School of Law
Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Celebrating 25 years of Criminology at Queen’s

2020 marks twenty-five years since the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice was established at Queen’s and marks the beginning of a new chapter in its development and role within the University.

Much has changed since the ICCJ was established in 1995. From the early days when the ICCJ had a teaching staff of 4 it now counts a membership of nearly 30!  The provision of criminology and criminal justice programmes in the University has also expanded with the School of Law delivering the postgraduate LLM in Criminology and Criminal Justice as well as optional modules in Criminology to final year law students.  The BA single honours Criminology along with two joint Criminology programmes are also offered in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW).

To celebrate 25 years of criminology at Queen’s the ICCJ will be hosting a number of high profile events throughout the year.

Current research in the ICCJ

The research interests of ICCJ members is varied and reflects the imperatives of researching aspects of criminology and criminal justice in a post-conflict environment such as that of Northern Ireland, but also reflect issues that are of national and international concern. For example, there is a strong field of research undertaken around desistance and reintegration, prisons and prison reform, sexual violence and the sexual grooming of children, sex trafficking and commercial sex, elder crime and abuse, policing, police reform and colonial policing, international criminal justice, anti-social behaviour, community punishment, youth crime and offending.