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Professor Jonathan Burnside


Jonathan Burnside is Professor of Biblical Law and teaches Criminal Law, Jewish Law and Jurisprudence. He has degrees in Law and Criminology, both from the University of Cambridge, and a Doctorate in Law from the University of Liverpool. He joined the School of Law as Lecturer in 2001, becoming Reader in 2007 and Professor in 2012. Previously, he spearheaded 'Relational Justice' for the Jubilee Centre, Cambridge, and was appointed by the Home Office and the Prison Service England and Wales to head an evaluation of faith-based units in prisons in England and Wales. 

His work explores the relationship between law, theology and criminology from theoretical and applied perspectives, beginning with "Relational Justice: Repairing the Breach" (1994, Waterside Press) and including "My Brother's Keeper: Faith-based units in prisons" (2005, Willan). Within the School's Centre for the Study of Law and Religion he addresses some of the ways in which faith-based bodies of law vie to govern normative behaviour, in ways that may coincide or conflict with the dominant legal order. His work on biblical law includes "The Signs of Sin: Seriousness of offence in biblical law" (2003, Continuum) and, most recently, "God, Justice and Society: Aspects of Law and Legality in the Bible" (2011, OUP). 

He has served as Independent Advisor to the Correctional Services Accreditation Panel (Ministry of Justice) and the National Offender Management Service. He has been a David Patterson Visiting Fellow in Jewish Law at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Sir Harry Gibbs Visiting Fellow in Law at Emmanuel College, University of Queensland and T. C. Beirne Distinguished Visiting Fellow, School of Law, University of Queensland.