Dr Ian Marder

Law

Lecturer / Assistant Professor

New House
(01) 474 7598

Biography

I joined the Department of Law as Lecturer in Criminology in May 2018. I hold a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Leeds Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, where my doctoral research explored the institutionalisation of restorative justice in the police. Previously, I was a visiting scholar at the KU Leuven Institute of Criminology in Belgium (2015-16), and a Research Associate at the University of Liverpool in the UK, working with the N8 Policing Research Partnership (2018). My last role before joining Maynooth involved acting as Scientific Expert to the Council of Europe (2017-18), drafting Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)8 concerning restorative justice in criminal matters.

In 2015, I founded the Community of Restorative Researchers (@restorative_res), a network which supports and disseminates research on restorative justice and restorative practices. I am a Global Justice Consultant for the Incarceration Nations Network and a founding member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice Research Committee and the Criminal Justice Alliance Restorative Justice Expert Group. I am also a member of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence, the Irish Penal Reform Trust and the Society of Evidence Based Policing.

Within the Department of Law, I am Director of Outreach and Engagement, and Chair of the MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice. Since April 2020, I have sat on the Prison Visiting Committee for Arbour Hill.

I am from Canada and hold dual Canadian-British citizenship. I am happy to speak to the media in relation to issues around policing, restorative justice, sentencing and criminal justice reform. I am also open to requests for guest lectures, contributions to public- and practitioner-focused publications and queries about consultancy and research support, especially in the area of restorative justice.

Research Interests

My goal is to encourage and support evidence-based reforms and innovations in criminal justice. This involves conducting and disseminating research, and engaging with policymakers, practitioners and others with a stake in changing criminal justice.

Mostly, I collaborate with researchers, government ministries, public institutions and NGOs to develop restorative justice and restorative practices. I am currently coordinating Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change, a four-year project (2019-2023) to implement the the Council of Europe's Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)8 concerning restorative justice in criminal matters, in Ireland and nine other countries.

More broadly, I am interested in understanding the dynamics that structure decision-making and inform institutional and occupational cultures throughout criminal justice, including in policing, courts, probation and prisons. My secondary area of writing is in the design and impact of sentencing guidelines

Beyond criminal justice, I am interested in the role of social enterprise in promoting socioeconomic rights, particularly in the financial sector. I have conducted research on high-cost credit, social finance, and the role of universities in promoting and supporting inclusive growth. I
 am also interested in conflict resolution, disarmament and peacebuilding.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Using data to design and monitor sentencing guidelines: The case of Ireland'
Guilfoyle, E. & Marder, I. (2020) 'Using data to design and monitor sentencing guidelines: The case of Ireland'. Common Law World Review, Online first :1-17 [Details]
2020 'The new international restorative justice framework: reviewing three years of progress and efforts to promote access to services and cultural change'
Marder, I. (2020) 'The new international restorative justice framework: reviewing three years of progress and efforts to promote access to services and cultural change'. International Journal of Restorative Justice, 3 (3):395-418 [Details]
2020 'Institutionalising restorative justice in the police: key findings from a study of two English police forces'
Marder I.D. (2020) 'Institutionalising restorative justice in the police: key findings from a study of two English police forces'. Contemporary Justice Review, [DOI] [Details]
2020 'Nudge the judge? Theorizing the interaction between heuristics, sentencing guidelines and sentence clustering'
Marder I., Pina-Sánchez J. (2020) 'Nudge the judge? Theorizing the interaction between heuristics, sentencing guidelines and sentence clustering'. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 20 (4):399-415 [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Have the England and Wales Guidelines Affected Sentencing Severity? An Empirical Analysis Using a Scale of Severity and Time-Series Analyses'
Pina-Sánchez J., Gosling J., Chung H., Bourgeois E., Geneletti S., Marder I. (2019) 'Have the England and Wales Guidelines Affected Sentencing Severity? An Empirical Analysis Using a Scale of Severity and Time-Series Analyses'. British Journal of Criminology, 59 (4):979-1001 [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Restorative justice as the new default in Irish criminal justice'
Marder, I. (2019) 'Restorative justice as the new default in Irish criminal justice'. Irish Probation Journal, 16 :60-82 [full-text] [Details]
2019 'Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change – a collective strategy for Ireland, 2019-2023'
Marder, I., O’Dwyer, K, Fernee, U. and Chapman, T (2019) 'Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change – a collective strategy for Ireland, 2019-2023'. The Journal of Mediation & Applied Conflict Analysis, 6 (1):1-12 [Details]
2018 'Individualisation at sentencing: The effects of guidelines and ‘preferred’ numbers'
Roberts, J., Pina-Sanchez, J., Marder, I. (2018) 'Individualisation at sentencing: The effects of guidelines and ‘preferred’ numbers'. Criminal Law Review, (2):123-136 [full-text] [Details]
2016 'Communicating and Collaborating Across Nations, Professions and Disciplines in Restorative Justice'
Marder, I. (2016) 'Communicating and Collaborating Across Nations, Professions and Disciplines in Restorative Justice'. Restorative Justice: An International Journal, 4 (2):237-246 [full-text] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'Mainstreaming restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence through higher education'
Marder, I. & Wexler, D. (2021) 'Mainstreaming restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence through higher education' University of Baltimore Law Review, Special issue on therapeutic jurisprudence . [Details]
2015 '’Crimes against Peace’ and International Law by Kirsten Sellars [Book review]'
Marder, I. (2015) '’Crimes against Peace’ and International Law by Kirsten Sellars [Book review]' Asian Journal of International Law, 5 (2) :414-415. [full-text] [Details]
2014 'Waves of Healing: Using Restorative Justice for Street Group Violence by Theo Gavrielides [Book review]'
Marder, I. (2014) 'Waves of Healing: Using Restorative Justice for Street Group Violence by Theo Gavrielides [Book review]' Restorative Justice: An International Journal, 2 (1) :103-106. [full-text] [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2020 Ameliorating the impact of cocooning on people in custody – a briefing.
Gilheaney, P., Garrihy, J. & Marder, I. (2020) Ameliorating the impact of cocooning on people in custody – a briefing. Office of the Inspector of Prisons, Dublin. [Details]
2020 Building Restorative Probation Services.
Marder, I. (2020) Building Restorative Probation Services. HMI Probation, London. [Details]
2015 Restorative Introductions.
Marder, I. (2015) Restorative Introductions. European Forum for Restorative Justice, Leuven, Belgium. [Details]
2014 Opportunities to use Restorative Justice in the Moroccan Criminal Justice Process.
Marder, I. (2014) Opportunities to use Restorative Justice in the Moroccan Criminal Justice Process. Search for Common Ground Maghreb, Rabat, Morocco. [Details]
2013 Restorative Justice for Young Adults: Factoring in Maturity and Facilitating Desistance.
Marder, I. (2013) Restorative Justice for Young Adults: Factoring in Maturity and Facilitating Desistance. Restorative Justice Council, London, UK. [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2021 Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change Ireland launches new website.
Marder, I., O'Dwyer, K., Fernée, U. & Chapman, T. (2021) Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change Ireland launches new website. Blog [Details]
2021 Would you meet the person who committed a crime against you? RTE Brainstorm.
Marder, I. (2021) Would you meet the person who committed a crime against you? RTE Brainstorm. Blog [Details]
2020 Who wants to meet me? Restorative Teaching Tools.
Marder, I. (2020) Who wants to meet me? Restorative Teaching Tools. Blog [Details]
2020 How would you cope with cocooning in prison? RTE Brainstorm.
Marder, I., Garrihy, J. & Gilheaney, P. (2020) How would you cope with cocooning in prison? RTE Brainstorm. Blog [Details]
2020 E4J collaborates with Maynooth University to host Justice Dialogue on restorative approaches to teaching criminal justice, UNODC.
Marder, I. & O'Brien, W. (2020) E4J collaborates with Maynooth University to host Justice Dialogue on restorative approaches to teaching criminal justice, UNODC. Blog [Details]
2020 What does justice look like during and after COVID-19? European Forum for Restorative Justice.
Marder, I. (2020) What does justice look like during and after COVID-19? European Forum for Restorative Justice. Blog [Details]
2020 A restorative transition to the post-lockdown world, European Forum for Restorative Justice.
Marder, I. (2020) A restorative transition to the post-lockdown world, European Forum for Restorative Justice. Blog [Details]
2020 Restorative justice pedagogy for higher education, UNODC.
Marder, I., O'Brien, W., Lee, J., Sweeney, R. (2020) Restorative justice pedagogy for higher education, UNODC. Blog [Details]
2020 Justice and healing during the pandemic, European Forum for Restorative Justice.
Marder, I. (2020) Justice and healing during the pandemic, European Forum for Restorative Justice. Blog [Details]
2020 How will Ireland police the pandemic? RTE Brainstorm.
Marder, I. (2020) How will Ireland police the pandemic? RTE Brainstorm. Blog [Details]
2020 Restorative justice and COVID-19: responding restoratively during/to the crisis, European Forum for Restorative Justice.
Marder, I. (2020) Restorative justice and COVID-19: responding restoratively during/to the crisis, European Forum for Restorative Justice. Blog [Details]
2019 Five international justice ideas for Ireland to consider, RTE Brainstorm.
Marder, I. (2019) Five international justice ideas for Ireland to consider, RTE Brainstorm. Blog [Details]
2019 How would you cope as a child with a parent in prison? RTE Brainstorm.
Marder, I. & Maher, A. (2019) How would you cope as a child with a parent in prison? RTE Brainstorm. Blog [Details]
2019 How to create a better Irish criminal justice system, RTE Brainstorm.
Marder, I. (2019) How to create a better Irish criminal justice system, RTE Brainstorm. Blog [Details]
2019 Would prosecuting 3,500 young people have solved their problems?, RTE Brainstorm.
Marder, I. (2019) Would prosecuting 3,500 young people have solved their problems?, RTE Brainstorm. Blog [Details]
2019 Developing restorative justice in law, policy and practice: Learning from around the world, Penal Reform International.
Marder, I. (2019) Developing restorative justice in law, policy and practice: Learning from around the world, Penal Reform International. Blog [Details]
2018 Developing restorative justice across Europe, Confederation of European Probation.
Marder, I. and Chapman, T. (2018) Developing restorative justice across Europe, Confederation of European Probation. Blog [Details]
2016 We must not confuse explanations with excuses, TransConflict.
Marder, I. (2016) We must not confuse explanations with excuses, TransConflict. Blog [Details]
2016 Funding restorative justice in England and Wales, The Justice Gap.
Marder, I. (2016) Funding restorative justice in England and Wales, The Justice Gap. Blog [Details]
2016 Police involvement in delivering restorative justice in England and Wales, N8 Policing Research Partnership.
Marder, I. (2016) Police involvement in delivering restorative justice in England and Wales, N8 Policing Research Partnership. Blog [Details]
2015 The need for a national association of volunteer restorative practitioners in the UK, Restorative Works.
Marder, I. (2015) The need for a national association of volunteer restorative practitioners in the UK, Restorative Works. Blog [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2019 Restorative policing: a subject for public deliberation?.
Marder, I. (2019) Restorative policing: a subject for public deliberation?. Magazine Article [Details]
2019 Building restorative probation services, Probation Quarterly.
Marder, I. (2019) Building restorative probation services, Probation Quarterly. Magazine Article [Details]
2018 What's new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 4), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council.
Marder, I. (2018) What's new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 4), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council. Magazine Article [Details]
2018 What's new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 3), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council.
Marder, I. (2018) What's new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 3), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council. Magazine Article [Details]
2018 Restorative justice and the Council of Europe: an opportunity for progress, European Forum for Restorative Justice Quarterly Newsletter.
Marder, I. (2018) Restorative justice and the Council of Europe: an opportunity for progress, European Forum for Restorative Justice Quarterly Newsletter. Magazine Article [Details]
2017 What’s new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 1), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council.
Marder, I. (2017) What’s new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 1), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council. Magazine Article [Details]
2013 Restorative justice and young adults: the benefits of a fresh approach, Criminal Law and Justice Weekly.
Marder, I. (2013) Restorative justice and young adults: the benefits of a fresh approach, Criminal Law and Justice Weekly. Magazine Article [Details]
2013 Pre-sentence restorative justice: an international perspective, Magistrate Magazine.
Marder, I. (2013) Pre-sentence restorative justice: an international perspective, Magistrate Magazine. Magazine Article [Details]

Teaching Interests

I coordinate four modules across the BA, BCL, LLB and MA programmes: LW269 Policing, LW380 Victimology, LW454 Introduction to Criminology and LW687 Restorative Justice. I am the Chair of the MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice and supervise master's students on LW653 Placement and LW690 Dissertation. I also co-supervise a Ph.D. student, Catherine O'Connell, whose research explores using restorative approaches in organisations. 

In 2019/20, I won a Team Teaching and Learning Fellowship to involve my students in reviewing and redesigning a final-year module, and was nominated for the Maynooth Teaching Award.

I would gladly deliver guest classes, online or offline, to students, the public and practitioners. I have guest taught restorative justice at universities in Belgium, Czech Republic, Belarus, Albania, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK, and taught police, prison and probation officers, members of the judiciary, lawyers and social workers in England, Ireland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Estonia.

At Maynooth, I have contributed to several undergraduate and postgraduate criminology modules, including PO224 Researching Criminology, LW631 Criminology and Criminal Justice, LW696 Research Methods in Criminology, LW691 Professional Development, LW164 Introduction to Criminological Theory and LW165 Introduction to Criminal Justice. I have also taught on Maynooth's Certificate in Restorative Practice and Mediation, Certificate in Addiction Studies, Diploma in Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict, Master's in Social Work and Communiversity programme

At the University of Leeds (2013-2018), I taught a range of subjects, including penology, research methods, youth justice, victimology, transnational crime and justice, foundations of social science, and introductory crime and justice courses.