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Professor Penny Green

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Professor Green joined King's College London in September 2007 following eight years as Professor of Law and Criminology at the University of Westminster. Prior to that she held posts at the University of Southampton and the LSE. Professor Green graduated from the Australian National University in 1979 with a BA (Hons), and with an MPhil and PhD in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. Professor Green is Head of Research in the Dickson Poon School of Law.  

Professor Green is also Director of the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI). ISCI is a multi-disciplinary, cross institutional and international initiative to collate, analyse and disseminate research based knowledge about criminal state practices and resistance to them. ISCI is a collaborative enterprise with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and the University of Hull led by King's College London.

Research interests and PhD supervision

Professor Green has published widely on state crime, state-corporate crime, natural disasters, Turkish criminal justice and politics, transnational crime and asylum and forced migration.

She currently holds a large grant from the Economic and Social Research Council to undertake a Comparative study of Civil Society Resistance to State violence in Burma, Tunisia, Turkey, Colombia, PNG and Kenya. She has been a visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, UNSW and Bosphorus University; is a Trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform and was a member of the INQUEST Board of Trustees for a number of years. She is also a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and co-editor in Chief of the international journal State Crime and Editor of the Howard Journal.

PhD students & topics

Professor Green has supervised over 25 students to completion and is currently supervising:

  • Henrique Carvalho, PhD: '’Dynamic Responsibility and the Ecology of Terror'.
  • Melanie Collard, PhD: 'From Algeria to Argentina: the Transfer of the French ‘Savoir-Faire’ in the Making of Official Torturers'.
  • Fabiana Di Lorenzo, PhD: 'Promoting State and Corporate Social Responsibility in diamond mining and cocoa plantations. International and national forces shaping corporate social responsibility in Sierra Leone and West Africa'.
  • Rebecca Franssen, PhD: 'Peace and Unquiet - Integrating Routes of Justice in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone'.
  • Jessica Hazlewood, PhD: ‘The Impact of Non-State Law in the Internal Regulation of Armed Non-State Actors Engaged in Non-International Armed Conflict through the Durand Line’
  • Rachel Joyce, PhD: ‘Conflict, Memory and State Discourse in Post-War Sri Lanka’
  • Sanya Karakas, PhD: 'State Crime and Impunity - a Turkish case study'
  • Saeb Kasm, PhD: ‘Fighting State Corruption and Transnational Organized Crime: A Global, Technology-integrated Human Rights Based Approach’
  • Elizabeth Rhoads, PhD: ‘Civil Society Responses to Conflict and Past Abuses in Indonesia and Myanmar’  
  • Angela Sherwood, PhD: ‘Urban Displacement, Settlement and the Right to Housing in Post – Disaster Haiti’

Professor Green is second supervisor to:

  •  Ana Cardenas
  •  Haley Gibson
  •  Thomas Goldup
  •  Shokouh Hossein
  •  Dalia Malek
  •  Peng Wang
  •  Trudy Prescott
Selected publications


  • 'Law and Outsiders' Norms, Processes and 'Othering' in the 21st Century. (2010) Edited by Cian C Murphy and Penny Green. Hart Publishing.
  • 'Criminology and Archaeology' Studies in Looted Antiquities.  (2009) Edited by Simon Mackenzie and Penny Green. Hart Publishing.
  • 'State Crime: Governments, Violence and Corruption' (2004) Penny Green and Tony Ward. Pluto Press. 


  • 'State crime: a dialectical view' (2012) in Maguire, M., Morgan, R. & Reiner, R. (eds) The Oxford handbook of criminology (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (with Tony Ward)
  • 'Criminalising the Market in Illicit Antiquities: an Evaluation of the Dealing in Cultural Objects' (Offences) Act 2003' in Mackenzie S. and Penny G. Criminology and Archaeology: Studies in the Looting of Antiquities (eds) (2009) Oxford: Hart
  • 'State-Building and the Logic of Violence in Iraq' (2009) Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention.
  • 'The Transformation of Violence in Iraq' (2009) The British Journal of Criminology (with Tony Ward)
  • 'Performative regulation - A case study in how powerful people avoid criminal labels' (2008) The British Journal of Criminology.
  • Green, P (2008) Prison work and social enterprise: the story of Barbed. London: Howard League

Opinion Pieces

View full list of Professor Green’s publications.



  •  State Crime
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