Publications & Team

Current Research

Catherine joined ICPR in April 2016 to head the World Prison Research Programme, a new programme of international comparative research on prisons and imprisonment. This will build on the work of the World Prison Brief, ICPR's online database providing details of the prison systems of over 220 independent countries and dependent territories. Catherine has also conducted research on pre-trial justice, procedural defence rights, extradition, alternatives to custody, community sanctions and measures, restorative justice and hate crime.

Background and Expertise

Catherine worked as a solicitor in commercial litigation for over ten years before moving into the field of human rights protection in cross-border criminal justice in 2008.

As head of policy at the NGO Fair Trials, Catherine led the charity's law reform programme for four years. The programme encompassed extradition, procedural defence safeguards, pre-trial detention, EU mutual recognition instruments and Interpol 'red notices'. Catherine built an EU-wide legal network of criminal and cross-border defence lawyers to aid Fair Trials' advocacy by providing concrete evidence of rights infringements.

In 2013 Catherine moved to the Law Commission of England and Wales to lead an 18 month project on hate crime, including publication of a consultation paper and report. The work involved legal and empirical research on the prosecution and sentencing of offences aggravated by hostility on grounds of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity, and on the separate offences of incitement to hatred on grounds of race, religion or sexual orientation.

More recently Catherine has worked in criminal policy and research at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, leading on an EU-funded project in conjunction with the European Prisons Observatory. This examined alternatives to custody in eight EU member states. The project followed a previous report by the Observatory on prison conditions and monitoring mechanisms in the same group of countries.

During 2015 and 2016 Catherine provided policy and strategic advice to Why me?, an English charity delivering a restorative justice service for victims and advocating for its wider availability.

Publications

Community sentences since 2000: How they work and why they have not cut prisoner numbers

  • Author(s) Catherine Heard
  • SubjectCrime and the community
  • Year2015
  • LocationUnited Kingdom
  • Publisher/PublicationCentre of Crime and Justice Studies
  • Misc infoAvailable at: http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/publications/community-sentences-2000

Community sentences: the UK picture since 2000

  • Author(s) Catherine Heard
  • SubjectCrime and the community
  • Year2015
  • LocationUnited Kingdom
  • Publisher/PublicationProbation Institute
  • Misc infoAvailable at: http://probation-institute.org/community-sentences-the-uk-picture-since-2000/

Sentencing hate crime

  • Author(s) Catherine Heard
  • SubjectCrime and the community
  • Year2013
  • LocationUnited Kingdom
  • Publisher/PublicationArchbold Review
  • Misc infoAvailable at: www.archbolde-update.co.uk/PDF/2013/Archbold%25208-2013%2520v%25203.pdf+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

Is extradition reform in sight?

  • Author(s) Catherine Heard
  • SubjectCrime and the community
  • Year2012
  • LocationUnited Kingdom
  • Publisher/PublicationCounsel Magazine / LexisNexis
  • Misc infoAvailable at: http://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/extradition-reform-sight

The power of the Interpol Red Notice

  • Author(s) Catherine Heard
  • SubjectCrime and the community
  • Year2012
  • LocationUnited Kingdom
  • Publisher/PublicationInternational Enforcement Law Reporter
  • Misc infoAvailable at: http://www.ielr.com/content/power-interpol-red-notice

European Investigation Order: Changing the Face of Evidence-Gathering in EU Cross-Border Cases

  • Author(s) Catherine Heard
  • SubjectCrime and the community
  • Year2011
  • LocationBelgium
  • Publisher/PublicationNew Journal of European Criminal Law, Intersentia
  • Misc infoAvailable at: http://www.njecl.eu/table_of_content.aspx?sy=2011&pn=4

The European Arrest Warrant: the role of judges when human rights are at risk

  • Author(s) Catherine Heard
  • SubjectCrime and the community
  • Year2011
  • LocationBelgium
  • Publisher/PublicationNew Journal of European Criminal Law, Intersentia
  • Misc infoAvailable at: http://www.njecl.eu/table_of_content.aspx?sy=2011&pn=2 or www.fairtrials.org/wp-content/uploads/EAW-article-in-NJ-of-ECL.pdf

Big changes ahead in the way criminal evidence is shared between European Union countries

  • Author(s) Catherine Heard
  • SubjectCrime and the community
  • Year2011
  • LocationUSA
  • Publisher/PublicationInternational Enforcement Law Reporter
  • Misc infoAvailable at: http://www.ielr.com/content/big-changes-ahead-way-criminal-evidence-shared-between-european-union-countries

Detained without trial

  • Author(s) Catherine Heard
  • SubjectInternational prisons research
  • Year2011
  • LocationUnited Kingdom
  • Publisher/PublicationFair Trials International
  • Misc infoAvailable at: https://www.fairtrials.org/documents/DetentionWithoutTrialFullReport.pdf