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Faculty in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology are leading scholars in the fields of criminal justice, criminology, terrorism, law and society, among other areas.

Located in Washington, D.C., the School of Public Affairs' Department of Justice, Law & Criminology offers courses of study at the doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate levels, including master's and PhD programs in Justice, Law and Criminology.

Through SPA’s Justice Programs Office, JLC faculty scholarship is shared with the AU and Washington communities, and across the nation.

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Domestic Threats the Focus of New Master’s in Terrorism 

A new master’s degree focusing on the study and practice of terrorism and homeland security policy will be offered this fall. Read more »

JLS Dept magazine fall 2013

Department magazine available for download

Take a look through the fall 2013 edition of Department of Justice, Law & Criminology's magazine, Liberty and Security. Read more »

Jane Palmer

Jane Palmer

New SPA Grad and Professor Advances Research, Policy, and Perceptions on Violence 

A former social worker and nonprofit director, Jane Palmer, SPA/PhD ’13, has been dedicated to ending violence for two decades. Read more »

Prof. Bill Davies

Bill Davies

Prof. Davies Chosen as Scholar in Residence

Bill Davies has been selected to be a Scholar in Residence with the European Union Center at the University of Illinois in the Spring of 2014. During his week-long stay, Davies will deliver a talk on his ongoing research into the history of the EU's constitutional system. He will also develop links with the EU Center's faculty with expertise on the process of accession to the Union, a topic on which Davies is co-authoring an article with an AU alum.

Stephen Tankel

Tankel describes U.S. options for Egypt aid

Assistant Professor Stephen Tankel wrote an op-ed for The National Interest on August 23 outlining the choices Washington faces with its assistance to Egypt as violence there spreads. Read more »

Prof. Bill Davies

Bill Davies

Collaborative journal examines EU's constitutional system

Prof. Bill Davies has co-authored a special issue of the American University International Law Review that features multi-disciplinary work examining the development of the European Union’s constitutional system. The edition, "New History of EU Law," is the result of a collaborative panel discussion last November with the Washington College of Law that brought together more than 100 scholars from around the world. Read more »

Associate Professor Lynn Addington

Addington presents at congressional panel

Associate Professor Lynn Addington was invited to present an overview of sexual assault victimization data before the U.S. Department of Defense Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel. This panel was created by Congress to review policies related to investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating sexual assault crimes in the military. Watch the panel »

JLC in the Media

Jon Gould, professor of justice, law, and criminology, contributed an article to The Hill on August 13 arguing that the prevailing wisdom that judges are "neutral umpires" is incorrect and that non-legal factors motivate their work.

Brian Forst, professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke with Mother Jones on August 4 about the increasing threat of homegrown terrorism as young Westerners join ranks with ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusrah.

Jessica Waters, assistant dean of the School of Public Affairs, appeared on Hearst TV and WUSA9 on June 30 to discuss the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision expected today. Hearst owns more than 20 affiliates around the country.