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Dr. Gerard Coffey

BA. LLB., PhD., MA T&L HE

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 on experiential learning to facilitate criminal justice students to make connections 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.



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.

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests lie mainly in the field of substantive criminal law, criminal justice, and human rights. I currently teach one undergraduate module: Crime and Criminal Justice (online) on the BA in Applied Policing and Criminal Justice and four postgraduate modules: International Criminal Law, Policing and Human Rights, Criminal Justice Processes and Sentencing, and Comparative International Protection of Human Rights, which are all modules taught on the LLM/MA Human Rights in Criminal Justice master's programme.

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 - Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2001 National University of Ireland, Galway - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1998 University of Limerick - Bachelor of Arts

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 (2002-2004)

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)

Other

  • External Examiner: Carlow Institute of Technology; Waterford Institute of Technology