Professor Nicola Lacey FBA CBE

Nicola Lacey was appointed to the British Museum board in September 2015.

Nicola is School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy at the London School of Economics. From 2010 until September 2013 she was Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, and Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory at the University of Oxford; and she previously held posts at the LSE; Birkbeck College; New College, Oxford; and University College London. She has held a number of visiting appointments, most recently at Harvard Law School and at New York University Law School. She is an Honorary Fellow of New College Oxford and of University College Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. She is an elected member of the Council of Liberty, and served as a member of the British Academy’s Policy Group on Prisons, which reported in 2014. She chaired the British Academy’s law section from 2010-2013. In 2011 she was awarded the Hans Sigrist Prize by the University of Bern for outstanding scholarship on the function of the rule of law in late modern societies. She was also awarded a CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for services to Law, Justice and Gender Politics.

Nicola's research is in criminal law and criminal justice, with a particular focus on comparative and historical scholarship. Over the last few years, she has been working on the development of ideas of criminal responsibility in England since the 18th Century, and on the comparative political economy of punishment. Nicola also has research interests in legal and social theory, in feminist analysis of law, in law and literature, and in biography. Her publications include Women, Crime and Character: From Moll Flanders to Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Oxford University Press 2008) (The Clarendon Law Lectures) and The Prisoners’ Dilemma: Political Economy and Punishment in Contemporary Democracies (Cambridge University Press 2008) (The Hamlyn Lectures). She co-chaired the LSE Gender Institute’s Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power, which reports in October 2015. Her 2004 biography of legal philosopher and public intellectual HLA Hart - A Life of HLA Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream (Oxford University Press 2004) - won the RSA’s Swiney Prize 2004 and was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography and for the British Academy Book Prize.