Biography

Dr Lydia Bracken is the Assistant Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Limerick (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 also completed a Masters in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship at UL in 2020. Lydia researches in the areas of child and family law, with a particular focus on the legal recognition of 'non-traditional' and 'new' families.

Lydia is the author of two books, Same-Sex Parenting and the Best Interests Principle (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and Child Law in Ireland (Clarus Press, 2018), and has published her research in a range of high-ranking national and international journals. Lydia's r
esearch has been influential in guiding national debates on law reform in Ireland and abroad: for example, Lydia has presented her research to the Special Joint Oireachtas Committee on International Surrogacy; the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on the rights of the child in domestic and international surrogacy; the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health during pre-legislative scrutiny of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017; as well as the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) Task Force on LGBTI Rights; and her research has been cited by the Law Commission for England and Wales and the Law Commission for Scotland, among others.

Lydia chairs the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team and led the faculty's successful Bronze Athena SWAN award application in 2020. She is a member of the University of Limerick Athena SWAN Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee and sits on many other University committees in UL, including the Human Rights, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the Education and Student Experience Committee.

Lydia is the inaugural course director of both the Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Policing and Criminal Justice. She was Director of Clinical Legal Education at the School of Law, UL from 2016 -2019.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of child and family law and European human rights. In particular, I am interested in examining the legal recognition of 'non-traditional' and "new" families and exploring how such recognition can be provided in a manner that respects the rights and interests of children. Topics within my research include issues pertaining to parentage, parental responsibilities and guardianship, adoption, and the legal regulation of assisted reproduction including surrogacy.

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2021 - National Forum Seminar Series 2021/22
  • 2021 - Irish Research Council New Foundations 2020
  • 2020 - Local Enhancement Project
  • 2019 - National Forum Seminar Series 2019/20
  • 2019 - Erasmus+ Mobility Grant
  • 2019 - National Forum Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (Collaborator)
  • 2019 - National Forum Seminar Series 2018/19
  • 2016 - Irish Research Council New Foundations 2016
  • 2014 - Aidan Synnott Travel Bursary
  • 2013 - Department of Children and Youth Affairs Research Scholarship
  • 2012 - School of Law Research Scholarship

Outreach

  • Street Law: Experiential practicum where final year law students taught law at a local DEIS secondary school. Organised in collaboration with the UL Access Office and the secondary school.

Association

  • Council Member , Irish Association of Law Teachers
  • Member , Health Research Institute

Other

  • Management Committee, COST Action: LGBTI+ Social and Economical (in)equalities (2020 to present)
  • Board Member, Council of Gaisce: The President's Award (2017 to 2020)
  • Editorial board member, Irish Judicial Studies Journal (2018 to present)
  • External Examiner, Atlantic Technological University, Donegal (2019 to 2023)

Peer Reviewed Journals

2022

The Position of the Surrogate in the Health (Assisted Human Reproduction) Bill 2022

Lydia Bracken (2022) The Position of the Surrogate in the Health (Assisted Human Reproduction) Bill 2022. Irish Journal Of Family Law

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2022

'Cross-Border Surrogacy Before the European Court of Human Rights: Analysis of Valdís Fjölnisdóttir And Others v Iceland'

Lydia Bracken (2022) 'Cross-Border Surrogacy Before the European Court of Human Rights: Analysis of Valdís Fjölnisdóttir And Others v Iceland' . European Journal of Health Law

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2022

"Recognition of LGBTQI+ parent families across European borders" Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law

Lydia Bracken (2022) "Recognition of LGBTQI+ parent families across European borders" Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law .

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2021

A Case Study on the Impact of a Capstone Street Law Teaching Project

Lydia Bracken (2021) A Case Study on the Impact of a Capstone Street Law Teaching Project.

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2021

The ECtHR's first advisory opinion: Implications for cross-border surrogacy involving male intended parents

Lydia Bracken (2021) The ECtHR's first advisory opinion: Implications for cross-border surrogacy involving male intended parents. Medical Law International

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2020

Surrogacy and the Genetic Link

Lydia Bracken (2020) Surrogacy and the Genetic Link. Child and Family Law Quarterly :303-320

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2019

The Pre-conception Best Interests Assessment—Part 2: Implications for the Irish Legal Framework

Lydia Bracken (2019) The Pre-conception Best Interests Assessment—Part 2: Implications for the Irish Legal Framework . Irish Journal Of Family Law :2-7

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2019

The Pre-Conception Best Interests Assessment – Part 1: Suitability and Feasibility

Lydia Bracken (2019) The Pre-Conception Best Interests Assessment – Part 1: Suitability and Feasibility. Irish Journal Of Family Law :16-22

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2017

Assessing the best interests of the child in cases of cross-border surrogacy: inconsistency in the Strasbourg approach?

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 :368-379

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2017

Challenging normative constructions of parentage in Ireland

Bracken, L (2017) Challenging normative constructions of parentage in Ireland. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law :316-331

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2017

The Role of the Best Interests Principle in Regulating Parentage in Surrogacy in Ireland

Bracken (2017) The Role of the Best Interests Principle in Regulating Parentage in Surrogacy in Ireland. International Family Law :115-

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2017

The Assisted Reproduction Bill 2017: An Analysis of Proposals to Regulate Surrogacy in Ireland

Bracken, L. (2017) The Assisted Reproduction Bill 2017: An Analysis of Proposals to Regulate Surrogacy in Ireland. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly :577-

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2016

Strasbourg's Response to Gay and Lesbian Parenting: Progress, then Plateau?

Lydia Bracken (2016) Strasbourg's Response to Gay and Lesbian Parenting: Progress, then Plateau?. International Journal of Children's Rights :358-

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2016

In the Best Interests of the Child? The Regulation of DAHR in Ireland

Lydia Bracken (2016) In the Best Interests of the Child? The Regulation of DAHR in Ireland. European Journal of Health Law :391-

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2014

Guardianship Reform: An Assessment of the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2014

Lydia Bracken (2014) Guardianship Reform: An Assessment of the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2014. Bar Review :39-

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2013

Is there a case for Same-Sex Adoption in Ireland

Lydia Bracken (2013) Is there a case for Same-Sex Adoption in Ireland. Irish Journal Of Family Law :79-

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Books

2020

Same-Sex Parenting and the Best Interests Principle

Lydia Bracken (2020) Same-Sex Parenting and the Best Interests Principle. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press

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2018

Child Law in Ireland

Lydia Bracken (2018) Child Law in Ireland . Dublin : Clarus Press

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Book Chapters

2022

Parenthood in Ireland

Lydia Bracken (2022) Parenthood in Ireland. London : Intersentia Comparative Perspectives on Parenthood

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2022

Second-parent adoption in ‘new family forms': emerging case law from the European Court of Human Rights

Lydia Bracken (2022) Second-parent adoption in ‘new family forms': emerging case law from the European Court of Human Rights. London : Edward Elgar Research Handbook on Adoption

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2020

The Child's Right to Family Life: Shifting Sands and Social Science

Lydia Bracken and Conor O'Mahony (2020) The Child's Right to Family Life: Shifting Sands and Social Science. UK : Intersentia European Yearbook on Human Rights

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2020

Decision-making on Behalf of Children in Ireland

Lydia Bracken and John Lombard (2020) Decision-making on Behalf of Children in Ireland. London : Hart Publishng Parental Rights, Best Interests and Significant Harms

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2017

European Court of Human Rights Gas and Dubois v France

Kilkelly, U;Bracken, L (2017) European Court of Human Rights Gas and Dubois v France. PORTLAND : HART PUBL REWRITING CHILDREN'S RIGHTS JUDGMENTS: FROM ACADEMIC VISION TO NEW PRACTICE :150-158

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2017

Gas and Dubois v France

Rewriting Children's Rights Judgments From Academic Vision to New Practice (2017) Gas and Dubois v France. Oxford : Hart Publishing Rewriting Children's Rights Judgments From Academic Vision to New Practice

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Edited Books

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Other Journals

2018

Policing just got serious

Lydia Bracken (2018) Policing just got serious. Garda Review

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2017

Pioneering Policing Training

Spain, E., Bracken, L. and Kilcommins, S. (2017) Pioneering Policing Training. Garda Review

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Conference Publications

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Conference Contributions

2020

Training of Trainers: Using non-live client clinic to teach law – a Workshop for Law Teachers

Lydia Bracken, Brónagh Heverin and Siobhan Cullen (2020) Training of Trainers: Using non-live client clinic to teach law – a Workshop for Law Teachers.

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2019

International Journal of Children's Rights UNCRC 30th Anniversary Conference

O'Mahony and Bracken (2019) International Journal of Children's Rights UNCRC 30th Anniversary Conference.

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2019

Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference

Lydia Bracken, Brónagh Heverin and Siobhan Cullen (2019) Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference.

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2019

Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference

Lydia Bracken (2019) Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference.

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2019

Global Alliance for Justice Education 10th Worldwide Conference

Lydia Bracken, Brónagh Heverin and Siobhan Cullen (2019) Global Alliance for Justice Education 10th Worldwide Conference.

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2018

Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference

Lydia Bracken (2018) Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference.

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2018

Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2018

Lydia Bracken (2018) Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2018.

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2018

Workshop on Frontier Research in Children's Rights and Family Law, UCC

Lydia Bracken (2018) Workshop on Frontier Research in Children's Rights and Family Law, UCC .

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2017

Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2017

Lydia Bracken (2017) Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2017.

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2017

Contemporary Issues in Family Formation,

Lydia Bracken (2017) Contemporary Issues in Family Formation,.

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2017

7th World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights

Bracken (2017) 7th World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights.

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2015

Copenhagen Postgraduate Law Conference

Lydia Bracken (2015) Copenhagen Postgraduate Law Conference.

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2015

Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference 2015

Lydia Bracken (2015) Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference 2015.

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2014

Second Doctoral Research Symposium on Children's Rights

Lydia Bracken (2014) Second Doctoral Research Symposium on Children's Rights.

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2014

Trinity Law Student Colloquium

Lydia Bracken (2014) Trinity Law Student Colloquium.

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2014

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference

Lydia Bracken (2014) Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference.

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2014

Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference

Lydia Bracken (2014) Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference.

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2013

9th Annual Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Conference

Lydia Bracken (2013) 9th Annual Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Conference.

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Published Reports

2021

LGBTI+ Parent Families in Ireland: Legal Recognition of Parent-Child Relationships

Lydia Bracken (2021) LGBTI+ Parent Families in Ireland: Legal Recognition of Parent-Child Relationships . UL : UL

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2021

Approaches in Learning and Teaching to Promote Equity and Inclusion: Group Report

European Universities Association (2021) Approaches in Learning and Teaching to Promote Equity and Inclusion: Group Report . EUA : EUA

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2018

Pathways to Parenting: Proposals for Reform

Lydia Bracken and LGBT Ireland (2018) Pathways to Parenting: Proposals for Reform . Dublin : LGBT Ireland

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2018

Street Law Project Community Briefing

Lydia Bracken (supervisor) (2018) Street Law Project Community Briefing. UL : UL Engage

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2017

Information booklet on Donor Assisted Human Reproduction (DAHR) and the Law in Ireland

Lydia Bracken (supervisor) (2017) Information booklet on Donor Assisted Human Reproduction (DAHR) and the Law in Ireland. UL : UL Engage

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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

2022

The Equality for Children Podcast

Lydia Bracken/ Equality for Children (2022) The Equality for Children Podcast .

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2022

The legal obstacles facing LGBTQI+ parent families and why we need to recognise diverse family relationships in Ireland

Lydia Bracken (2022) The legal obstacles facing LGBTQI+ parent families and why we need to recognise diverse family relationships in Ireland. : Irish Research Council #LoveIrishResearch Blog

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2022

Assisted human reproduction and the law in Ireland, Advanced Diploma in Medical Law, Honorable Society of Kings Inns, 22 Jan 2022

Lydia Bracken (2022) Assisted human reproduction and the law in Ireland, Advanced Diploma in Medical Law, Honorable Society of Kings Inns, 22 Jan 2022.

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2022

Invited Oral Presentation to Special Joint Oireachtas Committee on International Surrogacy, 28 April 2022

Lydia Bracken (2022) Invited Oral Presentation to Special Joint Oireachtas Committee on International Surrogacy, 28 April 2022 .

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2022

Rainbow Families: A Discussion on Assisted Human Reproduction, Arthur Cox Solicitors, 22 June 2022

Lydia Bracken (2022) Rainbow Families: A Discussion on Assisted Human Reproduction, Arthur Cox Solicitors, 22 June 2022.

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2022

Invited Oral Presentation to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on the rights of the child in domestic and international surrogacy, 1 Feb 2022

Lydia Bracken (2022) Invited Oral Presentation to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on the rights of the child in domestic and international surrogacy, 1 Feb 2022.

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2021

Overview of Findings: LGBTI+ Parent Families in Ireland: Legal Recognition of Parent-Child Relationships

Lydia Bracken (2021) Overview of Findings: LGBTI+ Parent Families in Ireland: Legal Recognition of Parent-Child Relationships.

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2021

The legal obstacles facing LGBTQ parent families in Ireland

Lydia Bracken (2021) The legal obstacles facing LGBTQ parent families in Ireland. : RTÉ Brainstorm

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2021

Overview of the General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017: LGBT Ireland AHR Roundtable

Lydia Bracken (2021) Overview of the General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017: LGBT Ireland AHR Roundtable.

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2021

'Families not covered by the CFRA 2015', OutLaw Network/ Equality for Children: Four Families: A Series on LGBT+ Parental Rights

Lydia Bracken (2021) 'Families not covered by the CFRA 2015', OutLaw Network/ Equality for Children: Four Families: A Series on LGBT+ Parental Rights.

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2021

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) as a consideration in the inclusive classroom: TL5003 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education

Lydia Bracken (2021) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) as a consideration in the inclusive classroom: TL5003 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education.

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2021

LGBTQI+ Families and the Law: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, LGBTQ+ Health and Wellbeing: Patients, Parents and Physicians

Lydia Bracken (2021) LGBTQI+ Families and the Law: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, LGBTQ+ Health and Wellbeing: Patients, Parents and Physicians.

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2021

AHSS Athena SWAN Journey: Presentation to Mary Immaculate College Arts Faculty Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team

Lydia Bracken (2021) AHSS Athena SWAN Journey: Presentation to Mary Immaculate College Arts Faculty Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team.

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2021

Invited Oral Presentation to Council of Europe, European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) Task Force on LGBTI Rights, 30 Nov 2021

Lydia Bracken (2021) Invited Oral Presentation to Council of Europe, European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) Task Force on LGBTI Rights, 30 Nov 2021.

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2020

Assisted Human Reproduction and the Law in Ireland: LW6563 Child Law in Practice, University College Cork

Lydia Bracken (2020) Assisted Human Reproduction and the Law in Ireland: LW6563 Child Law in Practice, University College Cork.

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2019

Address to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health during pre-legislative scrutiny of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017

Lydia Bracken (2019) Address to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health during pre-legislative scrutiny of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017.

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2019

Invited Oral Presentation to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health during pre-legislative scrutiny of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017, 27 Feb 2019

Lydia Bracken (2019) Invited Oral Presentation to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health during pre-legislative scrutiny of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017, 27 Feb 2019.

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2019

Recognising Rainbow Families Seminar: LGBT Ireland and the Lesbian Lawyers Network, hosted by OneALG

Lydia Bracken (2019) Recognising Rainbow Families Seminar: LGBT Ireland and the Lesbian Lawyers Network, hosted by OneALG. Ireland

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2019

Gender Equality as a Human Right, Holmes O'Malley Sexton Solicitors International Women's Day Event

Lydia Bracken (2019) Gender Equality as a Human Right, Holmes O'Malley Sexton Solicitors International Women's Day Event. Ireland

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2019

Law and Assisted Human Reproduction, Humanities and Medicine Lunchtime Seminar Series

Lydia Bracken (2019) Law and Assisted Human Reproduction, Humanities and Medicine Lunchtime Seminar Series. Ireland

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2018

Issues of concern to LGBT parents and their children: Proposals for Reform

Lydia Bracken (2018) Issues of concern to LGBT parents and their children: Proposals for Reform.

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2018

The kids are not alright: why some children are in a legal bind

Lydia Bracken (2018) The kids are not alright: why some children are in a legal bind. : RTÉ Brainstorm

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2016

The Recognition of Modern Family Relationships in Ireland

Lydia Bracken (2016) The Recognition of Modern Family Relationships in Ireland.

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2015

Tackling Bullying in West Cork

Lydia Bracken (2015) Tackling Bullying in West Cork.

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2015

We all have a role to play in tackling bullying

Lydia Bracken (2015) We all have a role to play in tackling bullying.

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2015

Parents, you need to take care of yourselves

Lydia Bracken (2015) Parents, you need to take care of yourselves .

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2014

Legislating for Surrogacy

Lydia Bracken (2014) Legislating for Surrogacy.

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