Senior Lecturer or Reader in Criminal Law

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Location: Bloomsbury, London (Successful candidate must be based in the UK – for the duration of their contract)

Hours:  35 hours per week

The School of Law Gender and Media invites applications at the level of Senior Lecturer or Reader in Criminal Law starting in September 2022.

This post is part of a wider recruitment drive to hire imaginative Law teachers/researchers to join our exciting and expanding new cross-disciplinary department. Candidates will be required to make a significant contribution to undergraduate teaching and teaching leadership in the field of Criminal Law. Applicants able to teach an additional foundation module are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will also contribute to our undergraduate or postgraduate programmes by teaching on existing courses or offering new courses that further enhance our provision across different specialisations. The capacity to develop a curriculum that challenges mainstream/ hegemonic/ conventional legal theories will be an advantage as will a capacity to offer clinical legal teaching. 

You will have a strong track record of research and publications, appropriate to a research-intensive law school, and be able to demonstrate the ability to teach and convene modules successfully at higher education level. The School has an international reputation in the field of international, comparative and regional law with particular reference to Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and the Global South, and it is expected that applicants will have expertise relevant to the mission of the School. 

Candidates seeking further information may contact the Head of School, Scott Newton (

Applicants should ideally have: 

  • Specialist knowledge of Criminal Law.
  • A proven track record of high-quality research which will contribute to the Department’s research rating in the Research Excellence Framework.
  • Proven ability to lecture, tutor and supervise, to a high academic standard, undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research students from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Experience in convening Criminal Law and other foundation law modules and curriculum development.
  • A PhD in Law or a related subject.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with students, staff, academic peers, and external/professional organisations. 

Special consideration will be given to applicants who can demonstrate innovative and inclusive pedagogy, and in particular: 

  • Use of creative/imaginative/innovative teaching methodology, including reliance on audio-visual, role-playing, interactive materials and techniques; and
  • Teaching methods and approaches calculated to widen participation by, and motivate and narrow the achievement gap of, students from disadvantaged, economically deprived and socially marginalised backgrounds, whether in deprived areas of the UK (and comparable Euro-Atlantic states) or low-income Asian and African states.

Please click the apply button and complete the online application. 

Closing: 29th May 2022

Video Interviews: w/c 06th June 2022 

‘Successful candidates will need to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with SOAS, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006’ 

For information on how and why SOAS processes personal data about its job applicants, please read our Job Applicant Notice 

We would particularly welcome applications from candidates from working class, first generation Higher Education, the Global South, Black, Asian or other minority ethnic and underrepresented groups. All appointment decisions will be made on merit, following a fair and competitive process.

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