Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly

Lecturer Below The Bar BCL LLM PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer in Law
T: +353 61 233493
E: margaret.fitzgerald-oreilly@ul.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Dr Margaret Fitzgerald-O’Reilly, BCL, LLM, PhD (UCC), is a lecturer at the School of Law at UL. Prior to her appointment in 2012, she lectured in the School of Law and Government at DCU. Margaret has an LLM in Criminal Justice and in 2012 was awarded her PhD entitled The Usual Suspects: The Legal Marginalisation of Ex-Prisoners in Irish Society; she was awarded a University President’s Scholarship to undertake this research. Her research interests are primarily in the field of criminology and criminal justice, in particular, issues pertaining to the treatment and management of offenders, social and legal exclusion, techniques of punishment, sentencing, and crime control policies. She has published and presented papers at national and international level and is a member of the Centre for Crime Justice and Victim Studies. 

Research Interests

Dr Margaret Fitzgerald-O’Reilly’s research interests are primarily in the field of criminal justice, criminology, and penology. Particular areas of interest include the treatment and management of offenders, social and legal exclusion, techniques of punishment, sentencing, and crime control policies.                      

Books

  Year Publication
2018 Uses and Consequences of a Criminal Conviction: Going on the Record of an Offender.
Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2018) Uses and Consequences of a Criminal Conviction: Going on the Record of an Offender. UK: Palgrave MacMillan UK. [Details]
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. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2020 Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
Leahy, Fitzgerald O'Reilly, O'Sullivan and Weare (Ed.). (2020) Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice UK: SAGE. [DOI] [Details]
2017 Irish Criminal Law Journal
Fitzgerald O'Reilly and Leahy (Ed.). (2017) Irish Criminal Law Journal Ireland: RoundHall. [DOI] [Details]
2013 Irish Criminal Law Journal
Leahy and Fitzgerald O'Reilly (Ed.). (2013) Irish Criminal Law Journal Dublin: Roundhall. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Information Pertaining to Released Sex Offenders: To disclose or not to disclose, that is the question'
Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2018) 'Information Pertaining to Released Sex Offenders: To disclose or not to disclose, that is the question'. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 57 (2):204-230 [Details]
2013 ''Post-Release Supervision of Sex Offenders’'
Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2013) ''Post-Release Supervision of Sex Offenders’'. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 23 (4) [DOI] [Details]
2011 ''Towards the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders: Analysing the Spent Convictions Bill 2011''
Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2011) ''Towards the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders: Analysing the Spent Convictions Bill 2011''. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 21 (4) [DOI] [Details]
2010 ''The Control Continuum: Analysing the Scope and Impact of Post-Release Measures for Offenders''
Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2010) ''The Control Continuum: Analysing the Scope and Impact of Post-Release Measures for Offenders''. Judicial Studies Institute Journal, (1) [DOI] [Details]
2010 ''The Role of Criminal Record in Sentencing and the Principle of Proportionality''
Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2010) ''The Role of Criminal Record in Sentencing and the Principle of Proportionality''. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 20 (3) [DOI] [Details]
2009 ''The Usual Suspects: Analysing the Use of Past Criminal Convictions in the Criminal Justice System''
Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2009) ''The Usual Suspects: Analysing the Use of Past Criminal Convictions in the Criminal Justice System''. [Details]
2017 'Book Review Graeme Brown, Criminal Sentencing as Practical Wisdom. Hart Publishing, Portland, Oregon, 2017'
Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2017) 'Book Review Graeme Brown, Criminal Sentencing as Practical Wisdom. Hart Publishing, Portland, Oregon, 2017'. Irish Jurist, [Details]
2014 'Opening Doors or Closing Them?: The Impact of Incarceration on the Education and Employability of Ex-Offenders in Ireland'
Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2014) 'Opening Doors or Closing Them?: The Impact of Incarceration on the Education and Employability of Ex-Offenders in Ireland'. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2011 'Registration of Convicted Offenders as a Growing Feature in Criminal Law'
Fitzgerald, M (2011) 'Registration of Convicted Offenders as a Growing Feature in Criminal Law' Criminal Law Online Service, . [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2018 Socio-Legal Studies Association
Leahy and Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2018) Exploring the Irish Legal System's Response to Women Who Sexually Abuse and Exploit Children . In: NA eds. Socio-Legal Studies Association Bristol, , 27-MAR-18 - 29-MAR-18 , pp.NA-NA [DOI] [Details]
2014 Socio-Legal Studies Association
Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2014) Reform of the Irish Rules Relating to Admissibility of Bad Character Evidence in Rape Trials Socio-Legal Studies Association [Details]
2017 The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference
Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2017) Reconsidering the Appropriate Use of Character Evidence in Rape Trials The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference [Details]
2013 North/South Criminology Conference
Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2013) To Disclose or not to Disclose: that is the question North/South Criminology Conference [Details]
2013 Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference
Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly and Susan Leahy (2013) 'Sentencing in Sexual Offence Cases in Ireland: Contemporary Challenges' Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference [Details]
2012 Interdisciplinary.Net: Experiencing Prison Conference 2012
Fitzgerald, M (2012) Assessing the Impact of Incarceration on the Employability of Ex-Prisoners Interdisciplinary.Net: Experiencing Prison Conference 2012 [Details]
2010 Fourth Annual Postgraduate Conference, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights UCC
Fitzgerald, M (2010) Equal Opportunity?: Assessing Access to Employment for Ex-Offenders Fourth Annual Postgraduate Conference, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights UCC [Details]
2009 Rethinking Law, Law Student Colloquium,Law School Trinity College Dublin
Fitzgerald, M (2009) The Usual Suspects Rethinking Law, Law Student Colloquium,Law School Trinity College Dublin [Details]
2009 Fifth Annual Criminology Conference, hosted by the Institute of Criminology UCD
Fitzgerald, M (2009) Law, Political Expediency and the Ex-Offender Fifth Annual Criminology Conference, hosted by the Institute of Criminology UCD [Details]
2009 The Limits of Law, Westminster Graduate Conference
Fitzgerald, M (2009) Analysing the use of Past Criminal Convictions in the Criminal Justice System The Limits of Law, Westminster Graduate Conference [Details]

Media

  Year Publication
2017 Seeking to track sex offenders poses human rights questions.
Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2017) Seeking to track sex offenders poses human rights questions. Media [Details]
2013 Disclosure of Information about Sex Offenders.
Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2013) Disclosure of Information about Sex Offenders. Media [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 Faculty Research Board Funding Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Limerick
2017 Teaching Funding AHSS
2007 Presidents Scholarship Award, UCC Office of Vice-President for Research, University College Cork

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development Member of Working Group /
European Society of Criminology Member /
Irish Penal Reform Trust Member /
Society of Legal Scholars Member /
Irish Association of Law Teachers Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Quality Assurance Board Member of the Accreditation Team 2019 / 2019
Ethics Commitee Member of the Research Ethics Committee 2012 / 2015

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests and experience in a number of areas, particularly in the field of  criminal law and criminal justice.

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2018 Human Rights Law Online LA4132
2018 Criminal Law 1 Online la4051
2018 Criminal Procedure Online LA4112Criminal Procedure
2017 Criminal Law 1 LA4211
2019 Criminal Law 2 Online LA4072
Spring 2015 Comparative Criminal Justice LA5172
Spring 2017 Criminal Procedure LA4032
Spring 2017 Human Rights LA4058
2013/2014 Principles of Law LA4901
2013/2014 Criminal Processes and Sentencing LA6111Postgraduate
Sem 2/2012 Criminal Procedure LA4032
Sem 2/2012/3 Company Law LA4918
Sem1/2012 Law of Torts 1 LA4310