Study for a Masters in Youth Justice

24 May


The Masters 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 Improving Children’s Lives initiative is offering a part fees-bursary of £1,500. The deadline for submission of application is 29 July 2016. Further details can be found here. Further details on fees and university-based scholarships can be found here.


Additional information about entry requirements and course content is available on our Course Finder or alternatively you can contact:

Dr Siobhán McAlister
T: +44(0)28 90975918

Dr Nicola Carr
T: +44(0)28 90975965

Postdoctoral Researcher Law – Maynooth

19 May

Maynooth University Department of Law are seeking an experienced postdoctoral legal/social science researcher to work under the supervision of Dr. Claire Hamilton on the project: ‘CONTAGION’: Counterterrorism, Coercion and EU Criminal Justice Policy. The project is funded by the Irish Research Council under the New Horizons scheme (Strand 1). The overall aim of the project is to assess the impact of counter terrorism measures on the penal trajectories of EU countries by mapping and evaluating the extent to which a process of ‘contamination’ has occurred from the counter terrorism to the ‘ordinary’ criminal justice spheres (the ‘contagion thesis’). This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious postdoctoral researcher aiming to gain multidisciplinary experience in a dynamic and collegial environment.

Principal Duties will include:

• Quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, including analysis of legislation;
• Data management and other administrative responsibilities related to timely delivery of milestones and deliverables;
• Assistance with report writing, including inventories, literature reviews, research findings and other outputs as required;
• Joint authoring of scholarly articles, chapters and reports;
• Assistance with the communication of research findings to the project funders and the broader academy.


Closing date 5th June. Find more details on application etc here.

Transforming Prison to Support Young Adults – Report launch by Joanne O’Riordan

19 May

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice will launch a new report ‘Developing Inside: Transforming Prison for Young Adults’. The report sets out a new approach to the unique needs of young adults (aged 18 to 24) in prison. It will be launched by Joanne O’Riordan (@nolimbsnolimits). Other speakers will be Peter McVerry and Eoin Carroll.

Details: Tuesday 31st May, at 11am, Alexander Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2

Please RSVP to

At the report launch, members of the press and public will be invited to ‘experience’ solitary confinement through the use of props and virtual reality

The Report Developing Inside: Transforming Prison for Young Adults provides an in-depth analysis of the unique needs of 18–24 year olds in prison, it examines the current reality, and outlines proposals for change. The report calls for radical policy reform on how we imprison young adults.

Joanne O’Riordan is a campaigner and activist on a number of issues including disability rights, and is currently studying for a degree in criminology in University College Cork. When Joanne was a baby, she visited Fort Mitchel Prison on Spike Island (Cork) after the young adults imprisoned there organised a fundraiser for her.

Peter McVerry SJ is a social justice advocate with a particular focus on homelessness. Peter is a visiting prison chaplain and member of the Jesuit Centre team.

Eoin Carroll is Advocacy Officer with the Jesuit Centre. Eoin co-ordinated the production of the report. His background is in social policy analysis.

Time after Time: Women’s Transitions from Custody

13 May

Jean O’Neill will present findings from her research on women’s experiences of prison and their transitions from custody in Northern Ireland. The research was conducted as part of a Griffins Society Fellowship. The Griffins Society is a charity whose aim is to deliver change for women and girls in the criminal justice system. Christine Leeson, Director of the Griffins Society will also speak at the event. This will be followed by a panel discussion.

To register for this free events sign up via Eventbrite here.


Monday, 6th June – 10am-12pm

School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, 6 College Park Belfast, BT7 1PS

Institutions and Ireland: Law, Punishment and Accountability

20 Apr


Institutions and Ireland will attempt to reframe debates surrounding such structures and address conceptual concerns that stretch back centuries and across disciplinary and national boundaries. Over a series of three one-day workshops in 2016, we will start an enduring conversation about the different institutional structures which have contributed to the makeup of Irish society.

The next conference deals with Law, Punishment and Accountability:

  • 7 June 2016
  • Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute
  • Trinity College Dublin

Keynote speaker: John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison

In recent years, legal institutions on the island of Ireland have investigated a series of institutional failures. The Ryan Commission, the Murphy Commission, and the Saville Inquiry—to name but a few high-profile examples—have probed the relationship of the citizen to educational, religious, and military institutions. In turn, these investigations have been subject to analysis from academic, political, and cultural institutions, as well as the media. In 2011, as part of an Amnesty International publication responding to four reports on institutional abuse, Kevin Rafter diagnosed a ‘conspiracy of silence’ as an underlying factor in such institutional failure. Legal inquiries have gone some way towards breaking this silence and the university has a key role to play in furthering this debate. How do legal institutions hold sections of society to account? Are these institutions themselves held to account? How effective are the legal systems in Ireland at administering justice?

Law, Punishment, and Accountability is a one-day conference that will critically examine the legal institutions on the island of Ireland through a thematic and interdisciplinary approach. As the second event in TCD’s Institutions and Ireland series, the conference will analyse the ways in which Ireland has been shaped by both its own legal institutions, as well as by international bodies such as the European Parliament and European Court of Human Rights.

We invite abstracts of up to 300 words from any discipline for 20-minute papers in Irish or English that shed light on Ireland’s evolving relationships with legal institutions. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday 29 April at 5pm. Please send your abstract and a short bio to

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Public inquiries and their impact
  • The law in translation
  • The study of legal history in Ireland
  • Cultural representations of law and punishment
  • Coercive confinement
  • The Irish courts systems
  • Law before and after colonisation
  • Policing and the Defence and Security Forces
  • European and international law from an Irish perspective
  • The crisis of migration
  • Restitution and retribution
  • Privacy and defamation
  • Memory, the past, and accountability
  • The impact of digitisation on the law

The Institutions and Ireland series has been developed as part of TCD’s core research theme Making Ireland, which spans fifteen disciplines within the college and explores Ireland as ‘a continuously evolving and plural phenomenon, produced through diverse media and varieties of human agency’. Further details can be found on and

Criminology Scholarship Opportunity

18 Apr

FitzPatrick Family Foundation Doctoral Scholarship 2016

 UCD Institute of Criminology

 Closing Date: Friday the 20th of May 2016

The UCD Institute of Criminology, part of UCD Sutherland School of Law, is pleased to offer one doctoral scholarship in the area of criminology/ criminal justice /penology.  See

Applications are sought from exceptional graduates for a scholarship to undertake on a full-time basis a four year funded PhD programme of research in thefields of criminology, criminal justice, or penology. The scholarship is being generously funded by the FitzPatrick Family Foundation. It is available to full time candidates commencing their studies in September 2016 and is tenable for a maximum of four years, renewable each year subject to satisfactory progress.

The scholarship will provide tuition fees at the EU rate only and an annual stipend of €18,000 per annum and it is open to Irish, EU and International applicants. In thecase of non EU applicants any offer is conditional on the applicant demonstrating at the time of accepting the offer that s/he has sufficient funds to supplementthe living allowance to cover the cost of living in Dublin.

How to apply: Please complete an on-line University Postgraduate application available at by the deadline. In addition, please send a covering letter explaining why you wish to undertake a PhD, and in particular, why you would be a suitable recipient for the scholarship.

This letter should be no more than 2 sides of A4 single-spaced and can be sent either as an email attachment to or in hard copy to Ms. Niamh McCabe, Graduate Programme Manager, Sutherland School of Law, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

In addition to the cover letter you must submit the following documents:

  1. A research proposal which includes: a statement of the research question the candidate proposes to examine; an outline of the proposed methodology (in other words, an outline of how the applicant proposes to go about their research); and a brief literature review. (The idea of this is to place the research within the current state of knowledge in the field in question. It should include a short, indicative, bibliography of works in the field).  There is no maximum length for a research proposal. Normally, it would be at least three or four pages long.
  2. Academic references: Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees to ensure that references are received before the closing date for this scholarship.
  3. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.
  4. All academic transcripts.

Please direct any queries regarding the application process to Niamh McCabe at the above email address or by telephone on + 353 1 716 4111.

Late applications will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the decision of the scholarship committee.  No correspondence will be entered intoabout the committee’s decision. Applicants not awarded a scholarship may be offered a place on the PhD programme.

Candidates may be called for interview and should be available to start from September 2016.

Seminar: Promoting Health and Well-Being in the Young

23 Mar

A seminar will be held in the European Commission offices in Dublin, on ‘Promoting Health and Well-Being in the Young’. The seminar is aimed at the provision of a pilot programme for young persons who have been convicted of criminal offences.


  • European Commission Office, Europe House, 12-14 Mount Street, Dublin 2
  • Friday 8 April
  • 11am-3pm
  • To register for the seminar please contact Maureen Mulligan,

Please see further details below:


Partnership action for addressing mental health with histories of harm and the well-being of children and young people in prisons and communities.  Policies need to ensure a health care sustainable infrastructure. We need innovative well-being research to strengthen options. Large inequalities exist in the provision of health care for vulnerable young people effected by family injury, cultural deprivation, and trauma. The object of the seminar includes invitation for collaboration on a local and regional level in Horizon 2020 in the multi-disciplinary Integrated Infrastructure in the care of young people.


Chair Matt Carthy MEP


Prof. Giovanni Maria Ruggiero

Surgeon Doctor, Specialist in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Sigmund Freud University

Prof. Dr. Surya Bahadur Karki Nepal

Ministry of Health Nepal, Member Ministry of Education Nepal, Chairman Institute of Natural Medicine Nepal


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