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Ms Eimear Spain

Biography

Eimear Spain is a Senior Lecturer in Health Law in a joint appointment between the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences and the School of Law. Eimear graduated with a BA in Law and Accounting and was awarded the University Medal for first place in interdisciplinary programmes upon graduation. Upon commencing her PhD she was awarded a University Scholarship and a Government of Ireland Scholarship by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences which she held for three years. Following completion of her PhD, Eimear took up a position as a Research Coordinator in Macquarie University in Sydney. She was subsequently appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the University of Northumbria in England before returning to take up a lecturing position in the School of Law in 2010. In 2015 she was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Health Law.

Research Interests


Eimear’s research interests lie in health, criminal, constitutional and intellectual property law. One of her key interest areas is in the field of law and emotions which draws on disciplines such as neuroscience and psychology. She has published numerous books, book chapters and articles in the areas of health, criminal, constitutional and administrative law both nationally and internationally, including a monograph entitled ‘The Role of Emotions in Criminal Law Defences; Duress, Necessity and Lesser Evils’ with Cambridge University Press. Eimear has a strong track record in attracting funding from external agencies and has worked with important stakeholders including Cosc, The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, the Department of Justice, An Garda Síochána, the Irish Prison Service and the Inspector of Prisons. Much of her research is interdisplinary in nature and she has secured grant funding with colleagues in obstetrics, midwifery, educational psychology and social psychology.  She is a founding member and co-director of the Centre for the Understanding of Emotions in Society in the University of Limerick. Eimear is the School of Law liaison with An Garda Síochána.

Publications

Book

2018

Core Statutes on Public and Human Rights Law 2018-2019
Rhona Smith, Eimear Spain and Richard Glancey

2014

Constitutional and Administrative Law (Nutshells),
Richard Glancey, Eimear Spain and Rhona Smith

Book Chapter

2018

Defining corporate, white–collar and regulatory crime: Offences, Defences and Procedure’
Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain
White Collar Crime in Ireland.

2016

Criminal Law Pedagogy in Ireland: the absence of the emotive, the regulatory and the gendered
Shane Kilcommins, Susan Leahy and Eimear Spain
Criminal Law Pedagogy

2016

Regulatory Crime
Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain
Criminal Litigation

2016

Engaging with Emotions in the Legal Profession
Eimear Spain and Timothy Ritchie
The Emotional Dynamics of Law and Legal Discourse.

2014

Regulatory Crime
Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain
Criminal Litigation

2012

Teaching Legal Writing Using the Web: Possibilities and Practicalities
Ronán Kennedy, Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain
Evaluating the Impact of Digital Resources in Higher Education

2008

Pregnancy and Unwanted Third Party Interference: A Woman's Rights.
Eimear Spain
The Unborn Child, Art 40.3.3, and Abortion in Ireland: 25 Years of Protection?

Other Journal

2017

Pioneering Police Training
Eimear Spain, Lydia Bracken and Shane Kilcommins
Garda Review

2015

Pioneering Police Training
Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain
Garda Review

2012

Other Publication

2015

Clear and ambitious vision of Ireland’s police training
Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain
Irish Times

2013

Analysis: Draft abortion law has gaps which require clarification
Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain
TheJournal 1st May 2013

2013

Peer Reviewed Journal

2018

GSOC, the legislative process, and the privacy rights of citizens
Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain
Irish Criminal Law Journal

2017

Hunger strikes in prison: a legal perspective for psychiatrists
Gulati G, Whelan D, Spain E, Meagher D and Dunne CP
Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine DOI: doi:10.1017/ipm.2017.61

2017

Social media and professional identity: Pitfalls and potential
Andrew O’Regan, W.H. Smithson and Eimear Spain
Medical teacher DOI: DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1396308

2015
2014

Interpreting "Life" in the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013
Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland

2013

Love in Life and Death
Eimear Spain
Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly

2013

When is a Foetus not an Unborn? Fatal Foetal Abnormalities and Article 40.3.3
Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain,
Irish Journal of Legal Studies

2013

Article 40.3.3 and the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: The Impetus for, and Process of, Legislative Change
Catherine O’Sullivan, Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain
Irish Journal of Legal Studies

2008

Duress and Necessity in Ireland: Reform on the Horizon
Eimear Spain
Irish Criminal Law Journal

2006

Vo v France: Reasonable Settlement or Missed Opportunity?
Eimear Spain
Irish Journal Of Family Law

Published Report

2016

Deaths in the Custody of the Irish Prison Service
Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain