Dr Joe Purshouse has spent more than a decade in academia, his PhD thesis is titled Safeguarding Privacy from Criminal Process and he is currently a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and Justice at the University of Sheffield.
Joe’s research focuses on the disruptive impact of innovations in technology on the law. His work has been published in leading journals such as Legal Studies, the Journal of Law and Society, the Modern Law Review, Public Law, and Criminal Law Review. HIs research has contributed to policy debates on the application of law to new technologies in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Joe is also an editor of Privacy, Technology, and the Criminal Process, has written extensively for legal publications and has been quoted widely in the media on issues of privacy and technology.
- Roberts, J. Purshouse and J. Bosland (eds.) Privacy, Technology and Criminal Justice (Contracted edited collection with Routledge for 2023).
- Purshouse and L. Campbell, ‘Automated Facial Recognition and Criminal Justice: A Bridge Too Far?’ (2021) 42 Legal Studies 209.
- Purshouse, ‘Paedophile Hunters, Criminal Procedure and Fundamental Human Rights’ (2020) 47 Journal of Law and Society 384.
- Purshouse and L. Campbell, ‘Privacy, Crime Control and Police Use of Automated Facial Recognition Technology’  Criminal Law Review 188.
- Purshouse, ‘Non-Conviction Disclosure as Part of an Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate: Assessing the Legal Framework from a Fundamental Human Rights Perspective’  Public Law 668.
- Purshouse, ‘Article 8 and the Retention of Non-Conviction DNA and Fingerprint Data in England and Wales’  Criminal Law Review 253.
- Purshouse, ‘The Reasonable Expectation of Privacy and the Criminal Suspect’ (2016) 76 Modern Law Review 871.
- Purshouse, ‘Review: ‘Trials of the State’ by Jonathan Sumption’ (2020) 83 Modern Law Review 1366.
- Purshouse, ‘Review: Privacy Revisited’ by Ronald Krotoszynski (2017) 76 Cambridge Law Journal 449.
- Purshouse, ‘R (on the application of Catt) and R (on the application of T) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis: Police powers to retain personal data relating to criminal activities’ (2015) 79 The Journal of Criminal Law 242-245.
- Purshouse, ‘Review: Genetics, Crime, and Justice’ by Debra Wilson (2015) 10 Criminal Law Review 837.
- Purshouse, ‘Review: The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination and Criminal Justice’ by Andrew Choo’ (2014) 73 Cambridge Law Journal 646.
- Lynch, L. Campbell, J. Purshouse, M. Betkier, The Use of Facial Recognition Technology in New Zealand (Law Foundation of New Zealand Report Series, 2021).
- Lynch, L. Campbell, J. Purshouse, M. Betkier, ‘Facial Recognition Technology: Legal and Ethical Parameters’ (Discussion paper, University of Wellington, Workshop on the Regulation of Facial Recognition Technology, 2019).
- Purshouse, N. Lynch, L. Campbell, and M. Betkier, Written Evidence on New Technologies and the Application of Law (House of Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee, 2021).
- Purshouse, Name Suppression and the Criminal Process (Law Commission Consultation, July 2021)
- Purshouse and D. Mead, Written Evidence on The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights, 2020).
- Mead and J. Purshouse, Written Evidence on The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights, 2020).
- Purshouse, L. Campbell, N. Lynch, and M. Betkier, Facial Recognition Technology Inquiry (Sub-Justice Committee on Policing for the Scottish Parliament, 2019).
- Purshouse, Written Evidence on the work of the Biometrics Commissioner and the Forensic Science Regulator (UK Parliament Science and Technology Select Committee, 2019).
Joe has also peer reviewed publications for several internationally recognised publishers and journals, including: Modern Law Review, Public Law, Routledge, Hart Publications, and Forensic Science International; and Criminal Justice Studies.
Joe is regularly invited to, and attends seminars, workshops and other events.
- Public debate: Is there a legitimate role for facial recognition in policing and law enforcement? (London School of Economics, 14 June 2022)
- Criminal Law Reform Now Network September (Online, September 2021)
- Research in Practice: Responding to OCAG event (July 2021, Online).
- Dragon Hall Debates: Surveillance (The National Centre for Writing, February 2021).
- Legal Hackers Sheffield (November 2020, online)
- Online Child Abuse Activism National Symposium (Cambridgeshire Constabulary, November 2020).
- Ada Lovelace Facial Recognition Dinner (Royal Society, January 2020).
- ‘Facial Recognition Technology and the Limits of Law’, Public Panel on the
- Legal and Ethical Implications of Facial Recognition Technology (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, October 2019).
- ‘The regulation of facial recognition surveillance in a UK context’, Stakeholder workshop on the regulation of FRT (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, October 2019).
- ‘Privacy, Crime Control and Police Use of Automated Facial Recognition Technology’, Policing and Technology Workshop (Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, March 2019).
- University of Nottingham PhD Research Presentation Day (University of Nottingham, February 2019).
- ‘Non-Conviction Criminal Record Disclosure and Citizenship’ (University of Sheffield, April 2017).
- Medsin: Decriminalisation of Drugs Debate (University of East Anglia, October 2016).
- Modern Law Review Seminar on Obstacles to Fairness in Criminal Proceedings (University of Nottingham, September 2016).
- Policing, Protest and Human Rights Seminar (Sheffield Hallam University, March 2016).