Rossner, Meredith

Dr Meredith Rossner  


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Experience keywords:

criminology; emotions in the justice system; non-adversarial justice; restorative justice; sociology of law and justice

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Dr. Rossner's research interests focus on the intersection of social interaction and judicial processes. This has led to a number of research projects on the emotional and ritual elements of the justice process, with a particular focus on the role of lay people.

She has conducted research on the emotional dynamics of restorative justice conferences, the dynamics and democratic potential of jury deliberation, and how design and technology impact justice proceedings.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Australia; Canada; UK; US

Contact Points

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+44 (0)20 7955 6386



Rossner, Meredith and Bruce, Jasmine (2018) Trajectories and typologies of pre-sentence restorative justice rituals Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 35 (2). 25-46. ISSN 0004 8658


Rossner, Meredith (2017) Restorative justice and victims of crime: directions and developments In: Walklate, Sandra, (ed.) Handbook of Victims and Victimology. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9781138889460

Rossner, Meredith (2017) Restorative justice in the 21st century: making emotions mainstream In: Liebling, Alison and Maruna, S. and McAra, Lesley, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198719441

Rossner, Meredith and Tait, David and McKimmie, Blake and Sarre, Rick (2017) The dock on trial: courtroom design and the presumption of innocence Journal of Law and Society, 44 (3). 317-344. ISSN 0263-323X

Tait, David and Rossner, Meredith (2017) Making sense of the evidence: Jury deliberation and common sense In: Tait, David and Goodman-Delahunty, Jane, (eds.) Juries, Science and Popular Culture in the Age of Terror: The Case of the Sydney Bomber. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, UK, 249-271. ISBN 9781137554741

Battye, Greg and Rossner, Meredith (2017) How juries talked about visual evidence In: Tait, David and Goodman-Delahunty, Jane, (eds.) Juries, Science and Popular Culture in the Age of Terror: The Case of the Sydney Bomber. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, UK, 193-215. ISBN 9781137554741


Tait, David and Rossner, Meredith (2016) Tablets in the jury room: enhancing performance while undermining fairness? In: Benyekhlef, Karim and Bailey, Jane and Burkell, Jacquelyn and Gélinas, Fabien, (eds.) eAccess to Justice. Law, technology, and media.. University of Ottawa Press, Ottawa, Canada, 241-251. ISBN 9780776624297

Rossner, Meredith and Bruce, Jasmine (2016) Community participation in restorative justice: rituals, reintegration, and quasi-professionalization Victims and Offenders, 11 (1). 107-125. ISSN 1556-4886

Rossner, Meredith (2016) Does the placement of the accused at court undermine the right to a fair trial? LSE Law Policy Briefing Series, LSE Law, London, UK.


Rossner, Meredith (2015) Emotions, rituals and restorative justice ECAN Bulletin (25). 15-19.

McDonald, Laura W. and Tait, David and Gelb, Karen and Rossner, Meredith and McKimmie, Blake M. (2015) Digital evidence in the jury room: the impact of mobile technology on the jury Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 27 (2). ISSN 1034-5329

Sherman, Lawrence W. and Strang, Heather and Barnes, Geoffrey and Woods, Daniel J. and Bennett, Sarah and Inkpen, Nova and Newbury-Birch, Dorothy and Rossner, Meredith and Angel, Caroline and Mearns, Malcolm and Slothower, Molly (2015) Twelve experiments in restorative justice: the Jerry Lee program of randomized trials of restorative justice conferences Journal of Experimental Criminology, 11 (4). 501-540. ISSN 1573-3750


Rossner, Meredith and Tait, David and Goodman-Delahunty, Jane (2014) Students vs. jurors: responding to enhanced video technology Laws, 3 (3). 618-635. ISSN 2075-471X

Rossner, Meredith and Meher, Mythily (2014) Emotions in ritual theories In: Stets, Jan E. and Turner, Jonathan H., (eds.) Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions: Volume II. Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 199-220. ISBN 9789401791298


Rossner, Meredith (2013) People who serve on juries are more likely to involvethemselves in democracy Democratic Audit Blog (10 Dec 2013) Blog entry

Rossner, Meredith and Bruce, Jasmine and Meher, Mythily (2013) The process and dynamics of restorative justice: research on forum sentencing University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia. ISBN 9781741082777

Rossner, Meredith (2013) Just emotions: rituals of restorative justice Clarendon Studies in Criminology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199655045


Rossner, Meredith (2012) Emotion across the lifecourse: the case for restorative justice with adults In: Bolitho, Jane and Bruce, Jasmin and Mason, Gail, (eds.) Restorative Justice: Adults and Emerging Practice. Institute of Criminology series (30 201). Sydney Institute of Criminology, Sydney, Australia, 214 -230. ISBN 9781742102894


Rossner, Meredith (2011) Reintegrative ritual: restorative justice and micro-sociology In: Karstedt, Susanne and Loader, Ian and Strang, Heather, (eds.) Emotions, Crime and Justice. Oñati International Series on Law and Society. Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK, 169-192. ISBN 9781849461610

Goodman-Delahunty, Jane and Rossner, Meredith and Tait, David (2011) Simulation and dissimulation in jury research: credibility in a live mock trial In: Bartels, Lorana and Richards, Kelly, (eds.) Qualititative Criminology: Stories from the Field. Hawkins Press ; The Federation Press, Annandale, N.S.W., Australia. ISBN 9781876067243

Rossner, Meredith (2011) Contested emotions: adversarial rituals in non-adversarial justice procedures Monash University Law Review, 37 (1). 241. ISSN 0311-3140

Rossner, Meredith (2011) Emotions and interaction ritual: a micro analysis of restorative justice British Journal of Criminology, 51 (1). 95-119. ISSN 0007-0955


Rossner, Meredith (2008) Healing victims and offenders and reducing crime: a critical assessment of restorative justice practice and theory Sociology Compass, 2 (6). 1734-1749. ISSN 1751-9020

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