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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 Chapters

2018

‘Sexual Offences Law: the Impact of Gender Stereotypes on Adjudications of Consent in Rape Trials in Ireland'
Leahy, S
(2018) ‘Sexual Offences Law: the Impact of Gender Stereotypes on Adjudications of Consent in Rape Trials in Ireland'
In Law and Gender in Modern Ireland: Critique and Reform; Oxford : Hart

2018

‘Section 5 Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act 1990 (Ireland)'
Leahy, S
(2018) ‘Section 5 Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act 1990 (Ireland)'
In 'Women's Legal Landmarks: Celebrating 100 Years of Women in Law in the UK and Ireland'; Oxford : Hart

2016

The absence of regulatory crime from the criminal law curriculum
Kilcommins S.;Leahy S.;Spain E.
(2016) The absence of regulatory crime from the criminal law curriculum
In The Teaching of Criminal Law: The pedagogical imperatives; pp. 194-205
DOI: 10.4324/9781315731902

2016

‘The Absence of Regulatory Crime from the Criminal Law Curriculum'
Kilcommins, S, Leahy, S and Spain, E
(2016) ‘The Absence of Regulatory Crime from the Criminal Law Curriculum'
In The Teaching of Criminal Law: The Pedagogical Imperatives; London : Routledge pp. 194-205
[ULIR]

Peer Reviewed Journals

2019

Criminal Offences Relating to Marriage Formation: Reflections on Recent Developments
Leahy, S
(2019) Criminal Offences Relating to Marriage Formation: Reflections on Recent Developments
In Irish Journal Of Family Law; pp. 87-93

2017

'The Domestic Violence Bill: A Good Start but Not Enough'
Leahy, S
(2017) 'The Domestic Violence Bill: A Good Start but Not Enough'
In Irish Journal Of Family Law;

2017

‘Exploring the impact of the Victims' Directive on service provision for victims of crime in Ireland'
Leahy, S and Spain, E
(2017) ‘Exploring the impact of the Victims' Directive on service provision for victims of crime in Ireland'
In Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly;
[ULIR]

2017

'Responding Effectively to Domestic Burglary: A Critique of the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Act 2015'
Kiely, T and Leahy, S
(2017) 'Responding Effectively to Domestic Burglary: A Critique of the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Act 2015'
In Irish Criminal Law Journal;
[ULIR]

2016

‘Too Much Information? Regulating Disclosure of Complainants' Personal Records in Sexual Offence Trials'
Leahy, S
(2016) ‘Too Much Information? Regulating Disclosure of Complainants' Personal Records in Sexual Offence Trials'
In Criminal Law Review; pp. 229-244
[ULIR]

2014

'Book Review: Thomas O'Malley, Sexual Offences, 2nd ed'
Susan Leahy
(2014) 'Book Review: Thomas O'Malley, Sexual Offences, 2nd ed'
In Irish Jurist ; pp. 174-176

2014

 'Acknowledging the role of the Criminal Justice System in Combatting Domestic Violence: Assessing the Recent Law Reform Commission's Recommendations'
Leahy, S
(2014)  'Acknowledging the role of the Criminal Justice System in Combatting Domestic Violence: Assessing the Recent Law Reform Commission's Recommendations'
In Irish Journal Of Family Law; pp. 9-
[ULIR]

2014

 ‘'No Means No' But Where's the Force? Addressing the Challenges of Formally Recognising Non-Violent Sexual Coercion as a Serious Criminal Offence'
Leahy, S
(2014)  ‘'No Means No' But Where's the Force? Addressing the Challenges of Formally Recognising Non-Violent Sexual Coercion as a Serious Criminal Offence'
In Journal Of Criminal Law; pp. 309-325
DOI: 10.1350/jcla.2014.78.4.930
[ULIR]

2014

'Whether Rules or Discretion? Developing a Best Practice Model for Controlling the Admissibility of Sexual Experience Evidence in Sexual Offence Trials'
Susan Leahy
(2014) 'Whether Rules or Discretion? Developing a Best Practice Model for Controlling the Admissibility of Sexual Experience Evidence in Sexual Offence Trials'
In Irish Journal of Legal Studies ; pp. 65-91
[ULIR]

2014

'Bad Laws or Bad Attitudes? Assessing the Impact of Societal Attitudes upon the Conviction Rate for Rape in Ireland'
Leahy, S
(2014) 'Bad Laws or Bad Attitudes? Assessing the Impact of Societal Attitudes upon the Conviction Rate for Rape in Ireland'
In Irish Journal Of Applied Social Studies; pp. 18-29
[ULIR]

2014

‘Reform of Irish Rape Law: The Need for a Legislative Definition of Consent'
Leahy, S
(2014) ‘Reform of Irish Rape Law: The Need for a Legislative Definition of Consent'
In Common Law World Review; pp. 231-263
DOI: 10.1350/clwr.2014.43.3.0272

2014

'The corroboration warning in sexual offence trials: final vestige of the historic suspicion of sexual offence complainants or a necessary protection for defendants?'
Susan Leahy
(2014) 'The corroboration warning in sexual offence trials: final vestige of the historic suspicion of sexual offence complainants or a necessary protection for defendants?'
In The International Journal of Evidence and Proof; pp. 41-64
DOI: 10.1350/ijep.2014.18.1.442
[ULIR]

2013

When Honest is not Good Enough: The Need for Reform of the Honest Belief Defence in Irish Rape Law
Leahy, Susan
(2013) When Honest is not Good Enough: The Need for Reform of the Honest Belief Defence in Irish Rape Law
In Irish Criminal Law Journal; pp. 2-10

2013

'Summing Up in Rape Trials: The Challenge of Guiding Effectively and without Prejudice'
Leahy, S.
(2013) 'Summing Up in Rape Trials: The Challenge of Guiding Effectively and without Prejudice'
In Irish Criminal Law Journal; pp. 102-107
[ULIR]

2012

The Defendant's Right or a Bridge Too Far? Regulating Defence Access to Complainants' Counselling Records in Sexual Offence Cases Part 2
Leahy, S
(2012) The Defendant's Right or a Bridge Too Far? Regulating Defence Access to Complainants' Counselling Records in Sexual Offence Cases Part 2
In Irish Criminal Law Journal; pp. 34-

2012

The Defendant's Right or a Bridge Too Far? Regulating Defence Access to Complainants' Counselling Records in Sexual Offence Cases Part 1'
Leahy, S
(2012) The Defendant's Right or a Bridge Too Far? Regulating Defence Access to Complainants' Counselling Records in Sexual Offence Cases Part 1'
In Irish Criminal Law Journal;

Other Journals

2008

Review of Sexual Assault and the Justice Gap: A Question of Attitude?
Leahy, S
(2008) Review of Sexual Assault and the Justice Gap: A Question of Attitude?
In Web Journal of Current Legal Issues;

2008

‘Hard Cases and Bad Law: An Overview of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006'
Leahy, S
(2008) ‘Hard Cases and Bad Law: An Overview of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006'
In Irish Law Times; pp. 38-

2008

‘In a Woman's Voice: A Feminist Analysis of Irish Rape Law'
Leahy, S
(2008) ‘In a Woman's Voice: A Feminist Analysis of Irish Rape Law'
In Irish Law TImes; pp. 203-

Conference Publications

2017

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2017
Leahy, S
(2017) Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2017

2016

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference
Leahy, S
(2016) Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference

2016

Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference 2016
O'Sullivan, K and Leahy, S
(2016) Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference 2016

2015

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services 40th Anniversary National Conference, 'The Changing Face of Domestic Abuse'
Susan Leahy
(2015) ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services 40th Anniversary National Conference, 'The Changing Face of Domestic Abuse'

2015

'Victims' Rights: An Agenda for Change'
Susan Leahy
(2015) 'Victims' Rights: An Agenda for Change'

2015

Legal Practitioners' CPD Event, University of Limerick
Susan Leahy
(2015) Legal Practitioners' CPD Event, University of Limerick

2014

Criminal Law Pedagogy Workshop
Shane Kilcommins, Eimear Spain, Susan Leahy
(2014) Criminal Law Pedagogy Workshop

2014

Institute of Guidance Counsellors CPD Event
Shane Kilcommins, Andrea Ryan, Susan Leahy
(2014) Institute of Guidance Counsellors CPD Event

2014

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference
Margaret Fitzgerald-O'Reilly and Susan Leahy
(2014) Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference

2013

North-South Criminology Conference
Susan Leahy
(2013) North-South Criminology Conference

2013

University of Limerick Student Law Society Conference: Women's Rights
Susan Leahy
(2013) University of Limerick Student Law Society Conference: Women's Rights

2012

North-South Criminology Conference
Susan Leahy
(2012) North-South Criminology Conference

2010

North-South Criminology Conference
Susan Leahy
(2010) North-South Criminology Conference

2010

University College Cork Postgraduate Conference
Susan Leahy
(2010) University College Cork Postgraduate Conference

2009

University College Cork Postgraduate Conference
Susan Leahy
(2009) University College Cork Postgraduate Conference

2009

University College Dublin Annual Criminology Conference
Susan Leahy
(2009) University College Dublin Annual Criminology Conference

2008

University College Cork Postgraduate Conference
Susan Leahy
(2008) University College Cork Postgraduate Conference

2008

North-South Criminology Conference
Susan Leahy
(2008) North-South Criminology Conference

2008

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference
Susan Leahy
(2008) Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference

2007

University College Dublin Institute of Criminology: Criminology Conference
Susan Leahy
(2007) University College Dublin Institute of Criminology: Criminology Conference

Other Publications

2020

Overcoming the ‘Justice Gap': Tackling the Attitude Problem in Rape Trials
Leahy, S
(2020) Overcoming the ‘Justice Gap': Tackling the Attitude Problem in Rape Trials
Garda Review

2019

The New Offence of Coercive Control: Opportunity and Challenge
Leahy, S
(2019) The New Offence of Coercive Control: Opportunity and Challenge
Garda Review

2019

'Proper training and resourcing key to safeguarding women'
Susan Leahy
(2019) 'Proper training and resourcing key to safeguarding women'

2018

Time to reconsider whether Irish law protects complainants in rape trials
Leahy
(2018) Time to reconsider whether Irish law protects complainants in rape trials
Irish Legal News

2018

Defining Consent in Irish Sexual Offences Law: Unfinished Business
Leahy
(2018) Defining Consent in Irish Sexual Offences Law: Unfinished Business
Criminal Justice in Ireland Blog

2018

'A Question of Consent'
Leahy
(2018) 'A Question of Consent'
RTE Brainstorm

2017

Special Edition of the Irish Criminal Law Journal
Susan Leahy and Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
(2017) Special Edition of the Irish Criminal Law Journal

2016

The Civil Registration Act 2004 – Implications for Muslim Marriages
O'Sullivan, K; Leahy, S
(2016) The Civil Registration Act 2004 – Implications for Muslim Marriages
In Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference ; Waterford, Ireland :

2015

'The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014: A Step in the Right Direction but Not Far Enough'
Susan Leahy
(2015) 'The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014: A Step in the Right Direction but Not Far Enough'
In Human Rights in Ireland Blog;

2015

'Rape Law Needs To Be Based on A Clear Definition of Consent'
Susan Leahy
(2015) 'Rape Law Needs To Be Based on A Clear Definition of Consent'
In Irish Independent Newspaper;

2014

'Law reform may change attitudes on sexual violence'
Susan Leahy
(2014) 'Law reform may change attitudes on sexual violence'
In Irish Examiner newspaper;

2013

Special Edition of the Irish Criminal Law Journal on Sexual Offences
Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly and Susan Leahy
(2013) Special Edition of the Irish Criminal Law Journal on Sexual Offences

2013

'LRC Report on Sexual Offences and Capacity to Consent: A Timely Assessment of a Complex Area'
Susan Leahy
(2013) 'LRC Report on Sexual Offences and Capacity to Consent: A Timely Assessment of a Complex Area'
In Human Rights in Ireland Blog;

2013

'Reform of Irish Sexual Offences Legislation'
Susan Leahy
(2013) 'Reform of Irish Sexual Offences Legislation'