30th June 2000

 

LOCAL STUDENT TO LOOK INTO WAR CRIMES

 

A Lincoln Criminology student is to spend three years researching war crimes after he graduates next month.

 

Daniel Mitchell (22), of Birch Close, North Hykeham, will graduate with first-class honours from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside in a ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral on Tuesday 11th July 2000.

 

Then he will get started on a project at the university researching the concept of war crimes which will lead to an MPhil and ultimately a PhD.

 

“I want to look at the actions of governments which are normally considered ‘legitimate’ during conflict and challenge the ‘legitimacy’, the morality, of such actions,” said Daniel, who attended North Kesteven School.

 

“I want to come up with a more comprehensive definition of war crimes.”

 

Daniel says his interest in crime and criminal behaviour was originally just an extension of the fascination the subject holds for most people. “As I became more deeply immersed in the subject I discovered that, contrary to what we may see, hear or read, there are no easy or obvious explanations for crime in society,” he explained. “I’ve really enjoyed the course at Lincoln and I’ve learned a lot.”

 

“War crimes interest me from both a human and an academic perspective, and there’s a deficit in terms of the criminological research being done into war crimes.”

 

Daniel will receive a bursary for the research and may get involved in teaching undergraduates too.

 

“I’m looking forward to an academic career in the future,” he said. “The idea of researching and teaching Criminology is very appealing.”

 

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For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)