Catherine Heard

Catherine was a Research and Policy Associate (maternity cover) until February 2016. Her main responsibility was leading the Centre's work on the Alternatives to Custody in Europe project.

Prior to joining the Centre Catherine was at the Law Commission as a lawyer on the criminal team, where she led an 18 month consultation on hate crime offences and their sentencing. The consultation focused on whether existing legislation should be extended to make additional provision for disability hate crime and LGB and transgender hate crime.

Before that, Catherine was Head of Policy at Fair Trials International, where she worked for four years. At Fair Trials, Catherine was responsible for coordinating several EU and international criminal justice projects, for example, on extradition reform, procedural defence rights, pre-trial detention and the abuse of Interpol’s 'red notice' system. Catherine is a qualified solicitor and holds an LLM in human rights law.

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