Criminal Justice Research Centre
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The Criminal Justice Research Centre (CJRC) offers exciting opportunities for students, scholars and visiting professionals. Our showcase of events and active discussion groups mean the CJRC functions as a hub for criminal justice activities.

Larissa Sandy
Guided by human rights, our interdisciplinary research strives to create more socially just societies.
Dr Larissa Sandy, CJRC Co-Director

Study with us

The CJRC is a joint initiative of the School of Law and the School of Sociology and Social Policy. In relation to criminal justice, the two schools offer a range of courses including:

We also welcome applications for postgraduate research. If you are interested in applying for a PhD in criminal law or criminology at the University of Nottingham, please contact our co-Directors (Dr Vicky Kemp and Dr Larissa Sandy) who can advise you on the support provided by the CJRC.

The Forum

The Forum is an active postgraduate group which aims to facilitate dialogue between students, academics, policy-makers and practitioners from all disciplines with an interest in the criminal justice system. It group includes students from undergraduate and postgraduate law, criminology, mental health and politics, and has strong connections with the University's Pro Bono Society.

Meetings are held monthly, where one attendee will introduce a current-affairs criminal justice issue, following which a lively discussion is held. Recent Forums have included topics such as what constitutes sexual harassment post-Harvey Weinstein? To what extent should the police engage in community outreach? And, were the CPS correct not to charge anyone following the election expenses scandal?

The Forum also provides access to events including film viewings in collaboration with the Human Rights Film Series and seminars led by internal and external speakers.

If you are interested in learning more about the Forum and joining it then please contact the co-Directors of the CJRC, Dr Vicky Kemp and Dr Larissa Sandy

Criminal Justice Discussion Group

The Criminal Justice Discussion Group (CJDG) is convened by Paul Roberts, Professor of Criminal Jurisprudence. The CJDG organises termly informal presentations by scholars and practitioners on issues broadly within the overlapping fields of criminal law, criminal justice (including criminal evidence and procedure) and criminology.

Getting involved and attending CJDG events provides an opportunity for lively debate and constructive criticism, making the CJDG a popular forum for presenting work in progress. Postgraduate research and LLM students, as well as colleagues from other Midlands universities, regularly attend.

Previous speakers have included Nina Jørgensen, Dr Mark Dsouza, Professor Elena Larrauri, and Professor William Twining.


Alongside events organised by The Forum and the CJDG, the centre is delighted to host a variety of other events and seminars which host guest speakers, colleagues and doctoral researchers presenting and engaging with peers on topical or controversial issues.



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