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Catherine Appleton

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Dr Catherine Appleton is Senior Research Fellow at the School of Law, University of Nottingham. Previously, she was Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the School of Law, University of Leeds, and Research Officer and doctoral student at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford. Catherine's research focuses on 'ultimate penalties' and the question of how societies respond to their most serious crimes. She has particular interest in international legal trends and the human rights issues that are raised by the imposition and implementation of life imprisonment. Her key publications include Life Imprisonment and Human Rights (2016), co-edited with Professor Dirk van Zyl Smit and published by Hart Bloomsbury, and Life after Life Imprisonment (2010) published by OUP, which was awarded the 2011 British Society of Criminology Book Prize.

Throughout her academic career she has acted as a research consultant and expert advisor for several organizations, including Amnesty International, Penal Reform International, the Helsinki Committee for Armenia, HMP Grendon and the Parole Board for England and Wales. Most recently, she acted as academic advisor for prison officials in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan at local workshops held on 'Life imprisonment as an alternative to the death penalty', organized by Penal Reform International Central Asia. Catherine is currently engaged on a Leverhulme funded research project on Life Imprisonment Worldwide.

Recent Publications

  • VAN ZYL SMIT, D. and APPLETON, C., eds., 2016. Life Imprisonment and Human Rights Hart Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • APPLETON, C. and VAN ZYL SMIT, D., 2016. The Paradox of Reform: Life Imprisonment in England and Wales. In: VAN ZYL SMIT, D. and APPLETON, C., eds., Life Imprisonment and Human Rights Hart Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • APPLETON, C. and WALKER, C., 2015. The Penology of Terrorism. In: G. LENNON and C. WALKER, eds., Routledge Handbook of Law and Terrorism Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • APPLETON, C., 2015. Life without Parole Oxford Handbooks Online: Oxford University Press.

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