View graph of relations

    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

     

     

     

    Willingness to take PhD students

    Yes

    PhD projects

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

    Frequent Journals

    • International Journal of Transitional Justice

      ISSNs: 1752-7716

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1752-7724

      Oxford University Press/UNESCO

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.558 SNIP 1.23

      Journal

    • Irish Political Studies

      ISSNs: 0790-7184

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1743-9078

      Routledge

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.92 SJR 0.435 SNIP 1.228

      Journal

    • Ethnopolitics

      ISSNs: 1744-9057, 1744-9065

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1744-9065

      Routledge

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.79 SJR 0.441 SNIP 1.077

      Journal

    • British Journal of Criminology

      ISSNs: 0007-0955

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1464-3529

      Oxford University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.59 SJR 1.422 SNIP 2.243

      Journal

    View all »

    View all

    View all

    Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

    ID: 1558394