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Centre for Crime and Justice Research

About us

nullThe Centre for Crime and Justice Research serves as a focal point for criminal justice and criminological research at City, University of London. Reflecting its interdisciplinary approach, the CCJR includes members from The City Law School and the Department of Sociology.

The Centre was established to promote and advance national and comparative research and scholarship in the following areas: criminal law and criminal justice; legal cultures; media, crime and criminal justice; punishment; policing; sociology of law and victimology. We are at the forefront of research innovation using multi-disciplinary approaches.

Our mission is to conduct research and analysis that informs: public understanding of crime, criminal justice and socio-legal transformations; policy formation; and scholarly development. We do so through the organisation of seminars, workshops, public lectures and film screenings. Centre members also run specialist courses in criminology, criminal justice, and socio-legal studies and supervise doctoral students.

We welcome proposals to work with us whether as prospective students working on any of our substantive research topics, visiting faculty or as collaborators on specific research projects.

Members

Professor Eugene McLaughlin (Co-Director)

Eugene McLaughlin is Professor of Criminology at City, University of London. His current research concentrates on: the policing challenges of multi-pluralist, risk societies; the news-media, crime and criminal justice policy; the politics of law and order and new developments in criminological theory

Dr Riccardo Montana (Co-Director)

Riccardo Montana is a Lecturer in Law at the City Law School. He current research is on the concept of legal culture and how crime control agencies respond and adapt to legal and social dynamics in postmodern societies. Riccardo is also interested in the interactions between globalization and criminal justice and how and if legal concepts travel between different legal systems.

Professor Andrew Choo

Andrew Choo is Professor of Law at The City Law School. His research interests include evidence and procedure, especially criminal evidence. His published work has been cited in decisions of various appellate courts, including the House of Lords, the UK Supreme Court, the Privy Council and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Professor Chris Greer

Chris Greer is Professor of Criminology at City, University of London. He is currently researching the shifting relations between news journalism, institutional power (particularly within the criminal justice system) and civil society in a context of media proliferation, declining deference to authority and a rapidly transforming information-communications marketplace. He is working on a monograph called Crime News, for Routledge. Professor Greer is founding and current co-editor (with Mark Hamm) of Crime Media Culture: An International Journal (CMC), which promotes a cross-disciplinary understanding of the crime, media, culture nexus.

Professor Jennifer Temkin

Jennifer Temkin is Professor of Law at The City Law School. She has authored a number of highly regarded books including Rape and the Legal Process (1992). In 2008, she co-authored 'Sexual Assault and the Justice Gap: A Question of Attitude' a book which addresses social prejudices and how they are linked to what has been called the "justice gap" - the difference between the number of rapes reported and the number of convictions.

Dr Gretje Baars

Grietje Baars is a Lecturer in the City Law School with experience as a corporate lawyer and a human rights/law of armed conflict advisor in the Middle East. She is interested in critical and Marxist theory of law, the political economy of international law and notions of global class in global governance - in particular the corporation as a vehicle for such governance. She has published on the regulation of the global economy and on the political economy of international criminal law.

Dr Katrin Hohl

Katrin Hohl is a Lecturer in Criminology at City, University of London. Her research primarily focuses on the legitimacy of, and public trust in, the police and the wider criminal justice system, and their role in securing cooperation and compliance with the law and criminal justice institutions. She is currently undertaking cross-national comparative research in this area using data from the European Social Survey, and contributes to the Fiducia project.

Dr Mara Malagodi

Mara Malagodi is a Lecturer in Law at City, University of London. Mara is a comparative constitutional lawyer with a linguistically-informed specialism in South Asian law and politics (in particular Nepal, India, and Pakistan), human rights law, and legal history.

Dr Carrie Myers

Carrie Myers is a Lecturer in Criminology at City, University of London. She is currently carrying out research looking at cyberbullying and how young people negotiate place and space, utilizing visual ethnographic research methods. She is also conducting a research project with Working Chance, a charity which specializes in finding work placements for female offenders.

Dr Abenaa Owusu-Bempah

Abenaa Owusu-Bempah is a Lecturer in law at City, University of London. Abenaa’s research interests lie primarily in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure and the law of evidence. She is particularly interested in the relationship between the law of evidence, criminal procedure, and the right to a fair trial. Abenaa also has expertise in hate crime legislation.

Dr Faiza Qureshi

Faiza Qureshi is a Lecturer in Law at City, University of London. Dr Qureshi's research interests include: police strategies and management; the British Crime Survey; repeat victimisation; and counter-terrorism strategies. She is currently conducting research in collaboration with Sussex Police on Counter-Terrorism strategies and is working on her book Introduction to Statistics for Social Sciences (with Dr Gareth Norris, Aberystwyth University).

Dr Lorenzo Pasculli

Lorenzo Pasculli is Senior Lecturer in Law at Kingston University. His research focuses on the construction of a general theory of the negative measures of crime prevention (preventive detention, control orders, curfews, travel bans, asset freeze, etc.) in a global and inter-disciplinary perspective. The aim of this research is to highlight a universal grammar of negative prevention, in order to assess its legal and pre-legal foundations (often based on fear and irrationality), to criticise the extant national and supranational models of negative crime prevention and to suggest, also though concrete proposals and on-the-field research, the gradual replacement of such models with positive models entailing the promotion of human values and the enhancement of the human personality rather than its compression.

Dr Henrique Carvalho

Henrique Carvalho is an assistant Professor at University of Warwick. His research primarily explores the links between criminal law, punishment, subjectivity and society. His work looks at how developments in criminal law and criminal justice on the one hand reflect, and on the other condition, aspects of political authority, and individual and social identity. His broader research interests include criminal law and criminal justice, responsibility and punishment, and legal, social and political theory.

Events

Upcoming events

Date Event Venue Type
17 February 2016, 1pm - 3pm, Trailblazing victims’ rights as human rights: towards international consensus
Professor Jonathan Doak, University of Durham
Room D104, Rhind Building, City University London, St John Street, EC1R 0JD Seminar
24th February 2016, 6pm Generation Right
Watch the film trailer
The showing will be followed with a Q&A session with Professor Stephen Farrall, who was involved in the making of the film and the ESRC project
Long-term Trajectories of Crime in the UK
Room AG22, College Building, City University London, St John Street. London, EC1V 4PB Film screening
16 March 2016,  1pm - 3pm

Common law comparativism and Strasbourg jurisprudence: the right to custodial legal assistance in Europe and beyond

Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, Brunel University

Room D104, Rhind Building, City University London, St John Street, EC1R 0JD

Seminar
9 May 2016, 2pm - 4pm Can hate crime be prosecuted effectively?
Dr Abenaa Owusu-Bempah
Room AG04, College Building, City University London, St John Street, EC1R 0JD Seminar

22 June 2016

Re-Negotiating Sex and Sexual Violation in the Criminal Law
Dr Tanya Palmer, University of Sussex

Room AG07B, College Building City University London, St John Street, EC1R 0JD

Seminar

The Centre for Crime and Justice Research has joined The City Law School Law and Documentary Film Network to host a season of film screenings and discussions.

Past Seminars

Find out about past events at the Centre for Crime and Justice Research.

Law and Documentary Film Network

The Centre for Crime and Justice Research is part of a new project at The City Law School called Law and Documentary Film Network. The Network seeks to bring academic research and documentary film together in conversation to engage with key legal issues from a socio-legal perspective. Each screening is followed by 30 minutes' discussion.

For more information, please contact Dr Mara Malagodi: Mara.Malagodi@city.ac.uk

DateFilmVenue
24th February 2016, 6pmGeneration Right
Watch the film trailer
The showing will be followed with a Q&A session with Professor Stephen Farrall, who was involved in the making of the film and the ESRC project
Long-term Trajectories of Crime in the UK
Room AG22, College Building, City University London, St John Street. London, EC1V 4PB

News

Dr Lorenzo Pasculli CCJR member, Dr Lorenzo Pasculli, has been awarded the prestigious “G. Falcone – P. Borsellino” 2014 prize for his latest book on the prevention of international terrorism and criminal trafficking Le misure di prevenzione del terrorismo e dei traffici criminosi internazionali (Padova University Press 2012). An independent panel of academics awarded the prize for best Legal Scholarship section for the criminal law area.

The prize was instituted twenty years ago in memory of two illustrious Italian prosecutors, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, who were brutally killed by mafia in the Nineties while leading the fight against organised crime.

The prize is promoted by the Legal Institute of Comparative Research ("Istituto Giuridico di Ricerca Comparata") and by the LIUCC ("Libero Istituto Carlo Cattaneo di Castellanza") University of Varese. The prize is sponsored by the Presidency of the Italian Republic and by the Foundation "Giovanni and Francesca Falcone", which is actively dedicated to the promotion of legality and anti-mafia culture.

Previously prize winners include notable Italian and foreign public figures and academics.

The award ceremony will be held in Rome at the Italian Chambers of Parliament before Italian Authorities and scholars on the 4th of December 2015 at 3pm.