Dr Ian Marder

Law

Lecturer / Assistant Professor

New House
(01) 474 7598

Biography

I joined Maynooth University School of Law and Criminology as Assistant Professor in Criminology in May 2018. In February 2018, I was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Leeds Centre for Criminal Justice Studies for my research on the institutionalisation of restorative justice in the police in England and Wales. Previously, I was Visiting Scholar at the KU Leuven Institute of Criminology (2015-16) and Research Associate at the University of Liverpool Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology (2018), where I worked with the N8 Policing Research Partnership.

In 2017-18, I acted as Scientific Expert to the Council of Europe's Council for Penological Cooperation, with whom I drafted Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)8 concerning restorative justice in criminal matters. Much of my work now focuses on its implementation (e.g. www.restorativejustice.ie). I am also a Lecturer with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (since 2021).

I founded and run two research networks:

- the Restorative Justice Pedagogy Network (since 2020), through which over 200 academics from 40 countries discuss the teaching of restorative justice in higher education
- the Community of Restorative Researchers (since 2014), which aims to disseminate research on restorative justice and restorative practices, and to connects researchers with policymakers and practitioners.

I work closely with a number of NGOs. For example, I am a founding member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice's Research Committee and the Criminal Justice Alliance's Restorative Justice Expert Group. I am also a member of the Irish Penal Reform Trust and the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence

In the School of Law and Criminology, I am Director of Outreach and Engagement, and Director of the MA in Comparative Criminology & Criminal Justice. I am a member of the Prison Visiting Committee for Arbour Hill Prison in Dublin, and of the Department of Justice's Youth Justice Advisory Group.

I was born in Canada and hold dual Canadian-British citizenship. I am happy to speak to the media about restorative justice, policing, sentencing and criminal justice reform. I am also open to requests for guest lectures and queries in relation to supporting the development of restorative justice.

Research Interests

The aims of my research are twofold:
- to determine how to reduce the size and scope of, and harm caused by, the criminal justice system; and,
- to identify and implement humane, evidence-based and innovative mechanisms to meet the needs of people who are affected by crime, harm and conflict.

This involves a range of activities, including conducting empirical research, disseminating research findings, supporting policy and practice development, facilitating workshops, building and managing networks, and delivering training and education for professionals, students and the public.

I mostly collaborate with researchers, government ministries, criminal justice agencies, and the third sector to develop restorative justice and restorative practices in criminal justice, education and other sectors. This work has been funded by, among others, the Irish Research Council, the Department of Justice, the Irish Prison Service, the Estonian Ministry of Justice and the International Commission of Jurists. 

Currently, I coordinate Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change, a five-year project (2019-24) which seeks to implement Council of Europe Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)8 concerning restorative justice in criminal matters in ten European countries.

I am also interested in sentencing and the design of sentencing guidelines, professional discretion and decision-making, criminal justice inspection, institutional and occupational cultures, and social enterprise.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2022 'Mapping restorative justice and restorative practices in criminal justice in the Republic of Ireland'
Marder I.D. (2022) 'Mapping restorative justice and restorative practices in criminal justice in the Republic of Ireland'. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 70 [DOI] [Details]
2021 'Beyond marketisation: Towards a relational future of professionalism in probation after transforming rehabilitation'
Tidmarsh M.;Marder I.D. (2021) 'Beyond marketisation: Towards a relational future of professionalism in probation after transforming rehabilitation'. British Journal of Community Justice, 17 (2):22-45 [DOI] [Details]
2021 'Enabling Student Participation in Course Review and Redesign: Piloting Restorative Practices and Design Thinking in an Undergraduate Criminology Programme'
Marder I.D.;Vaugh T.;Kenny C.;Dempsey S.;Savage E.;Weiner R.;Duffy K.;Hughes G. (2021) 'Enabling Student Participation in Course Review and Redesign: Piloting Restorative Practices and Design Thinking in an Undergraduate Criminology Programme'. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, [DOI] [Details]
2021 'Restorative justice during and after COVID-19'
Marder, I. & Rossner, M. (2021) 'Restorative justice during and after COVID-19'. International Journal of Restorative Justice, 4 (2):305-314 [Details]
2021 'Empirical research on the impact and experience of open prisons: state of the field and future directions'
Marder, I. Lapouge, M., Garrihy, J. & Brandon, A. (2021) 'Empirical research on the impact and experience of open prisons: state of the field and future directions'. Prison Service Journal, 256 :3-9 [Details]
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, 50 (3):399-423 [Details]
2021 'Using data to design and monitor sentencing guidelines: The case of Ireland'
Guilfoyle, E. & Marder, I. (2021) 'Using data to design and monitor sentencing guidelines: The case of Ireland'. Common Law World Review, 50 (2):103-119 [full-text] [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 [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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, 23 (4):500-526 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2020 'Taastav õigus ja lähisuhtevägivald [Restorative justice and intimate partner violence]'
Marder, I. & Zinsmeyer, C. (2020) 'Taastav õigus ja lähisuhtevägivald [Restorative justice and intimate partner violence]'. Sotsiaaltöö, 2020 (4):31-38 [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] [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]
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 (1):60-82 [full-text] [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]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2021 Restorative justice services in Ireland – briefing for the Criminal Justice Strategic Committee.
Marder, I., O’Dwyer, K, Fernee, U. and Chapman, T. (2021) Restorative justice services in Ireland – briefing for the Criminal Justice Strategic Committee. Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change, Dublin. [Details]
2021 International best practice - in Adoptee voices: Report on survey results carried out by Aitheantas – Adoptee Identity Rights.
Marder, I. (2021) International best practice - in Adoptee voices: Report on survey results carried out by Aitheantas – Adoptee Identity Rights. Aitheantas, Dublin. [Details]
2020 Ameliorating the impact of cocooning on people in custody.
Gilheaney, P., Garrihy, J. & Marder, I. (2020) Ameliorating the impact of cocooning on people in custody. Office of the Inspector of Prisons, Dublin. [Details]
2020 Building Restorative Probation Services.
Marder, I. (2020) Building Restorative Probation Services. HMI Probation, London. [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]

Book Review

  Year Publication
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]. Book Review [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]. Book Review [full-text] [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2022 How the Venice Declaration Contributes to the International Restorative Justice Framework.
Marder, I. & Šachová, P. (2022) How the Venice Declaration Contributes to the International Restorative Justice Framework. Blog [Details]
2022 Restorative approaches to teaching and learning in higher education.
Marder, I. (2022) Restorative approaches to teaching and learning in higher education. Blog [Details]
2022 When people with convictions get degrees, everybody wins.
Ian D. Marder, Ciara Bracken-Roche, Joe Garrihy, Claire Hamilton, Gemma Lynch, Rose Ryan (2022) When people with convictions get degrees, everybody wins. Dublin: Blog [Details]
2021 It was wrong to prosecute a 68-year-old Dublin woman for growing cannabis, The Journal.
O'Concubhair, C. & Marder, I. (2021) It was wrong to prosecute a 68-year-old Dublin woman for growing cannabis, The Journal. Blog [Details]
2021 Developing smart principles for sentencing guidelines in Ireland, Irish Penal Reform Trust.
Marder, I. & Guilfoyle, E. (2021) Developing smart principles for sentencing guidelines in Ireland, Irish Penal Reform Trust. Blog [Details]
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? N8 Policing Research Partnership.
Marder, I. (2019) Restorative policing: a subject for public deliberation? N8 Policing Research Partnership. 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 and MA programmes: LW269 Policing (A and B), LW380 Victimology and LW687 Restorative Justice. Since 2019, I am Director of the MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice. I supervise students on the modules LW458 Research Project, LW653 Placement and LW690 Dissertation.

With Dr. Treasa Kenny, I supervise a Ph.D. student, Catherine O'Connell, whose research explores the use of restorative approaches in organisational change. With Dr. Joe Garrihy, I supervise a Ph.D. student, Damola Adeniran, whose research focuses on the implementation of restorative justice in Nigeria.

I have a keen interest in the teaching of restorative justice and the use of restorative practices in teaching and learning, establishing the Restorative Justice Pedagogy Network in 2020. In 2019/20, I won a Team Teaching and Learning Fellowship for a project that used restorative practices to involve students in reviewing and redesigning a final-year module. In 2021/22, I won the Maynooth Teaching Award for my work using restorative practices to build community within the MA programme. In 2021, I obtained funding from the Estonian Ministry of Justice to support the University of Tartu to integrate restorative justice into its law curriculum.

I am open to requests for guest and community teaching. I have delivered guest lectures at over twenty universities in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Albania, Ireland, New Zealand, Argentina, the US and the UK. I have also taught restorative justice to police, prison and probation officers, judges, lawyers and social workers in England, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Estonia. In 2020, I organised and delivered a short course on victimology for victim advocates.

On Maynooth's criminology and law programmes, I have contributed to PO224 Researching Criminology, LW631 Criminology and Criminal Justice, LW696 Research Methods in Criminology, LW398 Punishment, Penal Policies and Prisons, LW691 Professional Development, LW164 Introduction to Criminological Theory, LW165 Introduction to Criminal Justice and LW156 Introduction to Law II. I led LW454 Introduction to Criminology from 2018/19 to 2021/22. I have also taught on Maynooth's BA in Community Studies, Certificate in Restorative Practice and Mediation, Diploma 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.