Professor of Criminal Law and Procedure, Faculty of Social Sciences
John Jackson is Professor of Comparative Criminal Law & Procedure at the School of Law and is a qualified barrister. He was previously Dean of the School of Law at University College Dublin from 2008-2011 and before that he was Professor of Public Law at Queen's University Belfast from 1995 - 2008. He has also taught at University College Cardiff, the City University , London and the University of Sheffield . He has held visiting professorships at Hastings College of the Law, University of California and the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales and was a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in 2007 - 2008. From 1998 to 2000 he was an Independent Assessor for the Northern Ireland Criminal Justice Review and since 2008 he has been a Parole Commissioner for Northern Ireland. .
John Jackson's research fields lie in the areas of Criminal Evidence and Criminal Justice. He has a particular interest in empirical and policy research and is the author of a number of books, articles and research reports in these areas including Judge without Jury: Diplock Trials within the Adversary System (OUP, 1995)(with Sean Doran), Solicitor Advocates in Scotland: The Impact of Clients (HMSO, 2000)(with G. Hanlon), Legislating Against Silence (NIO, 2000)(with Martin Wolfe and Katie Quinn) and The Detention and Questioning of Young Persons by the Police in Northern Ireland (2003)(with Katie Quinn).
In recent years he has taken a comparative and international approach to evidence and criminal justice. He has published (with Barry Hancock), Standards for Prosecutions: An Analysis of the National Prosecuting Agencies in the United Kingdom (IAP, 2006) and in Ireland, New South Wales, The Netherlands and Denmark (2008). His most recent book co-authored with Sarah Summers is The Internationalisation of Criminal Evidence: beyond the Common Law and Civil law traditions (CUP, 2012).
He is on the editorial boards of a number of journals including the Criminal Law Review and the International Journal of Evidence & Proof and is the UK and Europe Editor of the International Commentary on Evidence.