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Professor Andrew Ashworth

CBE, QC (Hon), LLB, MA, PhD, DCL, DJur (Hon), LLD (Hon), FBA
Emeritus Fellow since 2013
My current research interests centre on three areas – sentencing principles; the idea of preventive justice, and the need for safeguards where ‘the protection of the public’ is invoked in support of coercive measures; and the justifications for convicting people for omissions, i.e. for failing to act in a given situation, and particularly exploring the duties that citizens do or ought to have.


  • Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College (from 2013)
  • Vinerian Professor of English Law, University of Oxford and Fellow, All Souls College (from 1997 to 2013)
  • Edmund-Davies Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, King’s College London (from 1988 to 1997)
  • Fellow and Tutor in Law, Worcester College, Oxford (from 1978 to 1988)
  • Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Law, Manchester University (from 1970 to 1978)
  • Graduate student, New College, Oxford (from 1968 to 1970)
  • Undergraduate, LSE, London (from 1965 to 1968)

Research interests

  • Criminal law and justice
  • Sentencing
  • Criminal procedure
  • European human rights law


Other professional memberships and roles

  • Chairman, Select Committee of Experts on Sentencing, Council of Europe (from 1989 to 1992)
  • Member, and Chairman (2007-), Sentencing Advisory Panel (from 1999)