Biography

Dr Margaret Fitzgerald-O'Reilly, BCL, LLM, PhD (UCC), is a lecturer at the School of Law atUL. Prior to her appointment in 2012, she lectured inthe School of Law and Government at DCU. Margarethas an LLM in Criminal Justice and in 2012 was awarded her PhD entitled The Usual Suspects: The LegalMarginalisation of Ex-Prisoners in Irish Society; she was awarded aUniversity President's Scholarship to undertake this research.

Her researchinterests are primarily in the field of criminology, penology and criminal justice, inparticular, issues pertaining to criminal records, criminal information sharing and disclosure issues, post-release management of offenders, sentencing and management of sex offenders, social and legal exclusion, techniques of punishment, sentencing, and crimecontrol policies.

She is the author of
Uses and Consequences of a Criminal Conviction: Going on the Record of an Offender (UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and co-author of Sexual Offending in Ireland: Laws, Procedures & Punishment, (Dublin: Clarus Press, 2018). She is currently working on a research monograph towards an International Criminal Records Database: Implications for Risk, Security and Human Rights (Forthcoming 2023: Palgrave Macmillan) and a socio-legal book on Human Rights Law in Modern Policing (Forthcoming 2023: Clarus Press). She has also published in national and international peer reviewed journals and is amember of the Centre for Crime Justice and Victim Studies.

She is supervising PhD candidates researching in the areas of sentencing, prisons and prisoners, and sexual offences. She welcomes applications from candidates interested in these areas and other areas of criminology, offender management and rehabilitation and desistance of offenders.


Research Interests

Dr Margaret Fitzgerald-O'Reilly's research research interests are primarily in the field of criminology, penology and criminal justice, in particular, issues pertaining to criminal records, criminal information sharing and disclosure issues, post-release management of offenders, sentencing and management of sex offenders, social and legal exclusion, techniques of punishment, sentencing, and crime control policies. She has published books and papers, nationally and internationally and is a member of the Centre for Crime Justice and Victim Studies.

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2022 - AHSS winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award 2022
  • 2017 - Faculty Research Board Funding
  • 2017 - Teaching Funding
  • 2007 - Presidents Scholarship Award, UCC

Committee

  • 2019 UL Quality Assurance Board for Garda College Templemore, Accreditation of Garda Training programmes (Templemore)
  • 2012 Ethics Commitee,

Association

  • Member, Irish Association of Law Teachers
  • Member, Irish Penal Reform Trust
  • Member, European Society of Criminology
  • Member of Working Group, Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development

Books

Towards an International Criminal Records Database: Implications for Risk, Security and Human Rights

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2023
UK
Palgrave Macmillan
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Human Rights Law in Modern Policing

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2023
Ireland
Clarus Press
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Uses and Consequences of a Criminal Conviction: Going on the Record of an Offender

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2018
UK
Palgrave MacMillan UK
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Sexual Offending in Ireland: Laws, Procedures and Punishment

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
Dr. Susan Leahy
2018
Dublin
Clarus Press
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Book Chapters

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Edited Books

Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2020
UK
SAGE
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Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2017
Ireland
RoundHall
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Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2013
Dublin
Roundhall
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Peer Reviewed Journals

'The Control Continuum: Analysing the Scope and Impact of Post-Release Measures for Offenders'

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2010
Ireland
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'The Usual Suspects: Analysing the Use of Past Criminal Convictions in the Criminal Justice System'

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2009
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"Information Pertaining to Released Sex Offenders: To disclose or not to disclose, that is the question"

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2018
UK
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Opening Doors or Closing Them?: The Impact of Incarceration on the Education and Employability of Ex-Offenders in Ireland

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2014
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'The Role of Criminal Record in Sentencing and the Principle of Proportionality'

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2010
UK
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'Towards the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders: Analysing the Spent Convictions Bill 2011'

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2011
Ireland
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'Post-Release Supervision of Sex Offenders'

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2013
Ireland
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Book Review "Graeme Brown, Criminal Sentencing as Practical Wisdom. Hart Publishing, Portland, Oregon, 2017."

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2017
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Other Journals

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Conference Publications

The Limits of Law, Westminster Graduate Conference

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2009
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Rethinking Law, Law Student Colloquium,Law School Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2009
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6th Annual ACJRD Conference

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2019
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Fourth Annual Postgraduate Conference, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights UCC

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2010
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Socio-Legal Studies Association

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2018
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Fifth Annual Criminology Conference, hosted by the Institute of Criminology UCD

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2009
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Socio-Legal Studies Association

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2014
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Interdisciplinary.Net: Experiencing Prison Conference 2012

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2012
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The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2017
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North/South Criminology Conference

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2013
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Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
Dr. Susan Leahy
2013
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Conference Contributions

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Published Reports

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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

Is introducing more punitive measures the only way of dealing with sex offenders

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2021
Ireland
Irish Times
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The complex issue of sex offender management

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2021
Ireland
RTE Brainstorm
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"Seeking to track sex offenders poses human rights questions"

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2017
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Disclosure of Information about Sex Offenders

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
2013
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