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Jonathan Merritt

Senior Lecturer in Law, De Montfort University

Jonathan Merritt has a first degree in law from Nottingham Trent University (NTU), a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from NTU, a Masters Degree in Criminology and Social Policy from the Open University and nearly 20 years experience teaching law and criminology. He joined Leicester De Montfort School of Law in 2006 although he has taught on DMU programmes since 2004.

Having taught and published initially in the business law field, Jonathan specialised for a number of years in policing, being the lead on a number of projects to bring police training into the UK university sector and has written on police powers in the era of increased civilianisation.

Jonathan is now weaving all that experience into his teaching and writing on sports law, commencing a PhD in 2011 on regulating equestrianism and horse racing.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Law, De Montfort University


  • 2005 
    Open University, MA (SPC)
  • 2000 
    Nottingham Trent University, PGCE (FET)
  • 1995 
    Nottingham Trent University, LLB (Hons)


  • 2010
    Does plural suit rural? Reflections on quasi-policing in the countryside., International Journal of Police Science and Management
  • 2010
    W(h)ither the PCSO?: Police perceptions of the Police Community Support Officer's role, powers and future directions., International Journal of Police Strategies and Management
  • 2009
    Pluralist models of policing: Legislating for police powers, a cautionary note from England and Wales, International Journal of Police Strategies and Management
  • 2009
    Law for Student Police Officers, 2nd Edn., Sage
  • 2003
    Introduction to Business Law, Liverpool Academic Press
  • 2002
    Modern Business Law: Principles and Practice, Liverpool Academic Press