Lucia Zedner is Professor of Criminal Justice, Law Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and a Member of the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford.
She was formerly a student and then Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford (1984-89) and a lecturer at the London School of Economics (1989-94). She returned to Oxford in 1994, becoming a Reader in 1999 and Professor in 2005. She has served on the Research College of the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC - 2005-08); on the Advisory Panel of The Leverhulme Trust (2013- present) and the Projects Committee of The British Academy (2013- present). She was elected a Fellow of The British Academy in 2012 and elected Overseas Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2015. She is Senior Research Fellow elect at All Souls College, Oxford.

She has held visiting fellowships at universities in Germany, Israel, America, and Australia. Since 2007 she has also held the position of Conjoint Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales, Sydney where she is a regular visitor. From 2014-2019, she is a member of the Fachbeirat (Advisory Board) of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg.

She has served on the editorial boards of many journals: currently these include the Criminal Law Forum, Criminal Law Review, Punishment and Society, International Journal of Criminal Law Education, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, and the Oxford Comparative Law Forum.
She has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Oxford University Press monograph series Clarendon Series in Criminology since 1994 and served as General Editor of the series from 2010-12. Professor Zedner's current research focuses on the foundations for coercive measures taken by the states in the name of crime prevention and public protection, including indefinite detention of 'dangerous' offenders, counter-terrorism laws and policies, and the policing of immigration.


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  • L Zedner, 'Penal Subversions: when is a punishment not a punishment, who decides, and on what grounds?' (2016) 20 Theoretical Criminology 3
  • L Zedner, 'Preventive Justice and the Rule of Law' in J McKenna and A-A Boylan (eds), Queensland Legal Yearbook 2014 (SCLQ 2016)
  • A Ashworth and L Zedner, Preventive Justice (2014)
    ISBN: 978-0-19-871252-7
  • Andrew Ashworth and L Zedner, 'Punishment Paradigms and the Role of the Preventive State' in A Simester, U Neumann, & A du Bois Pedain (ed), Liberal Criminal Theory (2014)
    ISBN: ISBN 978-1-84946-514
  • L Zedner, 'Terrorizing Criminal Law' (2014) 8 Criminal Law and Philosophy 99
  • L Zedner, 'Is the Criminal Law is only for Citizens? A Problem at the Borders of Punishment' in K Franko Aas & M Bosworth (ed), The Borders of Punishment: Migration, Citizenship, and Social Exclusion (Oxford University Press 2013)
  • A Ashworth, L Zedner and P Tomlin (eds), Prevention and the Limits of the Criminal Law (Oxford University Press 2013)
    Edited volume of essays by leading criminal lawyers, political theorists and philosophers on criminalization for the purposes of preventing harmful wrongdoing.
  • L Zedner, 'Erring on the side of safety: Risk assessment, expert knowledge, and the criminal court' in I Dennis & GR Sullivan (ed), Seeking Security: Pre-empting the Commission of Criminal Harms (Hart Publishing 2012)
    ISBN: 9781849461665
  • A Ashworth and L Zedner, 'Prevention and Criminalization: Justifications and Limits' (2012) 15 New Criminal Law Review 542
    ISBN: 1933-4192
  • L Zedner and J Roberts (eds), Principles and Values in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice: Essays in Honour of Andrew Ashworth (Oxford University Press 2012)
    Festschrift or collection of essays in honour of Professor Andrew Ashworth, Vinerian Chair of English Law, University of Oxford, with a substantial Introductory Essay by the Editors.
    ISBN: 978-0-19-969679-6
  • L Zedner, 'Risiko, Sicherheit und Terrorismus: Drei Konzepte auf der Suche nach einer akademishen Disziplin' (2012) 10 Kriminiologisches Journal 30
    ISBN: 0341-1966
  • N Lacey and L Zedner, 'The Legal Construction of Crime' in M Maguire, R Morgan & R Reiner (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (Oxford University Press 2012)
    ISBN: 978-0-19-959027-8
  • L Zedner, 'Putting Crime back on the Criminological Agenda' in M Bosworth & C Hoyle (ed), What is Criminology? (Oxford University Press 2011)
    ISBN: 978-0-19-957182-6
  • A Ashworth and L Zedner, 'Just Prevention: preventive rationales and the limits of the criminal law' in RA Duff & S Green (ed), Philosophical Foundations of the Criminal Law (Oxford University Press 2011)
    ISBN: 978-0-19-955915-2
  • L Zedner, 'Terrorism and Counterterrorism: What is at Risk?' in L Skinns, M Scott & T Cox (ed), Risk (Cambridge University Press 2011)
    ISBN: 978-0-521-17197-7
  • L Zedner, 'Security, the State, and the Citizen: The Changing Architecture of Crime Control' (2010) 13 New Criminal Law Review 379–403
    ISBN: 1933-4192
  • L Zedner, 'Pre-crime and pre-punishment: a health warning' (2010) Criminal Justice Matters
  • L Zedner and Andrew Ashworth, 'Preventive Orders: a problem of undercriminalization' in RA Duff, L Farmer, S Marshall, M Renzo & V Tadros (ed), The Boundaries of the Criminal Law (Oxford University Press 2010)
  • L Zedner, 'Reflections on Criminal Justice as a Social Institution' in D Downes, D Hobbs & T Newburn (ed), The Eternal Recurrence of Crime and Control: Essays in Honour of Paul Rock (Oxford University Press 2010)
  • L Zedner, 'Fixing the Future? The pre-emptive turn in criminal justice' in Bronnit, S, McSherry, B & Norrie, A. (ed), Regulating Deviance: The Redirection of Criminalisation and the Futures of Criminal Law (Hart Publishing 2009)
    ISBN: 1841138908
  • L Zedner, Security (Routledge Key Ideas in Criminology Series 2009)
    ISBN: 0415391768
  • L Zedner, 'Curfews' in Peter Cane & Joanne Conaghan (ed), The New Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford University Press 2008)
    ISBN: 978-0-19-92-9054-3
  • L Zedner and A Ashworth, 'Defending the Criminal Law: Reflections on the changing character of crime, procedure, and sanctions' (2008) 2 Journal of Criminal Law and Philosophy 21
  • L Zedner, 'Fines' in Peter Cane & Joanne Conaghan (ed), The New Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford University Press 2008)
    ISBN: 978-0-19-92-9054-3




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Research Interests

Security; criminal law; criminal justice; counter-terrorism; immigration, penal theory and philosophy of criminal law

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Jurisprudence, Criminal Law (Mods), Criminology and Criminal Justice

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