Independent Academic Research Studies
Role at IARS:
Lewis is responsible for developing and managing IARS’ research, policy and training projects, the main aim of which is to create a space in our democracy for young people to influence policy and legislation.
He has set up a number of initiatives whilst at IARS., including:
- Youth Voice Journal; a refereed academic journal that is published bi-annually.
- Research and Youth Policy Digest; an informative and light e-magazine available freely.
- Criminal justice advisory boards; three projects advising the Metropolitan Police, Metropolitan Police Authority and Transport for London on operational policing.
- Youth Policy Response Group; an ad hoc policy response group made up of the main players in policies affecting young people, responding to changes in legislation and policy.
- Public Legal Education Programme: a training programme equipping young people with the skills to resolve law related problems, based on the research report, Measuring Young People's Legal Capability.
Lewis joined IARS in 2006 as a volunteer when the idea of young people informing policy was still a new and novel idea. Since then he has collaborated with Director Dr. Theo Gavrielides to develop IARS from a small international network to a growing organisation that has a strong reputation for producing high quality research and policy services, delivering innovative and practical solutions to the challenges faced by young people living in 21st Century Britain.
Lewis worked at Matrix Chambers on its Legal Aid Link project. He was a volunteer legal representative for the Free Representation Unit, taking cases to employment tribunals for individuals who cannot afford to pay for legal representation. From 2007-2008 he worked with the LGBT Consortium and Race on the Agenda. He also advised members of the public on breaches of their rights under the Human Rights Act 1998 as a volunteer for Liberty.
Lewis is was called to the Bar in 2009 after studying the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law with a scholarship from the Honourable Society of Middle Temple and having completed Graduate Diploma in Law in 2007. He graduated with BA (Hons) in History from the University of Liverpool in 2005 and completed a Masters in Historical Research from the University of Liverpool in 2006. Lewis is currently studying the LPC and will begin his training contract in 2013.
Other roles and affiliations:
Mentor- City University
Steering Committee member of Runnymede Trust's UK Race and Europe Network
The Honourable Society of Middle Temple, called to the Bar 2009
The Law Society of England and Wales
- Gavrielides T (2010) "The New Politics of Community Cohesion: Making Use of Human Rights Policy and Legislation", Policy and Politics. (Research Assistant)
- Gavrielides T, Parle L et al. (2008) Addressing Hate Crime Through Restorative Justice and Cross-Sector Partnerships: a London Study, ROTA: London.
- Gavrielides T, Parle L et al (2007) "Restorative Justice and Hate Crime; Addressing the Gap Between Theory, Policy and Practice" in Gavrielides T, Restorative Justice Theory and Practice: Addressing the Discrepancy, HUENI, Helsinki.
- Parle L (2010) “Democratic Engagement in a Devolved Britain: a Case Study of a Youth-led Consultation” Youth Voice, 1.
- Parle L (2009) ‘Restorative Justice and Youth Sentencing: The Rules of the Playground Forgotten’ Policy and Race, 1.
- Parle L (2009) Measuring Young People’s Legal Capability, Public Legal Education Network: London.
- Parle L (2007) Human Rights, Equality, Respect, Active Citizenship: Empowering Young People to Tackle Homophobic Bullying, IARS: London.
- Parle L (2007) ‘Human Rights: a Powerful Tool to Combat Prejudice Based Bullying’, Supplement, ROTA: London.
Other contributions and affiliations:
SLAW - Invited contributor to Canada's most popular law blog.
Youth Voice Journal - Managing Editor.