About LawPod

LawPod is a weekly podcast, based in the Law School at Queen’s University Belfast

LawPod was created in 2017 by Dr Rachel Killean and Richard Summerville. It explores law and legal issues with academic experts and practitioners and provides insights into the student experience. LawPod content is created by the staff and students of the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. LawPod showcases current research, interrogates current legal issues and delves into key legal concepts. To date, over 130 episodes have been published on topics including human rights, criminology and criminal justice, transitional justice, and private, public and commercial law.

LawPod is an excellent opportunity for students to develop key transferable skills in communication, research, organisation, teamwork and project management. In addition, our student teams learn how to record and produce audio content. If you are a QUB Law student and would like to get involved, the application process opens in September of each year. If you have an idea for an episode or topic that you would like LawPod to explore, please use the contact page.


Dr Lauren Dempster


Dr Lauren Dempster is a Lecturer in the School of Law.  

Lauren’s research is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on the fields of transitional justice, criminology, law, anthropology, and politics in particular. Her research interests include ‘disappearances’ and transitional responses to ‘disappearing,’ the intersection of environmental harm and transitional justice, and efforts to ‘deal with’ the past in Northern Ireland. Lauren’s monograph Transitional Justice and the ‘Disappeared’ of Northern Ireland: Silence, Memory, and the Construction of the Past was published by Routledge in 2019.

Richard Summerville


Richard is the computer officer in the School of Law and is the producer of LawPod.

He is happy to answer any queries related to the setting up of a podcast in an academic context.

Get in touch if you have a query, an episode idea or want advice.