Chris Hamerton first taught in the Faculty of Law at the University of Southampton in the late 1990s, and following a brief hiatus of eighteen years as a Senior Lecturer in London, returned to the university in 2018. Educated at the universities of Southampton and Oxford, he holds degrees in law, criminal justice, and history. In addition, he is a Barrister of the Middle Temple, and an elected Fellow of both the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Linnean Society of London.
An interdisciplinary and comparative scholar, Chris’s research primarily focuses on socio-legal and criminological perspectives with an emphasis on the formation and development of criminal law, criminal justice policy and process, and the attainment and dénouement of civil liberties and human rights. He has a particular interest in episodes of social change and conflict, organisational deviance and corruption - including the impact of technology on these areas.
Over the course of his career Chris has undertaken various research projects, including large-scale international comparative studies on cybercrime and corporate crime. He is the author of a number of books, including, The Making of Criminal Justice Policy (2014, Routledge), White-Collar Crime Online (2021, Palgrave Macmillan), Privatising Criminal Justice (2022, Routledge), Corporate Compliance: Crime, Convenience and Control (2022, Palgrave Macmillan), Devilry, Deviance, and Public Sphere (2022, Palgrave Macmillan), Lawyer Roles in Knowledge Work (2023, Intersentia), and, Corporate Social License: A Study in Legitimacy, Conformance, and Corruption (2023, Palgrave Macmillan).