Mr Edward Johnston

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About me

I am the Head of the Criminal Justice Research Unit at UWE where I am also the Programme Lead for Criminology and Law. My research interests centre on adversarialism, the role of the defence lawyer, defence rights and organised crime. 

In 2018, I completed my PhD (subject to final amendments)  entitled 'The Defence Lawyer in the Modern Era'. The study is based on empirical research to examine if the role of the defence lawyer should be re-conceived in light of changing pre-trial obligations. Furthermore, the examines the impact of the changing adversarial landscape. 

I hold the position of Senior Lecturer in Law and I am responsible for leading and teaching a number of different modules across the LL.B provision. I am the module leader of two modules - Criminal Procedure and Punishment at Level 2 and Organised Crime and Criminal Justice at Level 3. Further to this, I teach on Criminal Law, Sexual Offences and Offending: Criminal Justice Responses and I act as a dissertation supervisor. 

PhD Supervision:

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

Criminal Justice and Procedure.

Area of expertise

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



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