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The University of Southampton
Institute of Criminal Justice Research

About us

The Institute of Criminal Justice was established in the Law School at Southampton in 1986 under the direction of Andrew Rutherford (now Emeritus Professor of Law and Criminal Policy in the Law School). The Institute was re-launched on 14 October 2012 as the Institute of Criminal Justice Research (ICJR). While the Institute still ‘sits’ in the Law School, it is now co-managed by Law and Social Sciences.


As well as an academic, the Institute’s founding Director, Professor Rutherford, was an active penal reformer (he was for many years the Chair of the Howard League for Penal Reform), and so the Institute has always maintained an interest in exploring and developing the relationship between criminal justice research and scholarship and policy and practice. Fostering these connections will remain a central aim of the re-launched Institute which is envisaged as a genuinely inter-disciplinary research hub that seeks to reach out to colleagues of all disciplines (and indeed across all institutions) who feel that their research interests might include or complement criminal justice studies. Since its re-launch the Institute has built up a membership base of over 90 individuals drawn from across the University, partner institutions and criminal justice practice.

ICJR Foundation Lecture

Read the ICJR's foundation lecture - "The Limits of Law Enforcement" presented by Norval Morris at the University of Southampton, 18 June 1986.

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