Josh Jowitt joined Newcastle Law School in September 2016. He graduated in Law from Homerton College, Cambridge in 2009. After a period of time working in Widening Participation and Outreach as Schools Liaison Officer for Selwyn College, Cambridge, he returned to Law and took his LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights from the University of Warwick in 2012. He was awarded his PhD in 2018, having undertaken study at University College, Durham under the supervision of Professor Deryck Beyleveld and Professor Shaun Pattinson.
Jowitt was shortlisted for the Law Teacher of the Year award at the 2019 Law Awards. At the same event, he won the prize for Community Outreach/Pro Bono Initiative of the Year for his work in widening participation and outreach with local schools.
His main research interests are legal theory and the source of legal normativity, human rights and public law. He also studies issues of legal personhood and how the law engages with novel beings such as animals and artificial intelligence.