Jane Scoular


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am a socio-legal scholar working across issues relating to law and gender and sexuality. My work is a primary reference in the field of the legal regulation of commercial sex. Scholarship includes original theoretical expositions in books and internationally peer-refereed journals as well as ground-breaking national and international empirical studies, funded by the government and by bodies such as the ESRC and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. My work has influenced both academic and policy debate and law reform. I am currently working on an ESRC funded project (>£600,000 ) on internet-based sex work and its regulation.

I have been a Visiting Scholar at the Universities of New York and the University of Stockholm where I researched the Swedish law relating to prostitution. I served as a member of the Scottish Parliament's Expert Panel on Prostitution and continue to advise policy in this area. I serve on the Management Committee and co-chair the scientific programme on 'Prostitution Policies and Politics' in the COST European research network IS1209: Comparing European Prostitution Policies: Understanding Scales and Cultures of Governance.

I teach in the areas of Legal Theory and Law and Society and am the Law School's Post-Graduate Director.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Socio-legal studies
  • Law and society
  • Gender and law
  • Prostitution policy and politics

Teaching Interests

I have taught across a range of subjects on the LLB, BA and at post-graduate level and also have extensive experience of supervising Honours dissertations, LLMs and PhDs. I teach on the following courses:

  • Legal Theory
  • Legal Process
  • Law and Society
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Laws, University of London

Bachelor of Laws, University of Strathclyde

External positions

Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology

1 Sep 20191 Sep 2022

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Projects 2006 2018

Research Output 2001 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
19 Downloads (Pure)

Beyond the Gaze and well beyond Wolfenden: the practices and rationalities of regulating and policing sex work in the digital age

Scoular, J., Pitcher, J., Sanders, T., Campbell, R. & Cunningham, S., 30 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Law and Society. 46, 2, p. 211-239 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
7 Citations (Scopus)
101 Downloads (Pure)

Behind the screen: commercial sex, digital spaces and working online

Cunningham, S., Sanders, T., Scoular, J., Campbell, R., Pitcher, J., Hill, K., Valentine-Chase, M., Melissa, C., Aydin, Y. & Hamer, R., 31 May 2018, In : Technology in Society. 53, p. 47-54 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
working life
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How lawyers negotiate : perceptions of effectiveness in legal negotiations

Author: Hutcheson, T. C., 1 Jul 2015

Supervisor: Clark, B. (Supervisor) & Scoular, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

The concept of human dignity and its use in legal and political discourses on commercial sex

Author: Cunningham, S., 1 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Scoular, J. (Supervisor) & Neal, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 1999 2019

Queensland University of Technology

Jane Scoular (Visiting researcher)
2019 → …

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Sex work Research Hub (External organisation)

Jane Scoular (Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee


Law reform leads to increased protection for victims of domestic abuse

Jane Scoular (Participant), Kate Cavanagh (Participant), Clare Connelly (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation, Quality of life and safety