Noel’s doctoral research is focused upon completing a legal analysis of the theory and the practice of terrorist profiling in the identification of terrorist characteristics. This involves analysing whether existing criminal law profiling methodologies can be used in the context of terrorism so as to assist law enforcement officers with the identification of likely terrorist characteristics. In particular his thesis will argue that inductive profiling methodologies may be of assistance in identifying likely terrorist characteristics if they are applied within strict guidelines. The thesis will test this argument by completing a comparative analysis between the practices of formal and informal terrorist profiling.
Noel’s research interests lie in criminology, terrorism, legal responses to terrorism, human rights law, international law, criminal law and criminal justice.