Allely Albert

Allely Albert


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PhD Title: Ex-Prisoner Leadership and Legitimacy: Community-Based Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland 

Supervisors:  Prof Kieran McEvoy and Dr Anna Bryson 

School Associations:  The George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, The Institute of Irish Studies, The School of Law


Research Statement

Allely Albert is a PhD student at the School of Law at Queen's University and is additionally associated with the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and the Institute of Irish Studies. Her research focuses on ex-prisoner involvement in community-based restorative justice efforts in Northern Ireland and the United States, examining the impact that ex-prisoner inclusion has had on both the micro-dynamics of restorative processes as well as the mechanisms involved in wider societal peacebuilding.



Allely earned her BA from Willamette University, majoring in both American Studies and French and minoring in History and Psychology. She graduated Cum Laude and received Department Honors in French and was also awarded membership to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Beta Kappa. 


Allely received an MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice from Queen's University Belfast and was awarded a merit-based Postgraduate Taught Scholarship. Her dissertation, "Ex-Prisoners and Community-Based Restorative Justice: Lessons from Northern Ireland," examined ex-prisoner leadership within restorative justice organizations in Belfast and earned her a degree with distinction. Allely has been granted a Postgraduate Research Studentship from Queen's University to conduct further research on this topic as part of a PhD.


Beyond her university degrees, Allely also holds a number of certifications related to restorative justice work, including a Basic Restorative Practices Training Certification, a 40-Hour Mediation Certification, a Victim Offender Dialogue Certification, and a Level 4 Diploma in Restorative Practice and Processes. 



Prior to her post-graduate research, Allely served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon (2013-2016) and worked as a Community Services Officer at a local police department in California (2016-2017). She has also been employed as a Law Clerk at a practice specializing in defending individuals on Death Row, and has experience as a Restorative Justice Coordinator at a middle school in California, and has served as a Teacher's Aide at a low-income primary school in Oregon. Additionally, Allely has been a member of Rotary International, served as a High School Mock Trial Coach, and volunteered with NIACRO. She is currently an accredited Practitioner at Community Restorative Justice Ireland, a restorative justice organization in Belfast.


Research Interests

Criminology, Restorative Justice, Prisoner Reentry, Criminal Law, Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, Criminal Justice Reform, Human Rights

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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