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Research Statement


Clare Dwyer is a Lecturer in Law in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. Before joining the Law School in January 2007, she previously held the position of Lecturer in Law at the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University. From 2002-2004, she worked as Projects Manager for a management and research consultancy which was engaged by the Department for International Development, World Bank and the United Nations. She was involved in projects reviewing and updating legislation in Kosovo, evaluating the Moldova Social Investment Fund and the Safety, Security and Access to Justice Programme (SSAJP) in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro.


She currently teaches in the areas of Evidence and Criminal Justice. She is a member of both Academic Council and University Senate. She also is a member of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies’ Professional Standards Board.


Her main research interests lie in the areas of former prisoners and transitional justice, conflict transformation and young people, crime and justice. Her current research includes an examination of the experiences of children and young people growing up on an interface, the implications for the social needs, mental health and lifetime opportunities; the experiences of young people with community justice/punishment; young people and the impact of having a criminal record; and the flag protests, policing response and community impact. She is co-author of Criminal Justice in Transition: The Northern Ireland Context (2015) (with Dr Anne-Marie McAlinden), and has published articles in the Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Contemporary Justice Review, British Journal of Criminology and the International Journal of Transitional Justice.


Clare is Co coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Research Group 'Youth, Conflict and Justice' and is a member of the Centre for Children's Rights. She also serves as an Executive Board member of NIACRO and the Committee on the Administration of Justice, a leading human rights organisation in Northern Ireland.



Clare has taught in the areas of Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Evidence, Penal Policy, Criminology, Sentencing and Constitutional Law.





Brian Williams Prize: 2008/2009

‘Risk, Politics and the 'Scientification' of Political Judgement: Prisoner Release and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland’ published in the British Journal of Criminology was jointly awarded the Brian Williams Prize 2008. This prize is awarded for the best sole authored article by a “new” scholar that has made a valuable contribution to the further development of criminology.




Interim Director of Education (October 2016-September 2017)

Assistant Director of Education (2014-2016)

Programme Director of Masters in Law & Masters in Legal Science (2013-2016)

Academic Council Representative on Senate (2014-2017)

Member of the School Management Board (2016-2017)

Nominated Member of the School Management Board (2014-2015)

Elected Member of the School Management Board (2013-2014)

School of Law Representative on the Academic Council (2013-Present)

School of Law Member of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies’ Professional Standards Board (2013-Present)

School of Law Research Committee (2014-2016)

School of Law Education Committee (2014-Present)

Member of School of Law Postgraduate Committee (2013-2016)

PDP Year Tutor, Level 1 (Personal Development Planning) (2012-2014)

Personal Tutor to UG students (2010-Present)

Member of School of Law UG Education Committee (2012-2017)

Assistant Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice (2007-2009)


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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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