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Transitional Justice; Truth recovery and dealing with the past; Victims; Ex-Combatants; Reparations; Emotions; Dark tourism/use of atrocity sites.
Dr. Cheryl Lawther is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and a Fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. She is also the Director of the Human Rights Centre at Queen's University Belfast. Situated within the field of transitional justice, Cheryl's research interests focus on truth recovery and dealing with the past, victims, ex-combatants, reparations and the use of atrocity sites.
Cheryl is currently leading and working on a number of UKRI funded research projects. In late 2015 she 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 these collaborative projects, Cheryl has had significant success in securiing research fellowships. These include a Fulbright Irish Scholar Award (2020) (based at the School of Law, UC Berkeley) and a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2022-2023). This latter award will facilitate the writing of a monograph on the construction and reproduction of victimhood in transitional justice, under contract with Oxford University Press.
Her research has garnered a number of awards. 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.
Cheryl's key publications include the monograph Truth, Denial and Transition: Northern Ireland and the Contested Past (Routledge), co-edited (with L. Moffett and D. Jacobs) Research Handbook on Transitional Justice (co-edited with L. Moffett and D. Jacobs) (Edward Elgar) and journal articles in, amongst others, Social and Legal Studies, the International Journal of Transitional Justice, British Journal of Criminology, Journal of Human Rights in Practice, International Journal of Human Rights Practice, International Review of Victimology, Journal of Genocide Research and Policing and Society.
In addition to her scholarly committments, Cheryl is a trustee of the Human Rights Trust and is the former Vice Chair of the Committee on the Administration of Justice.
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Moffett, L., Vicente, A., Sandoval, C., Hearty, K., Lawther, C., McEvoy, K., Gallen, J. & Dixon, P., 31 Aug 2022, 15 p.
Research output: Book/Report › BookOpen AccessFile18 Downloads (Pure)
McEvoy, K., Lawther, C. & Moffett, L., 28 Mar 2022, (Early online date) In: Journal of Human Rights Practice.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Moffett, L., Hearty, K., Vicente, A., Dixon, P., Lawther, C., Gallen, J. & Sandoval, C., 31 Aug 2022, 92 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Other reportOpen AccessFile16 Downloads (Pure)
Moffett, L., Hearty, K., Lawther, C. & McEvoy, K., 31 Aug 2022, 72 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Other reportOpen AccessFile17 Downloads (Pure)
Lawther, C., 22 Feb 2022, In: The International Journal of Human Rights. 26, 3, p. 518-540
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile75 Downloads (Pure)
Lawther, Cheryl (Recipient), 05 Jul 2011
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
Trauma-informed Legal Practice: Better Outcomes for Clients, a Better Day's Work for Solicitors and Barristers.
Cheryl Lawther (Organiser)10 Nov 2022
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference
Presented Paper: Restoring, Repairing and Re-Humanising Ex-Combatants, World Society of Victimology Symposium.
Cheryl Lawther (Speaker)05 Jun 2022 → 09 Jun 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
Invited Speaker: 'Beyond Innocence and Guilt: Constructing Victimhood in Transitional Justice', Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network Seminar Series.
Cheryl Lawther (Invited speaker)10 May 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Presented Paper: 'Victims and Transitional Justice', International Studies Association Annual Convention.
Cheryl Lawther (Speaker)28 Mar 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
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