Victims of crime came under the spotlight at the launch of a new centre for law.
The Centre for Crime, Law and Justice at Lancaster University will generate cutting edge research across the themes of cybercrime, youth justice, sentencing, civil liberties, gender and sexualities and was officially launched this week with a two day conference.
The Centre, which follows the successful amalgamation of Lancaster’s Law School with Criminology, will provide a forum for the multi-disciplinary research interests brought about by the merger.
Centre Director Dr Jane Donoghue said: “The centre is a way to showcase some of the research we undertake in these areas. We produce very high quality, cutting edge research and we want to communicate this work as widely as possible to both academic and non-academic audiences.
“A lot of what we do is policy-related and so we will be working to produce a range of key publications in our specialist areas of expertise, which will be of interest to Government policy makers and advisors including the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. This is a really important role.” The forum has attracted the backing and commitment of a newly-formed advisory board which includes former Home Secretary Charles Clarke, Magistrates’ Association chairman Richard Monkhouse, victimisation expert Professor Sandra Walklate, Director of the Centre for Justice Innovation Phillip Bowen, Professor David Wexler, and barrister Peter Grieves-Smith.