James is broadly interested in how the state and other powerful actors are held accountable for the harms they cause. This includes the struggle for justice for, amongst others, prisoners, victims of police brutality and other marginalised groups.
He has published books on prison education, joint criminal enterprise and human rights defenders in Israel and Palestine. He is currently working on a book (with Prof Neil Boister and Dr Richard Burchill) about the criminal justice responses to the Christchurch Shootings. It will be published by Canterbury University Press in 2021.
- Mehigan J. and Cecil J. (2020) Secondary Liability and Joint Enterprise post-Jogee. London: Law Brief Publishing.
- Mehigan J. and Earle R. (2019) Open universities, closed prisons: critical arguments for the future. In Earle R; Mehigan J (Ed.), Degrees of Freedom: The Open University in Prison: 73-94. Bristol: Policy Press.
- Mehigan J. and Earle R. (2019) Opening and Introductions: Education for the many, prison for the few. In Earle R; Mehigan J (Ed.), Degrees of Freedom: The Open University in Prison: 1-10. Bristol: Policy Press.
- Mehigan J. (2018) Criminal justice and social inequality. In Cooper V; Phoenix J (Ed.), Criminological Theories and Concepts: Book 2: 111-142. Milton Keynes: The Open University.
- Mehigan J., Blaxland QC H. and Cecil J. (2017) Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure. In Clarry D; Sargent C (Ed.), UK Supreme Court Yearbook: 324-335. London: Appellate Press.