Dr Laura Lammasniemi: History of Consent Laws

Dr Laura Lammasniemi is an Assistant Professor at Warwick Law School. Laura’s principal research interests lie in the areas of criminal law, gender, and class. She has been awarded the Leverhulme Fellow for 2020-2021. Previously, Laura has published on the history of regulation of human trafficking; and on gender, austerity and social welfare. In this conversation, Laura talks about her research on the history of consent law in England, specifically about the Consent Law Amendment Act that raised the age of consent for girls from 13 to 16. Research Discussed: Lammasniemi, L., 2020. “Precocious Girls”: Age of Consent, Class and Family in Late Nineteenth-Century England. Law and History Review, 38(1), pp.241-266.