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.

Jason Warr
Justice in a changing world is only maintained if we continue to fight for it. The development of new and challenging knowledge is key to that fight. That is our role.
Dr Jason Warr, 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 a reading group, convened by Dr Matt Thomason, Assistant Professor in Law, with assistance from PGR students. The group aims to facilitate dialogue between students, academics, policy-makers and practitioners from all disciplines with an interest in the criminal justice system. The Forum has included students at both UG and PG levels from law, criminology, mental health, and politics, and has strong connections with the University's Pro Bono Society.

Meetings are held monthly during term time. One attendee will introduce a recent piece of research (e.g. journal article, book chapter, policy paper etc.) for group discussion. Pre-reading is expected so that attendees are able to contribute fully. Recent Forums have included debates on topics such as: “What constitutes sexual harassment post-Harvey Weinstein?”; “To what extent should the police engage in community outreach?”; and “To what extent is the ‘rough sex defence’ really a defence?”.

The Forum also runs additional 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 please contact Dr Matt Thomason.

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