Gabrielle Watson (LLB, MSc, DPhil) is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Law and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Law at Christ Church, Oxford. Mentored by Professor Lucia Zedner FBA, she works on topics in criminal justice theory and practice.

Gabrielle's first book, Respect and Criminal Justice, is forthcoming in early 2019 with Oxford University Press. It offers the first sustained examination of the role and value of 'respect' in policing and imprisonment, where the term is elusive but of persisting significance. She is currently working on a second book entitled Keywords: Linguistic Ambiguity in the Criminal Court. It considers how a range of ethical terms such as 'tolerance', 'fairness', 'decency', 'dignity', 'humanity' and 'respect' shape the rules, practice and jurisprudence of the criminal court. Both books break new ground by examining how our linguistic choices affect those we seek to police, adjudicate, and punish. Gabrielle is also involved in an interdisciplinary project on Key Legal Concepts with colleagues at Oxford and the Freie Universität Berlin.

At Oxford, Gabrielle teaches Criminal Law (Honour Moderations), Jurisprudence (Finals), and an optional course on the Philosophy of Punishment (Finals). She is also a Guest Tutor in Criminal Law at the London School of Economics.

Gabrielle has been elected to the first Visiting Fellowship in Law at the newly-instituted Cambridge Centre for Criminal Justice. She will take up this Fellowship in Summer 2019 in association with the Faculty of Law and Trinity College, Cambridge.


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  • G Watson, 'Concepts without Boundaries in Criminal Justice' (2019) (in preparation)
  • G Watson, 'Procedural Justice and Narrow Instrumentalism' (2019) (under review)
  • G Watson, Respect and Criminal Justice (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2019) (forthcoming)
  • G Watson, 'Value Pluralism and the Will to Punish' (2019) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (forthcoming)
  • G Watson, The Literature on Older Prisoners. Report commissioned by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland (Edinburgh: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland, 2017)


Research Interests

Criminal justice; penal theory; socio-legal studies

Options taught

Jurisprudence, Criminal Law (Mods)

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