Dr. Susan Mary Twist

Senior Lecturer and Solicitor

School of Law and Social Science

Harris Building, HB204

+44 (0) 1772 89 3065


Susan qualified as a Solicitor in 1983 and joined the School of Law and Social Science in 2003. She is the dissertation co-ordinator and module leader for the dissertation modules across the School as well as module leader for Trusts and Equity; Landlord and Tenant and Law of Real Property. Susan was a joint recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Team Award in Teaching and Learning 2010-11 and won the UCLan Student Union's 'Best Teaching' Lecturer of the Year Award in 2012, for which she was again nominated in 2013.

Full Profile

During her time in private practice as a solicitor from 1983-2003 (as an equity partner from 1995), Susan ran a busy branch office of her firm handling a yearly caseload of 400 files. She delivered a diversity of legal services, including conveyancing; landlord and tenant; will-drafting and probate; civil and criminal litigation; matrimonial and child-related disputes and employment.

Since joining UCLan, Susan has taught across a range of programmes, including the LLB, Graduate Diploma in Law and Foundation Course. She is also involved with LLM students, both at Preston and at overseas campuses in her role as dissertation co-ordinator.

Her specialisation lies in equity and trusts; land law and landlord and tenant and she also takes a keen interest in war crimes related themes in her capacity as Director of Studies/supervisor of several ongoing Ph.D projects.

Her own doctorate focussed on the legitimacy of the use of retrospective criminal law during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials at the end of WWII.

Qualifications and Experience

Susan obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in 2006 and now acts as mentor and peer observer for staff undertaking the UCLan Teaching Toolkit and PG.Cert.H.E. She is a University Review Panel Member and has recently sat on the UCLan Academic Audit Sub-Committee.

Solicitor of the Supreme Court, 1983
Ph.D 2012 (external examiners - Peter Stirk [Durham] and David Fraser [Nottingham])
PG Cert. H.E. 2006
Law Society Final Examinations, College of Law, 1981
LLB (Hons. First Class) University of Nottingham, 1980 (awarded Law Graduates' Association Law Prize in 1979 and 1980 for best second year results and best graduate performance respectively)


Susan has published refereed articles on war crimes related themes and the role of judicial discretion

Twist, Susan Mary (2012) Retrospectivity at Nuremberg: the nature and limits of a Schmittian analysis. Doctoral thesis, University of Central Lancashire.

Twist, S and Salter, M (2007) ‘The Micro-Sovereignty of Discretion in Legal Decision-Making: Carl Schmitt’s Critique of Liberal Principles of Legality’. Web Journal of of Current Legal Issues, 3 . pp. 1-20. ISSN 13601326

Twist, S (2006) Rethinking retrospective criminality in the context of war crimes trials. Liverpool Law Review, 26 (1). pp. 31-66. ISSN 1572-8625

Twist, S (2006) Evidence of Atrocity or Atrocious use of Evidence: the Controversial Use of Atrocity Film at Nuremberg'. Liverpool Law Review, 26 (3). pp. 267-302. ISSN 1572-8625

More publications

Research Projects

Susan is currently engaged in research in the sphere of war crimes and areas associated with her teaching specialisations.

External Roles

External examiner: LLB and Combined Programmes, Edgehill University


Susan has delivered conference papers on war crimes related issues


Solicitor of the Supreme Court

Member of the The Law Society's Family Law Panel 2001-2006

Member of The Law Society of England and Wales

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Staff and Educational Development Association

Member of the Society of Legal Scholars

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Susan has previously been the APEL Tutor for the Law School. She is the dissertation co-ordinator and module leader across all taught programmes of the School's activities

Trusts and equity;
Landlord and tenant;
Law of real property

Research: As above and war crimes related topics