Institutions and Ireland: Law, Punishment and Accountability

20 Apr


Institutions and Ireland will attempt to reframe debates surrounding such structures and address conceptual concerns that stretch back centuries and across disciplinary and national boundaries. Over a series of three one-day workshops in 2016, we will start an enduring conversation about the different institutional structures which have contributed to the makeup of Irish society.

The next conference deals with Law, Punishment and Accountability:

  • 7 June 2016
  • Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute
  • Trinity College Dublin

Keynote speaker: John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison

In recent years, legal institutions on the island of Ireland have investigated a series of institutional failures. The Ryan Commission, the Murphy Commission, and the Saville Inquiry—to name but a few high-profile examples—have probed the relationship of the citizen to educational, religious, and military institutions. In turn, these investigations have been subject to analysis from academic, political, and cultural institutions, as well as the media. In 2011, as part of an Amnesty International publication responding to four reports on institutional abuse, Kevin Rafter diagnosed a ‘conspiracy of silence’ as an underlying factor in such institutional failure. Legal inquiries have gone some way towards breaking this silence and the university has a key role to play in furthering this debate. How do legal institutions hold sections of society to account? Are these institutions themselves held to account? How effective are the legal systems in Ireland at administering justice?

Law, Punishment, and Accountability is a one-day conference that will critically examine the legal institutions on the island of Ireland through a thematic and interdisciplinary approach. As the second event in TCD’s Institutions and Ireland series, the conference will analyse the ways in which Ireland has been shaped by both its own legal institutions, as well as by international bodies such as the European Parliament and European Court of Human Rights.

We invite abstracts of up to 300 words from any discipline for 20-minute papers in Irish or English that shed light on Ireland’s evolving relationships with legal institutions. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday 29 April at 5pm. Please send your abstract and a short bio to

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Public inquiries and their impact
  • The law in translation
  • The study of legal history in Ireland
  • Cultural representations of law and punishment
  • Coercive confinement
  • The Irish courts systems
  • Law before and after colonisation
  • Policing and the Defence and Security Forces
  • European and international law from an Irish perspective
  • The crisis of migration
  • Restitution and retribution
  • Privacy and defamation
  • Memory, the past, and accountability
  • The impact of digitisation on the law

The Institutions and Ireland series has been developed as part of TCD’s core research theme Making Ireland, which spans fifteen disciplines within the college and explores Ireland as ‘a continuously evolving and plural phenomenon, produced through diverse media and varieties of human agency’. Further details can be found on and

Criminology Scholarship Opportunity

18 Apr

FitzPatrick Family Foundation Doctoral Scholarship 2016

 UCD Institute of Criminology

 Closing Date: Friday the 20th of May 2016

The UCD Institute of Criminology, part of UCD Sutherland School of Law, is pleased to offer one doctoral scholarship in the area of criminology/ criminal justice /penology.  See

Applications are sought from exceptional graduates for a scholarship to undertake on a full-time basis a four year funded PhD programme of research in thefields of criminology, criminal justice, or penology. The scholarship is being generously funded by the FitzPatrick Family Foundation. It is available to full time candidates commencing their studies in September 2016 and is tenable for a maximum of four years, renewable each year subject to satisfactory progress.

The scholarship will provide tuition fees at the EU rate only and an annual stipend of €18,000 per annum and it is open to Irish, EU and International applicants. In thecase of non EU applicants any offer is conditional on the applicant demonstrating at the time of accepting the offer that s/he has sufficient funds to supplementthe living allowance to cover the cost of living in Dublin.

How to apply: Please complete an on-line University Postgraduate application available at by the deadline. In addition, please send a covering letter explaining why you wish to undertake a PhD, and in particular, why you would be a suitable recipient for the scholarship.

This letter should be no more than 2 sides of A4 single-spaced and can be sent either as an email attachment to or in hard copy to Ms. Niamh McCabe, Graduate Programme Manager, Sutherland School of Law, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

In addition to the cover letter you must submit the following documents:

  1. A research proposal which includes: a statement of the research question the candidate proposes to examine; an outline of the proposed methodology (in other words, an outline of how the applicant proposes to go about their research); and a brief literature review. (The idea of this is to place the research within the current state of knowledge in the field in question. It should include a short, indicative, bibliography of works in the field).  There is no maximum length for a research proposal. Normally, it would be at least three or four pages long.
  2. Academic references: Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees to ensure that references are received before the closing date for this scholarship.
  3. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.
  4. All academic transcripts.

Please direct any queries regarding the application process to Niamh McCabe at the above email address or by telephone on + 353 1 716 4111.

Late applications will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the decision of the scholarship committee.  No correspondence will be entered intoabout the committee’s decision. Applicants not awarded a scholarship may be offered a place on the PhD programme.

Candidates may be called for interview and should be available to start from September 2016.

Seminar: Promoting Health and Well-Being in the Young

23 Mar

A seminar will be held in the European Commission offices in Dublin, on ‘Promoting Health and Well-Being in the Young’. The seminar is aimed at the provision of a pilot programme for young persons who have been convicted of criminal offences.


  • European Commission Office, Europe House, 12-14 Mount Street, Dublin 2
  • Friday 8 April
  • 11am-3pm
  • To register for the seminar please contact Maureen Mulligan,

Please see further details below:


Partnership action for addressing mental health with histories of harm and the well-being of children and young people in prisons and communities.  Policies need to ensure a health care sustainable infrastructure. We need innovative well-being research to strengthen options. Large inequalities exist in the provision of health care for vulnerable young people effected by family injury, cultural deprivation, and trauma. The object of the seminar includes invitation for collaboration on a local and regional level in Horizon 2020 in the multi-disciplinary Integrated Infrastructure in the care of young people.


Chair Matt Carthy MEP


Prof. Giovanni Maria Ruggiero

Surgeon Doctor, Specialist in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Sigmund Freud University

Prof. Dr. Surya Bahadur Karki Nepal

Ministry of Health Nepal, Member Ministry of Education Nepal, Chairman Institute of Natural Medicine Nepal

Irish Postgraduate Criminology Conference 2016

9 Mar

The Conference programme has been published for the IPGCC 2016.

Keynote speakers include Professor Phil Scraton, Prof Steve Tombs and Dr Vicky Conway.

09:00 Morning registration & coffee  (Foyer)
09:30 Opening – Prof Cathy Gormley-Heenan (Room: BA-00-008)
09:45 Key note speech – Prof Phil Scraton (Room: BA-00-008)


Parallel Session 1
Panel 1 (Room: BA-02-004)

Policing and desistance

Megan Coughlan

John Houston

Artur Pytlarz

Deirdre Atkins

Panel 2 (Room: BA-02-005)

Prisoner wellbeing and prison regime

Aimee Muirhead

Colette Barry

David Woods

Rita Komalasari

Panel 3 (Room: BA-02-012)

Young people and Criminal Justice System

Keira Flanagan

Louise Forde

Andy Bray

Conor Murray



Open stream – Dr Michael Maguire, Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland  (Conor Lecture Theatre)
13:15 Lunch (Room: BA-00-008)




Parallel Session 2
Panel 4 (Room: BA-02-012) Women, age and Criminal Justice System

Sarah Lawrence

Lucy Baldwin

Lynsey Black

Gillian Smith

Panel 5 (Room: BA-02-005) Sentencing practice and policy

Lauren O’Connell

Kirsty Doyle

Jean Anne Kennedy

Richard Healy

Panel 6 (Room BA-02-004) State violence, crime and emergency powers

Dearbhaile Flynn

Dawid Stańczak

Rimona Afana

Priyamvada Yarnell

15: 30 Key note speech – Prof Steve Tombs and Dr Vicky Conway (Conor Lecture Theatre)
16:45 Closing – Dr Kristian Lasslett (Conor Lecture Theatre)
17:00 Wine Reception (Room: BA-00-008)

Symposium on the Legal Regulation & Policing of Commercial Sex

23 Feb

The Commercial Sex Research Network Ireland (CSRNI) is an all-Ireland interdisciplinary network for researchers critically engaged in the area of commercial sex and sex work in Ireland. Funded by the Irish Research Council under the New Foundations scheme, the network is being developed between in a three-way partnership between the University of Limerick, NUI Galway and the Schools’ of Law and Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast,

As part of the CSRNI the School of Law and the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast will be hosting a symposium on commercial sex on March 3rd and 4th, 2016. This event is also sponsored by the British Society of Criminology (Northern Ireland) Regional Group. While the emphasis of the symposium is on developments that are occurring in Ireland (North and South) issues around commercial sex in other jurisdictions including Britain and Sweden / Norway will also be considered.  Topics to be discussed include:

  • The role of the digital economy in the buying and selling of sexual services;
  • The policing of commercial sex;
  • Legislative changes and the criminalisation of demand;
  • Feminist responses to commercial sex;
  • Comparative international and GB lessons relating to the regulation of commercial sex.

TIME AND VENUE:   Thursday 3rd March 1pm, The Great Hall, Lanyon Building

Friday, 4th March,  10am – Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building

To register please email Graham Ellison or Tanya Serisier

See programme here.



10th North South Criminology Conference

10 Feb

The Committee of the 10th North South Irish Criminology Conference welcomes submissions for this year’s conference which will take place in Maynooth University on 23rd and 24th June 2016.

The general theme of the conference is: ‘Beyond the Penal State: Exploring the Boundaries of Punishment’. Reflecting various contemporary challenges to the traditional notion of punishment, this theme welcomes papers which seek to explore conceptions of punishment beyond the criminal justice system and also beyond the nation state. Papers on other themes are also welcome.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Professor Mary Bosworth, University of Oxford: ‘Punishment in an Era of Mass Mobility’.

Professor Shadd Maruna, Rutger’s University: ‘Lessons for Ireland from Two Tumultuous Years in US Criminal Justice’.

Sub themes include but are not limited to:

  • Criminology in Comparative & Historical perspective
  • Globalisation, Migration and Immigration
  • Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
  • Prisons and Penal Policy
  • Offender Supervision
  • Criminal Justice Processes
  • Victims and the Criminal Justice System
  • White Collar Crime
  • Young People, Crime and Justice
  • Policing, Regulation and Surveillance
  • Restorative Justice
  • Gender and Criminal Justice
  • Social Exclusion
  • Media and Crime
  • The policy value of Criminology
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure

The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for academics, post-graduate researchers, community activists, practitioners and policy makers in the fields of criminology, criminal justice and cognate disciplines to come together to exchange ideas and disseminate research. Papers from early career researchers are encouraged and there will be a limited number of student bursaries available for travel to the conference.

While there is no registration fee, as in the past, delegates must register in advance –please e-mail to confirm your place. The conference is being hosted and administered by Maynooth University Department of Law.

Key dates:
Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words) which should include a title, name and institutional affiliation to by Friday 25th March 2016. Notification of acceptance will be provided by Friday 29th April 2016.

For updates and information, like us on facebook (, follow us on twitter @MaynoothLaw and see the department website:



IPRT to launch report on LGBT Prisoners

29 Jan

Out on the Inside: The Rights, Experiences and Needs of LGBT People in Prison

IPRT will launch a new report on the rights, needs and experiences of LGBT people in prison in Ireland on Tuesday  2nd February 2016 in the Wood Quay Venue, Christchurch, Dublin 8. The event will run from 10.30-12.00.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr Nicola CarrDr Siobhán McAlister and Dr Tanya Serisier, who will introduce the report;
  • Brian Sheehan, Executive Director of GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equalty Network); and
  • Broden Giambrone, Chief Executive of TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland).

This new 46-page report is based on research commissioned by the IPRT and conducted by Dr Nicola Carr, Dr Siobhán McAlister and Dr Tanya Serisier of Queen’s University Belfast. The qualitative study examines: the policy and practice context in Ireland; LGBT people in prison; transgender prisoners; and the consequences of heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia. The research comprised a desk-based literature review; interviews with stakeholders, prisoners and ex-prisoners; and a focus group in prison.

To register, please click here.

Alternatively, contact Marie Therese at or on 01-8741400


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