Advisory Board Member

Professor Julia Davidson

On 11 April 2016, Professor Julia Davidson was appointed to the Advisory Board of The Hague Justice Portal and the Peace, Justice and Security Foundation - The Hague.

Julia Davidson, PhD (LSE) is Professor of Criminology in the School of Law at Middlesex University and is Co-Director of the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS, she is also Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is one of the UKs foremost experts on policy, practice and offending in the area of child sexual victimisation with a specific focus on online child sexual exploitation. She plays an active role in key national committees such as the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (Chairs the Evidence Group) and provides expert advice to international organisations such as UNICEF , Europol, the US Sentencing Commission, the US Department of Justice and the UN ITU, she is a member of the Interpol Specialist Crimes against Children Group and is a member of the Europol  EC3 Expert Academic Advisory Group, she has recently joined the UK  Inquiry into institutional child sexual abuse  as a Member of the Academic Advisory Board led by the Hon. Dame Lowell Goddard  She has directed a considerable amount of research spanning 30 years. She is currently directing an European Commission funded ISEC study spanning 4 EU countries exploring industry and policing practice in the prevention of online child abuse which includes national surveys of young people regarding their experience of online victimisation

She has worked extensively in the Middle East since 2010 and has aided the Kingdom of Bahrain to develop a National Child protection Internet Safety framework. This work was based upon national research with children, young people and stakeholders; a second follow up research study is currently underway in Bahrain and will be published in 2016. She is also currently co-directing research funded by UNICEF under the WEprotect initiative exploring the effectiveness of legal and practice online child sexual exploitation frameworks in the Middle East and North Africa.

Professor Davidson has worked extensively with the media since 2003 working on live and recorded interviews for the BBC News, BBC World News, ITV, C4, BBC R4 News, BBC R4 Woman’s Hour. She has also worked on documentaries and has published widely in the child Internet safety area, she has written 5 books and many academic articles. She has a PhD in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and was made Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Holloway University of London in May 2010; she is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.