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Dr. Lydia Bracken

Biography

Dr Lydia Bracken is Assistant Dean, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) and a 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 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 Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and her research has been cited by the Law Commission for England and Wales and the Law Commission for Scotland.

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 Steering Committee and sits on many other EDI committees in UL, including the UL Equality and Human Rights Committee.

Lydia is course director for the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Policing and Criminal Justice and for the Graduate Certificate in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 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 - Irish Research Council New Foundations 2020
  • 2020 - Local Enhancement Project
  • 2019 - National Forum Seminar Series 2018/19
  • 2019 - National Forum Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (Collaborator)
  • 2019 - National Forum Seminar Series 2019/20
  • 2019 - Erasmus+ Mobility Grant
  • 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

Publications

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

2018

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

Book Chapters

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
In European Yearbook on Human Rights; Philip Czech, Lisa Heschl, Karin Lukas, Manfred Nowak, Gerd Oberleitner(Ed.) UK : Intersentia

2020

Law
Bracken L.
(2020) Law
In The Routledge Companion to Health Humanities; pp. 436-440

2020

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

2017

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

Peer Reviewed Journals

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 :

2020

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

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
In Irish Journal Of Family Law; pp. 2-7

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
In Irish Journal Of Family Law; pp. 16-22

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
In International Family Law; pp. 115-

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?
In Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law; pp. 368-379
DOI: 10.1080/09649069.2017.1344393

2017

Challenging normative constructions of parentage in Ireland
Bracken, L
(2017) Challenging normative constructions of parentage in Ireland
In Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law; pp. 316-331
DOI: 10.1080/09649069.2016.1272224

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
In Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly; pp. 577-
[ULIR]

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?
In International Journal of Children's Rights; pp. 358-

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
In European Journal of Health Law; pp. 391-

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
In Bar Review; pp. 39-

2013

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

Other Journals

2018

Policing just got serious
Lydia Bracken
(2018) Policing just got serious
In Garda Review ;

2017

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

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
Online Seminar

2019

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

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
Bandung, Indonesia

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
UK

2019

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

2018

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

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
Ireland

2018

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

2017

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

2017

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

2017

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

2015

Copenhagen Postgraduate Law Conference
Lydia Bracken
(2015) Copenhagen Postgraduate Law Conference
Copenhagen

2015

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

2014

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

2014

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

2014

Trinity Law Student Colloquium
Lydia Bracken
(2014) Trinity Law Student Colloquium
Ireland

2014

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

2013

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

Published Reports

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

2018

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

2018

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

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

Other Publications

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

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 :

2019

Recognising Rainbow Families Seminar
Lydia Bracken
(2019) Recognising Rainbow Families Seminar
Ireland :

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 :

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

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

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

2016

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

2015

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

2015

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

2015

Tackling Bullying in West Cork
Lydia Bracken
(2015) Tackling Bullying in West Cork

2014

Legislating for Surrogacy
Lydia Bracken
(2014) Legislating for Surrogacy