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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. 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 

 

 

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.

 

Teaching

 

I currently convene and teach the following two modules:

LAW1021 Constitutional Law in Context

LAW7810/8516 Theoretical Criminology

 

I am a contributing lecturer to:

LAW7811/8518 Transitional Justice

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

 

Programme Director LLM Human Rights

Programme Director LLM Human Rights and Criminal Justice

Programme Director LLM Criminology and Criminal Justice

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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Projects 2016 2019

Research Output 2010 2019

Guidelines for Media on Interviewing Victims and Survivors

Lawther, C., 11 Mar 2019, JusticeHub.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
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The Limits of the Law: Putting Reparations into Practice

Moffett, L., Lawther, C., Gilmore, S. & Lekvall, E., 02 Jul 2019

Research output: Other contribution

Prizes

Brian Williams Article Prize

Cheryl Lawther (Recipient), 05 Jul 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Shortlisted for the Socio Legal Studies Article Prize

Cheryl Lawther (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2010 2019

Launch of Media Guidelines for victims/survivors and journalists/educators

Cheryl Lawther (Organiser)
05 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Victimhood and Political Generosity

Cheryl Lawther (Invited speaker)
29 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) (External organisation)

Cheryl Lawther (Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

Reparations Week: Humanising Ex-Combatants through Reparations

Cheryl Lawther (Invited speaker)
12 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Terrorism and Political Violence (Journal)

Cheryl Lawther (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

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