Dr Johnny Connolly is an Irish Research Council/Irish Council for Civil Liberties research fellow in the CCJVS. His current research project is Developing a comprehensive human rights based response to drug and gang-related crime and community violence. He is also managing a research project titled Building community resilience – responding to criminal networks in Dublin South Central. Another project in which he is currently engaged as part of the National Drugs Strategy involves the development of a community crime impact assessment. Prior to joining UL, he spent 10 years as a research officer with the Health Research Board. He was Ireland’s national correspondent to the European reference group on illicit drug markets and drug-related crime and the National Legal database on drug law and policy based at the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction in Lisbon. From 2005–2007 he was vice chairman of the criminal justice platform of the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe. He was a member of the advisory group of the Drug Treatment Court for five years. In 2017, he was appointed by the Minister for Justice as a member of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.
Dr Michelle Stevenson’s doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Dr Andrea Ryan, investigated the problems surrounding the interpretation of mixed DNA samples and on the relationship between science, maths and the law. Michelle was awarded the College Medal for Philosophy for her undergraduate degree and she was subsequently awarded both AHSS and School of Law scholarships for her doctoral studies. Her research interests include criminal law, legal writing and she lectures the Master’s module comparative protection of international human rights law.
Jackie is a Youth Justice Researcher on the Action Research Project (ARP) with the Research Evidence into Policy, Programmes and Practice (REPPP) programme in the School of Law. The ARP involves working closely with 15 participating Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDP) to identify and disseminate best practice in working with young people at risk. Jackie completed an MSocSc in Youth and Community Work in UCC. Jackie previously worked as a Youth Officer with the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. The role included trialing a new framework for projects involved in a reform process with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and supporting the National Quality Standards Framework for youth projects and groups. Prior to her Youth Officer role, Jackie worked as Coordinator of a Garda Youth Diversion Project in Limerick city. Jackie is an experienced trainer in Restorative Practice (RP).