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Dr Lydia Bracken

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Dr Lydia Bracken is a lecturer and Director of Clinical Legal Education at the School of Law, UL. She is a graduate of UCC (BCL, 2010; LLM, 2011; PhD, 2015) and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns (Barrister-at-Law, 2012).

Lydia’s research interests are in the areas of child and family law and European human rights. In particular, she is interested in examining the legal recognition of ‘non-traditional’ and ‘new’ family forms and exploring how such recognition can be provided in a manner that respects the rights and interests of children. Topics within this research include issues pertaining to parentage, parental responsibilities and guardianship, adoption, and the legal regulation of assisted reproduction including surrogacy. Lydia’s forthcoming monograph, Same-sex Parenting and the Best Interests Principle, will be published with Cambridge University Press in 2019.



Bracken, L., ‘Law’ in P. Crawford, ed. (2019). Companion for Health Humanities (forthcoming, Routledge).

Bracken, L. (2017). ‘The Assisted Reproduction Bill 2017: An Analysis of Proposals to Regulate Surrogacy in Ireland’. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. 68 (4).

Bracken, L. (2017). ‘Assessing the best interests of the child in cases of cross-border surrogacy: inconsistency in the Strasbourg approach?’ Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 39 (3): 368-379.

Bracken, L. (2017). ‘The Role of the Best Interests Principle in Regulating Parentage in Surrogacy in Ireland’. International Family Law. 115.

Bracken, L. (2016). ‘In the Best Interests of the Child? The Regulation of DAHR in Ireland’. European Journal of Health Law. 23 (4): 391-408.