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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 of London. Other disciplines and fields such as International Politics, Communications Policy and Forensics provide important intellectually relevant and distinctive additions to the Centre.

Objectives and Expertise

The Centre's objectives are to:

  • coordinate and enhance collaborative research across the various disciplines of the centre together with existing and potential users of the research
  • enhance opportunities, through CPD and other activities, for securing funding for consultancy
  • secure funding for Knowledge Transfer activity, particularly user engagement
  • identify and develop new skills training

The Centre is underpinned with high quality teaching particularly in the existing and successful postgraduate courses, PhD programmes, and CPD courses in Law, Justice, Journalism, and Communication Policy at City, University of London. There is considerable strength within the departments involved in the centre which are:

City Law School

City Law School has a considerable number of staff with interests in this field, whether from a rights-based perspective or within a regulatory framework. Likewise, general law such as copyright or criminal law offers significant constraints or opportunities to those working in the cultural and communications industries.

Graduate School of Journalism

The Graduate School of Journalism has a distinguished reputation as one of the leading providers of journalism training and education in the UK, enjoys very strong links with the industry and considerable peer esteem and research strength in the sociology, politics and culture of Journalism.

Criminology and Justice Studies

Criminology and Justice Studies at City has an international reputation for research in the areas of media, crime and justice; cyber-crime; new surveillance and policing systems; victimology and youth studies. Their research is theoretically and methodologically innovative and relevant to public deliberation and policy formation.

Centre themes and Projects

Centre themes

To achieve the objectives of the Centre, the broad agenda is focused around the following themes, central to the analysis of legal and media change:

The work of the themes is developed via collaborative research projects, studentships, CPD and Knowledge Transfer activities. Each theme comprises a number of inquiries.


Impunity and the Rule of Law

The Initiative on Impunity and the Rule of Law aims to provide an independent platform to assess the effectiveness of existing legal, political and institutional safeguards against violence directed at journalists because of their professional work; and to present the case for more effective international mechanisms to counter such crimes of violence and to end impunity. The Initiative is conducting collaborative research and consultation among academic and legal experts, national government officials, inter-governmental organisations, and civil society and media representatives, to advance its aims.

Citizenship and Journalistic Practices

Dr Bolette Blaagaard, was awarded a Pump Prime Research Grant from City, University of London to set up an international and interdisciplinary network of scholars and practitioners working in the field of intersections between journalism and citizenship. The aim of the network is to map out the different ways in which cultural and political citizenship is formulated by and through journalistic practices across nations and communities as well as in historical perspectives. This mapping exercise will serve to contextualise the current debates about active and mediated citizenship, particularly as expressed in citizen journalism, UGC, and social media

Open Justice in the Digital Era

The open justice initiative aims to make recommendations for the way judicial information and legal data are communicated in a digital era. The Open Justice in the Digital Era project launched with the Justice Wide Open conference on 29 February 2012, at which practitioners and academics debated the future of legal knowledge in the 21st century.

The Future of Humanitarian Reporting

This project examines the latest developments in disaster reporting and the ethical questions raised by the new media landscape, the changing nature of the source-media relationship and NGOs' own use of new media tools.

To launch the initiative, practitioners and academics from the fields of development and journalism attended a conference on 6 March 2013 to debate whether a 'new ethical and reporting framework' is needed.

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CLJJ Directors

Claire de Than

Claire de Than graduated in Law and Politics from the University of London in 1991 then again in 1993 with an LLM.

Read Claire de Than's full profile.

Sara Gale

Prior to joining City in 1996, Sarah Gale worked as a solicitor in both London and Brussels.

Read Sara Gale's full profile.

Professor Chris Greer (Criminology)

Professor Chris Greer has been at City, University of London since 2005, having worked at Northumbria University since 2002. He completed his PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Queen's University Belfast in 2001.

Read Professor Greer's full profile.

Professor Howard Tumber (Journalism)

Professor Tumber is Director of Research for City's Graduate School of Journalism, and Co-director of the Centre for Law, Justice & Journalism.

Previously he was Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences in 2011-2012; Dean of the School of Arts in 2008-2009; Dean of the School of Social Sciences from 1999-2004; and Head of Sociology from 1996-1999.

Executive Committee

Professor George Brock

Professor Brock became Professor and Head of Journalism at City in September 2009. He began his reporting career at the Yorkshire Evening Press and The Observer, joining The Times in 1981. After starting at The Times as a feature writer, he became a features editor and, in 1984, op-ed page editor.

Professor Chris Greer

Professor Chris Greer joined City, University of London in 2005, having worked at Northumbria University since 2002. He completed his PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Queen's University Belfast in 2001.

Dr Allen Hirson

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Professor Petros Iosifidis

Professor Iosifidis obtained his first degree in Sociology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens. He then completed his MA in Communication Policy Studies and PhD at City, University of London and University of Westminster respectively. He previously taught at the University of North London.

Professor Howard Tumber

Professor Tumber is Director of Research for City's Graduate School of Journalism, and Co-director of the Centre for Law, Justice & Journalism. Previously he was Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences in 2011-2012; Dean of the School of Arts in 2008-2009; Dean of the School of Social Sciences from 1999-2004; and Head of the Department of Sociology from 1996-1999.

Centre Staff


Professor Michael Bromley

Professor Bromley has taught at universities in the UK, USA and Australia. He has published seven books and more than 50 chapters and articles. Prior to working at City, University of London he was head of the School of Journalism and Communication at The University of Queensland, Australia.

Heather Brooke

Heather Brooke worked as a political and crime reporter in the US before moving to Britain where she is now a freelance journalist and Freedom of Information campaigner.

Professor Richard Collins

Richard Collins has held university posts, latterly as Professor, in Australia (RMIT) and the UK (Polytechnic of Central London, Goldsmiths' College, London Guildhall University, London School of Economics and the Open University) and fellowships/professorial appointments in Australia (CIRCIT and Swinburne University), Canada (Canadian Commonwealth Fellow, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario), South Africa (University of Natal, University of the Witwatersrand) and the USA (Temple University, University of Southern California). He was Head of Education and Deputy Director at the British Film Institute.

Professor David Leigh

Professor Leigh is one of Britain's leading investigative journalists, and winner of the 2007 Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism. David is Assistant Editor at The Guardian, with special responsibility for investigations.

Read Professor Leigh's full profile.

Melanie McFadyean

Melanie McFadyean has a BA and an MA in English from Leeds University. After university she taught art in secondary school and then English at Hackney FE College. She then went into journalism co-starting a magazine.

Read Melanie McFadyean's full profile.

Professor Stewart Purvis

Stewart Purvis became City, University of London's first Professor of Television Journalism in 2003. He is now a non-executive director of Channel Four, a Vice-President of the Royal Television Society and a trustee of SSVC (producers of British Forces Broadcasting).

Connie St Louis

Connie St Louis, Director of City's Science Journalism MA, is an award-winning freelance broadcaster, journalist, writer and scientist. She presents and produces a range programmes for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service.

Rosie Waterhouse

Rosie Waterhouse, Director of City's Investigative Journalism MA, is a freelance journalist with extensive experience as an investigative reporter, having worked for five national newspapers and as a TV reporter.


Dr Carmen Draghici

Dr. Carmen Draghici is a Senior Lecturer in Law, and the Deputy Director and Admissions Tutor of City Law School's LLB programme.

Read Carmen Draghici's full profile.

Jesse Elvin

Jesse Elvin graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 1994 with a BA in Law and Anthropology.

Read Jesse Elvin's full profile.

Peter Hungerford Welch

Peter joined The City Law School (formerly known as the Inns of Court School of Law) in 1986, having previously practised predominantly in criminal work.

Read Peter Hungerford Welch's full profile.

Professor Ian Loveland

Ian Loveland is Professor of Public Law at the City Law School where he joined in 1999, having previously held academic posts at Oxford, QMW and Brunel universities. He was formerly the Director of the Law School's Graduate LLB programme.

Read Professor Ian Loveland's full profile.

Dan Wilsher

Daniel Wilsher is a Senior Lecturer in Law at The City Law School. Before coming to City, Daniel was a solicitor and partner in a London law firm. As well as teaching at City, he is a part-time Immigration Judge.

Read Dan Wilsher's full profile.

Criminology and Justice

Professor Rosalind Gill

Professor Gill studied Sociology and Psychology at Exeter University, and completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG), Loughborough University in 1991. With an interdisciplinary background, she has worked across a number of disciplines including Sociology, Gender Studies and Media and Communications. Her career has included posts at Goldsmiths and King's College London, and she worked for ten years in the LSE's interdisciplinary Gender Institute. She joined City, University of London in October 2013.

Read Professor Gill's full profile

Dr Katrin Hohl

Dr Katrin Hohl joined City, University of London in 2012, having previously worked as a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. Dr Hohl completed her PhD at the London School of Economics in 2011 on the role of mass media and police communication in shaping public attitudes towards the police. She has collaborated with the London Metropolitan Police on several research projects on the topics of public confidence in policing, police communication and neighbourhood policing.

Read Dr Hohl's full profile.

Professor Eugene McLaughlin

Eugene McLaughlin is Professor of Criminology and co-director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Research. His most recent books are Criminological Perspectives (with John Muncie, Sage, 3rd edition, 2013), The Sage Handbook of Criminological Theory (with Tim Newburn, paperback, Sage, 2013) and The Sage Dictionary of Criminology (with John Muncie, Sage, 3rd edition, 2012).

Read Professor Eugene McLaughlin's full profile.

Dr Carrie-Anne Myers

Dr Carrie-Anne Myers joined City in 2006 as a lecturer in Sociology and Criminology. After completing, at the London School of Economics, an Economic and Social Research (ESRC)-funded PhD on School Violence and Bullying, she spent two years at the University of Surrey as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the UK Observatory for the Promotion of Non-Violence.

Read Dr Myers' full profile.

Professor Andy Pratt

Professor Pratt is an internationally acclaimed expert on the topic of the cultural industries. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has held academic appointments at University College London (Bartlett School of Planning) and LSE (Geography, and Urban Research Centre), King's College, London (Culture, Media and Creative Industries). He joined City as Professor of Cultural Economy in 2013.

Read Professor Pratt's full profile.

Visiting Professors, Fellows and Scholars

Professor Steve Barnett

Steven Barnett is Professor of Communications and a prominent writer and broadcaster who has been involved in policy analysis at the highest levels, both nationally and internationally, for the last 25 years. He has advised government ministers in the UK, has given evidence or served as an adviser on several parliamentary committees, has been called to give evidence to the European Parliament, and has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences.

Read Professor Steve Barnett's full profile.

Dr Benedetta Brevini

Dr Benedetta Brevini is a Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Sydney and a Visiting Fellow of Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City, University of London. Previous academic appointments include Lectureships at City, University of London and Brunel University in London. Dr Brevini has been working as a journalist in Milan, New York and London for CNBC and RAI. She writes on The Guardian's Comment is Free and is contributing to a number of print and web publications including Index of Censorship, Red Pepper Magazine. A media reformer, she is a member of the Coordinating committee for Media Reform in London that coordinates the work of advocacy groups campaigning to protect the public interest in light of the Leveson Inquiry and Communications Review.

Read Dr Benedetta Brevini's full profile.

Nina Burri

Nina Burri studied law at the Universities of Zurich and Bilbao. After graduating in 2008 she interned with Swiss National Television in Zurich and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Buenos Aires under the supervision of Ambassador Carla del Ponte. From 2009 to 2012 she has been working as a research associate for Professor Daniel Thürer and Professor Oliver Diggelmann at the Institute of Public International Law of the University of Zurich.

Read Nina Burri's full profile.

Rozane de Cock

Read Rozane de Cock's full profile.

David Pichonnaz

David's PhD thesis focuses on the attempts of change observable within the police forces in Switzerland, in particular via the training of new recruits which has undergone profound modifications during the last decade. He considers these processes of change from the perspective of police-public relations, in particular police perceptions and understandings of youth crime and young offenders.

Read David Pichonnaz's full profile.

Dr Judith Townend

Dr Judith Townend is a former PhD student and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism. Her doctoral research examined the relationship between defamation and privacy law and journalistic practice in England and Wales. She is currently director of the Centre for Law and Information Policy, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Read Dr Townend's full profile.

Professor Lorna Woods

Lorna Woods is Director of the LLM in Internet Law. Formerly a practising solicitor in an ICT practice in the City of London, she has extensive experience in the field of media policy and communications regulation, and she has published widely in this area (see list of publications).

Read Professor Lorna Woods' full profile.

Alison Young

Alison's key research areas are law, art and public culture; cinema and crime; and image studies. She is currently carrying out an ARC Discovery Project examining the reception of street art in the cultural field which is due for completion in 2014. It focuses on its transformative potential in urban space; its reception and interpretation in the domain of fine arts; and its impact upon the socio-legal regulation of public spaces.

Read Professor Young's full profile.

Centre Associates

Dr Bolette B Blaagaard

Dr. Bolette B. Blaagaard holds a PhD degree in gender and ethnicity studies from Utrecht University, Netherlands, and a MA in journalism from University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.

Read Dr Bolette B Blaagaard's full profile.

Professor Concha Edo

Read Professor Concha Edo's full profile.

William Horsley

William Horsley is an experienced journalist who has written and reported extensively on issues of governmental power and the role of the media during more than 30 years of international reporting and analysis.

Read William Horsley's full profile.

Professor Eugene McLaughlin

Eugene McLaughlin is Professor of Criminology and co-director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Research. His most recent books are Criminological Perspectives (with John Muncie, Sage, 3rd edition, 2013), The Sage Handbook of Criminological Theory (with Tim Newburn, paperback, Sage, 2013) and The Sage Dictionary of Criminology (with John Muncie, Sage, 3rd edition, 2012).

Read Professor Eugene McLaughlin's full profile.

Dr Gavin Smith

Gavin is primarily interested in the origins and visions of sociology as an 'emancipatory' epistemological enterprise, both the possibilities and limitations of sociological knowledge/vernacular and the 'sociological project' (for want of a better term), particularly as it is applied to embodied consciousness and emotionality, nature, law and polity.

Read Dr Gavin Smith's full profile.

Dr Stavroula Tsirogianni

Read Dr Stavroula Tsirogianni's full profile.

Dr Eylem Yanardagoglu

Eylem Yanardagoglu received her PhD at the Department of Sociology at City, University of London where she studied the relationship between citizenship, minorities and minority media in Turkey.

Read Dr Eylem Yanardagoglu's full profile.

Dr Dimitrios Xenos

Research Papers by Dr Dimitrios Xenos.

PhD students

Current PhD students

Glenda Cooper

From our own correspondents? How user-generated content is altering the power dynamics in reporting humanitarian crises.

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Sam McIntosh

Open Justice and Investigations into Deaths at the Hands of the State

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Oliver O'Callaghan

An examination of the legal restrictions on press freedom in England: To what extent is freedom of speech among journalists protected or restricted by the English law including defamation and privacy?

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David Pichonnaz (Visiting)

Reforming police-public relations: new perceptions and understandings of youth crime?

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Natalie Peck

Drawing back the curtain: a post-Leveson examination of celebrity, privacy and press intrusion.

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Holly Powell-Jones

Young people and their social constructions of ‘risk’ and ‘responsibility’ in relation to cyber-misuse

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Laura Thompson

When a Match Bites Back: Harassment on Online Dating Services

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Ekaterina Utochkina

Media self-censorship practices: the role of self-censorship in shaping the behaviour of the press.

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Events and Annual Lectures


Date Title Speaker
19 March 2015
16:00 - 17:30
The cultural afterlife of criminal evidence Dr Katherine Biber (University of Technology, Sydney)
19 February
16:00 - 17:30
Explaining Sir Jimmy Savile Professor Chris Greer and Professor Eugene McLaughlin (City, University of London)

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Annual lectures

Each year the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism invites a distinguished speaker to give our annual lecture.

Policing, Transparency and Evidence Based Practice in Policing

Professor Betsy Stanko, the Head of Evidence and Insight at the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, delivered the annual lecture on Policing, Transparency and Evidence Based Practice in Policing.

Broadcast regulation in a converged world

Ed Richards, Ofcom's Chief Executive, delivered the CLJJ's third annual lecture. In a talk entitled broadcast regulation in a converged world.

Changing times and changing media regulation

Baroness Buscombe, outgoing chair of the Press Complaints Commission, gave the annual Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism lecture on 12 October 2011 at City, University of London.

Read the lecture transcript of Baroness Buscombe's lecture

Protecting free speech in the context of the European Convention of Human Rights

In March 2010 the Honourable Mr Justice Eady delivered the inaugural lecture of the Centre to celebrate its launch.

Read the transcript of Mr Justice Eady's lecture.