Professor Jane Scoular

Law

Personal statement

I joined the Law School in 1995 and was promoted to Professor in 2012.

I am a socio-legal scholar working across issues relating to law and gender and sexuality. Researchers investigating the legal regulation of commercial sex place my publications amongst the primary reference works in the field.

My work has influenced both academic and policy debate and law reform. My publications include original theoretical expositions in books and internationally peer-refereed journals as well as ground-breaking national and international empirical studies. This work has been funded by government, the ESRC, The British Academy and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, amongst others. 

With colleagues, I recently undertook the largest study of internet-based sex work and its regulation, in the ESRC-funded project 'Beyond the Gaze[2015-2018]. Among the project’s publications, which included a monograph and numerous articles, was the winner of the SLSA Best Article Prize in 2020: 'Beyond the Gaze and Well Beyond Wolfenden: The Practices and Rationalities of Regulating and Policing Sex Work in the Digital Age 2019 Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 46, Issue 2, pp. 211-239.

I am currently the Principal Investigator on an ESRC-funded project ‘Sex work and Sexual Violence (2021-23) which explores how socio-legal contexts shape the experiences of sexual violence among people engaging in sex work. Working with international colleagues, we will be comparing experiences across four different legal environments: legalisation (Nevada USA), criminalisation (Northern Ireland), decriminalisation (New Zealand) and partial criminalisation (Great Britain): 

I have been a Visiting Scholar at New York University and at 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 served on the Management Committee and co-chaired 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 (2013-2017). 

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

Publications

England and Wales
Campbell Rosie, Hubbard Phil, Sanders Teela, Scoular Jane
Assessing Prostitution Policies in Europe (2019) (2019)
https://doi.org/10.4324/9781138400238
Beyond the Gaze and well beyond Wolfenden : the practices and rationalities of regulating and policing sex work in the digital age
Scoular Jane, Pitcher Jane, Sanders Teela, Campbell Rosie, Cunningham Stewart
Journal of Law and Society Vol 46, pp. 211-239 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1111/jols.12155
Technology mediated sex work : fluidity, networking & regulation in the UK
Campbell Rosie, Aydin Yigit, Cunningham Stewart, Hamer Rebecca, Hill Kathleen, Melissa Camille, Pitcher Jane, Scoular Jane, Sanders Teela, Valentine-Chase Matt
Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research New Directions and Perspectives (2018) (2018)
https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351133913
The point of counting : mapping the internet based sex industry
Sanders Teela, Campbell Rosie, Cunningham Stewart, Pitcher Jane, Scoular Jane
Social Sciences Vol 7 , pp. 233-241 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ss.20180705.15
Risking safety and rights : online sex work, crimes and 'blended safety repertoires'
Campbell Rosie, Sanders Teela, Scoular Jane, Pitcher Jane, Cunningham Stewart
British Journal of Sociology (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12493
Behind the screen : commercial sex, digital spaces and working online
Cunningham Stewart, Sanders Teela, Scoular Jane, Campbell Rosie, Pitcher Jane, Hill Kathleen, Valentine-Chase Matt, Melissa Camille, Aydin Yigit, Hamer Rebecca
Technology in Society Vol 53, pp. 47-54 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2017.11.004

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Teaching

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

Professional activities

Queensland University of Technology
Visiting researcher
2019
Queensland University of Technology
Visiting researcher
2019
Sex work Research Hub (External organisation)
Member
2015
Scottish Government (External organisation)
Advisor
2015
COST ACTION IS1209 (External organisation)
Chair
8/4/2013
Feminist Legal Studies (Journal)
Editorial board member
2013

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Projects

Understanding Sexual Violence in Sex Working Populations: Law, Legal Consciousness and Legal Practice in Four Countries
Scoular, Jane (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
Beyond the Gaze: Regulation, Safety and Internet based sex work in the UK
Scoular, Jane (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2018
Enforcing Welfare: investigating the use of Enforcement and Support Orders in the context of street sex work
Scoular, Jane (Principal Investigator)
Enforcing Welfare: investigating the use of Enforcement and Support Orders in the context of street sex work
07-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2014
IS1209: Comparing Prostitution Policies: Understanding Scales and Culutres of Governance
Scoular, Jane (Co-investigator) Pitcher, Jane (Principal Investigator) Campbell, Rosie (Co-investigator) Hubbard, Phil (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 01-Jan-2017
Re-thinking Responses to Rape
Scoular, Jane (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2011 - 31-Jan-2011
Living and Working in Areas of Street Sex Work
Scoular, Jane (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2006 - 01-Jan-2008

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