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Jenny has a background in Law (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne) and Criminal Justice Studies (MA from the University of Leeds) and Legal Practice (Diploma from Leeds Metropolitan University).

She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University Law School, having previously worked at the University of Glasgow (Lecturer), University of Sheffield (Irwin Mitchell Research Fellow) and University of Leeds (Researcher).

Her research interests span criminal justice, restorative justice, youth justice, legal profession and access to justice. She also worked previously on a variety of projects looking at the use of information technology by the legal profession, legal education and training and legal aid.

She has worked in practice, as a para-legal, in the area of family law and as a volunteer case-worker at a Law Centre in the areas of family, housing, and welfare law. Jenny also served as a Chair Panel Member for the Children’s Hearings System in Scotland (2009-2015).


Recent publications

JACKSON, John; JOHNSTONE, Jenny. Statutes of Limitation in the United Kingdom. DPCE Online, [S.l.], v. 49, n. 4, jan. 2022. ISSN 2037-6677. Available at: http://www.dpceonline.it/index.php/dpceonline/article/view/1447.

Chistyakova Y, Cole B, Johnstone J. ‘Diversity and vulnerability in Prisons in the context of the Equality Act 2010: the experiences of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME), and Foreign National Prisoners (FNPs) in a Northern Jail’. Prison Services Journal 2018, 235, 10-16.

Johnstone J, Chistyakova Y, Cole B. Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) and Foreign National Prisoners Experience of Prison Report on a Pilot Study in a Northern English Prison. 2017.

Johnstone J, McDonough I. Restorative ‘Justice’ or ‘Approaches’ and its potential in cases of historical abuse. Scottish Justice Matters (Special Issue) 2017, 5(1), 15-16.



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Responding to Gender-based Violence in Scotland: The Scope of the Gender Equality Duty to Drive Cultural and Practical Change

This piece of research, undertaken for the Equality and Human Rights Commission by the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research explores […]


Youth Justice

In this volume, the editors provide an overview of the Scottish Youth Justice Process. The contributors describe the various contexts […]

2nd December 2008

Policy Responses to Gender Based Crime in Scotland

Michele Burman and Jenny Johnstone in collaboration with Janette de Haan and Jan Macleod, of the Women’s Support Project received […]

2nd December 2008

Consensus / Consenso

SCCJR, in collaboration with Xunta de Galicia, Spain  and 4 other international partners, were awarded a grant under the  European […]

4th June 2008

Comparing Crime Surveys Across the UK

The United Kingdom is covered by three separate crime surveys, the British Crime Survey (which covers England and Wales), the […]

4th February 2007

European Postgraduate and Early Stage Researchers Working Group

The initial meeting of the European Postgraduate Researchers Group took place at the European Society of Criminology (ESC) Conference in […]

21st March 2006

Gender Equality Duty and Scottish Criminal Justice – EOC Guidance

The Gender Equality Duty (GED) came into force in April 2007. It requires all public authorities to demonstrate that they […]

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