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Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice,
School of Law,
Queen's University Belfast, BT7 1NN
LLB, Queens University Belfast 1989
MSc Criminology, University of Edinburgh 1991
PhD, Queens University Belfast 2000
Kieran McEvoy is Professor of Law and Transitional Justice and Director of Research at the School of Law Queens University Belfast. He is also a former Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Between 1990-1995 he worked as Information Officer for NIACRO, a large non-governmental organisation which campaigns on behalf of prisoners their families and ex-offenders. He was appointed Assistant Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 1995 (which amalgamated with the Law School in 1998) and was promoted to Reader in 2000 and Professor in 2002.
He has been a Visiting Scholar at Fordham University Law School, a Global Scholar at New York University Law School, a visiting scholar at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge and spent a year as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at Harvard Law School in 2001-2002. He has also been a visiting scholar for a semester at the Mannheim Centre of Criminology at the London School of Economics and at the School of Law at Berkeley, University of California.
For eight years he served as Review Editor of the British Journal of Criminology. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Contemporary Justice Review, Social and Legal Studies and the International Journal of Transitional Justice.
He has led several major comparative grants including most recently a comparative research project (with L. Mallinder and B. Dickson) funded by the AHRC which is examining amnesties as part of conflict transformation in Argentina, Uruguay, Bosnia, South Africa and Uganda. Prior to that, (with Harry Mika and Kirsten McConnachie), he also conducted comparative research in Canada, the USA, Israel\Palestine, Spain, Italy, Colombia, Rwanda, Indonesia as well as Ireland and Britain funded by Atlantic Philanthropies. In 2012 he was awarded two further major research council awards. He is principal investigator on a 3 year ESRC funded project (with M. Requa and L. Mallinder, University of Ulster) on lawyers, conflict and transition involving fieldwork in Cambodia, Chile, South Africa, Israel and Palestine. In addition, he is also Principal Investigator on an AHRC funded project (with L. Mallinder and G. Anthony) on Prosecutions and the Public Interest in the Northern Ireland transition. He is also a member of the ESRC Peer Review College.
He is author or co-author of three books, has co-edited 6 books and journal special issues and published over fifty articles and book chapters. His research has garnered significant recognition. In 2002, his book Paramilitary Imprisonment in Northern Ireland was awarded the British Society of Criminology book of the year award for the best first sole authored book published in the discipline in the previous year. He has also been awarded the Socio-legal Studies Association article of the year award three times, in 2005 (with H. Conway), 2009 and 2012. In 2012 he was also awarded an honourable mention by the US based Law and Society Association in their article prize for exceptional scholarship in the field of socio-legal studies in recognition of his article ‘What Did the Lawyers Do During the War ?’
As an activist, he is a former Chairperson and long term committee member of CAJ (the Committee on the Administration of Justice), the principal human rights NGO in Northern Ireland. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of NIACRO and was heavily involved in the establishment of community based restorative justice projects in Nationalist areas in Northern Ireland. He is also an active member of the local NGO Healing Through Remembering and authored their 2006 report on options for truth recovery for Northern Ireland.
• International Criminal Justice
• Reshaping the NI Constitution
• Restorative Justice
• Transitional Justice and Conflict Transformation
His current research interests include amnesties, apologies, ex-combatants, the politics of victimhood, lawyers in transition, truth recovery and other aspects of transitional justice.
Amnesties in Transition: Punishment, Restoration and the Governance of Mercy, Journal of Law and Society (2012), 39, 3, in press (with L. Mallinder).
"What Did the Lawyers Do During the 'War' ? Neutrality, Conflict and the Culture of Quietism" Modern Law Review (2011) 74 (3), pp. 350-384.
“Rethinking Amnesties: Atrocity, Accountability And Impunity In Post-Conflict Societies." (2011) Contemporary Social Science 6, 7, 107-128. (with L Mallinder)
Reimagining DDR: Ex-combatants, leadership and Moral Agency in Conflict Transformation.” (2009) Theoretical Criminology, 13,1 31-59 (with P. Shirlow)
Beyond the Wire : Ex-prisoners and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland (2008) (with P. Shirlow). Pluto. 185 pp.
Transitional Justice from Below : Grassroots Activism and the Struggle for Change (2008) (ed with L. McGregor) Hart. 254pp.
Judges, Transition and Human Rights (2007) (ed with J. Morison and G. Anthony) Oxford University Press. 567pp.
Criminology, Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice (2003) (ed with Tim Newburn) Palgrave. 228pp.