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John Jackson

Professor of Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure, Faculty of Social Sciences



John Jackson is Professor of Comparative Criminal Law & Procedure at the School of Law and is a qualified barrister. He was previously Dean of the School of Law at University College Dublin from 2008-2011 and before that he was Professor of Public Law at Queen's University Belfast from 1995 - 2008. He has also taught at University College Cardiff, the City University , London and the University of Sheffield . He has held visiting professorships at Hastings College of the Law, University of California and the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales and was a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in 2007 - 2008. From 1998 to 2000 he was an Independent Assessor for the Northern Ireland Criminal Justice Review and since 2008 he has been a Parole Commissioner for Northern Ireland. .

Expertise Summary

John Jackson's research fields lie in the areas of Criminal Evidence and Criminal Justice. He has a particular interest in empirical and policy research and is the author of a number of books, articles and research reports in these areas including Judge without Jury: Diplock Trials within the Adversary System (OUP, 1995)(with Sean Doran), Solicitor Advocates in Scotland: The Impact of Clients (HMSO, 2000)(with G. Hanlon), Legislating Against Silence (NIO, 2000)(with Martin Wolfe and Katie Quinn) and The Detention and Questioning of Young Persons by the Police in Northern Ireland (2003)(with Katie Quinn).

In recent years he has taken a comparative and international approach to evidence and criminal justice. He has published (with Barry Hancock), Standards for Prosecutions: An Analysis of the National Prosecuting Agencies in the United Kingdom (IAP, 2006) and in Ireland, New South Wales, The Netherlands and Denmark (2008). His most recent book co-authored with Sarah Summers is The Internationalisation of Criminal Evidence: beyond the Common Law and Civil law traditions (CUP, 2012).

He is on the editorial boards of a number of journals including the Criminal Law Review and the International Journal of Evidence & Proof. He was the UK and Europe Editor of the International Commentary on Evidence from 2002-2012.

Selected Publications

  • 2019. Special Advocates in the Adversarial System Routledge.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising students who want to work on the following areas:

  • Criminal evidence, in many aspects of human rights relating to criminal justice and in international and comparative criminal procedure.

Current PhD Students

  • Ivan-Cucu, Mihaela: Common criminal designs and the path to individual accountability -the need for a normative approach in the culture of International Criminal Law
  • Purshouse, Joe: Privacy, Procedural Fairness and Human Rights: To what extent can privacy be considered a right for those subjected to the criminal justice process? (co-supervised with Professor Paul Roberts)
  • 2019. Special Advocates in the Adversarial System Routledge.
  • 2019. Common Law Evidence and the Common Law of Human Rights: Towards a Harmonic Convergence William & mary Bill o Rights Journal. 27(3), 689-715
  • • DALY, Y. AND JACKSON, J.D., 2016. The Criminal Process: From Suspect to Trial. In: HEALY, D., HAMILTON, C., DALY, Y. AND BUTLER, M., ed., The Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology Routledge. 280-297
  • JACKSON, J.D. and KOVALEV, N.P., 2016. Lay Adjudication in Europe: The Rise and Fall of the Traditional Jury Onati Socio-Legal Series. 6(2), 368-395
  • JACKSON, JOHN D., 2016. Unbecoming Jurors and Unreasoned Verdicts: Realising Integrity in the Jury Room. In: HUNTER, JILL, ROBERTS, PAUL, YOUNG, SIMON N M and DIXON, DAVID, eds., The Integrity of Criminal Process: From Theory to Practice Hart Publishing. 281-307
  • • JACKSON, J.D. AND BRUNGER, Y., 2015. Witness Preparation in the ICC: An Opportunity for Principled Pragmatism Journal of International Criminal Justice. 13, 601-624
  • • JACKSON. J.D. AND BRUNGER, Y., 2014. Fragmentation and Harmonization in the Development of Evidentiary Practices in International Criminal Tribunals. In: VAN SLIEDREGT, E. AND VASILIEV, S., ed., Pluralism in International Criminal Law ( Oxford University Press. 159-186
  • • BOAS, G., JACKSON, J.D., ROCHE, B. AND TAYLOR, B.D., 2013. Appeals and Reviews. In: SLUITER, G., FRIMAN, H., LINTON, S., VASILIEV, S. AND ZAPPALA, S., ed., General Rules and Principles of International Criminal Procedure Oxford University Press. 939-1014
  • JACKSON, J.D., 2013. Justice, Security and the Right to a Fair Trial: Is the Use of Secret Evidence Ever Fair? Public Law. 720-736
  • JACKSON, J.D. and SUMMERS, S.S., 2012. The internationalisation of criminal evidence: beyond the common law and civil law traditions Cambridge University Press.
  • JACKSON, J.D., 2012. Human rights, constitutional law and exclusionary safeguards in Ireland. In: ROBERTS, P. and HUNTER, J., eds., Criminal evidence and human rights: reimagining common law procedural traditions Hart Publishing. 119 - 143
  • JACKSON, J.D., 2009. Reconceptualising the Right of Silence as an Effective Fair Trial Standard International and Comparative Legal Quarterly. 58, 835 - 861
  • 2009. Many Years On in Northern Ireland: the Diplock Legacy Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. 60(213 - 229),
  • BARRY HANCOCK and JOHN JACKSON, 2009. Standards for Prosecutors: An Analysis of the National Prosecuting Agencies in Ireland, New South Wales (Australia), The Netherlands and Denmark International Association of Prosedutors.
  • JACKSON, J., 2008. Police and prosecutors after PACE: the road from case construction to case disposal. In: CAPE, E. and YOUNG, R., eds., Regulating policing: the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 past, present, and future Hart. 255-277
  • JOHN JACKSON, MAXIMO LANGER and PETER TILLERS, eds., 2008. Crime, Procedure and Evidence in a Comparative and International Context Hart Publishing.
  • JOHN JACKSON and MAXIMO LANGER, 2008. Damaska and Comparative Law. In: JOHN JACKSON, MAXIMO LANGER and PETER TILLERS, eds., Crime, Procedure and Evidence in a Comparative and International Context: Essays in Honour of Professor Mirjan Damaska 1 - 27
  • In a World of Their Own: Security-cleared Counsel, Best Practice, and Procedural Tradition Journal of Law and Society. 46(S1), S115-S135

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