Susan Leahy


 
researcher

Biography

Susan Leahy, BCL, LLM, PhD (UCC), is a lecturer in law at UL. Her PhD research was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Her thesis was entitled The Rules and Realities of Consent in Irish Sexual Offences Law: Perspectives on Reform and examined the rules relating to consent in Irish sexual offences legislation. She has published her research on sexual offences in both national and international journals including the Common Law World Review, the International Journal of Evidence and Proof, the Journal of Criminal Law, and the Child and Family Law Quarterly. She has co-authored, with Dr Margaret Fitzgerald-O’Reilly, a book entitled Sexual Offending in Ireland: Laws, Procedures and Punishment, (Clarus, 2018). Susan’s primary research interests lie in the area of criminal justice (with particular emphasis on sexual violence and victims of crime) and family law (specifically domestic abuse and marriage). Susan lectures in Criminology, Family Law, Child Law, and Media Law. She completed a specialist diploma in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship at UL in 2014. She is the director of the BA (Criminal Justice) and co-director of the Centre for Crime, Justice and Victim Studies (CCJVS).   

Books

  Year Publication
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. [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]
2017 Sports Law in Ireland.
Donnellan L, (with Leahy S) (2017) Sports Law in Ireland. Netherlands: (2nd edn, Kluwer 2017). [Details]
2014 Sports Law in Ireland.
Donnellan L, and Leahy S, (2014) Sports Law in Ireland. Netherlands: (Kluwer 2014). [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 '‘Recognition of Muslim Marriages Ceremonies in Ireland: An Analysis’'
Leahy, S and O'Sullivan, K (2019) '‘Recognition of Muslim Marriages Ceremonies in Ireland: An Analysis’' In: O'Sullivan, K (eds). Minority Religions under Irish Law: Islam in National and International Context. Leiden: Netherlands: Brill. [DOI] [Details]
2018 '‘Sexual Offences Law: the Impact of Gender Stereotypes on Adjudications of Consent in Rape Trials in Ireland’'
Leahy, S (2018) '‘Sexual Offences Law: the Impact of Gender Stereotypes on Adjudications of Consent in Rape Trials in Ireland’' In: Law and Gender in Modern Ireland: Critique and Reform. Oxford: Hart. [Details]
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. [Details]
2018 '‘Section 5 Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act 1990 (Ireland)’'
Leahy, S (2018) '‘Section 5 Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act 1990 (Ireland)’' In: 'Women's Legal Landmarks: Celebrating 100 Years of Women in Law in the UK and Ireland'. Oxford: Hart. [Details]
2016 '‘The Absence of Regulatory Crime from the Criminal Law Curriculum''
Kilcommins, S, Leahy, S and Spain, E (2016) '‘The Absence of Regulatory Crime from the Criminal Law Curriculum'' In: The Teaching of Criminal Law: The Pedagogical Imperatives. London: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 '‘Changing Conceptions of Marriage in Ireland: Law and Practice’'
Leahy, S and O'Sullivan, K (2018) '‘Changing Conceptions of Marriage in Ireland: Law and Practice’'. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 30 (3):279-300 [Details]
2017 ''The Domestic Violence Bill: A Good Start but Not Enough''
Leahy, S (2017) ''The Domestic Violence Bill: A Good Start but Not Enough''. Irish Journal Of Family Law, [Details]
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, 68 (4):519-538 [Details]
2017 ''Responding Effectively to Domestic Burglary: A Critique of the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Act 2015''
Kiely, T and Leahy, S (2017) ''Responding Effectively to Domestic Burglary: A Critique of the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Act 2015''. Irish Criminal Law Journal, [Details]
2017 '‘Exploring the impact of the Victims’ Directive on service provision for victims of crime in Ireland’'
Leahy, S and Spain, E (2017) '‘Exploring the impact of the Victims’ Directive on service provision for victims of crime in Ireland’'. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, [ULIR Link] [Details]
2016 '‘Too Much Information? Regulating Disclosure of Complainants’ Personal Records in Sexual Offence Trials’'
Leahy, S (2016) '‘Too Much Information? Regulating Disclosure of Complainants’ Personal Records in Sexual Offence Trials’'. Criminal Law Review, (4):229-244 [Details]
2014 ' ‘“No Means No” But Where’s the Force? Addressing the Challenges of Formally Recognising Non-Violent Sexual Coercion as a Serious Criminal Offence’'
Leahy, S (2014) ' ‘“No Means No” But Where’s the Force? Addressing the Challenges of Formally Recognising Non-Violent Sexual Coercion as a Serious Criminal Offence’'. Journal Of Criminal Law, 78 (4):309-325 [DOI] [Details]
2014 ''Book Review: Thomas O'Malley, Sexual Offences, 2nd ed''
Susan Leahy (2014) ''Book Review: Thomas O'Malley, Sexual Offences, 2nd ed''. Irish Jurist, 52 :174-176 [Details]
2014 ''Whether Rules or Discretion? Developing a Best Practice Model for Controlling the Admissibility of Sexual Experience Evidence in Sexual Offence Trials''
Susan Leahy (2014) ''Whether Rules or Discretion? Developing a Best Practice Model for Controlling the Admissibility of Sexual Experience Evidence in Sexual Offence Trials''. Irish Journal of Legal Studies, 4 (1):65-91 [ULIR Link] [Details]
2014 ''The corroboration warning in sexual offence trials: final vestige of the historic suspicion of sexual offence complainants or a necessary protection for defendants?''
Susan Leahy (2014) ''The corroboration warning in sexual offence trials: final vestige of the historic suspicion of sexual offence complainants or a necessary protection for defendants?''. The International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 18 (1):41-64 [DOI] [Details]
2014 ''Bad Laws or Bad Attitudes? Assessing the Impact of Societal Attitudes upon the Conviction Rate for Rape in Ireland''
Leahy, S (2014) ''Bad Laws or Bad Attitudes? Assessing the Impact of Societal Attitudes upon the Conviction Rate for Rape in Ireland''. Irish Journal Of Applied Social Studies, 14 (1):18-29 [ULIR Link] [Details]
2014 '‘Reform of Irish Rape Law: The Need for a Legislative Definition of Consent’'
Leahy, S (2014) '‘Reform of Irish Rape Law: The Need for a Legislative Definition of Consent’'. Common Law World Review, 43 (3):231-263 [DOI] [Details]
2014 ' 'Acknowledging the role of the Criminal Justice System in Combatting Domestic Violence: Assessing the Recent Law Reform Commission's Recommendations''
Leahy, S (2014) ' 'Acknowledging the role of the Criminal Justice System in Combatting Domestic Violence: Assessing the Recent Law Reform Commission's Recommendations''. Irish Journal Of Family Law, (1) [Details]
2013 ''Summing Up in Rape Trials: The Challenge of Guiding Effectively and without Prejudice''
Leahy, S. (2013) ''Summing Up in Rape Trials: The Challenge of Guiding Effectively and without Prejudice''. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 23 (4):102-107 [Details]
2013 'When Honest is not Good Enough: The Need for Reform of the Honest Belief Defence in Irish Rape Law'
Leahy, Susan (2013) 'When Honest is not Good Enough: The Need for Reform of the Honest Belief Defence in Irish Rape Law'. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 23 (1):2-10 [Details]
2012 'The Defendant's Right or a Bridge Too Far? Regulating Defence Access to Complainants' Counselling Records in Sexual Offence Cases Part 1''
Leahy, S (2012) 'The Defendant's Right or a Bridge Too Far? Regulating Defence Access to Complainants' Counselling Records in Sexual Offence Cases Part 1''. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 22 (1) [Details]
2012 'The Defendant's Right or a Bridge Too Far? Regulating Defence Access to Complainants' Counselling Records in Sexual Offence Cases Part 2'
Leahy, S (2012) 'The Defendant's Right or a Bridge Too Far? Regulating Defence Access to Complainants' Counselling Records in Sexual Offence Cases Part 2'. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 22 (2) [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2008 '‘In a Woman’s Voice: A Feminist Analysis of Irish Rape Law’'
Leahy, S (2008) '‘In a Woman’s Voice: A Feminist Analysis of Irish Rape Law’' Irish Law TImes, 26 . [Details]
2008 'Review of Sexual Assault and the Justice Gap: A Question of Attitude?'
Leahy, S (2008) 'Review of Sexual Assault and the Justice Gap: A Question of Attitude?' Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, 5 . [Details]
2008 '‘Hard Cases and Bad Law: An Overview of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006’'
Leahy, S (2008) '‘Hard Cases and Bad Law: An Overview of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006’' Irish Law Times, 26 . [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2016 Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Waterford, Ireland
O'Sullivan, K; Leahy, S (2016) ‘The Civil Registration Act 2004: Implications for Muslim Marriages’ Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Waterford, Ireland [Details]
2017 Minority Religions under Irish Law Symposium, University of Limerick, Ireland
O'Sullivan K; Leahy S (2017) ‘Recognition of Muslim Marriages Ceremonies in Ireland: An Analysis’ Minority Religions under Irish Law Symposium, University of Limerick, Ireland [Details]
2017 Unregistered Muslim Marriages – Regulations and Contestations Symposium
OSullivan, K; Leahy S (2017) ‘Muslim Marriage Recognition in Ireland: Theory and Practice?’ Unregistered Muslim Marriages – Regulations and Contestations Symposium De Monfort University, Leicester, England, [Details]
2017 Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations, De Montfort University, Leicester
Leahy, S and O'Sullivan, K (2017) 'Muslim Marriage Recognition in Ireland: Theory and Practice' Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations, De Montfort University, Leicester [Details]
2017 Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2017
Leahy, S (2017) 'Sexual Offences Law Reform in Ireland: The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017' Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2017 [Details]
2016 Institute of Guidance Counsellors National Conference 2016
Kilcommins, S, Ryan, A & Leahy, S (2016) 'Privilege, Mandatory Reporting of Offences, Third Party Disclosure' Institute of Guidance Counsellors National Conference 2016 [Details]
2016 Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference 2016
O'Sullivan, K and Leahy, S (2016) ''The Civil Registration Act 2004- Implications for Muslim Marriages' Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference 2016 [Details]
2016 Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference
O'Sullivan, K; Leahy, S (2016) ‘Muslim Marriage Recognition in Ireland: Unseen Challenges’ Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference University of Oxford, England, [Details]
2016 Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference
Leahy, S (2016) A Defendant’s Right or Information Overload? The Introduction of Complainants’ Personal Records in Sexual Offence Trials Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference [Details]
2015 Legal Practitioners' CPD Event, University of Limerick
Susan Leahy (2015)  ‘Some Thoughts on the Children and Relationships Act 2015: The Parental Perspective' Legal Practitioners' CPD Event, University of Limerick [Details]
2015 ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services 40th Anniversary National Conference, 'The Changing Face of Domestic Abuse'
Susan Leahy (2015) 'Legal Responses to Domestic Violence: A Lot Done but More to Do' ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services 40th Anniversary National Conference, 'The Changing Face of Domestic Abuse' [Details]
2015 'Victims' Rights: An Agenda for Change'
Susan Leahy (2015) “Sexual Offences Law Reform in the Shadow of the Victims’ Directive: Reflections on the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014” 'Victims' Rights: An Agenda for Change' [Details]
2014 Institute of Guidance Counsellors CPD Event
Shane Kilcommins, Andrea Ryan, Susan Leahy (2014) 'Privilege, Third Party Disclosure and Mandatory Reporting of Offences' Institute of Guidance Counsellors CPD Event [Details]
2014 Criminal Law Pedagogy Workshop
Shane Kilcommins, Eimear Spain, Susan Leahy (2014) 'Paradigmatic Criminal Law: Assumptions and Commitments' Criminal Law Pedagogy Workshop [Details]
2014 Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference
Margaret Fitzgerald-O'Reilly and Susan Leahy (2014) 'Reform of the Rules Relating to Bad Character Evidence in Rape Trials' Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference [Details]
2013 University of Limerick Student Law Society Conference: Women's Rights
Susan Leahy (2013) 'Reform of Irish Rape Law: Socio-Legal Perspectives' University of Limerick Student Law Society Conference: Women's Rights [Details]
2013 North-South Criminology Conference
Susan Leahy (2013) 'Summing Up in Rape Trials: The Challenge of Guiding Effectively without Prejudicing the Complainant or the Defendant' 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 North-South Criminology Conference
Susan Leahy (2012) ‘Protecting Complainants in Sexual Offence Trials: Reform of the Rules Regulating the Admissibility of Sexual Experience Evidence in Sexual Offence Trials’ North-South Criminology Conference [Details]
2010 University College Cork Postgraduate Conference
Susan Leahy (2010) ‘Avoiding the Dangers of Reactionary Law-Making in Sexual Offences Law Reform: Protecting the Rights of Complainants and Defendants’ University College Cork Postgraduate Conference [Details]
2010 North-South Criminology Conference
Susan Leahy (2010) ‘Reform of the Rules on Consent in Irish Sexual Offences Legislation’ North-South Criminology Conference [Details]
2009 University College Cork Postgraduate Conference
Susan Leahy (2009) ‘Beyond Balance: Achieving Fairness for Complainants and Defendants in Sexual Offences Legislation’ University College Cork Postgraduate Conference [Details]
2009 University College Dublin Annual Criminology Conference
Susan Leahy (2009) ‘Exploring the Law’s Approach to Intoxicated Consent to Sexual Activity’ University College Dublin Annual Criminology Conference [Details]
2008 Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference
Susan Leahy (2008) ‘A Consideration of the Impact of Societal Attitudes on the Operation of Sexual Offences Legislation’ Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference [Details]
2008 University College Cork Postgraduate Conference
Susan Leahy (2008) ‘Reflections on the Concept of Consent in Sexual Offences Legislation’ University College Cork Postgraduate Conference [Details]
2008 North-South Criminology Conference
Susan Leahy (2008) ‘In Search of Clarity: Suggestions for the Reform of the Law Surrounding Consent in Rape Law’ North-South Criminology Conference [Details]
2007 University College Dublin Institute of Criminology: Criminology Conference
Susan Leahy (2007) ‘A Feminist Analysis of the Irish Law on Rape’ University College Dublin Institute of Criminology: Criminology Conference [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2016 National or transnational projects to support victims of crime Justice Programme (JUST/2014/SPOB/AG/VICT): Draft National Report Ireland.
Ryan, A; Leahy, S and Kilcommins, S (2016) National or transnational projects to support victims of crime Justice Programme (JUST/2014/SPOB/AG/VICT): Draft National Report Ireland. Greece, Greece. [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2015 'The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014: A Step in the Right Direction but Not Far Enough'.
Susan Leahy (2015) 'The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014: A Step in the Right Direction but Not Far Enough'. Blog [Details]
2013 'Reform of Irish Sexual Offences Legislation'.
Susan Leahy (2013) 'Reform of Irish Sexual Offences Legislation'. Blog [Details]
2013 'LRC Report on Sexual Offences and Capacity to Consent: A Timely Assessment of a Complex Area'.
Susan Leahy (2013) 'LRC Report on Sexual Offences and Capacity to Consent: A Timely Assessment of a Complex Area'. Blog [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
2017 Privilege, Third Party Disclosure, and Mandatory Recording of Offences.
Shane kilcommins, Susan Leahy, Andrea Ryan (2017) Privilege, Third Party Disclosure, and Mandatory Recording of Offences. Institute of Guidance Counsellors, AGM, Limerick, May 5th, 2017: Conference Paper [ULIR Link] [Details]

Editorial

  Year Publication
2017 Special Edition of the Irish Criminal Law Journal.
Susan Leahy and Margaret Fitzgerald O'Reilly (2017) Special Edition of the Irish Criminal Law Journal. Editorial [Details]

Newspaper Articles

  Year Publication
2015 'Rape Law Needs To Be Based on A Clear Definition of Consent'.
Susan Leahy (2015) 'Rape Law Needs To Be Based on A Clear Definition of Consent'. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2014 'Law reform may change attitudes on sexual violence'.
Susan Leahy (2014) 'Law reform may change attitudes on sexual violence'. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Conference Presentation

  Year Publication
2016 The Civil Registration Act 2004 – Implications for Muslim Marriages.
O'Sullivan, K; Leahy, S (2016) The Civil Registration Act 2004 – Implications for Muslim Marriages. Waterford, Ireland: Conference Presentation [Details]

Teaching Interests

Susan teaches Child Law (LA4021), Media Law (LA4013 and LA5021), Family Law (LA4038), and Criminology (LA6052). She completed a specialist diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in 2014. Susan has a keen interest in legal pedagogy and has organised workshops on legal pedagogy involving national and international experts on law teaching in UL (2014 and 2016).  Susan has co-authored (with Professor Shane Kilcommins and Dr Eimear Spain) a chapter on criminal law pedagogy which was published in Gledhill & Livings (eds), The Teaching of Criminal Law: The pedagogical perspectives (Routledge, 2017).
Susan has supervised a number of Advanced Lawyering projects for 4th year Law Plus students. These projects have focused on family law issues (e.g.  the Child and Family Relationships Act 2015 and domestic abuse legislation) and victims' rights (e.g. rights of victims of sexual offences and of families of victims of homicide). Partners on these projects have included ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, OneinFour and Advic.   

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
Criminology LA4052
Media Law LA5021
Media Law LA4013
Child Law LA4021
Family Law LA4038