I am the Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law at Lincoln College, Oxford. I was formerly a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Law and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Law at Christ Church, Oxford. I hold an LLB (First Class) from the University of Edinburgh and MSc (Distinction), MA (Honorary), and DPhil degrees from the University of Oxford. I work on topics at the intersection of Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, and Jurisprudence.
My first book, Respect and Criminal Justice, was published by Oxford University Press in 2020 and was the winner of the Policing Book Prize of the European Society of Criminology 2021. It has received the following reviews: ‘An imaginative, sensitive, and finely-textured interpretation’ Nicola Lacey CBE FBA (LSE) for Oxford University Press | ‘Refreshingly original and bold… work of outstanding quality’ Justice Tankebe (Cambridge) for Oxford University Press | ‘A significant contribution to the field... an indispensable reference’ Loraine Gelsthorpe and Kyle Treiber (Cambridge) General Editors’ Introduction | ‘Admirably far-reaching [and] rigorous… an impressive debut’ David Hayes (Sheffield) for Criminology and Criminal Justice | ‘Highly innovative... Watson elaborates path-breaking perspectives’ Executive Committee of the European Society of Criminology
Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, I am currently writing a second book entitled Just Words? Ethics and the Language of Criminal Justice. I am also working on a project on the ethics of pleading guilty for Hart Bloomsbury and collaborating with the Sentencing Academy, a London-based institute dedicated to developing expert and public understanding of sentencing in England and Wales.
In Spring 2019, I was elected to the Inaugural Visiting Fellowship in Law at the newly instituted Cambridge Centre for Criminal Justice. In Autumn 2021, I will return to Cambridge as a Visiting Fellow in Law at the CCCJ and at Downing College.
Presentation/Conference contribution (6)
Journal Article (2)
- Criminal Law and Justice
- Philosophy of Law and especially of Punishment