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Joe Purshouse

PhD Student, Faculty of Social Sciences



I first came to the School of Law to study for the LL.M Criminal Justice in 2011. In 2013 I completed my MA Socio-Legal and Criminological Research, and since this time I have been in the process of completing a PhD, which has a particular focus on the privacy interests of those subject to the criminal process.

Expertise Summary


J. Purshouse, 'The Reasonable Expectation of Privacy and the Criminal Suspect' (Forthcoming, Modern Law Review).

J. Purshouse, 'Review: 'Genetics, Crime, and Justice' by Debra Wilson (2015) 10 Criminal Law Review 837.

J. Purshouse, 'Review: 'The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination and Criminal Justice' by Andrew Choo' (2014) 73 Cambridge Law Journal 646.

J. Purshouse, 'Review: 'Setting the Watch: Privacy and the Ethics of CCTV Surveillance' by Beatrice von Silva-Tarouca Larsen' (2014) 77 Modern Law Review 524.


"Pushing the Boundary: Non-Conviction DNA and Fingerprint Data Retention in English Law" (Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, April 2016).

"Privacy, Personal Information, and Suspects in Criminal Investigations" (European Society of Criminology Annual Conference, University of Porto, September 2015).

"Privacy and Suspects in Europe" (Postgraduate Law Conference, University of Copenhagen, January 2015).

"Respecting the Private Lives of Those Subject to the Criminal Justice Process" (Society of Legal Scholars PhD Conference, University of Nottingham, September 2014).

"Privacy, Suspect's Information, and the European Convention on Human Rights" (Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Graduate Conference, University College Cork, June 2014).


Module Tutor

University of Nottingham, School of Sociology and Social Policy

January 2015 - present

Modules taught: Criminology: Key Perspectives and Debates

Main roles: Designing seminar content and delivering this to seminar groups; marking summative assessments; utilising interactive methods to generate discussions among students in small groups about an aspect of criminological theory.

Module Leader

The Sheffield College,

September 2012 - present

Modules taught: Research Project in Criminology; Criminological Theory (2013-2015); Criminal Justice System (2012-2014)

Main roles: Designing course content and delivering this in seminars and lectures; marking summative assessments; supervising research projects in compliance with ethical guidelines; collaborating with external organisations including South Yorkshire Police, SOVA, and Criminal Justice Panels.


Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 Scholarship

September 2013 - present

Teaching Summary

Criminal Justice; Criminology; Criminal Law; Socio-Legal Studies

Research Summary

Privacy, Procedural Fairness and Human Rights: To what extent can privacy be considered a right for those subjected to the criminal justice process?

This research will examine the extent to which privacy is currently a protected right in criminal justice procedure, with particular reference to its philosophical rationales and (potential) status as a human right. The interplay between doctrinal developments in criminal justice theory and practice will also be explored as part of this research. The research falls broadly within the field of criminal procedure law, but will also draw together perspectives from philosophy, international human rights legal jurisprudence, and empirical socio-legal scholarship.

The research will be conducted in four stages. The first two stages give the theoretical underpinnings of the concepts to be discussed in the latter two stages. Stage one will focus on the concept of privacy from a philosophical perspective and seek to examine the nature of privacy, whether or not there is a fundamental right to privacy and the extent to which such a right would extend to those subjected to the criminal justice process. Human rights law and the interplay between this and procedural law will then be considered in order to evaluate the impact that such law has had on the privacy rights of those subjected to the criminal justice process. In the third stage, the knowledge from the previous stages will be built upon and used to examine privacy and the extent to which privacy should be protected at different stages of the criminal justice process. Finally, the sociological implications of a deprivation of privacy for those subjected to the criminal justice process will be examined.

This research will seek to establish to what extent privacy can or should be protected for those subjected to the criminal justice process. In light of technological innovations - such as the Internet - which have arguably diminished the attainability of privacy in society, this research should make a valuable contribution to on-going debates around privacy and the public's right to be informed of important public matters, including the conduct of criminal proceedings.

Future Research

Upon completion of the PhD, I plan to research in the areas of criminology, criminal jurisprudence, and criminal justice procedure.

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