Dr John McDaniel

Senior Lecturer in Policing and Criminal Justice

John McDaniel
Email address: j.mcdaniel@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323512 Location: Mary Seacole Building (MH), WV1 1AN Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences School/Institute: School of Social, Historical and Political Studies Areas of expertise: Police procedure and evidence, public order law, police accountability, transnational policing and human rights


Dr John McDaniel is a Senior Lecturer in Policing and Criminal Justice and the Course Director of the BSc Policing and the BSc Policing and Intelligence at the University of Wolverhampton. He teaches in the areas of police accountability, counter-terrorism, public order law, police procedure, evidence, criminal investigation and criminal justice. In 2017, he was nominated, via student surveys, for a 'VC Award for Staff Excellence for Enriching the Learning Experience'.

John completed his PhD on police accountability and cross-border police cooperation at the University of Kent Law School in 2015. The thesis involved a comparative analysis of the nature and extent of member state engagement with the rapidly evolving EU regime on cross-border police cooperation. It focused in particular on aspects of EU constitutional, administrative and procedural law and how the EU obligations have been absorbed into the national legal, administrative and democratic structures of police governance from a transparency and accountability perspective. England, Ireland and Denmark were used as comparative jurisdictions. John worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law in 2012 and Tilburg Law School in 2013 as part of this research. He conducted field research at the Danish National Police College, the Irish Police Headquarters and Europol Headquarters and was the recipient of an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship from 2010 – 2013 for his research.

Previously, John was a tutor in policing at the University of Kent and tutored in criminal procedure and tort law at the University of Limerick. He also taught at the Transnational Law and Business University in Seoul, Korea.

He is a member of the University’s Law Research Centre, Safeguarding Committee and Cyber-Security Project Group and represents the University on the Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing.

John is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and has reviewed projects for major academic publishers such as Routledge. He is currently supervising a number of PhD students.

Research interests

  • Police Accountability
  • Human Rights
  • Cross-Border Police Cooperation
  • European Criminal Law and Procedure

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)
  • Member of the British Society of Criminology (BSC)
  • Member of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS)
  • Member of the Police History Society (PHS)


  • PhD in Law, University of Kent, 2015
  • MA Human Rights in Criminal Justice, University of Limerick, 2010
  • BBS Economics and Finance, University of Limerick, 2006



John McDaniel, ‘Rethinking the law and politics of democratic police accountability’ (2017) The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles (forthcoming)

Conference papers

  • The effects of EU obligations on traditional structures for police governance and leadership in England, Ireland and Denmark’ Fourth Annual Conference of the Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing (POLCON4) Canterbury Christ Church University, 3 September 2013
  • ‘The development of cross-border police cooperation within the EU’ Police Legal Research Group Seminar (PLRG) University of Copenhagen, 13 November 2012
  • ‘The tension between EU and home-grown cross border police cooperation measures in Ireland’ Society of Legal Scholars Conference (SLS) University of Bristol, 13 September 2012
  • ‘The effect of EU measures on cross-border police cooperation in Ireland’ International Graduate Legal Research Conference (IGLRC) Kings College London, 19 April 2012
  • ‘Ireland’s implementation of EU measures on cross-border police cooperation’, Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference (ISCL) University College Cork, 3 March 2012

Further information

Teaching interests

Police Accountability (6PL015); Law of Public Order and National Security (5PL002); Criminal Investigation (5PL011); Police Procedure and Evidence (5PL011) and Research Projects (6PL003).