Nicola Padfield is a Senior Lecturer at the Law Faculty, University of Cambridge. A barrister by training, she has published widley on criminal law, sentencing and criminal justice. Her books include The Criminal Justice Process: Text and Materials (4th edit, 2008); Criminal Law (6th edit, 2008); Beyond the Tariff: Human rights and the release of the life sentence prisoners (2002). She has edited other collections of essays, and is editor of Archbolds News. She sits as a Recorder (part-time Judge) in the Crown Court and is a Bencher of the Middle Temple.