Dawn Watkins

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

Personal details

LLB (Hons) (Leicester), PhD (Leicester), former Solicitor of the Supreme Court

I was awarded a University Distinguished Teaching fellowship in July 2012 and a National Teaching Fellowship by the HEA in 2017.  I was shortlisted for the Law Teacher of the Year Award in 2013 and I am now a member of the judging panel for this award, sponsored by Oxford University Press.


I have recently been awarded a 2 million euro Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council to lead FORTITUDE; a 5 year research project aiming to improve the legal capability of children and young people. This work follows on from my 'Law in Children's Lives' project, funded by an ESRC transformative grant; www.le.ac.uk/licl.

PhD supervision

  • Drawing on ICC perspective, how far can PLE providers’ reported activities address the problems of violence and bullying amongst young people? Alissa Pham


In recent years I have taught Equity and Trusts. I have recently carried out some research into the role of narrative and metaphor in feedback.


  • Watkins, D.E., & Guihen, L. (2018) ‘Using Narrative and Metaphor in Formative Feedback: Exploring Students’ Responses’, Journal of Legal Education, Vol 68 No. 1, 154-175   Open access version
  • Watkins, D. E., Lai-Chong Law, E., Barwick, J., & Kirk, E. (2018) Exploring children’s understanding of law in their everyday lives, Legal Studies 1- 20.   Open access version,   https://doi.org/10.1017/lst.2017.8
  • Watkins, D., & Burton, M. (eds) Research Methods in Law (2nd ed., Routledge, 2018)
  • Watkins, D. E., Lai-Chong Law, E., Barwick, J., & Kirk, E. (2016). ‘If you are 10, you go to prison’: Children’s Understanding of the Age of Criminal Responsibility. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 67(3), 311-26   Open access version
  • Barwick, J., Watkins, D., Kirk, E., & Law, E. (2016) Adventures with Lex: The gamification of research?. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.   Open access version,   https://doi.org/10.1177/1354856516677682
  • Law, E. L. -C., Watkins, D. E., Barwick, J. P. L., & Kirk, E. S. (2016). An Experiential Approach to the Design and Evaluation of a Gamified Research Tool for Law in Children's Lives. In PROCEEDINGS OF THE 15TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTERACTION DESIGN AND CHILDREN (IDC2016) (pp. 322-333). Univ Cent Lancashire, Child Comp Interact, Media City, ENGLAND: ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY.   Open access version,   https://doi.org/10.1145/2930674.2930722
  • Watkins, D., & Canto-Lopez, M. (2016). Working with law students to develop legal literacy materials. Law Teacher, 50(2), 195-208.   Open access version,   https://doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2015.1064668
  • Watkins, D. E. (2016). ‘Where do I stand? Assessing children’s capabilities under English Law’. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 28(1), 25-44.   Open access version
  • Watkins, D. (2014). The Shaping and Misshaping of Identity through Legal Practice and Process: (Re)discovering Mr Kernott. Law and Humanities, 8(2), 192-216.   Open access version,   https://doi.org/10.5235/17521483.8.2.192

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