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Dr Gabrielle Watson


Chancellor’s Fellow

LLB (Edinburgh) MA, MSc, DPhil (Oxford)

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Gabrielle Watson LLB (Edinburgh) MA, MSc, DPhil (Oxford) is a specialist in criminal law and justice. At Edinburgh, she is the recipient of the Chancellor's Fellowship for 'cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and innovation' and 'a vision for future leadership' in her field. She is the author of the award-winning Respect and Criminal Justice (OUP 2020) and Editor of the forthcoming volume Sentencing, Public Opinion, and Criminal Justice: Essays in Honour of Julian V Roberts (OUP 2024).

Gabrielle is currently leading a five-year interdisciplinary research programme entitled Justice and Well-being in the Criminal Court. Located in three domains – the entering of plea, the trial, and the sentencing hearing – the research explores well-being as a new analytic category for criminal justice scholarship and an institutional commitment that courts should be required by justice to support and maintain.
In 2024, Gabrielle was appointed by the Lord Justice General to the Criminal Courts Rules Council for a three-year term. She also acts as Advisor to the Sentencing Academy, a London-based organisation dedicated to developing expert understanding of sentencing and informing public debate. Gabrielle has held Visiting Fellowships at the Cambridge Centre for Criminal Justice (2019, 2021), Downing College, Cambridge (2021), and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg, Germany (2023).

Gabrielle was formerly based at the University of Oxford as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Law and at Christ Church (2017-19), and subsequently as Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law at Lincoln College (2019-23). She is a Research Associate of the Oxford Centre for Criminology.