Who is Allan T Moore?

I am a 34 year old lecturer in criminology and criminal justice within the School of Media, Culture & Society at the University of the West of Scotland, based at the Hamilton Campus of the institution. Within the Criminal Justice group I am currently the coordinator for the honours level Victimology module on the BA (Hons) Criminal Justice programme and the honours dissertations that all 4th year students have to undertake. 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 also an external examiner at the University of Westminster in London for their standard LLB, LLB with French, and LLB European Legal Studies, and an external examiner at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen on their LLB and BA programmes.

My own qualifications and education currently comprise of a first class honours degree in law, PgCert’s in both Research Methodology and Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, FPC qualifications accredited by the CII and a full fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. In addition to this 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 recently submitted my PhD thesis related to the subject of contempt of court (including Human Rights law, Courtroom Environment & Behaviour, and an ethnographic analysis of the courtroom), after carrying out research for a number of years on a part time basis whilst working full time. I should hopefully find out the result of this after a viva to be held around November of this year (2015).

I have some experience in successful funding applications both internally and externally. Previously I have had a £5,500 grant awarded by the Higher Education Academy for a year long individual research project following a proposal that I solely put together and submitted in early summer 2012 related to student learning in the courtroom environment. I have previously successfully bid for funding from UWS following a personally and solely constructed research proposal linked to international research, after carrying out a significant amount of research and literature review in the area of genocide in advance of my bid. The funding was used to travel to Rwanda to study and research detail regarding the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi population in the region. Whilst there I spoke with a mixture of senior political, social, educational, religious and justice figures; as well as conversing with a great many ordinary Rwandan citizens both in the streets of Kigali and further afield in places like Musanzi and Nyanza. I was also allowed inside Mpanga prison and spoke with convicts, and visited Ingando TIG camp to talk with those who are carrying out community service after being released from prison. This is just a selection of the things that I was able to do, but hopefully gives a little insight into the extensive and inclusive areas I was able to collect data on.

In terms of professional body membership, I am a member of the following:

  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)
  • Member of the Scottish Public Law Group (SPLG)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) – Police – Community Relations Network
  • Member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS)

Politically I am a member of the Labour party, though I am not an entrenched fanatic who agrees with everything that the party does.

Finally in an academic sense, I was very proud to be nominated for two 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) annual awards in 2010. In 2014, I was again thankful to be nominated in the UWS STARS awards for the ‘Outstanding Teaching’ category nominated 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 more than 25 years and follow the sport in depth. I also watch pretty much every race in a select number of series including Indycar, DTM, Trophee Andros, GP2 and F3. 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 Renault Scenic… much more practical with a family…

4 responses to “Who is Allan T Moore?

  1. Tom Gardyne

    October 4, 2011 at 10:03 am

    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. allantmoore

    October 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    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. allantmoore

    October 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    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. Tom Gardyne

    October 5, 2011 at 11:04 am

    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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