Biography

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.

Publications

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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
  • L Zedner, 'Human Security' in A Wakefield and R Wild (eds), The Sage Dictionary of Policing (SAGE 2008)
    ISBN: 978-1-4129-3098-7
  • L Zedner, 'Rehabilitation' 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, 'Security' in A Wakefield & R Wild (ed), The Sage Dictionary of Policing (SAGE 2008)
    ISBN: 978-1-4129-3098-7
  • L Zedner, 'Terrorism, the ticking bomb, and criminal justice values ' (2008) 73 Criminal Justice Matters 18
  • L Zedner, 'The Inescapable Insecurity of Security Technologies?' in Aas, K. F., et al (ed), Technologies of Insecurity: Surveillance and securitsation of everyday life (Routledge 2008)
    ISBN: 0415464552
  • L Zedner, 'Vigilantism' 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 I Loader, 'Police beyond Law' (2007) vol.10, no.1 New Criminal Law Review 142
    Critical review essay of Markus Dubber The Police Power: Patriarchy and the Foundations of American Government.
    ISBN: 1933-4192
  • L Zedner, 'Seeking Security by Eroding Rights: The Side-stepping of Due Process' in L. Lazarus and B. Goold (eds), Security and Human Rights (Hart Publishing 2007)
    ISBN: 978-1-84113-608-0
  • L Zedner and C Hoyle, 'Victims, Victimization, and the Criminal Process' in M Maguire, R Morgan & R Reiner (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (Oxford University Press 2007)
    Authoritative overview of the literature and research on victims and their role in the criminal process for the key criminological textbook in the field.
    ISBN: 978-0-19-920543-1
  • L Zedner, 'Preventive justice or pre-punishment? The case of control orders ' (2007) 60 Current Legal Problems 174
    ISBN: 9786199237999
  • L Zedner and B Goold (eds), Crime and Security (Ashgate 2006)
    Edited volume of leading articles in the field selected and introduced by us.
    ISBN: 0 7546 2600 8
  • L Zedner, 'Liquid Security: Managing the market for crime control' (2006) 6 (2) Criminology and Criminal Justice 267
    This article examines attempts to regulate the growing private security market drawing on the literatures of economic analysis of law and regulation.
    ISBN: 1748-8958
  • L Zedner, 'Neither safe nor sound? The perils and possibilities of risk' (2006) 48/3 Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 423
    Examines the implications of risk reduction as a basis for penal policy and explores how adjacent social scientific disciplines conceive, deploy, and respond to risk.
    ISBN: 1707-7753
  • L Zedner, 'Opportunity makes the Thief-Taker: the influence of economic analysis on crime control' in T Newburn and P Rock (eds), The Politics of Crime Control (Oxford University Press 2006)
    An appraisal of the impact of economic analysis/rational choice theory on criminal justice politics and Home Office policy making.
    ISBN: 0-19-920840-9
  • L Zedner, 'Policing before and after the Police: the historical antecedents of contemporary crime control' (2006) 46 British Journal of Criminology 78
    Pre-published since early 2005 on Oxford University Website. Print version should appear early 2006.Compares current developments in the privatisation of security with 18thC markets in policing and prosecution.
    ISBN: 0007-0955
  • L Zedner, 'Punishment and the Plurality of Privacy Interests' in E Claes and A Duff (eds), Privacy and the Criminal Law (2006)
    Questions the status of privacy as a right and attempts to articulate the range of interests that arise when reference is made to privacy.
    ISBN: 90-5095-545-2
  • L Zedner, Criminal Justice (OUP 2004)
    ISBN: 0-19-876366-2
  • L Zedner, 'The Concept of Security: an agenda for comparative analysis' (2003) 1 Legal Studies 153
  • L Zedner and A Ashworth (eds), The Criminological Foundations of Penal Policy: Essays in Honour of Roger Hood (Oxford University Press 2003)
    Festschrift or collection of essays in honour of Roger Hood. Edited by me and Ashworth with substantial Introductory Essay by us as Editors.
    ISBN: 0-19-926509-7
  • L Zedner, 'Useful Knowledge? Debating the Role of Criminology in Post-war Britain' in L Zedner & A Ashworth (ed), The Criminological Foundations of Penal Policy: Essays in Honour of Roger Hood (2003)
    Chapter in Festschrift for Roger Hood
    ISBN: 0-19-926509-7
  • L Zedner, 'Too Much Security?' (2003) 31 International Journal of the Sociology of Law 155
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsl.2003.09.002
    ISBN: 0194-6595
  • L Zedner, 'Dangers of Dystopias in Penal Theory' (2002) 22 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 341
  • L Zedner, 'Dangers of Dystopias in Penal Theory - Extended review of David Garland, The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).' (2002) 22 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 341 [Review]
    Extended review of David Garland The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
    ISBN: 0143-6503
  • L Zedner, 'The Concept of Security: an agenda for comparative analysis' in G Hanak und W Stangl (ed), Jahrbuch für Rechts- und Kriminalsoziologie 2002 Innere Sicherheit (Nomos 2002)
    Substantially revised and expanded version of the article that earlier appeared in Jahrbuch fuer Rechts- und Kriminalsoziologie(2003).
    ISBN: 0-406-95932-3
  • L Zedner, 'Victims' in M.Maguire et al (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, 3rd edn. (OUP 2002)
    Substantially revised chapter on victims for third edition of this major student text.
    ISBN: 0-19-925609-8
  • N Lacey and L Zedner, 'Community and Governance: a cultural comparison' in S Karstedt & K-D Bussman (ed), Social Dynamics of Crime and Control (Hart Publishing 2000)
  • L Zedner, 'The Pursuit of Security' in T Hope & R Sparks (ed), Crime, Risk and Insecurity (Routledge 2000)
  • L Zedner and N Lacey, 'Community in German Criminal Justice: A Significant Absence?' (1998) 7 Social and Legal Studies 7
  • L Zedner, 'Die Rolle der Kriminologie in Theorie und Praxis des Strafrechts in England' in C Nestler (ed), Lernprozesse im Vergleich der Kulturen (edition suhrkamp 1998)
  • L Zedner, 'Sentencing Young Offenders' in A Ashworth & M Wasik (ed), Fundamentals of Sentencing Theory (Oxford University Press 1998)
  • L Zedner, 'Community and Consumerism' in R Burnett (ed), The Probation Service: Responding to Change (OPSU 1997)
  • L Zedner, 'German Criminal Justice Culture' in J Feest & E Blankenburg (ed), Changing Legal Cultures (Onati IISL 1997)
  • L Zedner, 'Victims' in M Maguire, R Morgan & R Reiner (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (Oxford University Press 1997)
  • L Zedner, 'Reparation in Criminal Law - England' in A Eser & S Walther (ed), Wiedergutmachung im Kriminalrecht (Eigenverlag Max Planck Institut 1996)
  • L Zedner, 'Comparative Research on Criminal Justice' in L Noaks, M Levi & M Maguire (ed), Current Issues in Criminology (University of Wales Press 1995)
  • N Lacey and L Zedner, 'Discourses of Community in Criminal Justice' (1995) 22 Journal of Law and Society 301
  • N Lacey and L Zedner, 'In Pursuit of the Vernacular: comparing law and order discourse in Britain and Germany' (1995) 4 Social and Legal Studies 517
  • L Zedner, 'Regulating Sexual Offences within the Home' in I Loveland (ed), The Frontiers of Criminality (Sweet & Maxwell 1995)
  • L Zedner, 'The Prison for Women' in N Morris & D Rothman (ed), The Oxford History of the Prison (Oxford University Press 1995)
  • L Zedner, 'Child Victims' in IG Jones & G Williams (ed), Social Policy, Crime and Punishment (University of Wales Press 1994)
  • L Zedner, 'Reparation and Retribution: are they reconcilable?' (1994) 57 The Modern Law Review 228
  • L Zedner, 'Victims' in M Maguire, R Morgan & R Reiner (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (Oxford University Press 1994)
  • J Morgan and L Zedner, 'Researching Child Victims - Some Methodological Difficulties' (1993) 2 International Review of Victimology 295
  • J Morgan and L Zedner, ''Child Victims in the Criminal Justice System' in D P Farrington and S Walklate (eds), Offenders and Victims: Theory and Policy (ISDT 1992)
    Chapter in leading German Annual on 'Legal and criminal sociology' on the theme of 'Innere Sicherheiten' (rough trans. 'Security')
    ISBN: 3-8329-0084-5
  • LH Leigh and L Zedner, A Report on the Administration of Criminal Justice in the Pre-Trial Phase in France and Germany. The Royal Commission on Criminal Justice - Research Study No 1 (HMSO 1992)
  • J Morgan and L Zedner, Child Victims, Crime, Impact, and Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press 1992)
    ISBN: 019825699X
  • L Zedner, 'Sexual Offences' in E Stockdale & S Casale (ed), Criminal Justice under Stress (Blackstone Press 1992)
    ISBN: 978-0-19-955915-2
  • L Zedner, 'Social Control' in W Outhwaite & T Bottomore (ed), The Blackwell Dictionary of Twentieth Century Social Thought (Blackwell 1992)
  • J Morgan and L Zedner, 'The Child Victim in Court' (1992) The Magistrate 51
  • J Morgan and L Zedner, 'The Victim's Charter - A New Deal for Child Victims?' (1992) 31 The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 294
  • L Zedner, The Dynamics of Justice: Report of The Howard League Working Party on Criminal Justice Administration (The Howard League 1991)
  • L Zedner, Women, Crime, and Custody in Victorian England (Oxford University Press 1991)
    ISBN: 0198202644
  • L Zedner, 'Women, Crime, and Penal Responses: An Historical Account' (1991) 14 Crime and Justice: Annual Review of Research 307
  • J Morgan and L Zedner, Children as Victims of Crime: Impact, Needs and Responses: A Report to the Home Office ( 1990)

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