Professor Jane Scoular


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.


Has expertise in:

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


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)
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)
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)
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)
Internet Sex Work : Beyond the Gaze
Sanders Teela, Scoular Jane, Campbell Rosie, Pitcher Jane, Pitcher Jane, Cunningham Stewart
Almost abolitionism : the peculiarities of prostitution policy in England and Wales
Carline Anna, Scoular Jane
Feminism, Prostitution and the State Abingdon (2017) (2017)

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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
Sex work Research Hub (External organisation)
Scottish Government (External organisation)
COST ACTION IS1209 (External organisation)
Feminist Legal Studies (Journal)
Editorial board member
Socio-Legal Studies Association (External organisation)

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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 (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2011 - 31-Jan-2011
Living and Working in Areas of Street Sex Work
Scoular, Jane (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2006 - 01-Jan-2008

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