Biography

Dr Ger Coffey BA (UL), LLB (NUI), PhD (NUI), MA (NUI), Lecturer in Law
Ger graduated from UL with a BA in Law and European Studies and subsequently undertook postgraduate studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he graduated with LLB and PhD degrees in Law. His doctoral thesis examined the common law principle against double jeopardy and the related principle of ne bis in idem in the EU criminal justice and Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
He subsequently completed an MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the National University of Ireland, Cork, based on a dissertation that examined the benefits and limitations of experiential learning to facilitate criminal justice students to bridge the pedagogical gap between theory and practice.While at NUI Galway, Ger taught criminal law and constitutional law, and was appointed research assistant with the Faculty of Law. He was co-editor in the planning and production of volume 4 of the Judicial Studies Institute Journal (2004) that the Faculty of Law was commissioned to produce on behalf of the Judicial Studies Institute. He was awarded a research fellowship by the Faculty of Law, NUI Galway, for the duration of his doctoral research. In 2005, he was awarded 2nd place in the Law Society of Ireland Annual Law Reform Essay Competition for an essay entitled 'Reforming the Law on Double Jeopardy'. From 2005–2007 he was post-doctoral research officer in criminal justice in the Centre for Criminal Justice at UL. During this period he contributed to the Centre's research activities on the impact of globalisation on criminal law and criminal justice. In 2007, Ger was appointed to the position of lecturer in law. His specialisation is criminal law and related issues pertaining to criminal procedure and the criminal justice process; he has been published widely in domestic and international law journals. In 2016, Ger founded Criminal Justice in Ireland, a collaborative academic blog, with a focus on criminal justice issues to inform those involved in the criminal justice field and to share information and resources, as well as many other aspects of criminal justice. He is a member of the Centre for Crime, Justice & Victim Studies in UL and also a member of the Complementarity in International Criminal Law Committee of the International Law Association.
Ger is also the Course Director for the LLM/MA Human Rights in Criminal Justice masters programme and School of Law Representative on the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee.

In 2020, Ger was appointed Editor of the Irish Criminal Law Journal published by Round Hall, Ireland's leading law publisher.

In 2021, Ger was appointed UL Alternate Member of the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development (ACJRD).

In 2021, Ger was also appointed to the Discipline Appeals Committee having been nominated by Academic Council.

Research Interests

My research interests lie mainly in substantive and theoretical criminal law including a range of issues pertaining to criminal justice and criminal procedure. I am currently engaged in research on the double jeopardy principle in common law jurisdictions; the principle of ne bis in idem in the prosecution of transnational crimes within the European Union; approximation of the criminal laws of Member States; the principle of complementarity in international criminal law; and conflicts of jurisdiction in criminal cases.Other areas of potential research supervision include: codification of the criminal law; history and development of the criminal law; the sentencing process; international criminal law; judicial review and the criminal process.

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2019 National University of Ireland, Cork - MA in TLHE - Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • 2018 National University of Ireland, Cork - PGDipTLHE - Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • 2017 National University of Ireland, Cork - PGCertTLHE - Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • 2005 National University of Ireland, Galway - PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2001 National University of Ireland, Galway - LLB - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1998 University of Limerick - BA - Bachelor of Arts

Award

  • 2014 - Book Completion Award
  • 2005 - Law Society of Ireland: Law Reform Essay Competition 2005, second place award
  • 2001 - School of Law, NUI Galway: Postgraduate Research Fellowship in Law for PhD Research (2001-2004)

Committee

  • 2014 Complementarity in International Criminal Law Committee (2014 to present), International Law Association, Committee member (2014 to present)
  • 2010 International Human Rights Law Committee (2010-2014), International Law Association, Committee Member (2010 - 2014)

Association

  • 2009 Member, International Law Association (Irish Branch)

Employment

  • 2007 School of Law, University of Limerick - Lecturer in Law (2007 to present)
  • 2005 School of Law, University of Limerick - Post-Doctoral Research Officer in Criminal Justice (2005-2007)
  • 2004 School of Law, NUI Galway - Assistant Editor, Judicial Studies Institute Journal (2004)
  • 2003 School of Law, NUI, Galway - Research Assistant, School of Law (2002-2004)
  • 2003 School of Law, NUI Galway - Lecturer in Criminal Law (Part-time) (2002-2004)
  • 2002 School of Law, NUI, Galway - Teaching Assistant in Constitutional Law (2002-2004)

Other

  • External Examiner in Law, Carlow Institute of Technology
  • External Examiner in Law, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Editor, Irish Criminal Law Journal, published by Round Hall

Books

Administrative Law

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2009
Dublin
Round Hall
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Byrne and McCutchon on the Irish Legal System (6th edn.)

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2014
Haywards Heath/Dublin
Bloomsbury Professional
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Administrative Law (2nd edn.)

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2010
Dublin
Round Hall
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Criminal Law

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2010
Dublin
Round Hall
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Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System (5th edn.)

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2009
Haywards Heath
Bloomsbury Professional
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Book Chapters

Crime in Ireland

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2022
London
Elgar
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Crime in Ireland

Dr. Gerard Coffey
Prof. Shane Kilcommins
2021
London
Elgar
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Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights Safeguards Examined through the Lens of Criminal Justice Covert Surveillance Operations

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2021
London
Palgrave Macmillan
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The European ne bis in idem principle

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2020
New York
Nova Science
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Country Report: Ireland

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2018
Berlin
Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law
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Reforming the Law on Double Jeopardy

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2008
Dublin
Clarus Press and the law Society of Ireland
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Accommodating Victims of Crime: A Survey of the Legislative and Juridicial Landscape

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2018
Dublin
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Evaluating the Common Law Principle against Retrials

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2007
Dublin
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An exploration of ECtHR jurisprudence governing the administration of release processes for life and long-term sentence prisoners: Perspectives from the United Kingdom

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2021
THOUSAND OAKS
SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
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An Evaluation of ‘Possession' in the Construction of Criminal Liability

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2016
Dublin
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Law Reform Update

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2004
Dublin
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Resolving Conflicts of Jurisdiction in Criminal Proceedings: Interpreting Ne Bis in Idem in Conjunction with the Principle of Complementarity

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2013
London
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A Review of Double Jeopardy Law in Ireland

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2016
Dublin
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Law Reform Update

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2004
Dublin
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Post-Acquittal Retrials for Serious Offences in the Irish Criminal Justice Process: Lessons from England and Wales

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2013
University College Cork
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Post-Acquittal Retrial for Serious Criminal Offences

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2009
Dublin
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Raising the Pleas in Bar against a Retrial for the Same Criminal Offence

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2005
Dublin
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Codifying the Meaning of 'Intention' in the Criminal Law

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2009
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The Principle of Ne Bis in Idem in Criminal Proceedings

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2008
Dublin
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Deconstructing ECtHR Jurisprudence Governing Periodic Reviews of Life and Long-term Sentences: Prospects for Reform, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Offenders

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2020
India
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Life Sentences in Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2008
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The Victim of Crime and the Criminal Justice Process

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2006
Dublin
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Electronic Monitoring of Offenders in the Administration of Criminal Justice

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2006
Dublin
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The Influence of Double Jeopardy on the Sentencing Process

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2006
Dublin
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Entrapment in the Criminal Law: Reassessing the Contours of the Procedural Defence

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2019
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The Constitutional Status of the Double jeopardy Principle

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2008
Dublin
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Other Journals

Accommodating Victims in Criminal Investigations

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2021
Dublin
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European Police Cooperation

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2021
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Covert Surveillance in Serious Crime Investigation

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2020
Dublin
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Regulating Undercover Investigations

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2019
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Conference Publications

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Conference Contributions

Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2014
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W.G. Hart Legal Workshop on Globalisation, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2012
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North-South Criminology Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2008
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Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy; A Review of Successes and Challenges

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2018
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Annual International Conference on Law, Athens Institute for Education and Research

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2014
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International Human Rights Law Committee (International Law Association) Intercessional Meeting

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2012
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Irish Criminology Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2007
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Is There a Constitutional Imbalance between the Rights of Defendants and the Rights of Victims?

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2017
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North-South Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2013
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European Society of Criminology Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2011
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Law and Society in the 21st Century: Transformations, Resistances, Futures Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2007
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Is There a Constitutional Imbalance between the Rights of Defendants and the Rights of Victims?

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2017
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Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2008
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European Society of Criminology Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2011
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North-South Postgraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2006
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The Constitution at 80 Conference: 80 Years of Constitutional Change

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2017
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North-South Criminology Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2008
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Society of Legal Scholars Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2011
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Fundamental Rights in Serious Crime Investigation: Victims, Defendants and Policing Perspectives

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2017
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Law and Society in the 21st Century: Transformations, Resistances, Futures

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2007
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British Legal History Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2011
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Victims' Rights: An Agenda for Change Conference, University of Limerick

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2015
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Irish Criminology Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2007
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Society of Legal Scholars Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2010
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Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2015
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North-South Postgraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2006
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Society of Legal Scholars Conference

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2008
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Published Reports

Report into Determination of Life Sentences

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2006
Dublin
Irish Human Rights Commission
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Editorials

Editorial (2021) (31) 2 Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2021
Dublin
Round Hall
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Editorial (2021) (31) 1 Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2021
Dublin
Round Hall
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Editorial (2020) (30) 4 Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2020
Dublin
Round Hall
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Editorial (2020) (30) 3 Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2020
Dublin
Round Hall
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Editorial (2020) (30) 2 Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2020
Dublin
Round Hall
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Editorial (2020) (30) 1 Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2020
Dublin
Round Hall
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Book Reviews

Review of Liz Campbell, Shane Kilcommins and Catherine O'Sullivan, Criminal Law in Ireland: Cases and Commentary (Clarus Press, 2010)

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2011
Irish Journal of Legal Studies, Cork
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Other Publications

Editorial (2020) (30) 1 Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2020
Dublin
Round Hall
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Fundamental Rights in the Investigation of Serious Crime

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2017
Garda College, Templemore
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Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2021
Victims' Rights Alliance
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Parole Act 2019

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2020
Dublin
Thomson Round Hall
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Review of Liz Campbell, Shane Kilcommins and Catherine O'Sullivan, Criminal Law in Ireland: Cases and Commentary (Clarus Press, 2010)

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2011
Irish Journal of Legal Studies, Cork
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Editorial (2021) (31) 2 Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2021
Dublin
Round Hall
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An Evaluation of ‘Possession' in the Construction of Criminal Liability

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2016
Criminal Justice in Ireland: A Contemporary Blog on Criminal Justice Issues
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Fundamental Rights in the Investigation of Serious Crime

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2017
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Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2021
Dublin
Round Hall
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Double Jeopardy Law Revisited

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2016
Criminal Justice in Ireland: A Contemporary Blog on Criminal Justice Issues
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Editorial (2021) (31) 1 Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2021
Dublin
Round Hall
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Fundamental Rights in Serious Crime Investigation: Victims, Defendants and Policing Perspectives

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2017
Garda College
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Editorial (2020) (30) 4 Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2020
Dublin
Round Hall
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Reforming the Law on Double Jeopardy

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2005
Centre for Criminal Justice Seminar, University of Limerick
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Editorial (2020) (30) 3 Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2020
Dublin
Round Hall
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Structuring Judicial Sentencing Discretion

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2006
Centre for Criminal Justice Seminar, University of Limerick
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Editorial (2020) (30) 2 Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2020
Dublin
Round Hall
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The Principle of Ne Bis in Idem in European Criminal Law

Dr. Gerard Coffey
2007
Centre for Criminal Justice Seminar, University of Limerick
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