Publications from the project so far

The project’s key findings are due to be published in a forthcoming article ‘Exploring children’s understanding of law in their everyday lives’ in Legal Studies.

Findings concerning children’s understanding of criminal responsibility have been published in a special issue of the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly in 2016;

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

For discussions of the 'gamification' elements of the project see:

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. 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

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Lead Researcher: Dr Dawn Watkins

School of Law
University of Leicester
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