Criminal Justice

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Criminal justice provides topics for heated debate in politics and more generally; whether prisoners’ votes, the EU criminal justice opt-out or mentally-disordered offenders, this research cluster means Birmingham is always contributing to the debate.

Birmingham Law School has featured particular expertise in criminal justice for decades. In particular the socio-legal work of the Institute of Judicial Administration contributed to our reputation for cutting edge research in this field. We proudly continue in this tradition in the School’s largest cluster. As such our research interests span a very significant range; from classic criminology concerning e.g. suspect communities and the theories and practice of restorative justice to counter-terrorism, from prosecution practice to European and international criminal law and indeed broader issues of social control, we are a group of researchers from diverse backgrounds undertaking normative, empirical and theoretical research inter-disciplinarily to advance specific understanding of this broad research area.

Criminal justice at Birmingham Law School is an active interdisciplinary research area and the School has a wide range of related modules on both the School’s LLB and LLM programmes. We foster our significant academic community through presentations in small groups, common application for funding bids and by hosting events (such as the recently EU-funded Challenges of transnational investigations conference) large and small in which doctoral and masters students are strongly encouraged to participate and profit from.

Our group members present at national and international conferences and publish on both domestic and global platforms. The the depth of impact our research has beyond the Law School is evidenced by the fact that members of the Cluster advise and assist a vast range of policy-makers including the Criminal Justice Council, the Bar Standards Board, the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights, the Home Office, NATO, the European Commission, the European Parliament, Fair Trials International.