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Welcome to the Centre for Criminal Justice

The Centre for Criminal Justice was established in 1997 with a mission to foster the development of independent research and ideas on crime, criminal law, and criminal justice that would be of benefit to policy-makers, practitioners, academics, and the general public.

While the name, the Centre for Criminal Justice embraces issues pertaining to victims under the broad rubric, "criminal justice", victims are often unseen and unheard in the criminal justice system as a whole. It was for this reason that we recently decided to rename the Centre to more visibly reflect what we do and thereby to become a more visibly accessible resource for stakeholders.

The new name is the Centre for Crime, Justice and Victim Studies.

Over the past two decades, the work of the Centre has embraced a broad spectrum of themes including Policing, Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Justice, International Human Rights Law, International and European Criminal Justice, Financial and White Collar Crime, Penology, Victim Studies, and Hate Crime.

The Centre's research revolves around interactions between law, criminal behaviour, and criminal justice. The Centre interacts with the Department of Justice and Equality, the Garda Síochána, the Probation Service, the Legal Profession, human rights and civil liberties organisations at home and abroad, and community organisations with an interest in criminal justice matters.

The Centre's research activities encompass internally generated projects, and projects supported by external academic funding bodies such as the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, policy based bodies such as the Department of Justice and Equality, and NGOs such as the Irish Human Rights Commission. Members of the Centre frequently engage as the Irish national experts in EU wide criminal justice projects funded by the European Commission.

The recruitment and progression of PhD students is a vital aspect of the Centre's activity.

At any given time the Centre hosts around 15 postgraduate research students pursuing theses on a range of subjects, including DNA evidence, police interrogation, actuarial and dispositive justice, the Criminal Assets Bureau, judicial discretion in the law of evidence, treatment of sex offenders, the Garda Síochána, cyber bullying, Community Service Orders, juvenile justice, and sentencing.

The Centre facilitates a regular programme of visiting Irish and international scholars who come to deliver seminars or master classes in their areas of subject specialisation. Enquiries from potential visitors are always welcome. The Centre also organises international conferences and CPD seminars which are open to the public.

For further information, contact:
Dr Andrea Ryan
Centre for Crime, Justice and Victim Studies.
School of Law
University of Limerick

Phone  00-353-(0)61-234190



Criminal Justice in Ireland Blog

The Criminal Justice in Ireland blog is hosted by the CCJVS and is co-ordinated and edited by Dr Ger Coffey. The blog features regular posts on all aspects of criminal justice, with posts typically released on the third Wednesday of every month. CCJVS members regularly contribute posts on their recent research activities, providing an excellent means of keeping up-to-date with the ever-developing expertise within the centre. The blog also includes contributions from visiting scholars and other scholars and practitioners associated with the work of the centre. We also welcome contributions from criminal justice researchers and practitioners on any area of criminal justice.

For queries about contributing to the blog, please contact Dr Ger Coffey (

The blog can be accessed at the following link: blog


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