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Criminal Law Update

Date: Saturday, 26 June 2010


About the Conference

This conference will provide practitioners, academics, researchers and others with an interest in the criminal justice system with a review of recent important developments in criminal law and criminal procedure. The emphasis will be on giving participants a practical update on current themes and emerging trends based on analysis of recent cases and legislation. A panel of expert speakers will address relevant subjects including changes in the law relating to custodial questioning, issues around the introduction of the European arrest warrant, sentencing, and a range of other topical issues. The number of CPD Hours/Points for this conference will be 3 ¼.

The conference, organised by the School of Law, will take place in the Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin on Saturday, 26 June 2010.


Speakers and Chairpersons

IVANA BACIK LL.B., LL.M., (Lond), B.L., F.T.C.D., is Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin and a practising barrister. She is co-editor (with Michael O’Connell) of Crime and Poverty in Ireland (1998) and co-authored a study on gender in the legal professions (Bacik, Costello and Drew, Gender InJustice, 2003). She was Editor of the Irish Criminal Law Journal between 1997-2003. In 2004, she published a critique of the Irish legal system (Kicking and Screaming: Dragging Ireland into the Twenty-First Century). In 2007 she was elected to Seanad Éireann as an Independent Senator for Dublin University. 

PATRICIA BRAZIL LL.B., M. LITT, Barrister-at-Law is a Scholar and the Averil Deverell Lecturer-in-Law at Trinity College, Dublin.  She lectures in family law, child law and immigration law on the undergraduate degree programmes.  She is a practising barrister. 

DR. YVONNE DALY graduated from University College Cork with First Class Honours and went on to complete her doctoral studies at Trinity College Dublin. She was awarded a postgraduate scholarship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Science in order to undertake her doctoral studies and successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled “Assembly-Lines and Obstacle Courses: The Pre-Trial Process in Ireland” in 2008. Dr. Daly lectures in Criminal Law and the Law of Evidence at Dublin City University. She has published a number of articles on criminal justice and criminal procedure and continues to research in those areas with a particular interest in the pre-trial process. She is a National Rapporteur on Criminal Procedure to the International Academy of Comparative Law.

PROFESSOR JOHN JACKSON was appointed Dean and Professor of Criminal Law of UCD School of Law in October 2008, having been Professor of Public Law at Queen’s University Belfast since 1995. He holds a BA in law from the University of Durham (1976) and an LLM from the University of Wales (1980). He was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1977 and to the English Bar in 1985. From 1998-2000 he was an independent assessor on the Northern Ireland Criminal Justice Review established under the Belfast Agreement and he is a Life Sentence Review Commissioner in Northern Ireland. His books include Judge without Jury: Diplock Courts in the Adversary System (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995)(with Sean Doran), The Judicial Role in Criminal Proceedings (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2000) (co-edited with Sean Doran), Standards for Prosecutors: An Analysis of the United Kingdom National Prosecuting Agencies (Nijmegen: Wolf Publishers, 2006) (with Barry Hancock) and Crime, Evidence and Procedure in a Comparative and International Context (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2008) (co-edited with Maximo Langer and Peter Tillers). 

DR. LIZ HEFFERNAN is a Lecturer in Law and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.  She was awarded an LL.M. degree by Dalhousie University, and an LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees by the University of Chicago.  A former law clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Chicago, she has taught at Washington and Lee University, and at University College Dublin. A former joint editor of the Dublin University Law Journal, she is the co-author of Evidentiary Foundations: Irish Edition (2008), Scientific Evidence: Fingerprints and DNA (2006) and Evidence: Cases and Materials (2005). 

TOM O’MALLEY is a barrister and a Senior Lecturer in Law at NUI, Galway where he teaches Administrative Law, Evidence, Sentencing Law, and Criminal Procedure. His publications include Sentencing Law and Practice (2nd ed. 2006) and The Criminal Process (2009). He is currently working on a book entitled Principled Discretion: Towards a Coherent Sentencing System as well as a collection of cases and materials on sentencing. 

PAULINE WALLEY, LL.M., Comm. Law, Dip. Arb. Law, ACIS, is a Senior Counsel specialising in the area of criminal law. 

DR. DERMOT WALSH is professor of law and director of the Centre for Criminal Justice at the University of Limerick. He graduated in law from Queen’s University Belfast in 1980 and was called to the Bar in Northern Ireland in 1983. He was awarded a PhD by the National University of Ireland in 1993 for a thesis on police accountability. He has lectured in University College Cork, University of Ulster and the University of Limerick. He has been a visiting scholar to the University of San Diego and University of Oxford, and is a Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences. His primary research interests are: policing, criminal justice, juvenile justice, human rights and European criminal law. Major publications include: Human Rights and Policing in Ireland: Law, Policy and Practice (2009); Juvenile Justice (2005);  Criminal Procedure (2002); Bloody Sunday and the Rule of Law in Northern Ireland (2000); and The Irish Police: a legal and constitutional perspective (1998). 

DR. SHEILA WILLIS, B.Sc; Ph.D M.Sc. (mgt) FRSC, FICI, FFSSoc. has been Director of the Forensic Science Laboratory since 2002. Before that she held positions of Deputy Director and Head of Chemistry. She has worked in the laboratory since the very early days having joined with a number of the present senior staff in 1979. Thus her professional career has focused on how science can be used to investigate crime and assist the administration of Justice.

   The right to substitute and rearrange lectures is reserved




First Session: Chaired by Dr. Liz Heffernan


Dr. Yvonne Daly

Investigation and Trial: Recent Developments in Criminal Procedure


Prof John Jackson

International Developments on the Right to Confrontation


Dr. Sheila Willis

Forensic Science – Associated Risks?


Tea/Coffee Break

Second Session: Chaired by Trish Brazil BL


Professor Ivana Bacik

Recent Legislative Developments


Mr. Tom O'Malley BL

Judging Mandatory Sentences: Issues of Constitutionality and Rationality


Professor Dermot Walsh

Recent Developments in the European Arrest Warrant


Ms Pauline Walley SC

A Practitioner's Response


Questions and Discussion


If you would like further information on this course please contact:
Catherine Finnegan or Kelley McCabe, CPD Conference Programmes, School of Law, House 39, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2Telephone (01) 896 2367 / 2772; Fax (01) 677 0449; Email: lawevent at

Fees* €180 for 1; €320 for 2; €460 for 3; €575 for 4 and €675 for 5.
Reduced Rates: €115 for trainee solicitors, for Barristers of 5 years’ standing or less.
Members Rates**: Individuals:  €135   
Associates:  €85
Corporate Group Rates: €135 for 1; €240 for 2; €345 for 3; €430 for 4; €675 for 5.

CPD Hours/Points


3.25 hours/points Certificates of attendance will be forwarded after the conference.