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Dr. Susan Leahy

Biography

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.

Publications

Book

2018

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

Book Chapter

2019

‘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: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004398252_007

2018

‘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'

2016

The absence of regulatory crime from the criminal law curriculum
Kilcommins S.;Leahy S.;Spain E.
The Teaching of Criminal Law: The pedagogical imperatives DOI: 10.4324/9781315731902

2016

‘The Absence of Regulatory Crime from the Criminal Law Curriculum'
Kilcommins, S, Leahy, S and Spain, E
The Teaching of Criminal Law: The Pedagogical Imperatives

Conference Publication

2016
2014

Institute of Guidance Counsellors CPD Event
Shane Kilcommins, Andrea Ryan, Susan Leahy

2014

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference
Margaret Fitzgerald-O'Reilly and Susan Leahy

2014

Criminal Law Pedagogy Workshop
Shane Kilcommins, Eimear Spain, Susan Leahy

2013

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

Other Journal

2008

Review of Sexual Assault and the Justice Gap: A Question of Attitude?
Leahy, S
Web Journal of Current Legal Issues

Other Publication

2017
2017

Special Edition of the Irish Criminal Law Journal
Susan Leahy and Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly

2016

The Civil Registration Act 2004 – Implications for Muslim Marriages
O'Sullivan, K; Leahy, S
Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference

2015

'Rape Law Needs To Be Based on A Clear Definition of Consent'
Susan Leahy
Irish Independent Newspaper

2014

'Law reform may change attitudes on sexual violence'
Susan Leahy
Irish Examiner newspaper

2013

Special Edition of the Irish Criminal Law Journal on Sexual Offences
Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly and Susan Leahy

Peer Reviewed Journal

2019

Unrecognised Muslim Marriage in Ireland: Incidence and Implications
Leahy S.;O’Sullivan K.
Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs DOI: 10.1080/13602004.2019.1684032

2018

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

2017

Published Report