The Institute of Criminology is an Academic Centre within UCD and one of it's aims include undertaking high quality research on criminal law, crime, criminal justice and the penal system in Ireland which contributes to the development of policy and practice and advances criminology as an academic discipline. 

The Criminology, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Research Group is newly established as part of the ongoing development of the Institute of Criminology. It's aims are to bring together experts from within the Sutherland School of Law to establish research synergies and ensure cross-fertilisation of ideas and enhance public understanding through the dissemination of the results of research by various means, including the provision of training and formal education.