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I am happy to discuss potential PhD projects in the following areas: Transitional Justice; Truth recovery, Dealing with the past; Victims; Ex-Combatants; Reparations; Emotions; Dark tourism

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Research Interests

Transitional Justice; Truth recovery and dealing with the past; Victims; Ex-Combatants; Reparations; Emotions; Dark tourism

Research Statement

Dr. Cheryl Lawther is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of the Human Rights Centre. She was previously a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and completed a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.  From September 2016 - September 2017 Cheryl was seconded to The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen's University Belfast as a Senior Research Fellow.  Her research interests are in the fields of transitional justice, truth recovery, victims, ex-combatants, reparations, emotions and conflict transformation.  

 

Her article “Securing’ the Past: Policing and the Contest over Truth in Northern Ireland’, British Journal of Criminology, 2010, 50, 3: 455-473 was awarded the Brian Williams Article Prize by the British Society of Criminology in July 2011.  This award is made in recognition of the best sole authored journal article by a ‘new’ scholar in the previous year.  A subsequent article - 'The Truth about Loyalty: Emotions, Ex-Combatants and Transitioning from the Past', International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2017, 11, 3:484-503 was shortlisted for the Socio-Legal Studies Association Article Prize. Her monograph Truth, Denial and Transition: Northern Ireland and the Contested Past  was published by the Routledge Transitional Justice Series in 2014. Cheryl's most recent book Research Handbook on Transitional Justice (co-edited with L. Moffett and D. Jacobs) was published by the Edward Elgar Research Handbooks in International Law series in 2017.

 

She is currently leading and working on a number of RCUK funded research projects. In late 2015 Dr. Lawther was awarded an AHRC Early Career Research Grant for a project on 'Voice, Agency and Blame: Victimhood and the Imagined Community in Northern Ireland' (with K. McEvoy, £250,000). Full details on the project and associated publications can be found on the project website - victimsandthepast.org  In November 2016, Cheryl became a Co-Investigator on the AHRC funded project 'Reparations, Resonsibilites and Victimhood in Transitional Societies' (with L. Moffett and K. McEvoy, £655,198). The project website can be accessed here - reparations.qub.ac.uk.  Finally, Dr. Lawther is leading a Department for Education - Global Challenges Research Fund pilot project on representations of victimhood at dark tourist sites, with a specific focus on Cambodia.

 

In addition to her scholarly committments, Cheryl is a trustee of the Human Rights Trust.

 

Further information on Cheryl's work and publications can be found on Research Gate and you can also follow her on Twitter @LawtherC 

 

Dr. Lawther has also contributed to a number of podcasts on her research which you can listen to through the following links:

 

 - 'Voice, Agency and Responsibility: Victimhood and Transitional Justice in Northern Ireland', Oxford Transitional Justice Research Seminar Series, 2018 https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/voice-agency-and-responsibility-victimhood-and-transitional-justice-northern-ireland

 

 - 'Building an archive of, and for, victims in Northern Ireland', Atrocity's Archives: the Role of Archives in Transitional Justice, Faculty of Law, Oxford University, 28 March 2018.   https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/role-archives-transitional-justice/cheryl-lawther

 

 - ‘Victimhood and Political Generosity’, From Victims to Survivors: Voices from Below, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Research Group Annual Conference, Queen’s University Belfast,  29 May 2019

https://mediasite.qub.ac.uk/Mediasite/Channel/idrg2019/watch/9faffa15fc8c4d59b94316adafe55f151d 

 

 - University College Cork Conversations with Criminologists, Conversation with Dr. Cheryl Lawther, 18 October 2019. 

https://open.spotify.com/show/46br84tsbD9vSxyeSXhmwh

Particulars

PhD Law, Queen's University Belfast

MSSc Criminology (Distinction), Queen's University Belfast

BA Hons Politics (First Class Honours), Queen's University Belfast

 

Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching, Queen's University Belfast

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Achievements

 

In July 2011, I was awarded the Brian Williams Article Prize by the British Society of Criminology for my article "Securing' the Past: Policing and the Contest over Truth in Northern Ireland', British Journal of Criminology, 2010, 50, 3: 455-473.  This award is made in recognition of the best article published in the previous year by a 'new' scholar.

 

In 2018, my article 'The Truth about Loyalty: Emotions, Ex-Combatants and Transitioning from the Past', International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2017, 11, 3:484-503 was shortlisted for the Socio Legal Studies Association Article Prize.

 

In February 2020 I was awarded a Fulbright Irish Scholar Award. I will take up this position in the Human Rights Centre, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, University of California in January 2021. 

 

Teaching

 

I currently convene and teach the following three modules:

LAW1021 Constitutional Law in Context

LAW7810/8516 Theoretical Criminology

LAW7811/8518 Transitional Justice

 

I am a contributing lecturer to:

CSJ7007 The Legacy of Conflict

 

I currently supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations for LAW3000 and LAW7832/7833/7835.

 

During the Summer semester, I contribute to the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute International Summer School in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice. 

 

Other

ADMINISTRATIVE ROLES

 

Director, Human Rights Centre

Programme Director LLM Human Rights

Programme Director LLM Human Rights and Criminal Justice

Programme Director LLM Criminology and Criminal Justice

Member of School Research Committee

Member of Post Graduate Education Committee

Advisor of Studies to LLM Students

Personal Tutor

 

Previous Administrative Roles: 

Member of School Research Ethics Committee (2013-2018)

Chair and Staff Liaison Officer of Staff Student Consultative Committee

Convenor of Inter-Disciplinary Doctoral Research Group

Member of Education Committee, Senator George J. Mitchell Institute

 

 

 

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    Guidelines for Media on Interviewing Victims and Survivors

    Lawther, C., 11 Mar 2019, JusticeHub.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Prizes

    Brian Williams Article Prize

    Lawther, Cheryl (Recipient), 05 Jul 2011

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Shortlisted for the Socio Legal Studies Article Prize

    Lawther, Cheryl (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Activities

    Heroes and Hierarchies: The Celebration and Censure of Victimhood in Transitional Justice.

    Cheryl Lawther (Invited speaker)

    01 Oct 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Routledge (Publisher)

    Cheryl Lawther (Peer reviewer)

    2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentships in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2020 (External organisation)

    Cheryl Lawther (Reviewer)

    2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Land Rights, Peace and Stability Seminar Series - Presentation of NI report

    Luke Moffett (Invited speaker), & Cheryl Lawther (Invited speaker)

    10 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Marie Sklodowska Curie COFUND (External organisation)

    Cheryl Lawther (Reviewer)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Thesis

    Doing desistance in divided neighbourhoods : the role of conflict-affected neighbourhoods in the desistance process during reintegration

    Author: Bell, S., Dec 2019

    Supervisor: Lawther, C. (Supervisor) & Butler, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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