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Lecturer, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast

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.


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    Lecturer, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast