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Personal Statement

I am Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at Strathclyde University Law School, where I'm Director of the Centre for Law, Crime and Justice, and programme director of the LLM / MSc in Criminal Justice & Penal Change.

For over twenty-five years I've conducted and published research into various aspects of criminal justice in Scotland and abroad, including: the impact of legal aid reforms, plea decision-making and plea negotiation, lawyer-client relations, the role of pre-sentence reports, mitigation and individualisation, sentencing, executive release decision-making, and the use of information technology (including, for example, the introduction of a Sentencing Information System for the High Court).

Regularly invited to speak to policy and practice audiences at home and around the world, for example, I'm currently giving public lectures on sustainable ways of reducing the use of imprisonment.

I'm the founder and Chair of the European Group on Sentencing and Penal Decision-Making (a network of academic, policy and practice members in over 25 countries).

I have also served as adviser to governments in several countries, for example recently to the senior judiciary and court service of the Irish Republic, and am currently assisting Northern Ireland’s Review of Sentencing Policy.

Currently, I'm working, (with partners in Sweden, Italy and the USA), on an EU-funded research study into Emotions in the criminal process.

In 2017 I was invited and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Sentencing Processes

  • Penal Policy and Penal Decision-Making

  • Pre Sentence Processes

  • Executive Release from prison

  • Criminal Process including plea decision-making, legal aid, prosecution and defence work

  • Access to Justice

  • Law, Discretion and Justice

  • The Use of Information and Communications Technology in Decision-Making


  • sentencing; legal aid; discretionary decision-making; plea bargaining; criminal process; penal process; pre sentence reports; social work reports

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Projects 2013 2023

Research Output 1994 2018

Causing Death by Driving Offences: Literature Review

McPherson, R. & Tata, C., 1 Oct 2018, Edinburgh. 43 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
child custody
correctional institution


How was the military intervention in Afghanistan legally justified?

Author: Mitchell, L., 1 Jan 2014

Supervisor: O'Donnell, T. (Supervisor) & Tata, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2003 2018

Parole Board for Scotland: 50th Anniversary Conference

Tata, C. (Participant)
Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences


Influence on judicial decision making and increased public understanding of sentencing practice through implementation of Sentencing Information System

Cyrus Tata (Participant), Neil Hutton (Participant), Alan Paterson (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation, Public understanding, information and debate, Professional practice, training and standards