Portrait of Dr Antonia Porter

Dr Antonia Porter

Lecturer in Law
Academic Advisor (Stage 3)
Prosecution advocate


Dr Antonia Porter is a graduate in Law of the University of Birmingham (LLB). She qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and has practised in both criminal defence and criminal prosecution (with specialisms in Rape and Serious Sexual Offences and Youth Justice). 

After obtaining her LLM (Criminal Justice) at the University of Kent with distinction in 2015, she completed her PhD at Kent under the supervision of Dr Sinéad Ring in 2018 and examined by Prof. Vanesssa Munro. Her research interrogates how the criminal justice system and particularly the CPS approaches incidents of intimate partner abuse. She uses lenses of feminism, neoliberalism, vulnerability theory, therapeutic jurisprudence, legal consciousness and ‘thrivership’ to critique and contextualise current practices. Her empirical methodology includes the use of in-depth interviewing and the chairing of focus groups.

Dr Porter was awarded an ESRC post-doctoral scholarship to pursue her research at the University of Kent. Dr Porter's book 'Prosecuting Domestic Abuse in Neoliberal Times: Amplifying the Survivor's Voice' was published by Palgrave in 2020. You can watch a short animation of some of her findings here.

Dr Porter continues to be instructed as a trial advocate by the Crown Prosecution Service, frequently bringing domestic abuse prosecutions amongst a full range of criminal offences; public disorder, offences against the person, fraud and the supply of drugs.

Research interests

Feminist Legal Scholarship; Criminal Justice; Violence Against Women; Neoliberalism; Vulnerability Theory; Therapeutic Jurisprudence; Legal Consciousness and Procedural Justice.


Dr Porter teaches on the following modules:

  • LW508 Criminal Law
  • LW617 Legal Ethics
  • LW518 Law of Evidence
  • LW314 Reading Law
  • and LW946 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (LLM)


Antonia continues to be instructed as a trial advocate by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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