Benjamin J Goold


B.Ec., LL.B. (Tasmania), B.C.L. (Oxford), D.Phil. (Law) (Oxford)

Tel: (604) 822-9255
Office: Allard Hall, room 455


Professor Goold joined the law school as an Associate Professor in January 2010, and was promoted to Professor in July 2013. From 2003 to 2009, he was a Lecturer at the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and a Fellow in Law at Somerville College, where he taught criminal law, criminology, and torts. Prior to taking up his post at Oxford, he taught law at the University of Niigata in Japan and criminology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. He has also been a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany and at the Centre de Recherches Sociologiques sur les Droits et Institutions Pénales in Paris.

Professor Goold holds degrees in law and economics from the University of Tasmania, as well as a BCL and doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His major research interests include privacy rights, the use of surveillance technologies by the police and intelligence communities, and the rhetoric and language of human rights. He is the author of numerous works on privacy, surveillance, and security, including CCTV and Policing (Oxford University Press; shortlisted for the British Criminology Book Prize in 2005) and Security and Human Rights (Hart Publishing; edited with Liora Lazarus). Among his more recent publications are works on the social and political dimensions of privacy, the relationship between human rights and constitutional responsibilities, and the sociology of security consumption. Professor Goold has served as an independent advisor to the UK Identity and Passport Service on matters of regulation and data sharing and has acted as Specialist Legal Advisor to a major House of Lords inquiry into surveillance and data collection in Britain. He is currently a member of the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner's External Advisory Board, and is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Faculty of Law in Sydney.

Representative Published Works

  • 'Control without Punishment: Understanding Coercion' (with L. Lazarus and C. Goss) in J. Simon and R. Sparks (eds), The Sage Handbook of Punishment and Society (London, Sage, 2012)
  • 'Covert Surveillance and the Invisibilities of Policing' (with B. Loftus) (2012) 12(3) Criminology and Criminal Justice 275-88
  • 'Mind the (Information) Gap: Making Sense of the European Union's Strategic Approach to Transnational Organised Crime' in F. Allum and S. Gilmour (eds), Routledge Handbook on Transnational Organised Crime (London, Routledge, 2012)
  • 'Tainted Trade: Moral ambivalence and legitimation work in the private security industry' (with I. Loader and A. Thumala) (2011) 62(2) British Journal of Sociology 283-303
  • 'Protecting Information Privacy' (with C. Raab), Equality and Human Rights Commission Research Report 69, Jul 2011
  • 'Consuming Security: Tools for a sociology of security consumption' (with I. Loader and A. Thumala) (2010) 14(1) Theoretical Criminology 3-30
  • 'How Much Surveillance is Too Much? Some Thoughts on Surveillance, Democracy, and the Political Value of Privacy' in D. W. Schartum (ed.), Overvåkning i en rettsstat (Bergen, Fagbokforlaget, 2010)
  • 'Covert Policing and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000' (with B. Loftus and S. Macgiollabhui) (2010) 8 Archbold Review 4-8
  • 'CCTV and Human Rights' in Citizens, Cities and Video surveillance: Towards a democratic and responsible use of CCTV (Paris, European Forum for Urban Security, 2010)
  • 'Putting Surveillance on the Political Agenda - A Short Defence of Surveillance: Citizens and the State' (with C. Raab) (2009) 6(4) Surveillance and Society 408-13
  • 'Surveillance and the Political Value of Privacy' (2009) 1(4) Amsterdam Law Forum 3-6
  • 'Making Sense of Surveillance in Europe' (editorial) (2009) 6(2) European Journal of Criminology 115-7
  • 'Where Next for Surveillance Studies? Exploring New Directions in Surveillance and Privacy' (with D. Neyland) in B. J. Goold and D. Neyland (eds), New Directions in Surveillance and Privacy (Cullompton, Willan, 2009)
  • 'Building It In: The Role of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) in the Regulation of Surveillance and Data Protection' in B. J. Goold and D. Neyland (eds), New Directions in Surveillance and Privacy (Cullompton, Willan, 2009)
  • 'Liberty and Others v The United Kingdom: A New Chance for Another Missed Opportunity' (2009) Public Law 5-14

Publications listed on the Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database.