New: MSc/PGDip Youth Justice at Queen’s University Belfast

9 Apr

The Masters and PGDip in Youth Justice has been designed for those who want to advance their understanding of youth issues, youth offending and social and criminal justice responses to young people. It is focused on developing critical analytical skills and enhancing the ability to assess policy and practice against international standards and benchmarks.

Targeted at practitioners, policy-makers and those interested in further academic study, it provides the opportunity to apply academic knowledge and critical analytical skills to practice. It aims to enhance understanding of young people’s lives, the criminal justice system and the discourse of children’s rights.

  • The course has been designed to encourage students to consider the interface between social justice, criminal justice and children’s rights. Given increased policy attention in the area of youth justice and strategies impacting on children and young people more generally, the course reflects the concern to understand the needs and rights of children and young people, and to ground responses in evidence, best practice and international standards.

  • The course ensures students receive a grounding in the field of youth justice and are also provided with opportunities to benefit from inter-disciplinary teaching and learning. This includes undertaking core and optional modules across the disciplines of: education, sociology, social policy, criminology, health and nursing, and psychology.

  • Building capacity – The course will equip graduates with a range of knowledge and skills of direct relevance to work in areas including youth justice, youth and community work, criminal justice, public policy and research. For participants already employed in these areas, the programme will build on existing skills and knowledge and enhance the capacity to engage in comparative analysis alongside international standards. The MSc in Youth Justice includes modules on theory and research skills, and specially tailored modules focusing on research with children and young people.

Additional information about entry requirements and course content is available on the University’s Course Finder or alternatively you can contact:

Dr Siobhán McAlister
T: +44(0)28 90975918
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work,
Queen’s University Belfast,
6 College Park, Belfast, BT7 1LP

Dr Nicola Carr
T: +44(0)28 90975965
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work,
Queen’s University Belfast,
6 College Park, Belfast, BT7 1LP



DCU Inaugural Law and Government Conference

29 Mar

DCU are to host an inaugural Law and Government Conference on the theme of ‘Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution‘. The conference will be held on 4th September 2014.

Those interested in presenting should submit an abstract within the following categories:

  •          Irish constitutional law in socio-legal perspective: law and disadvantage
  •          Irish constitutionalism in historical and comparative perspective: constitutional transitions and institutional design
  •          Socio-economic rights in Irish constitutional law: practice and reform
  •          Irish constitutional law and the impact on politics and the political process
  •          Legal theory and adjudication in Irish constitutional law

Abstracts should be submitted to no later than 19th May.

Manchester University Press will publish a journal of the best papers, which will include at least one postgraduate paper. There will also be a prize for the best postgraduate paper. Those interested in the journal or postgraduates interested in the prize are asked to send their papers no later than 22nd August.

7th Annual Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture

24 Mar

The ACJRD has announced details of its 7th Annual Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture. The event will take place on Tuesday 29th April at 5.30pm in the Criminal Courts of Justice, at Parkgate Street in Dublin.

The speaker this year is Professor Paul Senior from the Hallam Centre for Community Justice at Sheffield Hallam University and the lecture is titled, ‘Integrated Offender Management: Pooling Resources and Expertise and Creating Effective Working Partnerships’.

Integrated Offender Management refers to a process of collaborative, inter-agency cooperation directed towards persistent or prolific offenders in England and Wales. Prof Senior analyses the policy from its origins, through a change of government, to evaluate its cost-effectiveness and ability to reduce reoffending.

Those interested in attending must RSVP to to confirm.


European treatment and transition management of high risk offenders project 2012 -2014 Justice Co-operation Network (JCN) Final Conference – Advance Notice

6 Mar

Ireland, Estonia, ‎Finland and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Germany), with the University of Greifswald as advisers, are partners in an EU funded project to examine and develop best practice in the transition management and supervision of high risk offenders leaving custody as well as developing a body of knowledge and creating an EU network of expertise. The project began in November 2012 and will be concluded in October 2014.

For further information on the work of the project to date please visit the JCN project website at

The final conference of the European treatment and transition management of high risk offenders project will be held in the Yachting & Spar Resort Hohe Düne in Rostock-Warnemünde ( from 3rd to 5th September 2014.The preliminary conference invitation is attached here.

 The Conference will feature important presentations on the findings from the project, valuable contributions from experts and lively workshop discussions. It will be a not-to-be-missed opportunity for networking, to meet with experienced colleagues and experts in transition management, to exchange knowledge and develop partnershiips.

There will be special conference travel, attendance and conference arrangements funded by the JCN project in place for participants from within the EU and applicant states.  As places will be limited please contact the German JCN Conference organising team for further information as early as possible by e-mail at:

 If you wish to propose a paper or a workshop to be considered for presentation at the conference please contact the conference team by e mail at with a brief summary of your paper or outline of your workshop topic before 1st April 2014 at latest. 


Beyond Crime: Pathways to Desistance

28 Feb

From the 11th-14th of June Queen’s University Belfast is hosting the 8th International Conference of the Beyond Desistance European Forum for Restorative Justice, Beyond Crime: Pathways to Desistance, Social Justice and Peace Building. Keynote speakers include Prof John Braithwaite, Prof Shadd Maruna, Prof Joanna Shapland, Porf Kieran McEvoy, Dr Tove Hansen Malloy and Brunilda Pali.

Practitioners, researchers, RJ trainers, legal professionals, and policy makers are invited to submit a  proposal for one of the following types of presentations:
Paper presentation – 20 min + 10 min Q&A
Training session – 90 min
Panel discussion – 90 min
Dialogue session – 90 min
Movie/documentary and discussion – 120 min

The deadline for submissions is the 14th of March 2014. For further details please see the conference flyer attached here: International RJ Conference

Call for Papers: The Criminal Trial and the Pursuit of Justice at Durham

27 Feb

The Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Durham is hosting its fifth annual conference on the theme of ‘The Criminal Trial and the Pursuit of Justice: Controversies and Alternatives’. The conference will take place at Durham University on 14th and 15th April.

The call for papers is now open and abstracts should be submitted by 14th March to either or Click here for further information.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of key stakeholders and actors;
  • Notions of accountability, legitimacy, procedural fairness and human rights;
  • Critical assessments of the rules of evidence and procedure;
  • The limits of trial justice;
  • Issues pertinent to punishment and sentencing, including mediation and restorative justice.

Call for Papers: CCJHR 8th Annual Conference

26 Feb

The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights at University College Cork will hold its 8th Annual Graduate Conference on 5th and 6th June 2014.

The keynote speakers will be Professor Jeremy Waldron of Oxford and Professor Carol Sanger of Columbia and the theme of the conference is ‘Justice and Dignity Under Challenge’. Applicants are asked to consider how intransigent law-making can negatively impact human rights protection and criminal law.

The call for papers went out today, and submissions are requested to be no more than 300 words, and should be sent no later than Friday 30th March (20th for full papers). Applicants can be from law or related disciplines such as politics and the social sciences.

Full details including contact details and requirements for submission to Best Paper Award see here.


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