Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Jenny Johnstone

Lecturer in Law



Jenny studied for a Law Degree (University of Newcastle), MA in Criminal Justice Studies (University of Leeds) and Diploma in Legal Practice (Leeds Metropolitan University). Work in practice includes family law and child law and as a volunteer case-worker at a Law Centre in the areas of family, housing, employment, immigration and welfare law. Jenny came to Newcastle, as a Lecturer in October 2007, having previously worked in the School of Law, University of Glasgow from October 2005 and within the Institute for the Study of the Legal Profession, Law School, University of Sheffield, from October 1998. Jenny has worked on numerous research funded projects including the Home Office Independent Evaluation of Restorative Justice Schemes and Home Office Independent Evaluation of Statutory Time Limit Pilots in the Youth Court, DCA funded project looking at the Non Legally Qualified Advisors and their Clients - Perceptions of Quality (PI) as well as various Scottish Government funded research projects. These projects have involved both quantitative and qualitative methods of research. Jenny recently sat on the Steering Group on the Young Victims of Crime Project, Scoping a National Service Model for Young Victims of Crime in Scotland - a project led by Victim Support Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.  Jenny also served as a Chair Panel Member for the Childrens Hearings System in Scotland (2009-2015).

Previous Positions

Researcher, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, Leeds University (1994-1998)
Irwin Mitchell Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of the Legal Profession, Law School, Sheffield University (1998-2005)
Lecturer, Law School, University of Glasgow (2005-2007) 


Honorary Research Fellow, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
European Society of Criminology
Socio-Legal Studies Association
Register of Exercise Professionals




Research Interests

Restorative Justice; Youth Justice; Victims of Crime - Child Victims of Crime and Child Protection/Law,
gender violence; Multi agency responses within Criminal Justice; equality and criminal justice; race, crime and justice

Other Expertise

Civil Justice; Legal Profession, Governance and Regulation; Public Funding, Research Methods

Current Work

Responding to 'vulnerability' within custodial institutions, criminal justice and youth justice

Black and Minority Ethnic and foreign nationals’ Prisoner Experiences: A Pilot Study  

Potential for Restorative Approaches for Survivors of Historical Institutional Abuse

Putting Family First: Evaluation of a programme responding to interfamilial violence which is being implemented by a YOS


I have worked on a number of projects receiving grants as PI and as part of a collaborative group from various funders including the Home Office, Department of Constitutional Affairs, Scottish Government, ECHR and EOC amongst others.  Much of this has involved collaborative work - examples include a project with Sacro considering the Potential for Restorative Justice: Survivors of Historical Institutional Abuse. I was PI for research considering clients perceptions of and quality of the legal advice provided by non-legally qualified advisors. (Non- Legally Qualified Advisors and Their Clients (2005) funded by the then DCA).Therapeutic Support for Adult Witnesses in Criminal and Civil Proceedings (with Profs. Michele Burman, Amina Memon (Scottish Government)). Policy Responses to Gender Violence in Scotland (with Michele Burman and Scottish Women's Aid, funded by EHRC). Guidance on the Gender Equality Duty for Criminal Justice Agencies (Burman, M; Johnstone, J and Leacock, V, funding from EOC). HO Independent Evaluation of Restorative Justice Schemes (2001-2009) (with Prof Joanna Shapland et al, funded by Home Office); HO Evaluation of Statutory Time Limit Pilots in the Youth Court (2000-2001) (with Prof Joanna Shapland, Pro John Jackson, Dr Angela Sorsby, Tamsin Stubbing, Marie Howes, funded by Home Office). 

Research Roles

Senior Associate of the European Postgraduate and Early Stage Researchers Working Group: Criminology, Criminal Justice and Criminal Law

Race, Crime and Justice Regional Research Network -

Restorative Justice Forum, Scotland

N8 PRP - Part of Newcastle team with Dr Jill Clark and Dr Gavin Oxburgh

Postgraduate Supervision 

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Undergraduate Teaching

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Postgraduate Taught Programme - Teaching

International Criminal Law

Postgraduate Research

Research Methods