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Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Brighton

Jon Robins' research interests span criminal justice, social justice and journalism.

He has a long term commitment to miscarriages of justice, prisoners' rights, social justice and access to justice and legal aid.

Jon came to academia in 2021 after a 25-year career in journalism reporting on justice issues.

Over the years, he has written regularly for the Guardian, Observer (, Independent on Sunday ( as well as the Times, magazines and specialist journals.

He is twice winner of the Bar Council's journalist of the year and winner of the inaugural Halsbury Law award for journalism.

Jon is the editor of the Justice Gap ( - an online magazine about 'the law and justice - and the difference between the two'. The Justice Gap has a print magazine, Proof.

Jon's books include:

Justice in a Time of Austerity (Bristol University Press, 2021 - with Dr Dan Newman) which featured more than 200 original interviews conducted in food banks, homeless shelters, destitution services for asylum seekers, law centres and citizens advice bureaux, courts waiting rooms.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: the crisis in our justice system (Biteback Press, 2018): This book examines the inability of our justice system to get to grips with miscarriages of justice by looking at cases of serious injustice over the last 20 years.

The First Miscarriage of Justice (Waterside Press, 2014): an account of one man’s 43 year campaign to overturn his conviction. The Tony Stock case has been described as “one of the most outrageous miscarriages of justice in modern times“ - as mentioned in the House of Commons.

The Justice Gap: Whatever happened to legal aid? (Legal Action Group, 2008 with Steve Hynes)

Jon is special adviser to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Miscarriages of Justice, a trustee of the access to justice charity the Legal Action Group, and patron of Hackney Community Law Centre.


  • 2021–2022
    Dr, Brighton University