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Criminal Law Update: School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Criminal Law Update

Date: Saturday, 19th November 2011

Venue: Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

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, legislation and proposals for reform. A panel of expert speakers will address relevant subjects including access to pre-trial legal advice, expert evidence, sentencing and procedural developments at a European level.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.


9:00 am
First Session Chair: Professor Ivana Bacik BL


Dr. Liz Heffernan and Dr. Sheila Willis

Developments in Expert Evidence


Ms Una Ni Raifeartaigh SC

The Interviewing of Suspects in Garda Custody: A Changing Landscape


Dr. Paul Anthony McDermott BL

What Recent Drink Driving Cases Reveal About the State of Irish Criminal Law
11:10 Tea/Coffee Break
Second Session Chair: Mr. James MacGuill


Mr. Tom O'Malley BL

Remedial Sentencing: Adjusting Penalties to Reflect Human Rights Violations


Professor Dermot Walsh

The Emerging EU Criminal Process
12:30 Panel Discussion
1:00 Conference Ends

The right to substitute and rearrange lecture(rs)s is reserved.

Speakers and Chairs

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). She is currently on unpaid leave from Trinity, and since 2007 has been a Senator for Dublin University.

Dr. Liz Heffernan LL.B., LL.M. J.S.D., is an Associate Professor and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. 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. Her publications include Legal Professional Privilege (2011) and Scientific Evidence: Fingerprints and DNA (2006).

Paul Anthony McDermott BCL, LLM, Barrister-at-Law, PhD. is a practising barrister and lecturer in Criminal and Civil Procedure at University College Dublin. He has published widely in the area of Criminal Law and is editor of the Irish Criminal Law Journal.

James MacGuill is Partner in the firm of MacGuill & Company and former President of the Law Society of Ireland.

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.

Una Ní Raifeartaigh SC has been a practising barrister since 1993. Her areas of specialisation include criminal law. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on Garda Interviewing of Suspects as well as a Committee Member of the Criminal Bar Association.

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. 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 or rearrange lecture(r)s is reserved.

Reservations and Fees


€150 per person

Group Rates**: €270 for 2; €380 for 3; €480 for 4 and €560 for 5

Reduced Rates***:


Members Rates****:

€110 – Individuals;

€75 – Associates.

Corporate Group Rates: €200 for 2; €285 for 3; €360 for 4 and €560 for 5.


All Cheques should be made payable to TCD No. 1 Account and returned to the address below


Please complete the booking form and return to:

CPD Conference Programmes, School of Law,
House 39, Trinity College, Dublin 2

or email/fax the form to the address/number below. Payment can follow in due course or upon receipt of invoice.

Contacts: Conference Reservations: Telephone Catherine or Kelley at +353 1 896 2367 / +353 1 896 2772;
Fax Number: (01) 677 0449; Email:

* includes conference materials and tea/coffee break

**the group rate applies if you would like to attend both Criminal and Torts conferences.

*** for barristers of five years standing or less and trainee solicitors.

**** for members of the TCD CPD Conference Programme.

CPD Hours/Points

3 hours 10 mins