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Professor Gerry Johnstone

Professor Gerry Johnstone

Professor of Law

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • The Law School


Professor Johnstone joined the University in 1989, after completing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He was appointed Professor of Law in 2003 and served the Law School as Head of Department (2003-2006) and Research Director (2000-2002, 2009-2013). He is the author of several books, including Restorative Justice: Ideas, Values, Debates (2nd edition, Routledge), which has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. He is on the editorial boards of Restorative Justice: An International Journal and Crime Law and Social Change. He is currently writing a book analysing the concept of overcriminalisation.

Recent outputs

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Building Bridges: Prisoners, Crime Victims and Restorative Justice

Brennan, I., & Johnston, G. (2019). Building Bridges: Prisoners, Crime Victims and Restorative Justice. Netherlands: Eleven International Publishing

Book Chapter

Restorative justice and the therapeutic tradition: Looking into the future

Johnstone, G. (2018). Restorative justice and the therapeutic tradition: Looking into the future. In Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice (395-408). Taylor & Francis (Routledge).

Journal Article

Restorative justice for victims: inherent limits?

Johnstone, G. (2017). Restorative justice for victims: inherent limits?. Restorative justice, 5(3), 382-395.

Towards a 'justice agenda' for restorative justice

Johnstone, G. (2014). Towards a ‘justice agenda’ for restorative justice. Restorative justice, 2(2), 115-123.


Restorative justice in prisons: Methods, approaches and effectiveness

Johnstone, G. (2014). Restorative justice in prisons: Methods, approaches and effectiveness. Strasbourg: Council of Europe

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Johnstone is interested in supervising PhD research which will contribute to knowledge of criminalisation, restorative justice, punishment, and social control. Completed PhDs Anna Carline, Women who Kill their Abusive Partners: an Analysis of Queer Theory, Social Justice and the Criminal Law, awarded 2002. Margarita Zernova, Restorative Justice: Aspirations of Proponents and Experiences of Participants in Family Group Conferences, awarded 2005. Kai Adegbembo, Implementing New Regimes of Accountability and Performance Management: an Empirical Study of one Police Force, awarded 2006. Jarem Sawatsky, The Ethic of Traditional Communities and the Spirit of Healing Justice, awarded 2008. David Wilkins, Giving Voice to the Dead: Education and Commemoration as Vehicles for the Restorative Repair of the Historical Injustice and Legacy of Transatlantic Slavery, awarded 2013. Helen Nichols, Researching the Experiences of Incarcerated Learners, awarded 2016. Yang Sun, Criminal Reconciliation following the Legislation: through the Lenses of Prosecutors in China, awarded 2017. Current PhD supervisions Professor Johnstone is currently supervising six PhD projects on topics including restorative justice in educational settings and human trafficking.