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.