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Prof. Shane Kilcommins

BA MA PHD

Biography

Shane Kilcommins is a full professor in Law at the University of Limerick. His areas of expertise are criminal law, evidence law, criminal procedure, penology and legal philosophy. He has been head of the School of Law since 2014, and sits on other university reviews/committees such as Tenure Track Development Review, Executive Campus Infrastructural Committee (2018-), and the Research Rankings Sub Committee (2018). He is a Fulbright scholar, has been appointed an expert with European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. He has also worked as part of a team of inspectors for the Inspector of Prisons, and being invited by the then Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, to chair the Consultative Council to advise on issues relating to penal policy. He has also chaired the consultative forum on the Victims’ Charter, as part of its relaunch by the Minister for Justice and Equality in 2020, and acted as an expert adviser to Transparency International Ireland He has obtained €2,654,636 in competitive funding, and has supervised 17 Ph.D. students and 2 postdoctoral students to completion. He is an examiner for the Law Society of Ireland, and sits on the board of the Victims’ Rights Alliance. He has authored or edited 8 books with publishers such as Manchester University Press, Willan, Clarus Press and Routledge. He has also published reports and numerous articles in leading journals such as the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, International Journal of Evidence and Proof, International Review of Victimology, The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, European Journal of Criminology, and Criminology and Criminal Justice. In addition, he has contributed 25 chapters to edited books, and presented over 75 conference papers.

Research Interests

My research orientation is heavily focused on the interface that exists between criminal law, penology, and history. I am interested in tracing and examining ‘histories of the present’ of conceptual ideas and governing principles that shape our current penal and criminal complex. This necessarily involves a fusion of legal, historical and sociological thinking.

I have developed strong links with various organisations including the Fulbright Commission, An Garda Siochana, Criminal Assets Bureau, CEPOL, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Mental Health Commission, the Inspector of Prisons, the IPRT, ACJRD, ICCL, the National Disability Authority, the Victims of Crime Unit in the Department of Justice and Equality, and Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime.



Teaching Interests

I have undertaken a postgraduate certificate, diploma and MA in teaching and learning (2004-2007). My teaching has been recognised in the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 2005-2006 (€4,000), and I was a member of the University Teaching and Learning Committee at UCC (2012-2014).




Publications

Book

2018

The Victim in the Irish Criminal Process
S Kilcommins, S Leahy, K Moore Walsh and E Spain

2010

Criminal Law in Ireland: Cases and Commentary.
Liz Campbell, Shane Kilcommins and Catherine O'Sullivan,

Book Chapter

2019

Defining Corporate, White Collar and regulatory Crime: offences, defences and procedure
S Kilcommins and E Spain
White-Collar Crime in Ireland: Law and Policy

2017

‘Taxing Crime: a new power to control
Kilcommins, S and Friel R
The Palgrave Handbook of Criminal and Terrorism Financing Law (London: Palgrave 2017).

2016

Doctrinal Legal Method (Black Letterism): assumptions, commitments and shortcomings
shane Kilcommins
Legal Research Methods: principles and practicalities.

2016

‘The Absence of Regulatory Crime from the Criminal Law Curriculum'
Kilcommins, S, Leahy, S and Spain, E
The Teaching of Criminal Law: The Pedagogical Imperatives

2016

Regulatory Crime
Kilcommins, S and Spain, E
Criminal Litigation

2016

‘The Development of Victims Rights in Ireland’
S Kilcommins, S Leahy, and E Spain
Criminal Litigation

2015

Conclusion - integrative learning: a pathless path
Kilcommins, S et al
Integrative Learning: international research and practice

2015

Introduction - a revolutionary stirring in scholarship
kilcommins s, higgs b, cronin j, blackshields d, mccarthy, m
Integrative Learning: International Research and Practice

2015

Victims of Crime in Ireland
Kilcommins, S and Moffitt, Luke
Irish Handbook of Criminology

2015

Regulatory Crime
Kilcommins, S and Spain, E
Criminal Litigation (3rd ed)

2015

Victims Rights in Ireland
Kilcommins, Leahy, Spain
Criminal L:itigation

2015

Capstone Modules
Shane Kilcommins
Integrative Learning: International Research and Practice

2014

Vicitms of Crime with Disabilites in Ireland
Shane Kilcommins
Criminal Law and Practice Review

2011

Criminal Justice `Psychoactive Substances Act 2010,
Shane Kilcommins,
Irish Current Law Statutes Annotated

2011

Regulatory Crime
shane Kilcommins,
M Butler, ed, Criminal Litigation, 3rd ed

2011

Criminal Evidence
shane kilcommins,
J Schweppe and T Mohr, eds, IALT Collection of Essays (Dublin: Thomson, Round Hall)

2010

The Rise of the Regulatory State: a response to Colin Scott
S Kilcommins and B Vaughan,
Regulatory Wrongdoing in Ireland, (Dublin: First Law), pp. 82-108.

2010

The Use of Learning Journals in Legal Education as a means of fostering integrative learning through pedagogy and assessment
S Kilcommins,
Making Connections: strengthening and documenting intentional teaching for integrative learning¿ (Cork: Nairtl) , pp. 28-60

2010

Introduction, pp. 1-11
Shane Kilcommins and Ursula Kilkelly,
Regulatory Wrongdoing in Ireland (Dublin: First Law),

2009

The law of Evidence
Maura Butler,
Criminal Litigation, 2nd ed. (Oxford: OUP), pp. 33-63. (update)

2008

Irish Law
P Cane and J Conaghan,
The New Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford: OUP) ,pp 637-638

2004

Historical Jurisprudence
shane kilcommins,
Western Jurisprudence Sweet and Maxwell, Dublin 144-167

2003

Reconstructing the image of the Habitual Drunkard
Kilcommins, S,
Alcohol, society and Law London: Barry Rose Law Publishers pp. 60-103.

Conference Contribution

2018

Conference Publication

2016

Edited Book

2016


Aprendizaje Integrado: investigaciones internacionales y casos practicos

2015


Integrative Learning: International Research and Practice

2010


Regulatory Crime in Ireland

2003


Alcohol, Society and Law

Other Publication

2018

Victims and the Irish Criminal Process
S Kilcommins and A Cusack

2017
2004

Extending the Scope of Employment Equality Legislation: Comparative Perspectives on the Prohibited Grounds of Discrimination.
Kilcommins, Shane, McClean, Emma, McDonagh, Maeve, Mullally, Siobhán, Whelan, Darius,

2002

Peer Reviewed Journal

2018

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

2014

Victims of Crime with Disabilities: hidden casualites inthe vision of vicitm as Everyman
Shane Kilcommins and Mary Donnelly
International Review of Victimology DOI: 10.1177/0269758014537149

2013

Victims of Crime with Disabilities in Ireland: an invisible caste within an adversarial paradigm of justice
shane Kilcommins, Claire Edwards, Gill Harold
Irish Criminal Law Journalirish Criminal Law Journal

2011

where is our criminal justice system going
shane Kilcommins,
Irish Probation Journal Irish Probation Journal

2010

`The Governance of Crime and the Negotiation of Justice 10(1), 59-75.
shane kilcommins and Barry Vaughan,
Criminology and Criminal Justice

2009

Signature Pedagogies and Legal Education: some epistemological and pedagogical concerns with Langdellian case method
Kilcommins, S and Hyland A ,
Teaching In Higher Education Teaching In Higher Education

2007

The Importance of Safeguards on Revenue Powers
Kilcommins, S (with John Considine) ,
Irish Tax Review

2007

The Europeanization of Human Rights and National Cultures of Control
Kilcommins, S and Vaughan B ,
European Journal Of Criminology European Journal Of Criminology

2007

Moving Towards Control - Redefining Trial Procedure in Ireland
Kilcommins, S ,
Irish Probation Journal Irish Probation Journal

2006

The Importance of Safeguards on Revenue Powers
Kilcommins S and Considine J,
Irish Tax Reviewirish Tax Review

2005

Risk in Irish Society: moving to a crime control model of justice
Kilcommins, S ,
Irish Probation Journal Irish Probation Journal

2004

A Perpetual State of Emergency: Subverting the Rule of Law in Ireland
Kilcommins, S and Vaughan B (2004),
Cambrian Law Review Cambrian Law Review

2004

The crime complex hypothesis throughout the British Isles
S Kilcommins and B Vaughan,
Cambrian Law Reviewcambrian Law Review

2003

Wiping the Slate Clean: Rehabilitating Offenders and Protecting the Public
Kilcommins, S and O¿Donnell, I ,
Administration Administration

2000

Cultural Determinants and Penal Practices: an analysis of the introduction of community service orders
shane kilcommins,
The Mountbatten Journal Of Legal Studies The Mountbatten Journal Of Legal Studies

1998

Making Sense of the Cases on 'Materiality' and 'The Duty of Disclosure' in Irish Insurance Law
Kilcommins, S. with Lind, C,
International Journal Of Insurance Lawinternational Journal Of Insurance Law

1998

Making Sense of the Cases on `Materiality and The Duty of Disclosure in Irish Insurance Law.
shane kilcommins,
International Journal Of Insurance Lawinternational Journal Of Insurance Law

Published Report