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Dr. Gerard Coffey

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.

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 - 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

Publications

Books

2014

Byrne and McCutchon on the Irish Legal System (6th edn.)
Byrne, R., McCutcheon, P., Bruton, C. and Coffey, G.
(2014) Byrne and McCutchon on the Irish Legal System (6th edn.)
Haywards Heath/Dublin : Bloomsbury Professional

2010

Administrative Law (2nd edn.)
Coffey, G.
(2010) Administrative Law (2nd edn.)
Kojamo, K.(Ed.) Dublin : Round Hall

2010

Criminal Law
Coffey, G.
(2010) Criminal Law
Birmingham-Thomas, C.(Ed.) Dublin : Round Hall

2009

Administrative Law
Coffey, G.
(2009) Administrative Law
Dublin : Round Hall

2009

Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System (5th edn.)
Byrne, R; McCutcheon, P; Bruton, C and Coffey, G.
(2009) Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System (5th edn.)
Mulvey, S.(Ed.) Haywards Heath : Bloomsbury Professional
DOI: Book

Book Chapters

2021

Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights Safeguards Examined through the Lens of Criminal Justice Covert Surveillance Operations
Coffey, G.
(2021) Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights Safeguards Examined through the Lens of Criminal Justice Covert Surveillance Operations
In Artificial Intelligence, Social Harms and Human Rights; Simoncic, K. and Zavrsnik, A.(Ed.) London : Palgrave Macmillan pp. XX-XX

2021

Crime in Ireland
Coffey, G. and Kilcommins, S.
(2021) Crime in Ireland
In Elgar Encyclopedia of Crime and Criminal Justice; Mitsilegas, V., Caeiro, P. and Gless, S.(Ed.) London : Elgar pp. XX-XX

2020

The European ne bis in idem principle
Coffey G.
(2020) The European ne bis in idem principle
In The European Union: Policies, Perspectives and Politics; Moldovan, R.(Ed.) New York : Nova Science pp. 217-243

2018

Country Report: Ireland
Coffey, G.
(2018) Country Report: Ireland
In Economic and Industrial Espionage in Germany and Europe: History, Developments and Present Legislative Frameworks in a Comparative Perspective; Carl, S. and Kilchling, M.(Ed.) Berlin : Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law

2008

Reforming the Law on Double Jeopardy
Coffey, G.
(2008) Reforming the Law on Double Jeopardy
In Law and Practice: Essays on Reform; Eoin O'Dell and Geoffrey Shannon(Ed.) Dublin : Clarus Press and the law Society of Ireland pp. 331-351
DOI: N/A

Peer Reviewed Journals

2021

An Examination of Intelligence-Led Policing through the Lens of Covert Surveillance in Serious Crime Investigation
Coffey, G.
(2021) An Examination of Intelligence-Led Policing through the Lens of Covert Surveillance in Serious Crime Investigation
In Irish Criminal Law Journal; Dublin :

2020

Deconstructing ECtHR Jurisprudence Governing Periodic Reviews of Life and Long-term Sentences: Prospects for Reform, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Offenders
Coffey, G.
(2020) Deconstructing ECtHR Jurisprudence Governing Periodic Reviews of Life and Long-term Sentences: Prospects for Reform, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Offenders
In International Review of Human Rights Law; India :

2019

Entrapment in the Criminal Law: Reassessing the Contours of the Procedural Defence
Coffey, G.
(2019) Entrapment in the Criminal Law: Reassessing the Contours of the Procedural Defence
In Irish Criminal Law Journal;

2018

Accommodating Victims of Crime: A Survey of the Legislative and Juridicial Landscape
Coffey, G.
(2018) Accommodating Victims of Crime: A Survey of the Legislative and Juridicial Landscape
In Irish Criminal Law Journal; Dublin : pp. 104-117

2016

An Evaluation of ‘Possession' in the Construction of Criminal Liability
Coffey, G.
(2016) An Evaluation of ‘Possession' in the Construction of Criminal Liability
In Irish Criminal Law Journal; Dublin : pp. 108-117
[ULIR]

2016

A Review of Double Jeopardy Law in Ireland
Coffey, G.
(2016) A Review of Double Jeopardy Law in Ireland
In Irish Criminal Law Journal; Dublin : pp. 66-76
[ULIR]

2013

Post-Acquittal Retrials for Serious Offences in the Irish Criminal Justice Process: Lessons from England and Wales
Coffey, G.
(2013) Post-Acquittal Retrials for Serious Offences in the Irish Criminal Justice Process: Lessons from England and Wales
In Irish Journal of Legal Studies ; University College Cork : pp. 36-66
[ULIR]

2013

Resolving Conflicts of Jurisdiction in Criminal Proceedings: Interpreting Ne Bis in Idem in Conjunction with the Principle of Complementarity
Coffey, G.
(2013) Resolving Conflicts of Jurisdiction in Criminal Proceedings: Interpreting Ne Bis in Idem in Conjunction with the Principle of Complementarity
In New Journal of European Criminal Law; London : pp. 59-81
[ULIR]

2009

Codifying the Meaning of 'Intention' in the Criminal Law
Coffey, G.
(2009) Codifying the Meaning of 'Intention' in the Criminal Law
In Journal Of Criminal Law; pp. 394-413
[ULIR]

2009

Post-Acquittal Retrial for Serious Criminal Offences
Coffey, G.
(2009) Post-Acquittal Retrial for Serious Criminal Offences
In Irish Criminal Law Journal; Dublin : pp. 80-88
[ULIR]

2008

The Principle of Ne Bis in Idem in Criminal Proceedings
Coffey, G.
(2008) The Principle of Ne Bis in Idem in Criminal Proceedings
In Irish Criminal Law Journal; Dublin : pp. 2-9
[ULIR]

2008

Life Sentences in Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights
McCutcheon, J.P. and Coffey, G.
(2008) Life Sentences in Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights
In Irish Yearbook Of International Law; pp. 101-119
[ULIR]

2008

The Constitutional Status of the Double jeopardy Principle
Coffey, G.
(2008) The Constitutional Status of the Double jeopardy Principle
In Dublin University Law Journal; Dublin : pp. 138-165
[ULIR]

2007

Evaluating the Common Law Principle against Retrials
Coffey, G.
(2007) Evaluating the Common Law Principle against Retrials
In Dublin University Law Journal; Dublin : pp. 26-56
[ULIR]

2006

The Victim of Crime and the Criminal Justice Process
Coffey, G.
(2006) The Victim of Crime and the Criminal Justice Process
In Irish Criminal Law Journal; Dublin : pp. 15-22
[ULIR]

2006

The Influence of Double Jeopardy on the Sentencing Process
Coffey, G.
(2006) The Influence of Double Jeopardy on the Sentencing Process
In Irish Criminal Law Journal; Dublin : pp. 8-13
[ULIR]

2006

Electronic Monitoring of Offenders in the Administration of Criminal Justice
Coffey, G.
(2006) Electronic Monitoring of Offenders in the Administration of Criminal Justice
In Irish Law Times; Dublin : pp. 300-304
[ULIR]

2005

Raising the Pleas in Bar against a Retrial for the Same Criminal Offence
Coffey, G.
(2005) Raising the Pleas in Bar against a Retrial for the Same Criminal Offence
In Judicial Studies Institute Journal; Dublin : pp. 124-165
[ULIR]

2004

Law Reform Update
Coffey, G.
(2004) Law Reform Update
In Judicial Studies Institute Journal; Dublin : pp. 220-260

2004

Law Reform Update
Coffey, G.
(2004) Law Reform Update
In Judicial Studies Institute Journal; Dublin : pp. 224-262

Other Journals

2021

Accommodating Victims in Criminal Investigations
Coffey, G.
(2021) Accommodating Victims in Criminal Investigations
In Garda Review; Dublin : pp. XX-XX

2021

European Police Cooperation
Coffey, G.
(2021) European Police Cooperation
In Garda Review;

2020

Covert Surveillance in Serious Crime Investigation
Coffey, G.
(2020) Covert Surveillance in Serious Crime Investigation
In Garda Review; Dublin : pp. 20-21

2019

Regulating Undercover Investigations
Coffey, G.
(2019) Regulating Undercover Investigations
In Garda Review; pp. 14-15

Conference Contributions

2018

Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy; A Review of Successes and Challenges
Coffey, G.
(2018) Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy; A Review of Successes and Challenges
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

2017

Fundamental Rights in Serious Crime Investigation: Victims, Defendants and Policing Perspectives
Coffey, G.
(2017) Fundamental Rights in Serious Crime Investigation: Victims, Defendants and Policing Perspectives
Garda College

2017

Is There a Constitutional Imbalance between the Rights of Defendants and the Rights of Victims?
Coffey, G.
(2017) Is There a Constitutional Imbalance between the Rights of Defendants and the Rights of Victims?
University of Limerick

2017

The Constitution at 80 Conference: 80 Years of Constitutional Change
Coffey, G.
(2017) The Constitution at 80 Conference: 80 Years of Constitutional Change
University of Limerick

2017

Is There a Constitutional Imbalance between the Rights of Defendants and the Rights of Victims?
Coffey, G.
(2017) Is There a Constitutional Imbalance between the Rights of Defendants and the Rights of Victims?
University of Limerick

2015

Victims' Rights: An Agenda for Change Conference, University of Limerick
Coffey, G.
(2015) Victims' Rights: An Agenda for Change Conference, University of Limerick
University of Limerick

2015

Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference
Coffey, G.
(2015) Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference
University of Limerick

2014

Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies
Coffey, G.
(2014) Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies
University College Cork

2014

Annual International Conference on Law, Athens Institute for Education and Research
Coffey, G.
(2014) Annual International Conference on Law, Athens Institute for Education and Research
Athens

2013

North-South Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference
Coffey, G.
(2013) North-South Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference
University College Cork

2012

W.G. Hart Legal Workshop on Globalisation, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
Coffey, G.
(2012) W.G. Hart Legal Workshop on Globalisation, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

2012

International Human Rights Law Committee (International Law Association) Intercessional Meeting
Coffey, G.
(2012) International Human Rights Law Committee (International Law Association) Intercessional Meeting
Rockefeller Foundation Conference Centre, Bellagio, Italy

2011

European Society of Criminology Conference
Coffey, G.
(2011) European Society of Criminology Conference
Vilnius University, Lithuania

2011

European Society of Criminology Conference
Coffey, G.
(2011) European Society of Criminology Conference
Vilnius University, Lithuania

2011

Society of Legal Scholars Conference
Coffey, G.
(2011) Society of Legal Scholars Conference
University of Cambridge

2011

British Legal History Conference
Coffey, G.
(2011) British Legal History Conference
University of Cambridge

2010

Society of Legal Scholars Conference
Coffey, G.
(2010) Society of Legal Scholars Conference
University of Southampton

2008

North-South Criminology Conference
Coffey, G.
(2008) North-South Criminology Conference
University College Dublin

2008

Society of Legal Scholars Conference
Coffey, G.
(2008) Society of Legal Scholars Conference
London School of Economics and Political Science

2008

North-South Criminology Conference
Coffey, G.
(2008) North-South Criminology Conference
Dublin Institute of Technology

2008

Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference
Coffey, G.
(2008) Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference
London School of Economics and Political Science

2007

Law and Society in the 21st Century: Transformations, Resistances, Futures
Coffey, G. and Schweppe, J.
(2007) Law and Society in the 21st Century: Transformations, Resistances, Futures
Humboldt University, Berlin

2007

Irish Criminology Conference
Coffey, G.
(2007) Irish Criminology Conference
University College Dublin

2007

Irish Criminology Conference
Coffey, G.
(2007) Irish Criminology Conference
University College Dublin

2007

Law and Society in the 21st Century: Transformations, Resistances, Futures Conference
Coffey, G. and Schweppe, J.
(2007) Law and Society in the 21st Century: Transformations, Resistances, Futures Conference
Humboldt University, Berlin

2006

North-South Postgraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference
Coffey, G.
(2006) North-South Postgraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference
Queen's University Belfast

2006

North-South Postgraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference
Coffey, G.
(2006) North-South Postgraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference
Queen's University Belfast

Published Reports

2006

Report into Determination of Life Sentences
McCutcheon, J.P. and Coffey, G.
(2006) Report into Determination of Life Sentences
Irish Human Rights Commission(Ed.) Dublin : Irish Human Rights Commission pp. 1-46
[ULIR]

Editorials

2021

Editorial (2021) (31) 1 Irish Criminal Law Journal
Coffey, G.
(2021) Editorial (2021) (31) 1 Irish Criminal Law Journal
Dr Ger Coffey(Ed.) Dublin : Round Hall pp. 1-2

2021

Editorial (2021) (31) 2 Irish Criminal Law Journal
Coffey, G.
(2021) Editorial (2021) (31) 2 Irish Criminal Law Journal
Coffey, G.(Ed.) Dublin : Round Hall pp. 25-26

2020

Editorial (2020) (30) 4 Irish Criminal Law Journal
Coffey, G.
(2020) Editorial (2020) (30) 4 Irish Criminal Law Journal
Coffey, G.(Ed.) Dublin : Round Hall pp. 93-94

2020

Editorial (2020) (30) 3 Irish Criminal Law Journal
Coffey, G.
(2020) Editorial (2020) (30) 3 Irish Criminal Law Journal
Coffey, G.(Ed.) Dublin : Round Hall pp. 61-62

2020

Editorial (2020) (30) 2 Irish Criminal Law Journal
Coffey, G.
(2020) Editorial (2020) (30) 2 Irish Criminal Law Journal
Coffey, G.(Ed.) Dublin : Round Hall pp. 33-34

2020

Editorial (2020) (30) 1 Irish Criminal Law Journal
Coffey, G.
(2020) Editorial (2020) (30) 1 Irish Criminal Law Journal
Coffey, G.(Ed.) Dublin : Round Hall pp. 1-2

Seminars

2021

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal
Coffey, G.
(2021) Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal
Victims' Rights Alliance

2007

The Principle of Ne Bis in Idem in European Criminal Law
Coffey, G.
(2007) The Principle of Ne Bis in Idem in European Criminal Law
Centre for Criminal Justice Seminar, University of Limerick :

2006

Structuring Judicial Sentencing Discretion
Coffey, G.
(2006) Structuring Judicial Sentencing Discretion
Centre for Criminal Justice Seminar, University of Limerick :

2005

Reforming the Law on Double Jeopardy
Coffey, G.
(2005) Reforming the Law on Double Jeopardy
Centre for Criminal Justice Seminar, University of Limerick :

Annotations/Encodingss

2021

Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017
Coffey, G.
(2021) Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017
Dublin : Round Hall

2020

Parole Act 2019
Coffey, G.
(2020) Parole Act 2019
Clarke, R.(Ed.) Dublin : Thomson Round Hall

Invited Lecturess

2017

Fundamental Rights in the Investigation of Serious Crime
Coffey, G.
(2017) Fundamental Rights in the Investigation of Serious Crime

2017

Fundamental Rights in the Investigation of Serious Crime
Coffey, G.
(2017) Fundamental Rights in the Investigation of Serious Crime
Garda College, Templemore :

2017

Fundamental Rights in Serious Crime Investigation: Victims, Defendants and Policing Perspectives
Coffey, G.
(2017) Fundamental Rights in Serious Crime Investigation: Victims, Defendants and Policing Perspectives
Garda College :

Blogs

2016

An Evaluation of ‘Possession' in the Construction of Criminal Liability
Coffey, G.
(2016) An Evaluation of ‘Possession' in the Construction of Criminal Liability
Criminal Justice in Ireland: A Contemporary Blog on Criminal Justice Issues :

2016

Double Jeopardy Law Revisited
Coffey, G.
(2016) Double Jeopardy Law Revisited
In Criminal Justice in Ireland: A Contemporary Blog on Criminal Justice Issues; Criminal Justice in Ireland: A Contemporary Blog on Criminal Justice Issues :

Book Reviews

2011

Review of Liz Campbell, Shane Kilcommins and Catherine O'Sullivan, Criminal Law in Ireland: Cases and Commentary (Clarus Press, 2010)
Coffey, G.
(2011) Review of Liz Campbell, Shane Kilcommins and Catherine O'Sullivan, Criminal Law in Ireland: Cases and Commentary (Clarus Press, 2010)
O'Sullivan, C. and Donson, F.(Ed.) Irish Journal of Legal Studies, Cork : pp. 88-95