School of Law

Dr Imogen Jones

Associate Professor

I joined the University of Leeds in September 2016. Prior to that I held lectureships at the University of Birmingham and the University of Manchester. I hold degrees from the University of Manchester (LLB and PhD) and the University of Sheffield (MA International Criminology). 

Research Interests

My research centres on the criminal law and process, taking a contextual view of its impact on social and political issues. My most recent research has focussed on the role of deceased bodies within the criminal process, both as sites of crime and as evidence of wrongdoing. I have carried out a small study involving examining the attitudes and practices of forensic pathologists towards dead bodies and those who have interests in them. I hope to extend this further to consider the transitions made by the body, and those that interact with it, as it progresses through the legal system.


I teach criminal law and evidence law. I am committed to the practice of research led teaching and am excited by opportunities for innovation in legal education. I strongly believe in working with students as members of an academic community.

PhD Supervision

I am happy to supervise PhD students in areas of criminal law, criminal evidence law and criminal justice.

Key Publications

Journal Articles

  • Jones, I, ‘A Grave Offence: Corpse Desecration and the Criminal Law’, Legal Studies (2017) (online first)
  • Jones, I and Malkani, B,.‘Beastly Humans: The Welfare Model of Executions’, Law, Culture and the Humanities (2017) (online first)
  • Jones, I, and M, Quigley, ‘Preventing Lawful and Decent Burial: Resurrecting Dead Offences’ (2016) 36(2) Legal Studies 354 - 374
  • Jones, I, ‘A problem of the past? The politics of ‘relevance’ in evidential reform’ (2012) Contemporary Issues in Law 277 – 301
  • Jones, I, ‘Still Just rhetoric? Judicial discretion and due process’ (2011) 32(3) Liverpool Law Review 251 - 273 
  • Jones, I, ‘A beastly provision: why the offence of ‘intercourse with an animal’ must be butchered’ (2011) 75(6) Journal of Criminal Law 528 - 544 
  • Jones, I, ‘A political judgement? Reconciling hearsay and the right to challenge (2010) 14 International Journal of Evidence and Proof  232 - 252

Media Contact Areas

I am happy to be contacted by the press regarding areas which overlap with my research. 

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