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 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 Space Management Committee, and the Education and Student Experience Committee.

Lydia is the inaugural course director of both the Graduate Certificate 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 - Irish Research Council New Foundations 2020
  • 2020 - Local Enhancement Project
  • 2019 - National Forum Seminar Series 2019/20
  • 2019 - Erasmus+ Mobility Grant
  • 2019 - National Forum Seminar Series 2018/19
  • 2019 - National Forum Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (Collaborator)
  • 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

Association

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

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.

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, Letterkenny Institute of Technology (2019 to 2022)

Books

Same-Sex Parenting and the Best Interests Principle

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2020
Cambridge
Cambridge University Press
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Child Law in Ireland

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2018
Dublin
Clarus Press
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Book Chapters

Gas and Dubois v France

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2017
Oxford
Hart Publishing
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The Child's Right to Family Life: Shifting Sands and Social Science

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2020
UK
Intersentia
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Decision-making on Behalf of Children in Ireland

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2020
London
Hart Publishng
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

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

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2019
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The Role of the Best Interests Principle in Regulating Parentage in Surrogacy in Ireland

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2017
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Is there a case for Same-Sex Adoption in Ireland

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2013
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Surrogacy and the Genetic Link

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2020
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Assessing the best interests of the child in cases of cross-border surrogacy: inconsistency in the Strasbourg approach?

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2017
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A Case Study on the Impact of a Capstone Street Law Teaching Project

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2021
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Challenging normative constructions of parentage in Ireland

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2017
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The ECtHR's first advisory opinion: Implications for cross-border surrogacy involving male intended parents

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2021
Medical Law International
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Strasbourg's Response to Gay and Lesbian Parenting: Progress, then Plateau?

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2016
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'Cross-Border Surrogacy Before the European Court of Human Rights: Analysis of Valdís Fjölnisdóttir And Others v Iceland'

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2021
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The Assisted Reproduction Bill 2017: An Analysis of Proposals to Regulate Surrogacy in Ireland

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2017
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In the Best Interests of the Child? The Regulation of DAHR in Ireland

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2016
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The Pre-conception Best Interests Assessment—Part 2: Implications for the Irish Legal Framework

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2019
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Guardianship Reform: An Assessment of the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2014

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2014
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Other Journals

Pioneering Policing Training

Prof. Shane Kilcommins
Dr. Lydia Bracken
2017
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Policing just got serious

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2018
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Conference Publications

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Conference Contributions

Global Alliance for Justice Education 10th Worldwide Conference

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2019
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7th World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2017
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Training of Trainers: Using non-live client clinic to teach law – a Workshop for Law Teachers

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2020
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9th Annual Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Conference

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2013
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International Journal of Children's Rights UNCRC 30th Anniversary Conference

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2019
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Trinity Law Student Colloquium

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2014
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Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2018
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Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2014
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Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2018

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2018
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Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2014
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Workshop on Frontier Research in Children's Rights and Family Law, UCC

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2018
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Second Doctoral Research Symposium on Children's Rights

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2014
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Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2019
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Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2017

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2017
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Copenhagen Postgraduate Law Conference

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2015
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Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2019
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Contemporary Issues in Family Formation,

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2017
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Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference 2015

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2015
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Published Reports

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

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2017
UL
UL Engage
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Street Law Project Community Briefing

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2018
UL
UL Engage
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Pathways to Parenting: Proposals for Reform

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2018
Dublin
LGBT Ireland
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LGBTI+ Parent Families in Ireland: Legal Recognition of Parent-Child Relationships

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2021
UL
UL
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Approaches in Learning and Teaching to Promote Equity and Inclusion: Group Report

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2021
EUA
EUA
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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

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

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

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2021
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Legislating for Surrogacy

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2014
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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

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2022
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AHSS Athena SWAN Journey: Presentation to Mary Immaculate College Arts Faculty Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2021
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The Recognition of Modern Family Relationships in Ireland

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2016
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Overview of Findings: LGBTI+ Parent Families in Ireland: Legal Recognition of Parent-Child Relationships

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2021
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Recognising Rainbow Families Seminar: LGBT Ireland and the Lesbian Lawyers Network, hosted by OneALG

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2019
Ireland
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Tackling Bullying in West Cork

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2015
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The legal obstacles facing LGBTQ parent families in Ireland

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2021
RTÉ Brainstorm
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Gender Equality as a Human Right, Holmes O'Malley Sexton Solicitors International Women's Day Event

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2019
Ireland
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We all have a role to play in tackling bullying

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2015
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Assisted Human Reproduction and the Law in Ireland: LW6563 Child Law in Practice, University College Cork

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2020
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Law and Assisted Human Reproduction, Humanities and Medicine Lunchtime Seminar Series

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2019
Ireland
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Parents, you need to take care of yourselves

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2015
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Overview of the General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017: LGBT Ireland AHR Roundtable

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2021
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Address to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health during pre-legislative scrutiny of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2019
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Assisted human reproduction and the law in Ireland, Advanced Diploma in Medical Law, Honorable Society of Kings Inns, 22 Jan 2022

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2022
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'Families not covered by the CFRA 2015', OutLaw Network/ Equality for Children: Four Families: A Series on LGBT+ Parental Rights

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2021
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Issues of concern to LGBT parents and their children: Proposals for Reform

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2018
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Invited Oral Presentation to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health during pre-legislative scrutiny of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017, 27 Feb 2019

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2019
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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) as a consideration in the inclusive classroom: TL5003 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2021
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The kids are not alright: why some children are in a legal bind

Dr. Lydia Bracken
2018
RTÉ Brainstorm
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