Criminal Justice Research Centre
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Building on its reputation for producing world-leading and internationally excellent research and scholarship in the broad field of criminal justice, the School of Law's Criminal Justice Research Centre was established in October 2013.  


The centre aims to enhance the school's track record for domestic and comparative criminal justice research, reflecting diverse theoretical and methodological approaches which have been developed in areas such as:

  • criminal law
  • criminal process
  • criminal evidence
  • sentencing
  • penal law and policy
  • international criminal law
Criminal Justice Research Centre

Criminal Justice
Research Centre


Image credit: Lady Justice at the Old Bailey by Ronnie McDonald via Flickr Creative Commons.


Supportive research community

As a Centre of Excellence for research and teaching in the field of Criminal Justice, it provides a supportive research community for encouraging interdisciplinary and international impact-focussed academic collaborations and stakeholder partnerships.

The centre actively supports early career researchers and research students in developing the competencies necessary to become future leaders in their fields.

Advisory Board

The centre is supported by an Advisory Board comprised of senior figures from key criminal justice agencies and internationally esteemed academics.

By proactively engaging stakeholders in our research activities through our Advisory Board, we are able to produce research outputs that are not only excellent, but also timely and relevant to policy-makers, practitioners, society at large, and the academic community.

  • Chair: His Honour John Milmo QC
  • Michael Auty QC, Senior Nottingham Barrister and Vice-President of the Nottingham Law Society
  • Ash Bhatia, Managing Director Bhatia Best, former President of the Nottingham Law Society
  • Di Birch, JC Smith Professor of Law, UoN
  • Chris Eyre, Chief Constable, Nottinghamshire Police
  • Craig Guildford, Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire
  • Nigel Hill, Director, Nottinghamshire Probation Trust
  • Graham Hooper, Chief Justices' Clerk, Nottingham and Derby
  • Eddie Kane, Director of the Centre for Health and Justice, Institute of Mental Health, UoN
  • Karen Kneller, Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Lynn Saunders, Governor, HMP Whatton
  • Janine Smith, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS East Midlands
  • His Honour Judge Michael Stokes QC, Recorder of Nottingham


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Sustainable Societies

The centre is part of two of the University's Research Priority Areas - Governance and Public Policy; and Rights and Justice.



Criminal Justice Research Centre

School of Law
Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

+44 (0)115 846 6239