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Professor Jonathan Doak, LL.B., Ph.D.

Professor in Durham Law School
Member of the Human Rights Centre

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Jonathan Doak joined Durham Law School in February 2012 and is currently Director of the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice.

Jonathan completed his LLB and doctoral studies at Queen's University Belfast, and has previously taught at Nottingham Trent University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Ulster.

Jonathan's main research interests lie in the broad fields of criminal justice and transitional justice. In particular, his research focuses on victims' rights, criminology of the state and restorative justice. He is also interested in aspects of youth justice, policing, human rights and the law of evidence.

Much of Jonathan's recent research has been strongly orientated towards socio-legal and theoretical perspectives. In particular, he has focused on deconstructing the nature of victims’ rights against the emergence of international trial norms and the expanding parameters of human rights law. He is particularly interested in analyses of the parallels between victims of state crime / abuse of power and victims of so-called ‘ordinary’ or ‘horizontal’ crime.

Currently Jonathan is conducting research into the various ways in which different legal orders have tended to conceptualise issues of reparation and reconciliation. He is also completing a book with David O'Mahony on the relationship between criminal justice and restorative justice.

Jonathan is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Criminal Law, the  British Journal of Community Justice, the Journal of Forensic Research and Crime Studies and the International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice.

Research Supervision

I am always pleased to hear from students interested in pursuing research degrees in areas that correlate with my own research interests. My current supervisees include:

Mr Faris Al-anaibi

Miss Catriona Ferguson

Ms Kathleen Harrison

Miss Elizabeth McClory

Mr Adeniyi Olayode

Ms Kelly Stockdale

Research Interests

  • Criminal Justice
  • Victimology
  • Restorative Justice
  • Transitional Justice
  • Criminology
  • Youth Justice
  • Criminal Evidence

Teaching Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Issues in Evidence and Criminal Justice


Books: authored

  • Doak, J & McGourlay, C (2012). Evidence in Context. Routledge.
  • Doak, J. & McGourlay, C. (2008). Criminal Evidence in Context. Routledge.
  • Doak, J. (2008). Victims' Rights, Human Rights and Criminal Justice: Reconceiving the Role of Third Parties. Hart Publishing.

Books: edited

  • Knepper, P., Doak, J. & Shapland, J. (2008). Urban Crime Prevention, Surveillance, and Restorative Justice: Effects of Social Technologies. Taylor & Francis.

Essays in edited volumes

  • Doak, J. (2015). England and Wales. In Restorative Justice and Mediation in Penal Matters. Dunkel, F., Grzywa-Holten, J. & Horsfield, P. Forum Verlag Godesberg. 1: 203-225.
  • Doak, J. (2015). Stalking the State: Ownership and Legitimacy in Post-Conflict Restorative Justice. In Restorative Justice in Transitional Settings. Clamp, K. Routledge.
  • Doak, J. (2013). England and Wales. In Minors Deprived of Liberty. Schmit, C., Lellinger, D. & Peters, U. ANCES-éditions. 154-165.
  • Doak, J & Taylor, L (2013). EU tools for the protection of victims of serious and organised crime. In International Inquiries and the Protection of Fundamental Rights in Criminal Proceedings. Ruggieri, S. Springer. 345-355.
  • O’Mahony, D. & Doak, J. (2010). Developing Mediation and Restorative Justice for Young Offenders across Europe. In Juvenile Justice Systems in EuropeCurrent Situation and Reform Developments. Dünkel, F., Grzywa, J., Horsfield, P. & Pruin, I. Forum Verlag Godesberg. 4: 1691-1720.
  • O’Mahony, D. & Doak, J., (2009). Restorative Justice: Bridging Theory and Practice in Europe. In Reforming Juvenile Justice. Junger-Tas, J. & Dünkel, F. Springer. 165-182.
  • Knepper, P., Doak, J. & Shapland, J. (2008). Introduction to the Study of Social Technology in Criminology. In Urban Crime Prevention, Surveillance and Restorative Justice: Effects of Social Technologies. Knepper, P., Doak, J. & Shapland, J. Taylor & Francis. xv-xxxi.
  • Doak, J. & O’Mahony, D (2008). State, Community and Transition: Youth Conferencing in Northern Ireland. In Urban Crime Prevention, Surveillance and Restorative Justice: Effects of Social Technologies. Knepper, P., Doak, J. & Shapland, J. Taylor & Francis. 149-167.
  • Doak, J. (2003). Restorative Justice or Net-Widening? Police-led Restorative Cautioning in Northern Ireland. In Criminal Justice Reform: Looking to the Future. Jackson, J. & Quinn, K. Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Queen’s University Belfast. 131-141.

Journal papers: academic

  • Doak, J. (2015). Enriching trial justice for victims of crime: lessons from transitional environments. International Review of Victimology 21(2).
  • Doak, J. & Taylor, L. (2013). Hearing the Voices of Victims and Offenders: The Role of Emotions in Criminal Sentencing. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 64(1): 25-46.
  • Clamp, K. & Doak, J. (2012). More than words: restorative justice concepts in transitional justice settings. International Criminal Law Review 12(3): 339-360.
  • O'Mahony, D., Doak, J. & Clamp, K. (2012). The Politics of Youth Justice Reform in Post-conflict Societies: Mainstreaming Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland and South Africa. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 63(2): 267-290.
  • Doak, J. (2011). Honing the stone: refining restorative justice as a vehicle for emotional redress. Contemporary Justice Review 14(4): 439-456.
  • Doak, J. & O'Mahony, D. (2011). In search of legitimacy: Restorative youth conferencing in Northern Ireland. Legal Studies 31(2): 305-325.
  • Doak, J. (2011). Participatory Rights for Victims of Crime: In search of international consensus. Canadian Criminal Law Review 15(1): 41-53.
  • Doak, J. (2011). The Therapeutic Dimension of Transitional Justice: Emotional Repair and Victim Satisfaction in International Trials and Truth Commissions. International Criminal Law Review 11(2): 263-298.
  • Doak, J. & Huxley-Binns, R. (2009). Anonymous Witnesses in England and Wales: Charting a Course from Strasbourg? The Journal of Criminal Law 73(6): 508-529.
  • O’Mahony, D. & Doak, J. (2009). Restorative Justice and Police-led Cautioning Practice: Tensions in Theory and Practice. Journal of Police Studies 2(11): 139-158.
  • Doak, J., Henham, R. & Mitchell, B. (2009). Victims and the Sentencing Process: Developing Participatory Rights? Legal Studies 29(4): 651-677.
  • Doak, J. (2008). Propensity, Credibility and Bad Character. Nottingham Law Journal 17(1): 25-28.
  • Doak, J. (2007). One Size Fits All? The Case for Special Measures for Vulnerable Witnesses in Civil Proceedings. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 58(4): 459-489.
  • O'Mahony, D. & Doak, J. (2007). The Enigma of Community and the Exigency of Engagement: Restorative Youth Conferencing in Northern Ireland. British Journal of Community Justice 4(3): 9-25.
  • Doak, J & O'Mahony, D (2006). The Vengeful Victim? Assessing the Attitudes of Victims Participating in Restorative Youth Conferencing. International Review of Victimology 13(2): 157-177.
  • Doak, J. (2005). Special Measures Directions and the Right to a Fair Hearing. International Journal of Evidence and Proof 9(4): 291-295.
  • Doak, J. (2005). Victims' Rights in Criminal Trials: Prospects for Participation. Journal of Law and Society 32(2): 294-316.
  • O'Mahony, D. & Doak, J. (2004). 'Restorative Justice - Is More Better? The experience of police-led restorative cautioning pilots in Northern Ireland. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 43(5): 484-505.
  • Doak, J. (2003). The victim and the criminal process: an analysis of recent trends in regional and international tribunals. Legal Studies 23(1): 1-32.
  • Doak, J. (2000). Shielding vulnerable witnesses from showdown in the courtroom: a bridge too far? Journal of Civil Liberties 16(3): 296-319.

Books: reviews

  • Doak, J. (2013). Book Review of International and Comparative Criminal Justice and Urban Governance. British Journal of Criminology 53(5): 969-971.
  • Doak, J. (2012). Book Review of Sentencing and the Legitimacy of Trial Justice by Henham, R (2011: London, Routledge). Punishment & Society 14(5): 626-628.
  • Doak, J (2010). Book Review of The Owl of Minerva: Essays on Human Rights by Zupančič, B.(2007: The Hague, Eleven Publishing). Nottingham Law Review 19(2): 51-54.
  • Doak, J. (2009). Book Review of Crime, Procedure and Evidence in a Comparative and International Context by Jackson, J., Langer, M., & Tillers, P. (eds.), (2008: Oxford, Hart). International Journal of Evidence and Proof 13(3): 263-266.
  • Doak, J. (2009). Book Review of Victims of Crime in Asia by Wing Cheong-Chan (ed.), (2007: London, Routledge). Asian Journal of Comparative Law 4(1): 4-7.
  • Doak, J. (2008). Book Review of Innovations in Evidence and Proof by Roberts, P. and Redmayne, M. (eds.), (2007: Oxford, Hart. Criminal Law Review 658-661.
  • Doak, J. (2008). Book Review of The Victim in Criminal Law and Justice by Kirchengast, T. (2006: London, Palgrave Macmillan). British Journal of Criminology 48(1): 113-115.
  • Doak, J. (2007). Book Review of Litigation II: Evidence and Criminal Process by Hunter, J., Cameron, C., & Henning, T. (2005: Sydney, Butterworths). International Journal of Evidence and Proof 11(1): 71-73.
  • Doak, J. (2006). Book Review of Criminal Responsibility by Tadros, V. (2005, Oxford: Oxford University Press). British Journal of Criminology 46(4): 530-532.
  • Doak, J. (2006). Book Review of Defining Crimes by Duff, R.A. and Green, S. (eds.) (2005: Oxford, Oxford University Press). British Journal of Criminology 47: 167-169.
  • Doak, J. (2003). Book Review of The Adversarial Process and the Vulnerable Witness by Ellison, L. (2001: Oxford, Oxford University Press). British Journal of Criminology 43(2): 446-447.

Reports: official

  • O’Mahony, D. & Doak, J. (2008). Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice: Theory, Law and Practice. Department for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Ireland).
  • Campbell, C., Devlin, R., O'Mahony, D., Doak, J., Jackson, J., Corrigan, T. & McEvoy, K. (2006). Evaluation of the Northern Ireland Youth Conferencing Scheme. Northern Ireland Office..
  • Beckett, H. Campbell, C. O’Mahony, D. , Jackson, J. & Doak, J. (2005). Evaluation of the Youth Conference Pilot Scheme. Northern Ireland Office. Belfast, NIO.
  • O’Mahony, D., Chapman, T. & Doak, J. (2002). Restorative Cautioning: A Study of Police Based Restorative Cautioning in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Office. Belfast, NIO.
  • Livingstone, S.W. & Doak, J. (2000). Human Rights and Criminal Justice. HMSO, London.