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Clare Dwyer

Dr Clare Dwyer


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Research Statement


Clare Dwyer joined the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast as Lecturer in Law in January 2007. Before joining the School of Law at Queen’s, Clare was Lecturer in Law at the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster where she taught on the areas of International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement and Criminal Law. In 2004, Clare had worked within the School of Law at Queen’s and was involved in a major multidisciplinary research project evaluating Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland. 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, to provide technical assistance in the areas of legislation and criminal justice to countries from the former Soviet Union and Former Yugoslavia. Clare has been involved in projects reviewing and updating legislation in Kosovo and the Safety, Security and Access to Justice Programme (SSAJP) in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia & Montenegro.



Her main research interests lie in the areas of penal policy, former prisoners and transitional justice, conflict transformation and young people, crime and justice. Her most recent research is examining the experiences of young people growing up in interface areas in Belfast.


Clare has taught in the areas of Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Evidence, Penal Policy, Criminology, Sentencing and Constitutional Law. 


Current Teaching


  • Evidence (Level 3) (Module Coordinator)


  • Criminal Justice Processes (LLM) (Module Coordinator)
  • Penal Policy and Practice (LLM) (Module Coordinator)


Achievements and Distinctions


Brian Williams Prize: 2008/2009

‘Risk, Politics and the 'Scientification' of Political Judgement: Prisoner Release and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland’ published in the British Journal of Criminology was jointly awarded the Brian Williams Prize 2008. This prize is awarded for the best sole authored article by a “new” scholar that has made a valuable contribution to the further development of criminology.




  • Assistant Director of Education (2014-Present)
  • Masters of Legal Science (MLegSc) Director (2013-Present)
  • Academic Council Representative on Senate (2014-2017)
  • Nominated Member of the School Management Board (2014-Present)
  • Elected Member of the School Management Board (2013-2014)
  • School of Law Representative on the Academic Council (2013-Present)
  • School of Law Member of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies’ Professional Standards Board (2013-Present)
  • School of Law Research Committee (2014-Present)
  • School of Law Education Committee (2014-Present)
  • Member of School of Law Postgraduate Committee (2013-Present)
  • PDP Year Tutor, Level 1 (Personal Development Planning) (2012-2014)
  • Personal Tutor to UG students (2010-Present)
  • Member of School of Law UG Education Committee (2012)
  • Member of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice (2007-Present)
  • Assistant Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice (2007-2009)


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Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

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