Dawn Watkins

Email: dawn.watkins@le.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)116 223 1082

Personal details

LLB (Hons) (Leicester), PhD (Leicester), former Solicitor, NTF

I'm a former solicitor who carries out research in law and humanities, legal history and legal education.

I was awarded a University Teaching fellowship in July 2012 and shortlisted for the OUP Law Teacher of the Year Award 2013.  I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the HEA in 2017.


My interests include Law and the Humanities, Legal History and Legal Education.

In 2013-14 I secured a teaching development grant from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) which enabled me to work with law students to develop ‘legal literacy’ among children aged 7-11.

Subsequently in 2014-16, I received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council under its transformative grant scheme to pursue a project entitled ‘Law in Children’s Lives’. This highly innovative project has sought to assess the extent to which children understand law as an empowering force in their lives, using gaming as a research tool.

More information on this project is available at www.le.ac.uk/licl.


In recent years I have taught Equity and Trusts. I am currently researching the role of narrative and metaphor in feedback.


  • D Watkins and M Burton (eds) Research Methods in Law (2nd ed, Routledge, 2018)
  • D Watkins, E Lai-Chong Law, J Barwick and E Kirk, ‘Exploring children’s understanding of law in their everyday lives’ (forthcoming, Legal Studies)
  • D Watkins, E Lai-Chong Law, J Barwick and E Kirk, ‘If you are 10 you go to prison: Children’s Understanding of the Age of Criminal Responsibility’ (2016) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, Vol. 67. No.3, 311-26
  • J Barwick, D Watkins, E Kirk and E Lai-Chong Law, ‘Adventures with Lex: the gamification of research’ Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, published online: November 23, 2016. View online DOI: 10.1177/1354856516677682
  • E Lai-Chong Law, D Watkins, J P Barwick and E S, ‘An experiential approach to the design and evaluation of a gamified research tool for Law in Children’s Lives.’ In Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Interaction Design and Children (Association for Computing Machinery, 2016), 322-333 DOI: 10.1145/2930674.2930722 DOI: 10.1145/2930674.2930722
  • D Watkins ‘Where do I stand? Assessing Children’s capabilities under English law’ (2016) Child and Family Law Quarterly Vol. 28, Issue 1, 25-44
  • D Watkins and M Canto Lopez, ‘Working with law students to develop legal literacy materials’ The Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education Published online 20 August 2015
  • D Watkins, ‘The Shaping and Misshaping of Identity through Legal Practice and Process: (Re)discovering Mr Kernott’ Law and Humanities (2014) 8(2), 192
  • D Watkins 'Recovering the lost human stories of law: Finding Mrs Burns' (2013) Vol. 7 No.1, Law and Humanities, 68-90
  • S Cammiss & D Watkins ‘Legal research in the humanities’ in D Watkins & M Burton (eds) Research Methods in Law (Routledge, 2013), 71-84
  • D Watkins ‘Intercountry Adoption and the Hague Convention: Article 22 and Limitations upon Safeguarding’ [2012] Child and Family Law Quarterly, 389–409
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