The School of Law and Criminology welcomes Dr Ariel Yap

Dr Ariel Yap
Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - 13:45

Dr Ariel Athwal-Yap is a new lecturer in the School of Law and Criminology at Maynooth University. 

Prior to joining the School, Ariel worked as a research and teaching associate in the Department of Criminology at Monash University, Australia. 

Ariel specialises in administrative law and policy, policing, punishment, state crime, social harm, and trauma. Her current research critically examines the legacies of British colonial administrative policy in South-East Asia; it seeks to better understand the resulting harms of detention without, or before, trial, on individuals, their families, and communities. She continues to investigate relevant administrative policy and the assemblage of punitive practices that comprise sites of confinement, in order to provide a better understanding of domestic and international models for dealing with crime. Ariel’s recent publications include Trauma – Prolonged and Accumulative: The impact of Singapore detention without trial from the 1948 Malayan Emergency; Capital punishment in Singapore; United Nations, and the Rule of Law Sustainability: Case Studies on Singapore and the Solomon Islands. Ariel is currently working on an interdisciplinary project with Singapore, Australian, and UK academics, as they edit a series on Social Justice and Violence in Singapore entitled Violence Concealed, Injustice Obscured. She also continues to work with the Monash and Oxford Criminology institutes on joint projects.  

Ariel will lecture courses in international perspectives on policing and punishment, as well as introductory criminology and criminal justice courses.She can be contacted at