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.

Peer Reviewed Journals

2020

Covid-19: Is it reasonable to ask retired doctors to return to 'duty'?

Colum Dunne and Eimear Spain (2020) Covid-19: Is it reasonable to ask retired doctors to return to 'duty'?. Bmj (Online)

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2019

Study of the Attitudes and Knowledge of Irish General Practitioners to their potential role in crisis pregnancy following repeal of the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution

Raymond O'Connor, Jane O'Doherty, M O'Mahony,Eimear Spain (2019) Study of the Attitudes and Knowledge of Irish General Practitioners to their potential role in crisis pregnancy following repeal of the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution. Bjgp Open

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2019

The psychiatric management of prisoners on hunger strike: developing a management algorithm using the Delphi technique

Gulati G., Kelly B., O Neill C,.O Connell P., Linehan S., Spain E., Meagher D., Dunne C. (2019) The psychiatric management of prisoners on hunger strike: developing a management algorithm using the Delphi technique. International Journal Of Prisoner Health

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2018

GSOC, the legislative process, and the privacy rights of citizens

Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain (2018) GSOC, the legislative process, and the privacy rights of citizens. Irish Criminal Law Journal :1-15

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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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2017

Social media and professional identity: Pitfalls and potential

Andrew O'Regan, W.H. Smithson and Eimear Spain (2017) Social media and professional identity: Pitfalls and potential. Medical teacher

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2017

Hunger strikes in prison: a legal perspective for psychiatrists

Gulati G, Whelan D, Spain E, Meagher D and Dunne CP (2017) Hunger strikes in prison: a legal perspective for psychiatrists. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine

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2015

‘Deaths in Prison Custody' Capstone Course: Engaging Final-Year Law Students In Service Learning and Public Value

Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain (2015) ‘Deaths in Prison Custody' Capstone Course: Engaging Final-Year Law Students In Service Learning and Public Value. Journal of Criminal Justice Education :1-14

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2014

Interpreting "Life" in the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013

Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain (2014) Interpreting "Life" in the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013. Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland :93-97

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2013

Love in Life and Death

Eimear Spain (2013) Love in Life and Death. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly

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2013

When is a Foetus not an Unborn? Fatal Foetal Abnormalities and Article 40.3.3

Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain, (2013) When is a Foetus not an Unborn? Fatal Foetal Abnormalities and Article 40.3.3. Irish Journal of Legal Studies

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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 (2013) Article 40.3.3 and the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: The Impetus for, and Process of, Legislative Change. Irish Journal of Legal Studies

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2008

Duress and Necessity in Ireland: Reform on the Horizon

Eimear Spain (2008) Duress and Necessity in Ireland: Reform on the Horizon. Irish Criminal Law Journal :70-76

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2006

Vo v France: Reasonable Settlement or Missed Opportunity?

Eimear Spain (2006) Vo v France: Reasonable Settlement or Missed Opportunity? . Irish Journal Of Family Law :16-20

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Books

2019

Core Statutes on Public and Human Rights Law 2019-2020

Rhona Smith, Eimear Spain and Richard Glancey (2019) Core Statutes on Public and Human Rights Law 2019-2020. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan

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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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2014

Constitutional and Administrative Law (Nutshells),

Richard Glancey, Eimear Spain and Rhona Smith (2014) Constitutional and Administrative Law (Nutshells), . London : Sweet & Maxwell

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2011

The Role of Emotions in Criminal Law Defences; Duress, Necessity and Lesser Evils

Eimear Spain (2011) The Role of Emotions in Criminal Law Defences; Duress, Necessity and Lesser Evils . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press

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Book Chapters

2019

Defining corporate, white–collar and regulatory crime: Offences, Defences and Procedure'

Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain (2019) Defining corporate, white–collar and regulatory crime: Offences, Defences and Procedure'. Dublin : Clarus White Collar Crime in Ireland.

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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

Regulatory Crime

Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain (2016) Regulatory Crime. Oxford : Oxford University Press Criminal Litigation

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2016

Engaging with Emotions in the Legal Profession

Eimear Spain and Timothy Ritchie (2016) Engaging with Emotions in the Legal Profession. Oxford : Hart The Emotional Dynamics of Law and Legal Discourse.

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2016

Criminal Law Pedagogy in Ireland: the absence of the emotive, the regulatory and the gendered

Shane Kilcommins, Susan Leahy and Eimear Spain (2016) Criminal Law Pedagogy in Ireland: the absence of the emotive, the regulatory and the gendered. London : Routledge Criminal Law Pedagogy

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2014

Regulatory Crime

Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain (2014) Regulatory Crime. Dublin : Law Society Criminal Litigation

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2012

Teaching Legal Writing Using the Web: Possibilities and Practicalities

Ronán Kennedy, Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain (2012) Teaching Legal Writing Using the Web: Possibilities and Practicalities . Limerick : NDLR Evaluating the Impact of Digital Resources in Higher Education

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2008

Pregnancy and Unwanted Third Party Interference: A Woman's Rights.

Eimear Spain (2008) Pregnancy and Unwanted Third Party Interference: A Woman's Rights. . Dublin : Liffey Press The Unborn Child, Art 40.3.3, and Abortion in Ireland: 25 Years of Protection? :113-129

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Edited Books

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Other Journals

2017

Pioneering Police Training

Eimear Spain, Lydia Bracken and Shane Kilcommins (2017) Pioneering Police Training. Garda Review :13-

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2015

Pioneering Police Training

Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain (2015) Pioneering Police Training. Garda Review :4-5

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2012

Miscarriages of Justice in Ireland; A University of Limerick Student Project

Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain (2012) Miscarriages of Justice in Ireland; A University of Limerick Student Project. Education :28-29

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Conference Publications

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Conference Contributions

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Published Reports

2016

Deaths in the Custody of the Irish Prison Service

Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain (2016) Deaths in the Custody of the Irish Prison Service . Limerick : IPS

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2014

Analysis of Text for the Final Review of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, 2010-2014

Eimear Spain, Sarah Gibbons and Shane Kilcommins (2014) Analysis of Text for the Final Review of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, 2010-2014. Dublin : Cosc

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Editorials

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Other Publications

2015

Clear and ambitious vision of Ireland's police training

Shane Kilcommins and Eimear Spain (2015) Clear and ambitious vision of Ireland's police training. Dublin Irish Times

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2013

Column: Assisted suicide not permitted, but we still must find a humane path

Eimear Spain (2013) Column: Assisted suicide not permitted, but we still must find a humane path. Thejournal.ie

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2013

Protection of Life in Pregnancy (Amendment) (Fatal Foetal Abnormalities) (No. 2) Bill 2013, Bill Number 122 of 2013

Fletcher, Schweppe, Spain (2013) Protection of Life in Pregnancy (Amendment) (Fatal Foetal Abnormalities) (No. 2) Bill 2013, Bill Number 122 of 2013. Dublin : The Stationary Office, Dublin

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2013

Protection of Life in Pregnancy (Amendment) (Fatal Foetal Abnormalities) (No. 2) Bill 2013, Bill Number 115 of 2013 tabled in Dáil Éireann, 21st November 2013

Fletcher, Schweppe, Spain (2013) Protection of Life in Pregnancy (Amendment) (Fatal Foetal Abnormalities) (No. 2) Bill 2013, Bill Number 115 of 2013 tabled in Dáil Éireann, 21st November 2013 . Dublin : The Stationary Office, Government Publicaitons.

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2013

Column: Families who assist their loved ones to die will continue to feel the full wrath of the law

Eimear Spain (2013) Column: Families who assist their loved ones to die will continue to feel the full wrath of the law .

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2013

Column: Legal clarity needed after Marie Fleming ‘right to die' verdict

Eimear Spain (2013) Column: Legal clarity needed after Marie Fleming ‘right to die' verdict. The Journal, 16th January 2013.

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2013

Analysis: Draft abortion law has gaps which require clarification

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

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