The Law and Criminology Journal



The Law and Criminology Journal is an internal platform run by postgraduate research student editors. Those within Law, Criminology, Politics, and Policing have the opportunity to engage in research, publish, and disseminate peer-reviewed work of a high level.

The Journal is managed by GTAs from the Law & Criminology Department:

  • Reece Burns
  • Elizabeth Bailey
  • Holly Devlin
  • Alaina Weir

Reece Burns is the Director of the journal. He is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and a PhD researcher in Criminology. Reece’s research focuses on understanding ecocide phenomenologically and the knowledge construction of how ecocide is represented in mass media. He is also a panel member of the British Society of Criminology Postgraduate Committee.

Elizabeth Bailey is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Elizabeth is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Law, third-year PhD Candidate and member of the International Justice and Human Rights Research Unit at Edge Hill University. Elizabeth is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is currently working to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education to achieve fellowship status. Her research field is within international law and focuses on the role of modern slavery in environmental destruction and climate change.

Holly Devlin is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. She is a graduate teaching assistant within the Law and Criminology Department and is currently a third year PhD Candidate. Her research looks at international courts in the areas of international criminal and human rights law.

Alaina Weir is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. She is a Graduate Teaching Assistant, a third-year PhD Candidate in Criminology and a member of the Philosophy, Culture, Law and Criminology Research Unit at Edge Hill University. Alaina’s current doctoral research at Edge Hill focusses on the theoretical and philosophical understandings of the influences, impacts and social harms of consumerism on young women and their identity, specifically within the cultural boundaries of social media. Her other research interests include feminism, zemiology, neoliberalism and criminal justice.

The Journal is run with the full support of the Department of Law & Criminology, with staff from across the department acting as peer reviewers for the journal articles.  All views expressed in these articles are those of student authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Edge Hill University.




Submission guidelines from the Law and Criminology Journal (LCJ)

The LCJ welcomes any submission from Law, Criminology, Policing and Politics. The journal’s topics can be broad as long as it fits within the remits of the aforementioned disciplines.

Submissions that will be accepted for review must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Must have a cover sheet beginning with a clear title of the paper followed by the authors full name and affiliation i.e., department name, year of study or title of your current programme and a university email address.
  2. Must contain an abstract of 150-200 words followed by five key words of relevance to the paper.
  3. The paper must not exceed the word count of 6000 including references and footnotes.
  4. The paper must follow either Harvard or OSCOLA referencing style.
  5. The required font is Times New Roman, font size 12 typed in double spacing.
  6. The submitted paper must not be a copy of an essay course submission. If the submission is an expansion to a high-quality essay course submission, please make sure it will not conflict with Turnitin.
  7. Long quotations should be kept minimal, however, if the quote exceeds 30 words, please indent following your chosen referencing style.
  8. The paper must not have been published or in the process of review elsewhere.

Submissions that do not follow the above guidelines may be rejected for review. Each issue of the journal will contain up to 6 papers. Accepted papers may also be considered for a later issue.


Submissions are to be sent via email to: [email protected] (FAS Law Criminology GTA)

As a subject header for the email please use [LCJ Submission] followed by the title of the paper.


Articles Archive

Anthony Downes (Second Year Criminology Student):
Should Young People Who Want to Express Themselves Through Drill Music Be Treated as Terror Suspects? December 2018.

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