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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

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

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

2014

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

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

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'
In White Collar Crime in Ireland. ; Dublin : Clarus

2016

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

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
In Criminal Law Pedagogy; London : Routledge

2016

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

2016

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

2014

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

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
In Evaluating the Impact of Digital Resources in Higher Education ; Limerick : NDLR

2008

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

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'?
In Bmj (Online);

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
In Bjgp Open;

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
In International Journal Of Prisoner Health;
DOI: 10.1108/IJPH-06-2017-0030

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
In Irish Criminal Law Journal; pp. 1-15

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
In Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine;
DOI: doi:10.1017/ipm.2017.61
[ULIR]

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
In Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly; pp. 519-538

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
In Medical teacher;
DOI: DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1396308

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
In Journal of Criminal Justice Education; pp. 1-14

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
In Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland ; pp. 93-97

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
In Irish Journal of Legal Studies ;

2013

Love in Life and Death
Eimear Spain
(2013) Love in Life and Death
In 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,
(2013) When is a Foetus not an Unborn? Fatal Foetal Abnormalities and Article 40.3.3
In Irish Journal of Legal Studies ;

2008

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

2006

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

Other Journals

2017

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

2015

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

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
In Education; pp. 28-29

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

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

Newspaper Articless

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
In Irish Times; Dublin :

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

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
In The Journal, 16th January 2013.;

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
In TheJournal 1st May 2013;

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
In Thejournal.ie;