Marika mainly worked on two cases during this time, one has resulted in exoneration and the other in a retrial that ended in a ‘not guilty’ verdict.  

Marika co-directed the University of Portsmouth’s Innocence Project with Dr Damian Carney2009-2014. The project was run jointly by the ICJS and the Law School. In January 2015 the project became part of the newly established Criminal Justice Clinic, which consists of Marika as the  Leader and a Board of Advisors. 

Since January 2016 Marika has been part of the Open Justice Initiative, consisting of a group of academics, solicitors, journalists, broadcasters and others working towards a more open, transparent and accountable criminal justice system in England and Wales. 

Teaching Responsibilities

Marika is the Course Leader for the MSc International Criminal Justice degree. She is also the unit coordinator for the following level 6 units: Professional Skills in Criminal Justice, Miscarriages of Justice, The Innocence Project, and for the level 7 Master unit International Justice.

Marika carries out additional lecturing on human rights, US counter-terrorism and 9/11, torture, the death penalty, supranational criminology and law. She is also a seminar tutor for various units on the BSc programmes. 


Marika is currently  conducting PhD research on controversies with scientific evidence in criminal courts in England and Wales. Her research interests include:

  • ‘Junk science’ and the use and abuse of science in criminal investigations and at trials
  • Forensic science in court
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Post-Conviction Rules
  • Comparative criminal law, including post-conviction and appeal
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • International law and Human Rights 

Research profile

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