Who is Dr Allan T Moore?

I am a 37 year old Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice within the School of Media, Culture & Society at the University of the West of Scotland, and currently the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Criminal Justice degree. On the criminal justice degree, I coordinate both the criminal law and victimology provision. Immediately prior to my current position, I was a lecturer in law between September 2007 and January 2014 (on an associate basis between September 2007 and December 2009, then full time between January 2010 and January 2014), and have previously coordinated and taught a wide variety of law related subjects and areas including Criminal Law, Rules of Evidence, Public International Law / Law of the European Union, Employment Law, Family Law, Contract Law, Media Law, Constitutional Law, Children and the Law, and Administrative Law.

In addition to my responsibilities at UWS I am currently an external examiner for the LLM (Masters) programmes in International Law and International Human Rights Law at De Montfort University in Leicester, and have recently started as external examiner for the LLB Law at Glasgow Caledonian University. Previously I have completed 4 and 5 year contracts respectively as external examiner for the University of Westminster in London for their LLB Law, LLB Law with French, and LLB European Legal Studies, and for Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen on their LLB Law and BA Legal Studies programmes.

My own qualifications and professional membership currently include: a PhD in Law, Criminology and Psychology; a first class honours degree in law; a PgCert in Research Methods; a PgCert in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education; FPC certification accredited by the CII; Fellowship of the HEA; Fellowship of the RSA; Membership of the Society of Legal Scholars; Membership of the International Association of Genocide Scholars; Membership of the Scottish Institute for policing Research (Police – Comunity Relations Network).

In terms of CPD I have completed and passed MOOCs through both edX and FutureLearn in the Psychology of Criminal Justice (University of Queensland), Terrorism and Counterterrorism (Georgetown University), and Forensic Science (University of Strathclyde). I have completed all externally offered training (CPD certified) offered by Victim Support Scotland in areas such as victims of sexual offences, victims of domestic abuse, and victims of hate crimes, and completed a suite of three certificates in the area of conflict analysis and prevention through the United States Institute for Peace.

In terms of research, I have significant interests in a number of areas including, but not limited to:

  • Genocide studies (particularly though not exclusively Rwanda)
  • Transitional Justice
  • Conflict studies
  • Demobilisation and Reintegration from armed forces to society
  • Human Rights Laws and Issues (domestically and internationally)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Rules of Evidence
  • Media Law
  • Justice Architecture, Courtroom Environment, and Courtroom Behaviour
  • International Law and Politics (Including EU, UN, AU, and NATO)
  • Criminal Justice and Social Policy
  • Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictions
  • Restorative Justice

Linked to my research, I do not work from afar regarding the comparative studies that I carry out, and have been fortunate to be able to visit locations such as the Netherlands, France, Rwanda, and Kenya multiple times in furtherance of my research activities (during 2017 alone I was able to visit Rwanda twice and Kenya three times, and in 2018 I have already set plans to visit France, Rwanda, and Kenya). I believe it is of absolute paramount importance to visit a location you intend to research or write about to avoid ethnocentrism and misunderstanding the full context regarding the region in question. I believe that if drawing heavily critical conclusions regarding a region, the validity of such criticism and conclusions is highly questionable (or at least open to legitimate challenge from those that have significant experience of the region in question) if it is based upon purely desk-based research.

I have been proud in my time at UWS to be nominated for four teaching awards; ‘Lecturer of the 21st Century’ and ‘Interactive Lecturer of the Year’ at the Students’ Association of the University of the West of Scotland (SAUWS) awards in 2010; then in 2014 and 2017, I was delighted to be nominated in the UWS STARS awards, on both occasions for the ‘Outstanding Teaching’ category chosen by students of the University.

Outside of law and education I have a wide variety of interests that I may also blog / comment on from time to time including:

  • Running – My usual distance for racing is 10km and when fit I complete the distance in sub-45 minutes. Having sustained a serious injury to one of my legs in late 2010 (a complicated series of breaks to my left leg and ankle during a football match resulting in surgery and permanent insertion of titanium screws / pins to the leg), my times naturally took a big hit on my return to running, but by September 2012 I was again running times circa 44 minutes for 10km. I have completed the Great Scottish Run half marathon three times, raised several hundreds of pounds for charities, and in the past five or six years have finished a total of somewhere around a dozen half marathons, fifteen – twenty 5k’s, forty – fifty 10k’s and various races of other distances.
  • Football – I play once or twice a week at present. Prior to my injury in 2010 I was playing three – four times a week and in 2010 I was part of a team that won our local league. I have not played competitively since my major injury, and unless I received an unexpected offer or plea from a friend I would consider that my competitive football days are likely over.
  • Golf – I play golf at the Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club in Bridge of Weir. Currently with a hadicap of twelve. I have been substantially lower, and as a junior player represented my club for three years until the age of 18 in league matches, but with lack of time to practice consistently, the handicap has crept up over the past 15 years. On my day, I can still muster a good score, and I have a personal best round of two under par (two birdies with the rest pars – no dropped shots) from Inchmarlo (near Aberdeen) set as recently as July 2011 on a particularly lucky / good round.
  • Tennis – I used to play to intermediate level at the David Lloyd club in Renfrew.
  • Motor Racing – Not competing! Just watching. I’ve been a Fan of F1 for some 30 years and follow the sport in depth. I also watch pretty much every race in a select number of series including Indycar and DTM. To a slightly lesser degree I do watch races in the BTCC and WTCC. I used to drive a sports car but have upgraded to a slightly more boring Chevrolet Cruze… much more practical with a family…

4 thoughts on “Who is Dr Allan T Moore?

  1. Hi Alan

    In googling my way around the great alcohol debate I came across your blog. I write about the drinks industry – and am currently researching the implications of Alchol bill in Scotland.

    I get very different views on the chances of minimum pricing being illegal under EU law – so I am curious to know where you stand.

    And also whether its about a principle – or whether the actual level of price per unit will effect whether its legal or not.

    Plus – if it does come in – would the scottish government be able to close the loophole on internet sales from outside Scotland – as far as you know?

    Any thoughts – much appreciated.

    Tom Bruce-Gardyne


  2. Hi Tom,

    Thanks for your comment, and to be honest I’m undecided on the matter as a whole. I do draw certain conclusions that are as follows:

    1. Under competition law prima facie the fixing of prices for goods and services in this way is illegal. I don’t think you’ll find too many EU law experts that will say anything else.

    However this has to be combined with:

    2. States do indeed have the right to depart from certain legal obligations if there are qualifications. In this case, the ‘get out’ if you like is that the Scottish Government and other supporters of the legislation will cite that an EU State is entitled to breach EU law in the event that they find that the law in question when applied to certain goods and services will adversely affect public health.

    So to sum that up, the fact that Scotland would be breaching EU law is pretty much inarguable, it’s whether they have legitimate grounds to do so.

    This is complicated yet further as of course, ‘Scotland’ in itself is not an EU State. the UK is the EU state of which Scotland is one part of. What is then questionable is whether in fact Scotland is breaching the terms of the Scotland Act 1998, whereby they must ensure that all legislation is compatible with BOTH UK national law and EU law. This could be difficult because the ‘UK’ is not arguing the case for the legislation in question, only ‘Scotland’ is. It’s here that I believe the argument of legality begins to get very shakey.

    The whole situation is very much open to challenge by somebody raising a devolution issue, or the next step going to the European Court of Justice. I couldn’t say for certain, but if I was pushed I would probably fall down on the side that the legislation is both illegal (in EU terms), and also unjustifiable (in a legal sense). And I’m impartial as I’m not a social drinker at all, so don’t stand to lose or gain as a result of either potential resolution!

    It might seem a bit vague, but as a short response I think this pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter at present.


  3. Hi Again Tom,

    I just realised that it appears I almost glossed over your direct questions so will try to address them briefly:

    1. I don’t think the actual level of minimum price will affect the legality or illegality as such as it’s not so much price ‘fixing’ as it is price ‘minimising’. What is for certain is that there is a bit of a conflict of interests as of course there is duty paid on the sale of alcohol, so the higher the minimum price, the more the government stand to take in revenue. I would say this is a conflict of interests unless there is a cap placed on duty recoverable.

    2. I’d say it’s very much about the principle of the general law itself as opposed to the specifics of either proposed prices or even what ‘goods’ or ‘services’ are actually in question. If it’s a restriction on competition for sales of goods or services, and it’s going on in a Member State of the EU, it’s in danger of breaching the law regardless.

    3. As far as I know, there is absolutely nothing that the Scottish Government could do to close the loophole on internet sales from either England or indeed ANY other Member State of the EU if transported legally. This would 100% be a clear breach of competition laws by trying to restrict free movement of goods that are legal in this country and legal in the Member State being purchased from. For the Scottish Goverment to attempt to introduce any additional financial cost would categorically be classed as an import tax by the EU and result in Scotland (and the UK as a by product) being viewed in an extremely dim light. the UK would almost certainly have legal action taken against it by the EU itself if the Scottish Government tried to introduce such a measure.


  4. Hi Allan

    Many thanks for all this – it’s good to get an informed view from the sidelines.

    It all seems pretty complex – good news for the lawyers I guess


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