Philip Handler

Philip Handler


  • Senior Lecturer, Law
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Personal profile


Phil read law at the University of Birmingham and completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge.  He taught at the Universities of Leicester and Keele, before joining Manchester in 2009.


Research interests

Phil’s research interests lie in the fields of modern English legal history and criminal law.  His work explores the history of nineteenth-century criminal law and punishment and the role of the judiciary in the modern period.   He was co-editor of the book ‘Landmark Cases in Criminal Law’ (Hart Publishing, 2017).


Phil teaches criminal law and legal history.  He has also taught Property Law and Obligations. 

He was Director of Teaching and Learning in the Law Department (2019-2022).

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Phil is a member of the Selden Society.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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