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Dr. Susan Leahy



Susan Leahy, BCL, LLM, PhD (UCC), is a lecturer in law at UL. Her PhD research was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Her thesis was entitled The Rules and Realities of Consent in Irish Sexual Offences Law: Perspectives on Reform and examined the rules relating to consent in Irish sexual offences legislation. She has published her research on sexual offences in both national and international journals including the Common Law World Review, the International Journal of Evidence and Proof, the Journal of Criminal Law, and the Child and Family Law Quarterly. She has co-authored, with Dr Margaret Fitzgerald-O'Reilly, a book entitled Sexual Offending in Ireland: Laws, Procedures and Punishment, (Clarus, 2018). Susan's primary research interests lie in the area of criminal justice (with particular emphasis on sexual violence and victims of crime) and family law (specifically domestic abuse and marriage). Susan lectures in Criminology, Family Law, Child Law, and Media Law. She completed a specialist diploma in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship at UL in 2014. She is the director of the BA (Criminal Justice) and co-director of the Centre for Crime, Justice and Victim Studies (CCJVS).

Teaching Interests

Susan teaches Child Law (LA4021), Media Law (LA4013 and LA5021), Family Law (LA4038), and Criminology (LA6052). She completed a specialist diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in 2014. Susan has a keen interest in legal pedagogy and has organised workshops on legal pedagogy involving national and international experts on law teaching in UL (2014 and 2016). Susan has co-authored (with Professor Shane Kilcommins and Dr Eimear Spain) a chapter on criminal law pedagogy which was published in Gledhill & Livings (eds), The Teaching of Criminal Law: The pedagogical perspectives (Routledge, 2017).
Susan has supervised a number of Advanced Lawyering projects for 4th year Law Plus students. These projects have focused on family law issues (e.g. the Child and Family Relationships Act 2015 and domestic abuse legislation) and victims' rights (e.g. rights of victims of sexual offences and of families of victims of homicide). Partners on these projects have included ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, OneinFour and Advic.




The Victim in the Irish Criminal Process
Shane Kilcommins, Susan Leahy, Kathleen Moore Walsh, Eimear Spain


Sexual Offending in Ireland: Laws, Procedures and Punishment
Susan Leahy and Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly


Sports Law in Ireland
Donnellan L, (with Leahy S)


Sports Law in Ireland
Donnellan L, and Leahy S,

Book Chapter


‘Recognition of Muslim Marriages Ceremonies in Ireland: An Analysis'
Leahy, S and O'Sullivan, K
Minority Religions under Irish Law: Islam in National and International Context DOI:


‘Section 5 Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act 1990 (Ireland)'
Leahy, S
'Women's Legal Landmarks: Celebrating 100 Years of Women in Law in the UK and Ireland'


The Development of Victims Rights in Ireland
Shane Kilcommins, Susan Leahy, and Eimear Spain
Criminal Litigation

Conference Publication


Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference
Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly and Susan Leahy

Other Journal

Other Publication


Peer Reviewed Journal


‘Changing Conceptions of Marriage in Ireland: Law and Practice'
Leahy, S and O'Sullivan, K
Child and Family Law Quarterly


Published Report