Kieran is Professor of Law and Transitional Justice at the School of Law and a Senior Research Fellow at the The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast.
He has conducted research in over a dozen conflicted or transitional countries contexts on topics including politically motivated prisoners, ex-combatants, victims, amnesties, truth recovery, human rights, restorative justice and the role of lawyers in conflict transition.
He has written or edited six books, a four volume Handbook of Transitional Justice, five special issues and over sixty journal articles and scholarly book chapters. His research has garnered a number of awards including the British Society of Criminology book of the year award and the Socio-legal Studies Association article of the year, three times.
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Anne-Marie is Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, and Director of Research in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast.
Professor McAlinden is a world-leading expert on sexual offending against children and the author/editor of over 50 publications, including three sole-authored monographs: ‘The Shaming of Sexual Offenders’, which was awarded the British Society of Criminology Book Prize in 2008; ‘Grooming’ and the Sexual Abuse of Children’ published in the prestigious Clarendon Studies in Criminology Series by Oxford University Press; and ‘Children as “Risk”: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Children and Young People’ in press with Cambridge University Pres as part of its Cambridge Studies in Law and Society Series.
She has been Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator on a number of ESRC funded projects including a recently completed three-year study on ‘Sex Offender Desistance’; and currently ‘Apologies, Abuses and Dealing with the Past’, where one of the case studies is institutional child abuse.
Anne-Marie has been interviewed for and cited in The New York Times and The Economist. In March 2017, she was invited to give evidence on ‘grooming and entrapment’ to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Muiris is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Administration at Queen’s University Belfast, and President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland. His current research concerns the politics and practice of state retrenchment and administrative reform, with a particular focus on the Irish case.
Other research interests concern the state agencies, political-administrative relationships, corporate governance and institutional reform, and accountability studies. His most recent book concerns the impact of the 2008 economic crisis on the Irish administrative system, and is titled Public Sector Reform in Ireland: Countering Crisis.
Anna is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast and a Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. She has published three books and more than a dozen articles, book chapters and specialist reports. She also recently co-edited a special e-edition of Social and Legal Studies on the theme of transitional justice. Her research has developed along three closely related lines: socio-legal studies, conflict transformation and modern Irish history. She has considerable experience of qualitative research and has to date conducted more than 200 in-depth interviews across a range of national and international research projects.
She has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on a number of EU and RCUK funded projects including The Peace Process: Layers of Meaning, Lawyers, Conflict and Transition, Brexit and Northern Ireland: The Constitutional, Conflict Transformation, Human Rights and Equality Consequences and this current research on Apologies, Abuses and Dealing with the Past.
In 2016, she was awarded a QUB Vice-Chancellor’s Research Impact Prize for her contribution to current policy debates on the role of oral history in dealing with Northern Ireland’s troubled past. She is a founding director of the Oral History Network of Ireland and is the UK Oral History Society’s regional representative for Northern Ireland. She is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and serves on the board of a number of NGOs including the Committee on the Administration of Justice, the Centre for Cross Border Studies and Diversity Challenges.
Lauren is a Research Fellow in the School of Law, working on the ESRC-funded project: ‘Apologies, Abuses and Dealing with the Past.’ Her research is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on the fields of transitional justice, criminology, law, anthropology, and politics in particular. Her research interests include ‘dealing with the past’ in Northern Ireland, ‘disappearances’ and transitional responses to ‘disappearing,’ the construction of victimhood, victim mobilisation, the engagement of non-state armed groups in transitional justice mechanisms, and themes of agency, voice, silence, and memory.
Lauren is currently Co-Investigator on a pilot project, ‘Whose Voices are Heard? Victimhood and Dark Tourism in Cambodia,’ which explores the representation of victims and victimhood at sites of so-called ‘dark tourism.’ Her first book, Transitional Justice and the ‘Disappeared’ of Northern Ireland: Silence, Memory, and the Construction of the Past, will be published by Routledge in 2019.
Shadd (PhD, Northwestern University, USA) comes to the apology project from the perspective of a criminological psychologist. His work to date has focused primarily on issues around prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration, both from the perspective of what the person needs to do to move on from a criminal past and what society needs to do to move on from punishments and reintegrate such individuals. His work in this regard has been recognised with a variety of prizes from the Howard League for Penal Reform, the ESRC, and the American Society of Criminology.
He is the author of multiple books, including the award-winning Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives. Prior to joining Queen’s University Belfast, he has taught at Cambridge University, the University of Manchester, Rutgers University, and the State University of New York.
Ashleigh is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Law and The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, working on the ESRC-funded project: ‘Apologies, Abuses and Dealing with the Past.’ Her research is multi-disciplinary in nature, and incorporates the disciplines of peace and conflict studies, gender, feminism, sociology, criminology, victimology, transitional justice and peace journalism. Ashleigh recently completed her PhD on the media’s role in peace-building in post-conflict societies which compared news representations of female ex-combatants in Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka under the supervision of Prof John Brewer. Her research interests include former combatants’ roles in conflict transformation, the transformative quality of conflict for social norms, gender and peace, gender and war/terrorism, gender in the media and the media and peace and conflict.