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Jacqueline Hodgson





School of Law
University of Warwick
Tel: 02476 524163

Research Interests

Professor Hodgson has researched and written in the areas of criminal justice and comparative criminal justice with particular emphasis on defence rights, fair trials and miscarriages of justice, including the work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Much of her work draws upon her own externally funded empirical research. Her current work includes a comparative study of the effectiveness of the safeguards in place for juvenile suspects in five European jurisdictions, funded by the European Commission. She has recently completed a large comparative empirical project examining the effectiveness of suspects' rights and their protection in EU criminal justice Inside Police Custody (2014). Her monograph French Criminal Justice (2005) was the first major empirical socio-legal account of the investigation and prosecution of crime in France.

Her earlier work includes Standing Accused (1994) (with McConville, Bridges and Pavlovic), the first major empirical study of the organisation and practices of criminal defence lawyers in Britian and the key reference point in this area, as well as a study of the right to silence during police interrogation (Custodial Legal Advice and The Right to Silence, 1993 with McConville) and a study of the ways in which the criminal process produces miscarriages of justice (Criminal Injustice: An Evaluation of the Criminal Justice Process in Britian, 2000, with Belloni). She completed a major study of the protection of suspects' rights in different European countries and co-edited the resulting collection (Suspects in Europe: Procedural Rights at the Investigative Stage of the Criminal Process in the European Union, 2007, with Cape, Prakken and Spronken) and a study of the investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences in France (2006). In 2009 (with Horne), she published a study commissioned by the Legal Services Commission, 'The extent and impact of legal representation on applications to the criminal cases review commission (CCRC)'

She has also held a Reinvention Centre Academic Fellowship. During this she directed a student research project exploring perspectives on criminal justice through film. During 2011 she worked with colleagues in computer science and psychology, researching issues around digital forensics and criminal justice.

You can download some of her publications from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN)


Professor Hodgson holds an LLB and PhD and has researched and written in the area of UK, French, comparative and European criminal justice. Much of her work draws upon her own empirical projects funded by the ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, British Academy, Leverhume Trust, AHRC, the European Commission and the Home Office. She has contributed to policy reform through her research for the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice and her evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Europe and most recently, the Justice Select Committee. Her monograph French Criminal Justice (2005) is the first major empirical study of the investigation and prosecution of crime in France. She has written widely in this area and her expertise has been sought in the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, as well as in a number of European Arrest Warrant cases and other extradition cases. She has trained lawyers in connection with best practice in the provision of custodial legal advice in the light of European standards, and in making effective applications to the CCRC. She held a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship for 2009-2010. She was awarded the Social Science Faculty Impact prize in 2013. In 2013 she was elected to the Council of JUSTICE and in 2014 she was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

She recently completed a European Commission funded study of suspects' rights in four EU jurisdictions (Inside Police Custody, 2014 with Blackstock, Cape, Ogorodova and Spronken) and in 2015 an empirical study of the protection of juvenile suspects held for police questioning in five different EU Member States (Belgium, England & Wales, Italy, Netherlands & Poland). This was also funded by the European Commission.

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • The meaning and appellate consequences of the guilty plea
  • Injecting Plea Bargaining into the Ethiopian Criminal Justice System: Challenges and Prospects
  • Witnesses are absent: an empirical study of the written dossier system in China
  • An empirical study of the independence and accountability of public prosecutors in France and in England and Wales

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