Biography

Susan Leahy, BCL, LLM, PhD (UCC), is a senior lecturer in law at UL. Susan's primary research interests lie in the areas of criminal justice (with particular emphasis on sexual violence and victims of crime) and family law (specifically domestic abuse and marriage). 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, victims' rights and family law 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 two books: Sexual Offending in Ireland: Laws, Procedures and Punishment, (Clarus, 2018) (with Dr Margaret Fitzgerald-O'Reilly) and The Victim in the Irish Criminal Process (Manchester University Press, 2018) (with Prof Shane Kilcommins, Dr Kathleen Moore-Walsh and Dr Eimear Spain). She has completed a number of funded research projects on sexual offences, gender-based violence and victims of crime.
Susan lectures in Criminology, Family 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).

Books

The Victim in the Irish Criminal Process

Ms. Eimear Spain
Dr. Susan Leahy
2018
Manchester
Manchester University Press
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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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Sports Law in Ireland

Dr. Laura Donnellan
Dr. Susan Leahy
2017
Netherlands
(2nd edn, Kluwer 2017)
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Sports Law in Ireland

Dr. Laura Donnellan
Dr. Susan Leahy
2014
Netherlands
(Kluwer 2014)
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Book Chapters

‘Recognition of Muslim Marriages Ceremonies in Ireland: An Analysis'

Kathryn O'Sullivan
Dr. Susan Leahy
2019
Leiden: Netherlands
Brill
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The Development of Victims Rights in Ireland

Ms. Eimear Spain
Dr. Susan Leahy
2016
OUP
Oxford University Press
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The absence of regulatory crime from the criminal law curriculum

Prof. Shane Kilcommins
Dr. Susan Leahy
2016
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'Regulation of media and social media comment on rape trials: Achieving best practice'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2021
Oxon
Routledge
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‘Sexual Offences Law: the Impact of Gender Stereotypes on Adjudications of Consent in Rape Trials in Ireland'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2018
Oxford
Hart
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‘Section 5 Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act 1990 (Ireland)'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2018
Oxford
Hart
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‘The Absence of Regulatory Crime from the Criminal Law Curriculum'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2016
London
Routledge
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

'The Domestic Violence Bill: A Good Start but Not Enough'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2017
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The Defendant's Right or a Bridge Too Far? Regulating Defence Access to Complainants' Counselling Records in Sexual Offence Cases Part 1'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2012
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Unrecognised Muslim Marriage in Ireland: Incidence and Implications

Kathryn O'Sullivan
Dr. Susan Leahy
2019
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 'Acknowledging the role of the Criminal Justice System in Combatting Domestic Violence: Assessing the Recent Law Reform Commission's Recommendations'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2014
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‘Reform of Irish Rape Law: The Need for a Legislative Definition of Consent'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2014
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‘Changing Conceptions of Marriage in Ireland: Law and Practice'

Kathryn O'Sullivan
Dr. Susan Leahy
2018
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 ‘'No Means No' But Where's the Force? Addressing the Challenges of Formally Recognising Non-Violent Sexual Coercion as a Serious Criminal Offence'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2014
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'The corroboration warning in sexual offence trials: final vestige of the historic suspicion of sexual offence complainants or a necessary protection for defendants?'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2014
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Exploring the impact of the Victims' Directive on service provision for victims of crime in Ireland

Ms. Eimear Spain
Dr. Susan Leahy
2017
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‘Too Much Information? Regulating Disclosure of Complainants' Personal Records in Sexual Offence Trials'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2016
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'Book Review: Thomas O'Malley, Sexual Offences, 2nd ed'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2014
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‘Exploring the impact of the Victims' Directive on service provision for victims of crime in Ireland'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2017
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'Responding Effectively to Domestic Burglary: A Critique of the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Act 2015'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2017
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Female Sex Offenders in Ireland: Examining the Response of the Criminal Justice System

Dr. Susan Leahy
2020
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'Whether Rules or Discretion? Developing a Best Practice Model for Controlling the Admissibility of Sexual Experience Evidence in Sexual Offence Trials'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2014
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'Summing Up in Rape Trials: The Challenge of Guiding Effectively and without Prejudice'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2013
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'Bad Laws or Bad Attitudes? Assessing the Impact of Societal Attitudes upon the Conviction Rate for Rape in Ireland'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2014
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When Honest is not Good Enough: The Need for Reform of the Honest Belief Defence in Irish Rape Law

Dr. Susan Leahy
2013
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Criminal Offences Relating to Marriage Formation: Reflections on Recent Developments

Dr. Susan Leahy
2019
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The Defendant's Right or a Bridge Too Far? Regulating Defence Access to Complainants' Counselling Records in Sexual Offence Cases Part 2

Dr. Susan Leahy
2012
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Other Journals

Review of Sexual Assault and the Justice Gap: A Question of Attitude?

Dr. Susan Leahy
2008
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‘Hard Cases and Bad Law: An Overview of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2008
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‘In a Woman's Voice: A Feminist Analysis of Irish Rape Law'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2008
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Conference Publications

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Webinar

Dr. Susan Leahy
2020
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Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference 2016

Dr. Susan Leahy
2016
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University College Dublin Annual Criminology Conference

Dr. Susan Leahy
2009
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Criminal Law Pedagogy Workshop

Dr. Susan Leahy
2014
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Minority Religions under Irish Law Symposium, University of Limerick, Ireland

Kathryn O'Sullivan
Dr. Susan Leahy
2017
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Round-Table on Consent in Sexual Offences Law, Queen's University Belfast

Dr. Susan Leahy
2020
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Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2017

Dr. Susan Leahy
2017
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University College Cork Postgraduate Conference

Dr. Susan Leahy
2010
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Institute of Guidance Counsellors CPD Event

Dr. Susan Leahy
2014
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Unregistered Muslim Marriages – Regulations and Contestations Symposium

Kathryn O'Sullivan
Dr. Susan Leahy
2017
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6th Annual Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference: Sexual Offences: The Challenge of Balancing Rights in the Criminal Justice System, Dublin Castle

Dr. Susan Leahy
2019
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Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference

Dr. Susan Leahy
2016
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North-South Criminology Conference

Dr. Susan Leahy
2010
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ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services 40th Anniversary National Conference, 'The Changing Face of Domestic Abuse'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2015
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Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations, De Montfort University, Leicester

Kathryn O'Sullivan
Dr. Susan Leahy
2017
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New Directions in Sexual Violence Workshop, University of Bristol

Dr. Susan Leahy
2019
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University College Dublin Institute of Criminology: Criminology Conference

Dr. Susan Leahy
2007
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North-South Criminology Conference

Dr. Susan Leahy
2012
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'Victims' Rights: An Agenda for Change'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2015
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Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference

Kathryn O'Sullivan
Dr. Susan Leahy
2016
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Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Birmingham

Dr. Susan Leahy
2019
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Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference

Dr. Susan Leahy
2008
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North-South Criminology Conference

Dr. Susan Leahy
2013
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Institute of Guidance Counsellors National Conference 2016

Prof. Shane Kilcommins
Dr. Susan Leahy
Dr. Andrea Ryan
2016
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Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Bristol,

Dr. Susan Leahy
2018
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University College Cork Postgraduate Conference

Dr. Susan Leahy
2008
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University of Limerick Student Law Society Conference: Women's Rights

Dr. Susan Leahy
2013
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Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly
Dr. Susan Leahy
2013
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Europe's New Migrants: Marriage Practices and Policies, University of Birmingham, 17th April 2018

Dr. Susan Leahy
2018
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North-South Criminology Conference

Dr. Susan Leahy
2008
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Legal Practitioners' CPD Event, University of Limerick

Dr. Susan Leahy
2015
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Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Cardiff (virtual event)

Dr. Susan Leahy
2021
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Sexual Offences on Trial Conference, Queen's University Belfast

Dr. Susan Leahy
2018
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University College Cork Postgraduate Conference

Dr. Susan Leahy
2009
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Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference

Dr. Susan Leahy
2014
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Conference Contributions

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Published Reports

Analysis of Text for the Mid-term Review of the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2016-2021

Prof. Shane Kilcommins
Dr. Alan Cusack
Dr. Susan Leahy
2019
Dublin
Department of Justice
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National or transnational projects to support victims of crime Justice Programme (JUST/2014/SPOB/AG/VICT): Draft National Report Ireland

Prof. Shane Kilcommins
Dr. Susan Leahy
Dr. Andrea Ryan
2016
Greece
Greece
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'The Realities of Rape Trials in Ireland: Perspectives from Practice'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2021
Dublin
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
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Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Training for Nurses and Midwives: National and International Evidence to Inform Future Training in Ireland.

Dr. Susan Leahy
Dr. Owen Doody
2021
Limerick
University of Limerick and Health Service Executive.
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Editorials

Special Edition of the Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Susan Leahy
2017
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Special Edition of the Irish Criminal Law Journal on Sexual Offences

Dr. Susan Leahy
2013
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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

Defining Consent in Irish Sexual Offences Law: Unfinished Business

Dr. Susan Leahy
2018
Criminal Justice in Ireland Blog
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Privilege, Third Party Disclosure, and Mandatory Recording of Offences

Prof. Shane Kilcommins
Dr. Susan Leahy
2017
Institute of Guidance Counsellors, AGM, Limerick, May 5th, 2017
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Special Edition of the Irish Criminal Law Journal

Dr. Susan Leahy
2017
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'Opinion: Justice delayed really is justice denied in rape trials', TheJournal.ie, 22 June 2021

Dr. Susan Leahy
2021
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'Reform of Irish Sexual Offences Legislation'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2013
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Overcoming the ‘Justice Gap': Tackling the Attitude Problem in Rape Trials

Dr. Susan Leahy
2020
Garda Review
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'Law reform may change attitudes on sexual violence'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2014
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The New Offence of Coercive Control: Opportunity and Challenge

Dr. Susan Leahy
2019
Garda Review
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'Rape Law Needs To Be Based on A Clear Definition of Consent'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2015
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'Proper training and resourcing key to safeguarding women'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2019
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'LRC Report on Sexual Offences and Capacity to Consent: A Timely Assessment of a Complex Area'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2013
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'A Question of Consent'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2018
RTE Brainstorm
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'The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014: A Step in the Right Direction but Not Far Enough'

Dr. Susan Leahy
2015
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Time to reconsider whether Irish law protects complainants in rape trials

Dr. Susan Leahy
2018
Irish Legal News
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Special Edition of the Irish Criminal Law Journal on Sexual Offences

Dr. Susan Leahy
2013
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