Biography

Ian Edwards is a senior lecturer in law.  His main areas of research are sentencing law and the place of victims in criminal processes.  His current research focuses on the place of sentencing guidelines in England and Wales.  He is also researching victim-centred substantive criminal laws.

 

He joined the Law School in September 2001 having previously worked as a research assistant at Nottingham Law School, a tutor at Cardiff Law School and a part-time lecturer at the University of Glamorgan. He completed his PhD in 2002 on the participation of crime victims in sentencing processes and the Victim Personal Statement Scheme.  From 2002 to 2006 he was a Community Panel Member for Norfolk's Youth Offending Team. Community Panel Members chair meetings at which young offenders are encouraged to face up to the consequences of their offending behaviour (including sometimes meeting their victims) and take responsibility for their actions. In 2002/3 he was a member of the Home Office's Steering Group on the Review of the Forensic Science Service.  He has also been on the committee of the Supporters of the Norfolk Community Law Service.

 

He has presented papers at several conferences on victims' rights. In August 2009, he presented a paper on "forgiveness in criminal justice" at an international symposium on victims' rights in Mito, Japan (his attendance was funded in part by an Overseas Conference Grant from the British Academy). In September 2007 he was a keynote speaker at a criminology conference in Adelaide entitled "Alternative Justice Systems: Are Victims Better Off?" In 2003 he presented two papers at a symposium on victims' rights in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Ian is interested in supervising students in the following broad areas: criminal law, in particular in the areas of criminal defences, causation, and art and the criminal law; the jury system; the role of victims in the criminal justice system.

 

Since 2008 Ian has been a visiting lecturer at the Deutsche Richterakademie in Trier, Germany.

 

 

All Publications

Edwards, I.

(2012)

Sentencing Councils and Victims,

in The Modern Law Review

75

(3)

pp. 324-346

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Edwards, I.

(2011)

Referral Orders after the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008,

in The Journal of Criminal Law

75

(1)

pp. 45-69

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Edwards, I.

(2010)

Draft sentencing guidelines for assault,

in Criminal Law and Justice Weekly

174

(44)

pp. 677-678

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Edwards, I.

(2010)

Penal Policy under the Coalition Government,

in Criminal Law and Justice Weekly

174

(28)

pp. 421-423

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Edwards, I.

(2010)

Stops, searches and terrorism,

in Criminal Law and Justice Weekly

174

(30)

pp. 461-463

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Edwards, I.

(2009)

Banksy's graffiti: A not-so-simple case of criminal damage?,

in The Journal of Criminal Law

73

(4)

pp. 345

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Edwards, I.

(2009)

Restorative Justice and the Court of Appeal,

in Critical Concepts in Criminology.

Routledge

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Edwards, I.

(2009)

The evidential quality of victim personal statements and family impact statements,

in International Journal of Evidence and Proof

13

(4)

pp. 293

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Edwards, I.

(2006)

Restorative Justice, Sentencing and the Court of Appeal,

in Criminal Law Review

2006

(February)

pp. 110-123

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Edwards, I.

(2004)

An Ambiguous Participant: The Crime Victim and Criminal Justice Decision-Making,

in British Journal of Criminology

44

(6)

pp. 967-982

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Edwards, I.

(2002)

The Place of Victims' Preferences in the Sentencing of "Their" Offenders,

in Criminal Law Review

2002

pp. 689-702

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Edwards, I.

(2001)

Victim participation in sentencing: The problems of incoherence,

in The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice

40

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pp. 39

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Key Research Interests

Chapters in Books

"Persistent Young Offenders: Exploiting the Myth?" in A Saporiti (ed) Exploring Children's Rights (FrancoAngeli Milan 1998)

"Restorative Justice, Sentencing and the Court of Appeal" in C. Hoyle (ed) Restorative Justice (2009: Critical Concepts in Criminology, Routledge) ch 74 (reprinted from [2006] Criminal L Rev 110)


Journal Articles

"Victim Participation in Sentencing: The Problems of Incoherence" [2001] Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 39

"The Place of Victims' Preferences in the Sentencing of 'Their' Offenders" [2002] Criminal L Rev 689

"Prisoner Release and Victims of Crime" (2003) 153 NLJ692

"Making a Referral Order" (2003)153 NLJ 1311

"An Ambiguous Participant: The Crime Victim and Criminal Justice Decision-Making" (2004) 44 British Journal of Criminology 967

"A Genuine Voice?" (2005) 155 NLJ 1341

"Restorative Justice, Sentencing and the Court of Appeal" [2006] Criminal L Rev 110-123

"The Place of Shame in Responses to Anti-Social Behaviour" (2008) 6 British Journal of Community Justice 50-66

"Jurors Online" (with G. Daly) (2009) 173 Criminal Law and Justice Weekly 261-262

"Banksy's Graffiti: A Not-So-Simple Case of Criminal Damage?" (2009) 73 Journal of Criminal Law 345-361

"The Evidential Quality of Victim Impact Statements and Family Impact Statements" (2009) 13 International Journal of Evidence and Proof 293-320

“Referral Orders after the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008” (2011) 75 Journal of Criminal Law 45-69

'Victims and Semtencing Councils' (2012) 76 MLR 324-346


Conference Papers

Ian's conference papers include

"The Place of Forgiveness in Criminal Justice: A British Perspective"

"Justice for All: Issues Emerging from the Introduction of Restorative Justice into the Youth Justice System of England and Wales" both at 11th International Symposium of World Society of Victimology University of Stellenbosch July 2003

Teaching Interests

Ian is course director for the M100 degree programme. His main teaching interests are in criminal justice: he is module organiser for 'Principles of Criminal Law' and 'Crime and Sentencing'. He has also taught on other modules, including 'Law in Practice', 'Sociology of Law' and ‘English Legal Process’.  He regularly supervises undergraduate dissertations and doctoral theses on a wide range of criminal justice topics. In three separate years he has been nominated by students for a 'Teaching Excellence' award. His other main area of interest is in heritage law (he has a related website: http://lawandheritage.blogspot.co.uk). He plans to establish a 'Heritage Law' undergraduate module, which will be one of the first of its kind in England and Wales.

 


External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Ian has worked with the Norfolk Rural Community Council, helping them research the history in Norfolk communities of land owned in trust for the poor. He is an Ambassador for Norwich's Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART). He is a member of the Norwich Society and of the Friends of Norwich Museums. For four years Ian worked as a volunteer Community Panel Member for the Norfolk Youth Offending Team, chairing restorative justice meetings between victims and offenders. In 2002/3 he was a member of the Home Office's Steering Group on the Review of the Forensic Science Service. He has also been a committee member for the Supporters of the Norfolk Community Law Service.