Centre for Law, Justice & Journalism

  1. Objectives & Expertise
  2. Centre Themes
  3. Members
  4. PhD Students
  5. Initiatives and Working Papers
  6. News and Events
    1. Objectives & Expertise
    2. Centre Themes
    3. Members
    4. PhD Students
    5. Initiatives and Working Papers
    6. News and Events

Centre for Law, Justice & Journalism

The Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism is the first major interdisciplinary centre in the UK to develop a broad yet focused interface between law, justice and journalism in society.

We aim to harness and maximise opportunities for research collaboration, knowledge transfer and teaching to become a centre of excellence.

The Centre brings together the expertise in the disciplines of Law, Criminology and Journalism at City University London. Other disciplines and fields such as International Politics, Communications Policy and Forensics provide important intellectually relevant and distinctive additions to the Centre.

CLJJ PhD students and associates run a blog for informal discussion and debate around the CLJJ's activities, events and research at City University London.

Upcoming events

Police, media, Leveson and all that: Some thoughts on 'the presentation of police in everyday life'

 CLJJ seminar with Dr Rob Mawby - 27 February 2014

drRob MawbyBetween February and April 2012 the Leveson Inquiry investigated relations between the police and the press, examining police conduct during Operation Caryatid and also the routine systems and processes of police-press relations. The Inquiry is notable in that it shone a light on a normally hidden policing function; it brought the backstage processes of police-media relations, part of police 'image work', to the frontstage area. This seminar considers the Leveson Inquiry and the data it collected in the context of police image work drawing on Erving Goffman's classic work and more recent literature on individual and organisational impression management, corporate reputation and crisis communications.

Can Western consumers really help development by buying 'world music'?

CLJJ seminar with Professor Andy Pratt - 20 March 2014

Professor Pratt discusses the wider issues via a case study of music production web in Senegal and follows the tentacles of global production that spread back to Europe, and return profits there. His paper reflects upon the tensions between intellectual property rights in the cultural economy and global development. Does the current system of IPR serve the developing world, or does it serve to keep it in its place? Even within normative legal solutions, is enforcement, effective or wise?"

Sexting and Sexism

CLJJ seminar with Professor Ros Gill - 3 April 2014

Professor Gill talk reports on a qualitative study of young people's use of mobile internet technologies in two London secondary schools, funded by the NSPCC. The paper argues that we need to open up definitions of sexting beyond the focus on the 'sexy selfie', and also to move beyond familiar fears of 'stranger danger'. Based on focus groups, interviews and online ethnography, the paper locates sexting as a peer phenomenon tied in to a variety of offline practices and power relations. Her paper highlights the significance of class, race and sexuality to a full and proper understanding of the phenomenon known as 'sexting', but argues in particular that it cannot be understood without reference to normalised sexism and homophobia in school contexts.

Women on Air conference - 4 April 2014

By invitation only, a conference announcing the results of the Women Experts research project at City University London.

  • New research on the numbers of women experts in UK broadcast news and the numbers of women 'on air' as reporters and correspondents, from Lis Howell
  • Heads of News panel chaired by Professor Stewart Purvis respond to the figures - BBC, Channel 4, ITN and Sky
  • Keynote speaker - plus speakers from academia and the broadcasting industry
  • Covered by Broadcast magazine and supported by the Reuters Institute

Further details coming soon.

Media Plurality - 2 May 2014

The Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism and the Media Power & Plurality Project present a conference on media plurality in the aftermath of the Leveson report.

Further details coming soon.