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Jonathan Rogers   JONATHAN ROGERS
LLB, PhD (UCL, 1999)
Senior Lecturer in Laws
Fellow of Middle Temple

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Email: j.rogers@ucl.ac.uk

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Dr Rogers gained his undergraduate degree in law from the University of Nottingham and completed his PhD at UCL in 1999. He accepted his first full-time lectureship at Brunel University in 2000 and moved to UCL in 2002.

While Dr Rogers writes in an academic vein, he is keen to engage in discussions with practitioners and government beyond the academic community. “I have been very pleased to act as an Academic Fellow for Middle Temple. But the bridge between practice and academia remains wide. One loses count of the number of cases in the higher courts when one is fairly sure that an important point could have been argued more effectively. I place a number of articles on contemporary cases in professional journals for that reason”. He has also given talks to practitioner audiences on domestic violence, criminal attempts, bad character evidence and hearsay.

He was Legal Advisor to the script writers of The Innocence Project, a criminal justice drama set in law school (aired on BBC1 in 2006/7) but which failed to be given a second series. “The legal points were lost on the audience, it seems. The real problem though was that life in a law school simply isn’t very dramatic. Surprising, isn’t it?”

Dr Rogers’ major contemporary interest is in prosecutorial discretion and decision-making. In his first article on prosecutorial discretion (Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 2006), he argued that the Code for Crown Prosecutors can be much better structured than it presently is. In 2010, he wrote the leading article on the Purdy litigation, offering some critical comments of the House of Lords’ decision and outlining how the problems of over-inclusive law (such as assisted suicide) should be addressed by prosecutors. In December 2012, he gave a response to the DPP’s presentation of the proposed seventh Code for Crown prosecutors, at an evening event hosted UCL’s Centre for Criminal Law. His most recent piece explores the role of the public prosecutor in applying and developing the substantive criminal law.

Dr Rogers keeps an active interest in “traditional” areas of substantive criminal law, especially self-defence. Following his PhD on exculpatory defences in criminal law, he scrutinised the use of firearms by soldiers and policemen in a seminal piece (Legal Studies 1998), further developed in a Chapter in Seeking Security (Hart, 2012). He writes regularly in response to the Law Commission's Consultation papers, and his proposal that the Law Commission should examine the common law offence of misconduct in public office was accepted in 2011, with a paper expected for consultation in 2014. Dr Rogers has also pointed to the increasing importance of abuse of process in criminal procedure and has discussed what the boundaries of this common law doctrine ought to be (Current Legal Problems 2008). He has also written extensively on the effect of the Human Rights Act 1998 on substantive criminal law (2002, 2003 and 2005).

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Current Teaching
Criminal Law (Convenor of first year course)
Laws of Evidence

Criminal Process and Human Rights

Extra-curricular activities
Dr Rogers is also well known in English chess. He is a FIDE Master, and is President of Britain's top amateur Club, Barbican 4NCL, whose first team finished third in the national chess league in 2003, 2005 and 2008, and in 2010. He says, “playing chess is probably good preparation for virtually anything in life. What else forces you to take full responsibility for your decisions, whilst at the same time making you understand that you are only human and not all of your decisions will be correct?”

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