Dr. Matt Gibson predominantly specialises in criminal law. Increasingly, his work focusses on the principle of 'fair labelling' - the idea that crimes should be sub-divided and labelled according to types and degrees of wrongdoing. He also researches more general issues of criminalisation, offence definition and offence classification. Separately, he has research interests in crime and religion, notably the extent to which - if at all - religiously motivated conduct can/should be accommodated in criminal law. In the past, he has written about accommodation of religion in civil law too.
Matt is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School, having previously taught at the Universities of Durham and Newcastle. He is a graduate of the University of Durham (LL.B.; LL.M.), Northumbria University (Pg.Dip. - Bar Vocational Course) and the University of Liverpool (Ph.D.). In addition, he is a non-practising barrister, member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Matt is also Co-Director, with Professor Barry Goldson, of the International Criminological Research Unit (ICRU) in the School of Law and Social Justice.
Potential postgraduate students are welcome to contact Matt regarding supervision of research degrees falling within his areas of expertise. Matt will be away from Liverpool on research leave in semester 2, 2017/18. During May-June 2018 he will be a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Penal Theory and Penal Ethics, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.
- £2,000 funding award in support of research leave activities (Research Development Fund, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool 2017)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Higher Education Academy 2017)
- £2,500 funding award (with Dr. M. Dsouza, UCL) for the Sept 2016 conference: 'Joint Enterprise after Jogee: Reconsidering Law and Policy'. (Society of Legal Scholars: Small Projects and Events Fund 2016)
- Peer reviewer (Cambridge University Press 2015)
- Interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside about public attitudes to laws concerning religion or belief (BBC Radio Merseyside 2015)
- Consultant: Equality and Human Rights Commission (review of interpretation/effectiveness of equality law relating to religion or belief) (EHRC 2015)
- Peer reviewer (Routledge 2013)
- 'Leading Thinker' (Equality and Human Rights Commission research on 'religious literacy') (Invitation to Speak, Goldsmiths, University of London 2013)
- Shortlisted (1 of 6): LawCareers.Net 'Law Lecturer of the Year' 2013 (LawCareers.Net 2013)
- Consultant: Equality and Human Rights Commission (stakeholder guidance on religion/belief) (EHRC 2013)
- Professional/expert witness (Criminal religious drug use case (R v. Masuku, Banbury Mags Court). 2010)
- Doctoral scholarship 2008 - 2011 (awarded by Liverpool Law School 2008)
- Assistant Director of Research
- Co-Director of the SLSJ International Criminological Research Unit (ICRU)
- Member of the SLSJ Research and Impact Commitee