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

Peer Reviewed Journals

2018

"Information Pertaining to Released Sex Offenders: To disclose or not to disclose, that is the question"

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2018) "Information Pertaining to Released Sex Offenders: To disclose or not to disclose, that is the question" . UK Howard Journal of Criminal Justice :204-230

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2017

Book Review "Graeme Brown, Criminal Sentencing as Practical Wisdom. Hart Publishing, Portland, Oregon, 2017."

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2017) Book Review "Graeme Brown, Criminal Sentencing as Practical Wisdom. Hart Publishing, Portland, Oregon, 2017.". Irish Jurist

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2014

Opening Doors or Closing Them?: The Impact of Incarceration on the Education and Employability of Ex-Offenders in Ireland

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2014) Opening Doors or Closing Them?: The Impact of Incarceration on the Education and Employability of Ex-Offenders in Ireland. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice

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2013

'Post-Release Supervision of Sex Offenders'

Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2013) 'Post-Release Supervision of Sex Offenders' . Ireland Irish Criminal Law Journal :108-

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2011

'Towards the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders: Analysing the Spent Convictions Bill 2011'

Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2011) 'Towards the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders: Analysing the Spent Convictions Bill 2011' . Ireland Irish Criminal Law Journal :92-

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2010

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

Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2010) 'The Control Continuum: Analysing the Scope and Impact of Post-Release Measures for Offenders' . Ireland Judicial Studies Institute Journal :131-

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2010

'The Role of Criminal Record in Sentencing and the Principle of Proportionality'

Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2010) 'The Role of Criminal Record in Sentencing and the Principle of Proportionality'. UK Irish Criminal Law Journal :79-

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2009

'The Usual Suspects: Analysing the Use of Past Criminal Convictions in the Criminal Justice System'

Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2009) 'The Usual Suspects: Analysing the Use of Past Criminal Convictions in the Criminal Justice System' .

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Books

2023

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

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2023) Towards an International Criminal Records Database: Implications for Risk, Security and Human Rights. UK : Palgrave Macmillan

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2023

Human Rights Law in Modern Policing

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2023) Human Rights Law in Modern Policing . Ireland : Clarus Press

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2018

Uses and Consequences of a Criminal Conviction: Going on the Record of an Offender

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2018) Uses and Consequences of a Criminal Conviction: Going on the Record of an Offender. UK : Palgrave MacMillan UK

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2018

Sexual Offending in Ireland: Laws, Procedures and Punishment

Susan Leahy and Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2018) Sexual Offending in Ireland: Laws, Procedures and Punishment. Dublin : Clarus Press

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Book Chapters

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Edited Books

2020

Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice

(2020) Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. UK : SAGE :1-NA

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2017

Irish Criminal Law Journal

(2017) Irish Criminal Law Journal. Ireland : RoundHall :1-NA

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2013

Irish Criminal Law Journal

(2013) Irish Criminal Law Journal. Dublin : Roundhall :na-na

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Other Journals

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Conference Publications

2019

6th Annual ACJRD Conference

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2019) 6th Annual ACJRD Conference.

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2018

Socio-Legal Studies Association

Leahy and Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2018) Socio-Legal Studies Association. :NA-NA

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2017

The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2017) The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference.

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2014

Socio-Legal Studies Association

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2014) Socio-Legal Studies Association .

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2013

Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly and Susan Leahy (2013) Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference .

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2013

North/South Criminology Conference

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2013) North/South Criminology Conference.

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2012

Interdisciplinary.Net: Experiencing Prison Conference 2012

Fitzgerald, M (2012) Interdisciplinary.Net: Experiencing Prison Conference 2012.

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2010

Fourth Annual Postgraduate Conference, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights UCC

Fitzgerald, M (2010) Fourth Annual Postgraduate Conference, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights UCC.

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2009

The Limits of Law, Westminster Graduate Conference

Fitzgerald, M (2009) The Limits of Law, Westminster Graduate Conference .

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2009

Rethinking Law, Law Student Colloquium,Law School Trinity College Dublin

Fitzgerald, M (2009) Rethinking Law, Law Student Colloquium,Law School Trinity College Dublin.

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2009

Fifth Annual Criminology Conference, hosted by the Institute of Criminology UCD

Fitzgerald, M (2009) Fifth Annual Criminology Conference, hosted by the Institute of Criminology UCD.

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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

2021

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

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2021) Is introducing more punitive measures the only way of dealing with sex offenders. Ireland : Irish Times

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2021

The complex issue of sex offender management

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2021) The complex issue of sex offender management. Ireland : RTE Brainstorm

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2017

"Seeking to track sex offenders poses human rights questions"

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2017) "Seeking to track sex offenders poses human rights questions".

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2013

Disclosure of Information about Sex Offenders

Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2013) Disclosure of Information about Sex Offenders.

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