J.P. Fassnidge (LLM)

Thesis title: What we say when we Criminalise – Communicative Action, Criminalisation and Meta-normative questions


British-Chilean lawyer, originally from Bournemouth and then raised in Santiago, Chile. I did my undergraduate studies in law at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Chile and became a lawyer in 2017. I taught at the same law school as a tutor in criminal procedure, evidence and litigation and later worked as a postgraduate coordinator for the school's criminal litigation programmes. I then continued my studies at the University of Edinburgh, doing an LLM in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice in 2017/2018. I am currently a PhD researcher at the School of Law in the University of Edinburgh.


Bachelor in Law (Licenciado en Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales), Universidad Alberto Hurtado

Lawyer, Chilean Supreme Court

LLM Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, University of Edinburgh

Undergraduate teaching

Tutor since 2019 for:

Criminal Law (Ord.)

Introduction to Criminal Justice


Critical Legal Thinking



Research summary

Criminal law theory


Philosophy of Criminal Law

Criminal Process 

Criminal Policies

Criminal Evidence

Ethics and Normative Theory

Affiliated research centres

  • Criminal Law Discussion Group - Founder and Co-Convenor
  • Legal Theory Research Group - Former Convenor (2019-2021)

Invited speaker

- III International Law Colloquiums, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, September 2013: “Corporate Responsibility and International Law: Analysis in light of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.”

- IV International Law Colloquiums, Universidad Católica del Norte (Coquimbo, Chile), September 2014: “Illegal Evidence and International Criminal Procedure, a study based on EU Case Law”.

- V International Law Colloquiums, Universidad de Chile, September 2015: “The Kenyatta Case: current problems in criminal procedure, international cooperation and due process”.

-  Invited Lecturer, Universidad Católica del Norte (Antofagasta, Chile), 2016: Invited lecture entitled “Law and Music, the performing lawyer”, within the “Law and Art” project of the University.


Virtual Criminal Law Group, 2021 - Presented a work-in-progress version of paper "What we say when we criminalise" to the Virtual Criminal Law Group (Edinburgh/Glasgow)

- “ANÁLISIS DE LA PRUEBA”  (Analysis of Evidence),  ANDERSON, T., SCHUM, D., TWINING, W.:  Translation coordinated by Flavia Carbonell and Claudio Agüero, with the collaboration of Daniela Accatino, Federico Arena, Rodrigo  Coloma, Juan Pablo Fassnidge and Jorge Larroucau. Marcial Pons, Madrid, 2015

- “CÓDIGO PROCESAL PENAL COMENTADO CON JURISPRUDENCIA,  AÑO 2014/2015”  –  Coordinator: Rafael Blanco, Thompson Reuters, 2015