Dr Helen Trouille

Helen Trouille

I joined YSJ in 2018, when the Law School welcomed its first cohort of Law students onto the Law degree programme.

I am an experienced academic and have a research interest in international criminal law and access to justice in post conflict states. I am also a Solicitor and specialise in the administration of estates and will-writing.

I combine my interests in the Law with a passion for foreign cultures and languages. I taught French and interpreting at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Bradford for several years. I maintain these skills by practising as a Court interpreter.


  • PhD, University of Bradford ‘Rights, responsibilities and reform: a study of French justice.’
  • LLM, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • MA in Twentieth Century French Studies, University of Nottingham
  • BA (Hons) Modern Languages, University of Manchester, French (IIi) and German (IIi)
  • Certificate in Legal Practice, BPP Law School
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education, University of Sheffield

Further Information


I have experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in:

  • International Criminal Law
  • Law of Succession 
  • Criminal Law 
  • Evidence
  • English Legal System and Skills
  • Contract
  • Business, Law and Ethics
  • Law Clinic

and of supervising dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level.


My research interests span two different areas. In my role as associate member of Jean Monnet Network The European Union, Africa and China in the Global Age (University of Bradford) funded by the European Commission, I am examining the benefits and challenges presented by the freedom of movement of legal services and personnel in the EU and the East African Community.

I also have an interest in access to justice in post conflict states and have carried out research into community justice projects in Rwanda and Uganda as well as looking at the work of international tribunals in trying high profile defendants

Professional Activities

  • External expert evaluator of grant applications and projects with the European Commission Research Executive Agency
  • Solicitor, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Interpreter, National Register of Public Service Interpreters (French/Law)
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association


Journal Articles

Trouille, H. and Mbembe Binda, E. ‘Overcoming challenges in implementing integration freedoms: the case of freedom of movement for legal services in the European Union and the East African Community’ (forthcoming).

Trouille, H. ‘France and universal jurisdiction and the Rwandan génocidaires: the Pascal Simbikangwa trial,’ (2016) Journal of International Criminal Justice, 14 (1), 195-217.

Trouille, H. ‘How far has the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda really come since Akayesu in the Prosecution and Investigation of Sexual Offences committed against Women? An Analysis of Ndindiliymana et al.’ (2013) International Criminal Law Review 13 (4), 747–788

Trouille, H. with Feuillée-Kendall, P. (2004) “French prisons: une humiliation pour la République” Modern and Contemporary France, 12 (2) 159-175, ISSN 0963-9489

Trouille, H. (2000) “Holiday Camp or Boot Camp? Where does France stand in the Prison Reform Debate?” The Justice Professional, 13, 391-403

Trouille, H. (2000) “Private Life and Public Image: French Privacy Legislation” International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 49 (1) 199-208, ISSN 0020-5893

Trouille, H. (1994) “A Look at French Criminal Procedure” The Criminal Law Review, 735-743, ISSN 0011-135X

Le juge d’instruction - a figure under threat or supremely untouchable?’
Modern and Contemporary France; vol NS2, No 1, January 1994, pp 11-19; ISSN 9063-9489

‘Reforms to the Code pénal March 1st 1994’
Modern and Contemporary France, vol NS 2, No 4, September 1994, pp 503-508; ISSN 9063-9489

Book Chapters

Trouille, H. ‘Working with memories and fostering compassion in divided communities: Can the UK learn from Rwanda’s churches?’ (forthcoming in eds Gatwa, T. and Denis, P. anniversary volume to mark twenty-fifth anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda).

‘Criminal Law and Criminal procedure and the challenge of Europeanisation: the French perspective’ in eds Francesca Astengo and Nanette Neuwahl, A Constitution for Europe? Governance and Policy-making in the European Union, collection Etudes européennes, Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec/Bibliothèque Nationale du Canada, 2004, vol II, pp 297-312, ISBN2-921770-41-5

‘Modes of Detection in the Crime Reality Show’ 
in eds Emer O’Beirne and Anne Mullen Crime Scenes: Detective Narratives in European Culture since 1945, Rodopi, Amsterdam - Atlanta, 2000, pp 15-24, ISBN 90-420-1223-4

‘Legal Translation in the Classroom: a Case Study’ 
(with Farid Aitsiselmi), in eds C.Bocquet et al, La traduction juridique - histoire, théorie(s) et pratique, Association Suisse des Traducteurs, Terminologues et Interprètes/Ecole de Traduction et d’Interprétation, Berne et Genève, 2000, pp 371-393

‘Secrecy, Privacy and Human Rights in the Fifth Republic’ 
in ME Allison and ON Heathcote (eds), Forty Years of the Fifth French Republic: Actions, dialogues and discourses, Peter Lang, Bern, 1999, pp 223-236, ISBN 3-906763-66-8


Trouille, H. and Feuillée-Kendall, P. (eds) (2004) Justice on Trial: the French juge in question, Peter Lang, Bern, ISBN 3-03910-184-6

Recent Conference Papers

29-30 July 2019: ‘Competition or Co-operation? The free movement of legal services in the EU.’ Paper at Europe-Africa-China Cooperation in the New Era: Opportunities and Challenges jointly organised by the Jean Monnet Network The European Union, Africa and China in the Global Age and Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, in Shanghai, China.

28-29 May 2019: ‘The free movement of legal services in the EU.’ Paper at Africa Towards Sustainable Development – Eurafrica, Chinafrica, or … Africa? jointly organised by the Jean Monnet Network The European Union, Africa and China in the Global Age, United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE), UNECA Conference Centre and the EU Delegation to the African Union; held at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

17-20 March 2019: ‘Working with memories and fostering compassion in divided communities: What lessons can the UK learn from Rwanda’s churches?’ paper at Joint Colloquium on Memory work in churches and community-based organisations in post-genocide Rwanda organised by the Protestant University of Rwanda and University of KwaZulu-Natal, Huye (Rwanda)

27-28 September 2018: ‘Regional Integration, Lawyers and the Legal Sector: the English Perspective’ paper at The European Union, the East African Community, and the Continental Integration of Africa – Potential and Challenges organised by the Jean Monnet Network European Union, Africa and China in the Global Age, The Protestant Institute for Arts and Social Sciences, Huye (Rwanda), The University of Bradford (UK), The University of Kigali (Rwanda), The University of Rwanda (Rwanda)

1-2 March 2018: ‘Legal Institutions in an International context: some considerations for East Africa’ paper at Challenges to Regional Integration in East Africa and Europe; Gulu University, Gulu, Uganda; organised by the Jean Monnet Network The European Union, Africa and China in the Global Age in cooperation with Gulu University, the EU Delegation in Uganda, and the East African Community (EAC)

July 2016, April 2017, April 2018, April 2019: ‘Ethics and interpreting in the legal process’ presentation at Manuel Bravo Project, Leeds

October 2016: ‘Ethics in the workplace’ facilitator for session at Law student conference, Entebbe, Uganda

October 2016: ‘Land rights and Succession’ information session at community centre, Kampala, Uganda

October 2016: Facilitator for seminar of local church leaders: ‘The role of the church in child care responses,’ organised by Lawyers of Hope, Huye, Rwanda

3 October 2016, ‘Civil law and common law systems’
Invited speaker at National University of Rwanda, Faculty of Law, for Jean-Paul Mazimpaka

May 2016: ‘Judging Rwandan Genocide Suspects: The French experience,’ University of Bradford, Faculty of Management and Law Research Seminar series.


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