Kevin Hearty is a Research Fellow working with the COPR and the Criminal Justice Centre. He graduated with an LLB in Law with Government from the University of Ulster in 2008. He returned to full time post-graduate education in 2010 completing an LLM in Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice at the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster. His LLM thesis was awarded the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Prize for best dissertation at the TJI, and forms the basis of two subsequent academic publications. Kevin progressed to PhD level at the TJI in 2011 and successfully completed his thesis in November 2014 achieving a straight pass. He was appointed Research Fellow at Warwick in February 2015. With an emerging academic profile in interdisciplinary empirical socio-legal research his main research interests lie in Transitional Justice, Human Rights, Political Violence, Memory Politics and Policing. To date he has published research on state violence in Northern Ireland, the Belfast Flag protests and the 'dealing with the past' debate in Northern Ireland.