Julian Roberts holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and an LLM from the University of London. In 2021, he was awarded the American Society of Criminology 2021 Sellin-Glueck Award for scholarship that considers criminal justice internationally and comparatively.
Julian was a member of the Sentencing Council of England and Wales from 2008-2018. He is currently Executive Director of the Sentencing Academy, a London-based institute which links scholars with practitioners, and promotes greater public understanding of sentencing in England and Wales. Julian has authored or co-authored eight books, the most recent of which is "Paying for the Past" (with Richard Frase) published by the Oxford University Press in 2019. He has edited or co-edited 19 scholarly volumes, the most recent of which is Sentencing and Arificial Intelligence published by Oxford University Press in 2022.
Julian has been a Visiting Professor at a number of universities, including: Faculty of Law, University of Ferrara; Faculty of Law, University of Minnesota; European Public Law Program, Athens (2015); Global Law School, University of Haifa (2012); Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge (2012); Visiting International Professor, Faculty of Law, Université Libre de Bruxelles (2009-2010); School of Law, King’s College London (2009-2010; 2005-2006); Faculty of Law, Catholic University of Leuven (2007-2008). From 2014-2018 he was Co-Director of the Robina Institute's Criminal History Enhancements project. This multi-year project conducted research into the use of prior convictions in the U.S. sentencing guidelines.