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

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, restorative justice and criminal evidence. He is also interested in aspects of youth justice, human rights and the criminology of the state.

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 Editor of the International Journal of Evidence and Proof and is also 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