Dr Jonathan Glen Merritt

Job: Senior Lecturer in Law

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2078171

E: jmerritt@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/bal

Social Media: https://elprblog.wordpress.com/


Personal profile

Jonathan Merritt has a PhD from De Montfort University, a first degree in law from Nottingham Trent University (NTU), a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from NTU, a Masters Degree in Criminology and Social Policy from the Open University and over 22 years experience teaching law and criminology. 

He joined Leicester De Montfort School of Law full time in 2006 although he has taught on DMU programmes since 2004.

Having taught and published initially in the business law field, Jonathan then researched for several years into policing issues.

Subsequent to that, a keen equestrian himself, Jonathan achieved his PhD in 2017 which concentrated on regulating equestrianism and horse racing. During this research and afterwards, Jonathan has widely disseminated his research into equine focused sports law in journals and at academic conferences.

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

Sports Law, Criminology (Police Powers and Community Policing)

Areas of teaching

Sports Law

Criminal Justice



Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

MA Criminology and Social Policy



Courses taught

PhD Supervision

Sports Rights and Commercial Dispute Resolution (Masters Programme)

Sports Law


Issues in Criminal Justice

Membership of professional associations and societies

Socio Legal Studies Association

Society of Legal Scholars

Forthcoming events

Conference at University of Buckingham: Horses in Culture Society and the Law - 19th September 2018, conference weblink: https://elprblog.wordpress.com/

For inaugural conference in this ongoing series see:

Conference at DMU:  Horses, Society and the Law:  Past, Present and Future -11th April 2017, conference weblink  http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/schools-and-departments/leicester-de-montfort-law-school/events/horse-society-and-the-law-past-present-and-future.aspx

Consultancy work

External Income Generation:

Lead on consultative group (police/DMU/associate college/Skills for Justice).  Tasked with designing Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice (Police Studies) from inception in 2003 to validation in 2004.

Lead on consultative group (police/DMU/associate college/Skills for Justice).  Tasked with designing Foundation Degree in Policing from inception in 2005 to validation in 2006.


External Academic Consultant for Foundation Degree Police and Community Studies, Hull University/Bishop Burton College 2005 – 2010

Collaborative Provision Liaison with Castle College for Foundation Degree Criminal Justice (Police Studies) 2006 - 2011

External Academic Consultant for Foundation Degree in Policing (Nottinghamshire Police) 2006 - 2011

Academic Consultant for Foundation Degree in Policing (Leicestershire Police) 2006 – 2011

Consultant to Thoroughbred Horseracing Industry MBA (THIMBA -Liverpool University) 2016 to present

Current research students

2nd Supervisor to Mr Liam Digan, Part Time PhD student researching the WADA Code and young and/or vulnerable athletes.

Externally funded research grants information

Principal Investigator, ‘Wider police family’ research project (SLSA - £1k + Internal £1.5k), 2008- 2010

Internally funded research project information

Visiting Scholar, Osgoode Hall Law School,Toronto (£5k) 2008.  In collaboration with Toronto Police Service.

Principle Investigator, Life Long Learning Research Project  (£2k), 2002.

Professional esteem indicators

Reviewer for the following peer reviewed academic journals:

Denning Law Journal

Contemporary Issues In Law

Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

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