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Jacqueline Hodgson





School of Law
University of Warwick
Tel: 02476 524163

Research Interests

Professor Hodgson has researched and written in the area of European & comparative criminal justice. She has conducted numerous large scale qualitative empirical studies in Britain, France and most recently, several comparative studies in Europe. These have all been externally funded and have resulted in major publications and wider dissemination, including significant public engagement. Feeding directly into EU legislative reforms, she has recently completed a large comparative empirical project examining the effectiveness of suspects' rights in four EU jurisdictions (Inside Police Custody, 2014) and (in 2015) an empirical study of the protection of juvenile suspects held for police questioning in five different EU Member States (Belgium, England & Wales, Italy, Netherlands & Poland). Both studies were funded by the European Commission. Most recently, she has been collaborating with psychology colleagues, examining the impact of different police strategies of evidence disclosure.

Her monograph French Criminal Justice (2005) was the first major empirical socio-legal account of the investigation and prosecution of crime in France - the result of several years' observational fieldwork and interviews. Her earlier work includes Standing Accused (1994) (with McConville, Bridges and Pavlovic), the first major empirical study of the organisation and practices of criminal defence lawyers in Britian; a study of the right to silence during police interrogation (Custodial Legal Advice and The Right to Silence, 1993 with McConville) and a study of the ways in which the criminal process produces miscarriages of justice (Criminal Injustice: An Evaluation of the Criminal Justice Process in Britian, 2000, with Belloni).

Working with Dr Juliet Horne though the Criminal Justice Centre, she published (in 2009) a study commissioned by the Legal Services Commission, 'The extent and impact of legal representation on applications to the criminal cases review commission (CCRC)' and (launched in the House of Lords in 2015) a study of the Prisoners Penfriends' scheme 'More than Just a Prisoner'. With Dr Asher Flynn from Monash University she organised conference workshops in Warwick and Melbourne comparing legal aid cuts and access to justice in the two jurisdictions, resulting in the edited collection (2017) 'Access to Justice and Legal Aid: Comparative Perspectives on Unmet Legal Need'.

She is currently carrying out two impact studies funded by the ESRC IAA. The first, conducted with West Mercia and Warwickshire police, explores the impact on public confidence in policing of a variety of preventive interventions. The second evaluates the Criminal Cases Review Commission's treatment of applications where no appeal has been brought, looking at the impact on practice of of earlier research by Warwick Criminal Justice Centre researchers. It is funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

You can download some of her publications from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN)


Professor Hodgson is Academic Director for Research & Impact for the Arts and Social Sciences. She established the Criminal Justice Centre and the cross-faculty Centre for Operational Policing Research. She holds an LLB and PhD and has researched and written in the area of UK, French, comparative and European criminal justice. Her research has attracted funding from the ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, British Academy, Leverhume Trust, AHRC, the European Commission and the Home Office.

She held a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship for 2009-2010. She was awarded the Social Science Faculty Impact prize in 2013. In 2013 she was elected to the Council of JUSTICE and in 2014 she was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

She has contributed to UK policy reform through her research for the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice; her evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Europe; written and oral evidence to the Justice Select Committee review of the CCRC; and a briefing for the Scottish Criminal Justice review carried out by Lord Carloway. At the EU level she has provided a Brussels Policy Briefing re the draft Directive on Access to legal counsel and been appointed as an expert for EU impact assessments on on legal aid Directive (2016), pre-trial detention (2015-16), presumption of innocence (2013). Her research and scholarship on French criminal justice have resulted in her expertise being sought in the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, as well as in a number of European Arrest Warrant cases and Scottish and Canadian extradition cases. She has trained lawyers in connection with best practice in the provision of custodial legal advice in the light of European standards, and in making effective applications to the CCRC. She has also organised a range of public engagement events around prisoner well-being and women in prison.

Research Projects

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  • Sukumar, Divya, Wade, Kimberley A., Hodgson, Jacqueline, 2016. Strategic disclosure of evidence : perspectives from psychology and law. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 22 (3), pp. 306-313, View
  • Hodgson, Jacqueline, Roach, Kent, 2016. Disenfranchisement as punishment : European Court of Human Rights, UK and Canadian responses to prisoner voting. Public Law, View
  • Cape, E., Hodgson, Jacqueline, 2014. The right of access to a lawyer at police stations : making the European Union directive work in practice. New Journal of European Criminal Law, 4, View
Books and Chapters
  • Hodgson, Jacqueline, 2016. The democratic accountability of prosecutors in England and Wales and France : independence, discretion and managerialism. In: Langer, Maximo; Sklansky, David Alan; (ed.), Prosecutors and Democracy: A Cross-National Study: , Cambridge University Press, View
  • Hodgson, Jacqueline, Soubise, Laurà¨ne, 2016. Prosecution in France. In: null; (ed.), Oxford Handbooks online, New York, Oxford University Press, View
  • Hodgson, Jacqueline, 2016. Criminal procedure in Europe's area of Freedom, Security and Justice : the rights of the suspect. In: Mitsilegas, Valsamis; Bergström, Maria; Konstadinides, Theodore; (ed.), Research Handbook in EU Criminal Law, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 168-188, View
  • Kemp, Vicky, Hodgson, Jacqueline, 2016. England and Wales : empirical findings. In: Vanderhallen, M.; van Oosterhout, M.; Panzavolta, M.; de Vocht, D.; (ed.), Interrogating young suspects II: procedural safeguards from an empirical perspective, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Intersentia, pp. 127 - 181, View
  • Blackstock, Jodie, Cape, Ed, Hodgson, Jacqueline, Ogorodova, Anna, Spronken, Taru, 2014. Inside police custody : an empirical account of suspects' rights in four jurisdictions: Cambridge, United Kingdom, Intersentia, View

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • The meaning and appellate consequences of the guilty plea
  • Injecting Plea Bargaining into the Ethiopian Criminal Justice System: Challenges and Prospects Date of Completion:2015
  • Witnesses are absent: an empirical study of the written dossier system in China Date of Completion:2015
  • An empirical study of the independence and accountability of public prosecutors in France and in England and Wales Date of Completion:2016
  • Police Disclosure of Evidence: A Psychology and Law Perspective

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