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).

Peer Reviewed Journals

2020

Female Sex Offenders in Ireland: Examining the Response of the Criminal Justice System

Leahy S. (2020) Female Sex Offenders in Ireland: Examining the Response of the Criminal Justice System. Journal Of Contemporary Criminal Justice

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2019

Criminal Offences Relating to Marriage Formation: Reflections on Recent Developments

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

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2019

Unrecognised Muslim Marriage in Ireland: Incidence and Implications

Leahy S.;O’Sullivan K. (2019) Unrecognised Muslim Marriage in Ireland: Incidence and Implications. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs

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2018

‘Changing Conceptions of Marriage in Ireland: Law and Practice'

Leahy, S and O'Sullivan, K (2018) ‘Changing Conceptions of Marriage in Ireland: Law and Practice' . Child and Family Law Quarterly :279-300

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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' . Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly

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2017

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

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

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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'. Irish Criminal Law Journal

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2017

Exploring the impact of the Victims' Directive on service provision for victims of crime in Ireland

Susan Leahy and Eimear Spain (2017) Exploring the impact of the Victims' Directive on service provision for victims of crime in Ireland. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly :519-538

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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' . Criminal Law Review :229-244

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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'. Irish Journal of Legal Studies :65-91

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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' . Irish Journal Of Applied Social Studies :18-29

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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' . Common Law World Review :231-263

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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?'. The International Journal of Evidence and Proof :41-64

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2014

'Book Review: Thomas O'Malley, Sexual Offences, 2nd ed'

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

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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'. Irish Journal Of Family Law :9-

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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'. Journal Of Criminal Law :309-325

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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' . Irish Criminal Law Journal :102-107

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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. Irish Criminal Law Journal :2-10

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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. Irish Criminal Law Journal :34-

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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' . Irish Criminal Law Journal

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Books

2018

The Victim in the Irish Criminal Process

Shane Kilcommins, Susan Leahy, Kathleen Moore Walsh, Eimear Spain (2018) The Victim in the Irish Criminal Process. Manchester : Manchester University Press

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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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2017

Sports Law in Ireland

Donnellan L, (with Leahy S) (2017) Sports Law in Ireland . Netherlands : (2nd edn, Kluwer 2017)

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2014

Sports Law in Ireland

Donnellan L, and Leahy S, (2014) Sports Law in Ireland . Netherlands : (Kluwer 2014)

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Book Chapters

2021

'Regulation of media and social media comment on rape trials: Achieving best practice'

Leahy, S. (2021) 'Regulation of media and social media comment on rape trials: Achieving best practice'. Oxon : Routledge 'Sexual Violence on Trial: Local and Comparative Perspectives' :149-161

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2019

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

Leahy, S and O'Sullivan, K (2019) ‘Recognition of Muslim Marriages Ceremonies in Ireland: An Analysis' . Leiden: Netherlands : Brill Minority Religions under Irish Law: Islam in National and International Context :108-130

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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' . Oxford : Hart Law and Gender in Modern Ireland: Critique and Reform

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2018

‘Section 5 Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act 1990 (Ireland)'

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

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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'. London : Routledge The Teaching of Criminal Law: The Pedagogical Imperatives :194-205

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2016

The Development of Victims Rights in Ireland

Shane Kilcommins, Susan Leahy, and Eimear Spain (2016) The Development of Victims Rights in Ireland. OUP : Oxford University Press Criminal Litigation

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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. The Teaching of Criminal Law: The pedagogical imperatives :194-205

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Edited Books

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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?. Web Journal of Current Legal Issues

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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' . Irish Law Times :38-

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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' . Irish Law TImes :203-

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Conference Publications

2021

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Cardiff (virtual event)

Leahy, S. (2021) Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Cardiff (virtual event).

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2020

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Webinar

Leahy, S. (2020) Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Webinar.

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2020

Round-Table on Consent in Sexual Offences Law, Queen's University Belfast

Leahy, S. (2020) Round-Table on Consent in Sexual Offences Law, Queen's University Belfast.

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2019

6th Annual Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference: Sexual Offences: The Challenge of Balancing Rights in the Criminal Justice System, Dublin Castle

Leahy, S. (2019) 6th Annual Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference: Sexual Offences: The Challenge of Balancing Rights in the Criminal Justice System, Dublin Castle.

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2019

New Directions in Sexual Violence Workshop, University of Bristol

Leahy, S. (2019) New Directions in Sexual Violence Workshop, University of Bristol.

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2019

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Birmingham

Leahy, S. (2019) Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Birmingham.

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2018

Sexual Offences on Trial Conference, Queen's University Belfast

Leahy, S. (2018) Sexual Offences on Trial Conference, Queen's University Belfast.

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2018

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Bristol,

Leahy, S., Fitzgerald-O'Reilly, M. (2018) Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Bristol, .

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2018

Europe's New Migrants: Marriage Practices and Policies, University of Birmingham, 17th April 2018

Leahy, S. O'Sullivan, K. (2018) Europe's New Migrants: Marriage Practices and Policies, University of Birmingham, 17th April 2018 .

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2017

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2017

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

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2017

Minority Religions under Irish Law Symposium, University of Limerick, Ireland

O'Sullivan K; Leahy S (2017) Minority Religions under Irish Law Symposium, University of Limerick, Ireland .

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2017

Unregistered Muslim Marriages – Regulations and Contestations Symposium

OSullivan, K; Leahy S (2017) Unregistered Muslim Marriages – Regulations and Contestations Symposium.

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2017

Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations, De Montfort University, Leicester

Leahy, S and O'Sullivan, K (2017) Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations, De Montfort University, Leicester.

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2016

Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference

O'Sullivan, K; Leahy, S (2016) Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference.

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2016

Institute of Guidance Counsellors National Conference 2016

Kilcommins, S, Ryan, A & Leahy, S (2016) Institute of Guidance Counsellors National Conference 2016.

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2016

Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference 2016

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

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2016

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference

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

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2015

Legal Practitioners' CPD Event, University of Limerick

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

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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'.

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2015

'Victims' Rights: An Agenda for Change'

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

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2014

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference

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

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2014

Criminal Law Pedagogy Workshop

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

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2014

Institute of Guidance Counsellors CPD Event

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

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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

Susan Leahy (2013) North-South Criminology Conference .

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2013

University of Limerick Student Law Society Conference: Women's Rights

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

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2012

North-South Criminology Conference

Susan Leahy (2012) North-South Criminology Conference .

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2010

North-South Criminology Conference

Susan Leahy (2010) North-South Criminology Conference .

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2010

University College Cork Postgraduate Conference

Susan Leahy (2010) University College Cork Postgraduate Conference .

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2009

University College Cork Postgraduate Conference

Susan Leahy (2009) University College Cork Postgraduate Conference .

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2009

University College Dublin Annual Criminology Conference

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

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2008

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference

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

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2008

University College Cork Postgraduate Conference

Susan Leahy (2008) University College Cork Postgraduate Conference .

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2008

North-South Criminology Conference

Susan Leahy (2008) North-South Criminology Conference .

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2007

University College Dublin Institute of Criminology: Criminology Conference

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

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Conference Contributions

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Published Reports

2021

Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Training for Nurses and Midwives: National and International Evidence to Inform Future Training in Ireland.

Noonan, M., Doody, O., Atkinson S., Grealish, AM, Hennessey, T., Bradshaw, C., McCarthy, J., Dore, L., Leahy, S., Bannerman, M., McSherry, E., Coffey, A. (2021) Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Training for Nurses and Midwives: National and International Evidence to Inform Future Training in Ireland.. Limerick : University of Limerick and Health Service Executive.

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2021

'The Realities of Rape Trials in Ireland: Perspectives from Practice'

Leahy, S (2021) 'The Realities of Rape Trials in Ireland: Perspectives from Practice'. Dublin : Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

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2019

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

Leahy, S, Cusack, A, Kilcommins, S, Spain, E & Vaughan, E (2019) Analysis of Text for the Mid-term Review of the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2016-2021 . Dublin : Department of Justice

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2016

National or transnational projects to support victims of crime Justice Programme (JUST/2014/SPOB/AG/VICT): Draft National Report Ireland

Ryan, A; Leahy, S and Kilcommins, S (2016) National or transnational projects to support victims of crime Justice Programme (JUST/2014/SPOB/AG/VICT): Draft National Report Ireland. Greece : Greece :1-88

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Editorials

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 .

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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.

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

2021

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

Leahy, S (2021) 'Opinion: Justice delayed really is justice denied in rape trials', TheJournal.ie, 22 June 2021.

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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

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2019

The New Offence of Coercive Control: Opportunity and Challenge

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

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2019

'Proper training and resourcing key to safeguarding women'

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

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2018

'A Question of Consent'

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

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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

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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

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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 .

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2017

Privilege, Third Party Disclosure, and Mandatory Recording of Offences

Shane kilcommins, Susan Leahy, Andrea Ryan (2017) Privilege, Third Party Disclosure, and Mandatory Recording of Offences. Institute of Guidance Counsellors, AGM, Limerick, May 5th, 2017

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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'. Irish Independent Newspaper

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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'. Human Rights in Ireland Blog

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2014

'Law reform may change attitudes on sexual violence'

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

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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.

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2013

'Reform of Irish Sexual Offences Legislation'

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

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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'. Human Rights in Ireland Blog

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