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Claire Hamilton

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LL.B. (Ling. Franc.) (TCD);
M. Litt.;
Dip EurConv in Human Rights;
PG Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching;
Ph.D. (UCD)

Lecturer in Criminology
Room: 02.022, 6 College Park
Tel: ++442890975318

I became a full time academic in 2004 after practising as a barrister for a number of years. From 2004 to 2012 I lectured in law and criminology in Dublin Institute of Technology where I also acted as Programme Chair of the MA in Criminology. My current research interests relate to state punitiveness, in particular its measurement and primary determinants. My doctoral thesis was entitled ‘Reconceptualising Penality: An Examination of the New Punitiveness in Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand 1976 to 2006’. Drawing on empirical data gathered in the three jurisdictions, it argues that a much broader lens should be employed in measuring punitiveness such as adopting criteria which measure harshness at all stages of the criminal justice process. It also argues that a similar multilayered approach must be taken when examining the determinants of penal policies. I am currently working on publishing this research as a book which is due to appear as part of the Ashgate Advances in Criminology series in 2013. As part of my work on punitiveness, I am interested in developments impacting on the procedural rights of defendants incorporated under the broad umbrella of the presumption of innocence.

Students interested in undertaking postgraduate research in any of these areas should feel free to contact me to discuss their ideas further.


Development of Policing (Co-ordinator)
Contributing lecturer to: Introducing Criminology; Crime, Punishment and Penal Policy; Exploring Criminology; Youth, Crime and Criminal Justice.

Research Interests

State punitiveness; comparative criminal justice; the presumption of innocence; erosion of due process rights; sentencing.

Recent Publications

Hamilton, C. (2014, forthcoming) Reconceptualising Penality: A comparative perspective on punitiveness in Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand. Ashgate Advances in Criminology Series (ed. David Nelken). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Hamilton, C. (2014, forthcoming) ‘Crime Policies of Small Countries’. In: Tonry, M. (ed.) Oxford Handbooks Online in Criminology and Criminal Justice. New York: Oxford University Press.

Hamilton, C. (2013) ‘Punitiveness and Political Culture: Notes from Some Small Countries’. European Journal of Criminology, 10(2): 154-167.

Hamilton, C. (2013) ‘Towards a Pedagogy of Public Criminology’. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 5(2): 20-31.

Hamilton, C. (2013) ‘Review of Developments, Structure and Management in the Public Sector 2012: Justice’. Administration: Journal of the Institute of Public Administration of Ireland (Review of the Year), 60(4), January 2013.

Hamilton, C. (2012) Irish Social Work and Social Care Law. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan.

Hamilton, C. (2011) ‘Notes from Some Small Countries: A Study of the “New Punitiveness” in Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand’. In: H. Kury and E. Shea (eds.) Punitiveness: International Developments, Vol. 1. Bochum: Universitaetsverlag Brockmeyer.

Hamilton, C. (2011) ‘The Presumption of Innocence in Irish Criminal Law: Recent Trends and Possible Explanations’. Irish Journal of Legal Studies, 2(1): 3-21.

Hamilton, C. (2011) ‘Organised Criminals as “Agents of Obligation”: The Case of Ireland’. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 17(4): 253-266.

Hamilton, C. (2011) ‘Threats to the Presumption of Innocence in Irish Criminal Law: An Assessment’. International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 15(3): 181-206.

Hamilton, C. and McWilliams, A. (2011) ‘“There isn’t anything like a GAL”: The Guardian Ad Litem Service in Ireland’. Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 10(1): 31-39.

Hamilton, C., Fitzgibbon, W. and Richardson, M. (2010) ‘A Risky Business: An Examination of Irish Probation Officers Attitudes and Work Practices Regarding Risk Assessment’. Probation Journal, 57(2): 163-174.

Hamilton, C and Lines, R.) (2009) ‘Prisoner Voting Rights in Ireland’. In: A. Ewald and B. Rottingham (eds.) Democracy and Punishment: International Perspectives in Criminal Disenfranchisement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hamilton, C. (2009) ‘Detention’. In U. Kilkelly (ed.) The ECHR and Irish Law, 2nd ed. Bristol: Jordans.

Hamilton, C and Kilkelly, U. (2008) ‘Human Rights in Irish Prisons’. Judicial Studies Institute Journal, 2: 58-85.

Hamilton, C. (2007) The Presumption of Innocence in Irish Criminal Law. Dublin: Irish Academic Press.

Hamilton, C and Seymour, M. (2006) ‘ASBOs: Institutionalised Intolerance of Youth?’ Youth Studies Ireland, 1(1): 61-76.

Hamilton, C. (2005) ‘Anti Social Behaviour Orders and the Presumption of Innocence’. Irish Law Times, 23(14): 215-219.