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Keith Hawkins

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Emeritus Professor of Law and Society

Keith Hawkins (LL.B Birm., Dipl Criminol., MA, PhD Cantab.) retired from active teaching in October 2006. His research interests are in the sociology of legal processes, and are concerned with legal decision making and the workings of governmental regulation in such areas as environmental control, and occupational health and safety regulations.



K O Hawkins, Law as last resort: prosecution decision-making in a regulatory agency (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2002) [...]

This book was awarded the Herbert Jacob Prize by the American Law and Society Association in June 2003. The Jacob Prize is awarded annually' to recognise new, outstanding work in law and society scholarship;. The Prize is 'open to books from all fields of, and approaches to, law and society scholarship', covering 'all aspects of the field and from any country of origin'. The book was described as 'a major contribution to law and society scholarship'.

ISBN: 0-19-924388-3


K O Hawkins, Loraine Gelsthorpe and Nicola Padfield, 'Order, rationality, and silence: some reflections on criminal justice decision-making' in Loraine Gelsthorpe and Nicola Padfield (eds), Exercising Discretion: Decision-making in the criminal justice system and beyond (Cullompton: Willan Publishing 2003)


Research: Sociology of Law, Legal Processes, Government Regulation (in particular, decision-making and the use of discretion)

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Correspondence address:

Oriel College
Oxford OX1 4EW

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