Ian Edwards

Ian Edwards


  • 2.09 Earlham Hall

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Personal profile


Ian Edwards is an associate professor in law.  He is the module organiser for Principles of Criminal Law, The Criminal Process, and Crime & Sentencing.

Ian is a law graduate of the University of Birmingham and also has a first-class degree in art history from the Open University. He completed his PhD in 2002 on the participation of crime victims in sentencing processes. He joined the Law School in September 2001 having previously worked as a research assistant at Nottingham Law School and a tutor at Cardiff Law School.

Ian is interested in supervising postgraduate research students in the following broad areas: criminal law; criminal justice and sentencing; art and the law.

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

Ian is also a photographer: https://ianedwardsphotography.zenfolio.com

He is proud to be an Event Support Ambassador for parkrun UK and a co-Event Director of Colney Lane parkrun, based on UEA's campus: https://www.parkrun.org.uk / https://www.parkrun.org.uk/colneylane/

External Activities

  • 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.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

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


Criminology, esp. the study of victims and victimisation; criminal justice - issues relating to victims' rights; restorative justice; victim-offender mediation; criminal law. Community Panel Member, Norfolk Youth Offending Team.

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. 

Areas Of Expertise


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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