Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice

We have an established international reputation for theoretically informed, policy focused, methodologically rigorous interdisciplinary research.


We are a joint venture drawing together colleagues from the School of Social Sciences (mainly those with an interest in criminology) and the School of Law and Politics (mainly those with an interest in criminal justice and security studies).

We hold regular workshops, seminars and feedback groups throughout the academic year. We have a broad research programme, with members actively exploring a range of topics around the relations between crime, security and justice.

Key areas of research interest include:

  • urban security and community safety
  • sexual and domestic violence and hate crime
  • corporate and white-collar crime
  • organised crime and terrorism
  • criminal law and criminal justice process
  • youth justice
  • policing
  • night-time economy
  • drug policy
  • life-course criminology and desistance
  • prisoner resettlement and offender management
  • emergent technologies and crime including cyber crime.

We have established links at the local, national and international level. Members work in collaboration with local authorities, third sector agencies, the Welsh Government, Home Office and Ministry of Justice, as well as a number of European agencies.

In particular, we are working with the Cardiff Safer and Cohesive Communities Board, through which access to data and research sites will be facilitated in exchange for research by staff and students.

Early projects are exploring the development of local victim surveys as well as research on sexual health, the night time economy, and issues around migration, immigration and asylum.

The Centre is directed by Professor Stewart Field, Adam Edwards and Claudia Hillebrand.

Find us at:

Twitter: @Cardiff_CCLJ


Academic staff

Stewart Field

Professor Stewart Field

Professor of Law

+44(0)29 2087 4363

Dr Adam Edwards


+44 29208 74174

Dr Claudia Hillebrand

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

+44 (0)29 2068 8962
Janna Verbruggen

Dr Janna Verbruggen

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

+44 (0)29 2087 4803

Postgraduate students

Ruth Doubleday

Research student


Simon Avery

Research student


Upcoming Workshop: expressions of remorse and apology in criminal justice

On the 27 and 28 of September 2018, the Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice will jointly host a workshop with Cardiff’s Centre of Law and Society.  

Organised by Stewart Field (LAWPL) and Cyrus Tata (University of Strathclyde), the workshop will bring together an international group of experts to examine the expression of remorse and apology in criminal justice and how this affects judgements about defendants.

Drawing on empirical studies of a range of jurisdictions and procedural contexts, this workshop will examine the various ways in which cultural expectations shape the construction of the 'ideal defendant' and his or her role in court-room, pre-trial and trial settings.

Speakers will include:

  • Susan Bandes (DePaul University)
  • Jackie Hodgson (Warwick University)
  • Nicky Padfied (Cambridge University)
  • Sharyn Roach Anleu (Flinders University, Australia)
  • Kate Rossmanith (Macquarie University, Australia)
  • Richard Weisman (York University, Canada)

Seminar with scholars from the Criminology Research Centre, Ryukoku University, Japan

On 23 March 2018, Dr Akiko Kugawara and Professor Shinichi Ishizuka from the Criminology Research Centre at Ryukoku University in Japan joined the Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice at a seminar to discuss common interests and possible research links.

The visit was organised by Professor Trevor Jones in collaboration with Dr David Brewster and was funded by a Daiwa Foundation grant.
A return visit from Cardiff to Kyoto is also planned. Full details of the seminar can be found below:
The Significance of Ryukoku University's Criminology Research Centre in the Context of the Crime Situation in Japan

Dr. Kogawara, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Ryukoku University.

Dr Kogawara's research addresses two topics: the legal effects of the victim’s consent in bodily harm and murder cases; and the medical treatments of death-row or lifetime prisoners.

Life imprisonment in Japan

Prof. Dr. Shinichi Ishizuka, Professor, Faculty of Law and Director of the Criminology Research Centre (CrimRC), Ryukoku University and President of the Japanese Association of Sociological Criminology.

Prof. Dr. Ishizuka has carried out research on prisoners’ rights, the politics of criminal law in Japan and in Germany, the death penalty and life imprisonment, and drug policy.

The Strategies and Techniques of Drug Abuse Control in Japan

Dr. David Brewster, Postdoctoral Researcher, Criminology Research Centre (CrimRC), Ryukoku University.

Dr. Brewster studied Criminology at Cardiff University between 2007 and 2016. His PhD, entitled Comparing Cannabis Control in England & Wales and The Netherlands, analysed the policy-making processes in these countries.

Security and Justice: the challenge of the transnational

In 2017 the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice worked with Cardiff’s Centre of Law and Society to organise a series of workshops that brought together criminologists, political scientists and lawyers to address the relationship between security and justice in a world shaped by globalization and Europeanisation.

The four workshops brought together small groups of leading scholars and practitioners to reflect upon related challenges.

The first workshop has resulted in a Special Issue Supplement to be published by the Journal of Law and Society under the title ‘Learning from Elsewhere’. The final workshop will be published as a Special Issue by the journal Policing and Society.


May 2017

Best practice in security and justice: from cross-cultural explanation to transnational prescription?

June 2017

Transnational Criminal Justice and International Institutions: The Law and Politics of Building and Dismantling Transnational Cooperation.

October 2017

The Theory and Practice of Financial Crime Risk Assessments: Challenges for Contemporary Governance.

Nov 2017

Emergent Technologies: The Transnational Challenge to Security and Justice

For full programme and abstracts see our Research Gate Project.

Seminar series

Research seminars are held every three weeks during the academic year, providing a supportive environment for doctoral students and academic staff to present and constructively discuss their work.

Further seminars are run in partnership with the Welsh branch of the British Society of Criminology and additional social and strategic events are hosted throughout the year.

Below is the seminar programme for 2017 and 2018.

7 February 2018Law Building, room 1.29
Adam White (University of Sheffield)
Heroism in the Market for Security
Roxanna Fatemi-Dehaghani (LAWPL)
What – and who – is an ‘appropriate’ appropriate adult?
7 February 2018Glamorgan Building, room 0.86 Letizia Paoli (University of Leuven)
The centrality of harm to crime, criminal policy and the governance of security, and the potential contribution of harm assessment
21 March 2018Law Building, room 1.29
Diyana Dobreva and Daniel Grinnell (Crime & Security Research Institute)
Prophets, ‘Soft Facts’ and the murder of Jo Cox MP on Social Media in the Brexit Campaign
Mike Coliandris (SOCSI)
Remote Control: The Emergence of Drones in Contemporary Policing in England and Wales
2 May 2018 
16:00 to 18:00
Glamorgan Building, room 0.85
Simon Avery (SOCSI)
Making the right connections: organised crime as a chaotic concept
Sefa Ozalp (SOCSI)
Abuse of meta-data for mass persecution of dissidents: the Bylock Case
16 May 2018
16:00 to 18:00
Law Building, room 1.28
Hava Dayan (University of Haifa)
Mysterious Murders and Circumstantial Convictions: The Case of ‘Concealed Femicide’
Joey Whitfield (MLANG)
The War on Drugs in Latin American Popular Culture
27 June 2018
16:00 to 18:00
Glamorgan Building, room 0.85
Dennis Eady (LAWPL)
Justice in Crisis: What can student based miscarriage of justice projects offer in the current climate?
Phillipa Thomas (SOCSI)
The Punitive Turn - a logical explanation or speculative idealism? A critical realist approach

Past seminars

February 2017Phillipa Thomas (SOCSI) 
The Politics of Penal Policy in England and Wales
Steven Cook (SOCSI)
A comparative analysis the violent victimization experiences of school and street-involved youth
February 2017 Marco Calaresu (Sassari University)
Researching Urban Security Agendas in Europe
Mark Berry (SOCSI)
Modern technologies of an everyday drug dealer        
March 2017 Fred Cram (School of Law and Politics)
What gives them the right? Understanding legitimacy within the context of Integrated Offender Management
Jenny Hoolachan (SOCSI)
Ethnographically exploring the substance use of young homeless people        
May 2017 Dr Renaud Colson (University of Nantes)
Reforming drug prohibition laws: The rise and possible fall of a century old global regime
June 2017 Sam Hanks (SOCSI)
Critically exploring the governance of massage parlours in Cardiff: Promoting sex worker safety and wellbeing
Simon Avery (SOCSI)
The governmentality of local organised crime assessments