The Institute is strengthening its profile within the international community. In 2001 it became a member of GERN (the European Group of Research into Norms) and is frequently host to both national and international academics as Visiting Scholars. Professor Harry Mika of Central Michigan University is a long term visiting professor and his currently at the Institute conducting research with Prof. McEvoy on ‘transitional justice from below’. Professor PJ Schwikkard and Dr Elrena Van der Spuy of the University of Cape Town have recently made visits to the School under the 'Constitutional and Criminal Justice in South Africa and Northern Ireland' exchange programme.
Members of the Institute have also been invited as guests to other universities. Professor John Jackson was a visiting professor in 2007 at the University of New South Wales and at the University of Cape Town and he is currently Fernand Braudel Fellow at the Europran University Institute in Florence. As noted above Professor Kieran McEvoy has been a visiting scholar in a range of universities in the UK and the United States. Members at the Institute have strong links with the local community and agencies.
Professor John Jackson was an independent assessor on the Northern Ireland Criminal Justice Review Group (1998-2000) and Professor Kieran McEvoy was Chairperson of the Criminal Justice Working Group, one of the working groups tasked with drafting a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. More recently he was also a member of the Civil and Political Rights Forum working group as part of the Bill of Rights Forum.
Professor McEvoy is also Chairperson of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), a member of the Executive Committee of the Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NIACRO) and a member of the Social Justice Committee of the Northern Ireland Community Foundation. Dr Graham Ellison is a member of the European Network for Social Movements and Dr Shirlow is on the editorial boards of Irish Political Studies and International Planning Review.
From 15 to 19 January 2007, Ruth Jamieson conducted research at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha Tanzania. On 18 January 2007, she visited UN Detention Facility in Arusha, Tanzania. Ms. Jamieson has facilitated linkages with Professor Vesna Nikolic-Ristanovic, the University of Belgrade, and the Victimology Society of Serbia, and she visited the School of Law at the University of Belgrade in September 2007.
In August 2006, Marny Requa was appointed to the Advisory Board of Fordham Law School’s Crowley Program in International Human Rights. During summer 2006, she served as an adjunct faculty member with Fordham Law School’s Ireland Program, a cross-border program in which postgraduate students from the U.S. study at Queen’s University Belfast. and University College Dublin. Ms. Requa ran a course on International Human Rights, with a particular emphasis on rights in Northern Ireland. In June 2007, she gave an invited talk on “Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland” to a comparative criminal justice class as part of the same program.
Professor Scraton was the invited international speaker at the inaugural conference of the Center for Community Engagement at Amherst College in September 2007. He followed Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, who officially opened the Center, founded through a $14 million donation. Professor Scraton’s talk, “Inside Out: Prisoners’ Voices,” reflected on previous visits to Amherst’s innovative prison education programme in which undergraduate students follow a module inside jail and alongside prisoners. The Inside Out programme, praised by Governor Patrick as an exemplar of universities’ responsibility to the wider community, was devised by Amherst professor, Kristin Bumiller. Professor Scraton continued to present a series of weekly radio programmes for Scealta on Feile Radio. The community-based radio station now has a full licence and broadcasts throughout the year and on-line. Programmes included investigations into women in prison, the 1996 Dunblane shootings, institutionalised racism, public inquiries and the rights of children and young people. He was the principal contributor to a special edition of Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence on prisons in Northern Ireland.