Professor Cyrus Tata


Personal statement

Professor Cyrus Tata, PhD, FRSA is Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at Strathclyde University Law School, where he is 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 he has 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, he is currently giving a series of public lectures on sustainable ways of reducing the use of imprisonment. He is also 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). He has also served as adviser to governments in several countries, for example recently to the senior judiciary and court service of the Irish Republic, and is currently assisting Northern Ireland’s Review of Sentencing Policy. He is also currently working, (with partners in Sweden, Italy and the USA), on an EU-funded research study into Emotions in the criminal process. He is also co-author of several studies into public views about and knowledge of sentencing. The research includes the experiences of victim/survivor experiences in sexual offence cases, and those of bereaved families in cases of death by driving offences. In 2017 he was invited and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Prof Tata's new book 'Sentencing: A Social Process - Rethinking Research & Policy' was published in 2020 to wide international acclaim.


Has expertise in:

    • Sentencing Processes

    • Penal Policy and Penal Decision-Making

    • Pre Sentence Processes

    • Plea Decision Making ('Not Guilty' and 'Guilty' Pleas)
    • 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


Public Perceptions of Sentencing Sexual Offences in Scotland : Qualitative Research Exploring Sexual Offences
Biggs Hannah, Reid Susan, Attygalle Kaushi, Vosnaki Konstantina, McPherson Rachel, Tata Cyrus
Sexual Offences Involving Sexual Assault
McPherson Rachel, Gormley Jay, Burgess Nicholas, Tata Cyrus
Sexual Offences Involving Rape
McPherson Rachel, Burgess Nicholas, Gormley Jay, Tata Cyrus
Public Perceptions of Sentencing : Qualitative Research Exploring Causing Death by Driving Offences
Reid Susan, Biggs Hannah, Attygalle Kaushi, Vosnaki Konstantina, McPherson Rachel, Tata Cyrus
Sentence Discounting : Sentencing and Plea Decision-Making
Gormley Jay, McPherson Rachel, Tata Cyrus
Remorse and sentencing in a world of plea bargaining
Gormley Jay, Tata Cyrus
Remorse and Criminal Justice (2020) (2020)

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Professional activities

Empirical Research with Judicial professionals and Courts
The McDonaldization of Justice and the Disappearance of Fair Trial?
Association of Political Science France - Annual Congress
Keynote/plenary speaker
Ending the Revolving Prison Door
Invited speaker
International Advisory Board, Centre for Law & Society, University of Cardiff (External organisation)
National Science Centre, Poland (Publisher)
Peer reviewer

More professional activities


National Restorative Justice Training Needs Analysis
Tata, Cyrus (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Assessing Methodological Approaches to Sentencing Data Collection and Analysis
Tata, Cyrus (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Invited to Private Meeting with Cabinet Secretary for Justice to discuss penal policy
Tata, Cyrus (Principal Investigator)
20-Jan-2019 - 20-Jan-2019
Academic Member of High-Level Advisory Group for Justice, Care Inspectorate
Tata, Cyrus (Principal Investigator)
Criminal Justice Social Work and Community Justice
30-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
JUSTEMOTIONS The construction of objectivity - An international perspective on the emotive-cognitive process of judicial decision-making
Tata, Cyrus (Principal Investigator)
JUSTEMOTIONS The construction of objectivity - An international perspective on the emotive-cognitive process of judicial decision-making
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2023
Communicating Sentencing: an Exploratory Study
Tata, Cyrus (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2020

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