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Dr John Child

Post:Senior Lecturer (Crime Research Centre)

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Dr John Child is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex; Co-founding Director of the Sussex Crime Research Centre; and Co-founding Director of and Criminal Law Reform Now Network.

John has been at Sussex Law School since 2013. Prior to this, John was a Lecturer (2010-11) and Senior Lecturer (2011-13) at Oxford Brookes Law School. Before moving to Oxford Brookes, John completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham whilst working as a postgraduate teaching assistant, he also worked as a research assistant on the Criminal Law Team at the Law Commission for England and Wales.

John has held visiting positions at Boston University; the University of Birmingham; as well as the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg. 


Senior Lecturer in Law

Co-Founding Director of the Sussex Crime Research Centre -

Co-Founding Director of the Criminal Law Reform Now Network - 

Academic Member of Sussex Addiction Research & Intervention Centre -

Community and Business

John has contributed to several law reform and review exercises, including:

  • Law Commission consultations on Attempt; Conspiracy; Assisting and Encouraging; Intoxication; Bribery; Offences Against the Person; New Programmes of Law Reform; 
  • House of Common's Justice Committee - Post Legislative Scrutiny of the Serious Crime Act 2007;
  • Cabinet Office - consultancy on corruption legislation.

John provides expert peer review for the Criminal Law Review; Oxford Journal of Legal Studies; Criminal Law and Philosophy; Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy; and the AHRC (Peer Review College).  

John is an external examiner at Lancashire Law School.