Alan Norrie taught previously at the Universities of Dundee, Warwick and London. He was Edmund-Davies Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at King's College London (1997-2009) and held the Drapers' Chair in Law at Queen Mary and Westfield College (1994-7). He returned to Warwick in 2009 and was Head of the Law School from 2011-2015. He is President of the International Association for Critical Realism, a Fellow of the British Academy and a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow.
His books include Law, Ideology and Punishment (Kluwer, 1991), Punishment, Responsibility and Justice (Oxford University Press, 2000), Law and the Beautiful Soul (Routledge, 2005), Dialectic and Difference: Dialectical Critical Realism and the Grounds of Justice (Routledge, 2010). A third edition of Crime, Reason and History (Cambridge University Press), originally published in 1993, appeared in 2014, and Justice and the Slaughter Bench: Essays on Law's Broken Dialectic is published in 2016.
Law and the Beautiful Soul won the Hart/SLSA Book Prize and was described as 'an important book which crosses a breathtakingly diverse terrain ... a beautifully written book, which ... demonstrates the author's own journey'. Dialectic and Difference won the Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize.
He has also edited a number of books, King's Law Journal and Social & Legal Studies. He serves on the editorial board of the latter and the Journal of Critical Realism.