Dr Edward Johnston

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  • Qualifications:PhD; LLM in Criminal Justice; LLB; PG Cert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; Fellow HEA
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Law
  • Department:FBL - Law
  • Telephone:+4411732 87225
  • Email:Edward2.Johnston@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Dr Ed Johnston is a Senior Lecturer in Law and is responsible for leading and teaching a number of different modules across the LL.B provision. He is the module leader of both Criminal Procedure and Punishment at Level 2 and Organised Crime and Criminal Justice at Level 3. He is also the joint module leader of Sexual Offences and Offending: Criminal Justice Responses. Furthermore, he acts as both a dissertation and PhD supervisor.

Ed is also the Programme Lead for Criminology and Law and his research interests centre on adversarialism, the role of the defence lawyer, defence rights and defence disclosure.

In 2018, Ed completed his PhD entitled 'The Defence Lawyer in the Modern Era'. The study is based on empirical research which examines if the role of the defence lawyer should be re-conceived in light of changing pre-trial obligations, which has taken effect over the last 25 years. Furthermore, the thesis examines the impact of the changing adversarial landscape for defence lawyers, defendants and the criminal process as a whole.

PhD Supervision Interests:

I am interesting in supervising students who want to work on the following areas:

Criminal Justice and Procedure

Defence rights 

Access to justice 



Area of expertise

Criminal Procedure and Punishment; adversarial criminal justice; defence rights; defence lawyers; suspects' rights; 



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