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Charles Booth Chair of Social Science, University of Liverpool

Professor Goldson currently holds the Charles Booth Chair of Social Science having previously been Professor of Criminology and Social Policy. He is extensively published and he has presented papers at over 170 national and international conferences. He is the founding editor of 'Youth Justice: An International Journal' (Sage) and currently he is also a member of the Editorial Boards of the 'British Journal of Criminology' (Oxford University Press) and the 'Howard Journal of Criminal Justice' (Blackwells). He has served, and serves, as an advisor/consultant to several major public bodies and/or research projects and he has provided expert evidence to a range of parliamentary committees, independent inquiries and international studies including: the United Nations Secretary General's Study on Violence Against Children; the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children; the Northern Ireland Assembly Justice Committee; the Offices of the Children's Commissioner's for both England and Wales; the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain; Lord Carlile's independent inquiry into the treatment and conditions of children and young people in penal custody and further independent inquiries into youth justice law and policy in England, Scotland and Wales. Professor Goldson is extensively networked across the international research community and he also has long-standing relations with a range of national and international governmental and non-governmental, human rights and progressive penal reform organisations.


Goldson, B and Muncie, J (forthcoming). (2014) Juvenile Justice: International Law and Children's Rights. In: James D. Wright (Editor-in-Chief) ed(s). The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Second edition). Oxford, Elsevier.
Goldson, B. and Kilkelly, U. (2013) International human rights standards and child imprisonment: Potentialities and limitations. International Journal of Children's Rights vol 21 issue 2 pp 345-371
Goldson, B. (2013) Children, young people and the contemporary penal landscape: Reflections, prospects, policy and research. In: Dockley, A. and Loader, I. ed(s). The Penal Landscape: The Howard League Guide to Criminal Justice in England and Wales. London, Routledge.
Goldson, B (2013) 'Unsafe, Unjust and Harmful to Wider Society': Grounds for Raising the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility in England and Wales. Youth Justice: An international journal vol 13 issue 2 pp 111-130
Goldson, B. and Muncie, J. (2012) Towards a Global `Child Friendly' Juvenile Justice? . International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice vol 40 issue 1 pp 47-64
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Professional Memberships

European Society of Criminology
British Society of Criminology
Personal Distinctions

Leverhulme Research Fellowship (Leverhulme Trust 2012)


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    Charles Booth Chair of Social Science, University of Liverpool