Jonathan Doak

Jonathan Doak

Associate Dean for Research

Nottingham Law School

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Academic Division Nottingham Law School staff


Jonathan Doak is Professor of Criminal Justice and Associate Dean for Research in Nottingham Law School.

Jonathan is a member for the Centre of Rights and Justice, the Centre for Advocacy, and Centre for Mediation and Dispute resolution. His research focuses on issues relating to the rights of victims, defendants and vulnerable witnesses within in the criminal trial, and wider issues relating to criminal procedure (particularly evidence, cross-examination and restorative justice) and transitional justice (particularly in relation to process and reparation).

Jonathan welcomes queries from potential research students interested in pursuing projects the following fields: Criminal Justice, Victimology, Restorative Justice, Transitional Justice, Youth Justice, and the Law of Evidence.

Career overview

Jonathan completed his LLB and doctoral studies at Queen's University Belfast, and has previously taught at Durham University, the University of Sheffield, and Ulster University.

Research areas

Jonathan's main research interests lie in the broad fields of criminal justice and transitional justice. In particular, his research focuses on victims' rights, restorative justice, and criminal evidence. He is also interested in aspects of youth justice, human rights, and the criminology of the state.

Much of Jonathan's recent research has been strongly orientated towards socio-legal and theoretical perspectives. In particular, he has focused on deconstructing the nature of victims’ rights against the emergence of international trial norms and the expanding parameters of human rights law. He is particularly interested in analyses of the parallels between victims of state crime and abuse of power and victims of so-called ‘ordinary’ or ‘horizontal’ crime.

Currently Jonathan is conducting research into the various ways in which different legal orders have tended to conceptualise issues of reparation and reconciliation. He is also completing a book with O’Mahony (Essex) on the relationship between criminal justice and restorative justice.

External activity

Jonathan is Editor of the International Journal of Evidence and Proof and is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Criminal Law, the British Journal of Community Justice, the Journal of Forensic Research, and Crime Studies and the International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. He also sits on the Advisory Board for the Palgrave Series in Victims and Vicimology.

Sponsors and collaborators

Jonathan has collaborated with a range of organisations in the public and voluntary sectors including;
the Victims’ Rights Agency (Victoria), the Australian Institute of Criminology, the National Commission of Restorative Justice (Ireland), the Northern Ireland Law Commission, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, Interights, Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.


See below for a list of Jonathan's most recent publications. For a complete list please contact Jonathan Doak.

Authored books

O’Mahony, D. and Doak, J. (2017) Reimagining Restorative Justice: Agency and Accountability in the Criminal Process. Oxford, Hart (forthcoming).

Doak, J. and McGourlay, C. (2015, 2012, 2008, 2005) Evidence in Context. London, Routledge.

Doak, J. (2008) Victims’ Rights, Human Rights and Criminal Justice: Reconceiving the Role of Third Parties, Oxford, Hart.

Journal Articles

Coen, M. and Doak, J. (2017) Embedding Explained Jury Verdicts in the English Criminal Trial. Legal Studies 37(3) (forthcoming).

Doak, J. (2015) Enriching trial justice for victims of crime: lessons from transitional environments. International Review of Victimology, 15(2): 139–160.

Doak, J. & Taylor, L. (2013) Hearing the voices of victims and offenders: the role of emotions in criminal sentencing. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 64(1): 25-46.

Clamp, K. and Doak, J. (2012) More than words: restorative justice concepts in transitional justice settings. International Criminal Law Review, 12(3): 339-360.

O’Mahony, D., Doak, J. and Clamp, K. (2012) Reforming youth justice in transitional societies: Northern Ireland and South Africa compared. Northern Ireland Legal, Quarterly 63(2): 267-290.

Doak, J. (2011) Honing the stone: refining restorative justice as a vehicle for emotional redress. Contemporary Justice Review, 14(4): 439-456.

Doak, J. (2011) Therapeutic jurisprudence and transitional justice: emotional repair and victim satisfaction in international trials and truth commissions. International Criminal Law Review, 11(2): 263-298.

Doak, J. and O’Mahony, D. (2011) In search of legitimacy: restorative youth conferencing in Northern Ireland. Legal Studies, 31(2): 305-325.

Doak, J. (2011) Participatory rights for victims of crime: in search of international consensus. Canadian Criminal Law Review, 15: 41-53.

Book Chapters

Doak, J. (2016) Stalking the State: Ownership and Legitimacy in Post-Conflict Restorative Justice. In K. Clamp (ed) Restorative Justice in Transitional Settings. London: Routledge

Doak, J. (2015) England and Wales. In F. Dünkel et al, (eds) Restorative Justice and Mediation in Penal Matters: A stocktaking of legal issues, implementation of strategies and outcomes in 36 European countries. Monchengladbach: Forum Verlag Godesberg, pp. 203-225.

Doak, J. and Taylor, L. (2014) EU tools for the protection of victims of serious and organised crime. In S. Ruggieri (ed.), The Protection of Fundamental Rights in Criminal Proceedings. London: Springer, pp. 345-355.