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 most recent book, Life Imprisonment: A Global Human Rights Analysis (2019), co-authored with Emeritus Professor Dirk van Zyl Smit and published by Harvard University Press was awarded the 2020 European Society of Criminology Book Award. Other key publications include Life Imprisonment and Human Rights (2016), co-edited with Dirk van Zyl Smit and published by Hart Bloomsbury, and Life after Life Imprisonment (2010) published by Oxford University Press and 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, the Parole Board for England and Wales and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 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. Most recently, she has developed tertiary education materials on 'Prison Reform' and 'Alternatives to Imprisonment' for the Education for Justice initiative at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
As a Nottingham Research Fellow, she has embarked on a two-year research project to revise and update her global work with Dirk van Zyl Smit on Life Imprisonment Worldwide within the Human Rights Law Centre. She was recently elected to serve as a Board member for Penal Reform International and is Co-Director of prisonHEALTH.
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VAN ZYL SMIT, DIRK and APPLETON, C., 2018. Life Imprisonment: The Modern Ultimate Penalty? New Philosopher. Feb-April 2018, 88-93
APPLETON, C., 2017. A Summary Report on Life Imprisonment Worldwide University of Nottingham.