Mary Rogan
Associate Professor in Law, Law

Biography

Professor Mary Rogan's research interests include prison law, human rights and imprisonment, and penal policymaking. Professor Rogan received a first class honours degree in Law from Trinity College Dublin in 2003 before going on to obtain a BCL from the University of Oxford. Professor Rogan received her PhD at Trinity College Dublin for her work on the penal policymaking process. She is a barrister with expertise in prison law, receiving the degree of Barrister-at-Law from the Honorable Society of King's Inns with distinction. Prof. Rogan also holds a MA in Higher Education from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics from Trinity College Dublin. Professor Rogan was awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant worth €1.5million in 2015 for a project entitled 'Prisons: the rule of law, accountability and rights'. This work brings together, for the first time, the disciplines of public law and the sociology of punishment to examine inspection, oversight and accountability in prison systems in the United States and Europe. Professor Rogan has also received funding from the European Commission and Irish Research Council for cross-jurisdictional projects on imprisonment, and pre-trial detention, and for work on law and social change. She is currently leading research on bail and pre-trial detention in Ireland as part of research examining seven European Union countries, and a further project examining leadership in penal change in the United States and Europe. She has also provided research consultancy to the Council of Europe on projects concerning the inspection of prisons in Ukraine and FYRO Macedonia. Professor Rogan teaches modules in Penology and the Prison System at Trinity College Dublin and is the coordinator of the Undergraduate Dissertation Programme at the School of Law. She has pioneered community-based learning methods in legal education, having introduced the first community-based learning module partnering with nongovernmental organisations on penal policy, and supervised the first Employment-Based PhD student researching penal policy to work with a nongovernmental organisation. Professor Rogan is committed to using research to improve penal policy and the policymaking process. She was appointed by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D. to chair an Implementation and Oversight Group on reforms to penal policy in 2015. She is also a member of the Central Statistics Office's Expert Group on Crime Statistics. Professor Rogan is a representative of Ireland on the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation, a body with advisory status to the United Nations. Professor Rogan is a member of the Board of the Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders, the Victims' Rights Alliance, and is a former Chairperson of the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Mary Rogan, Human rights and correctional healthcare: a view from Europe, International Journal of Prisoner Health, 13, (1), 2017, p1-7 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text URL

International human rights law and high risk offenders in, editor(s)Faye S. Taxman , Handbook on Risk and Need Assessment: Theory and Practice , New York, Routledge, 2017, pp447 - 464, [Mary Rogan] Book Chapter, 2017

Women in Prison and Ireland in, editor(s)Piet Hein van Kempen Maartje Krabbe , Women in Prison: The Bangkok Rules and Beyond , Intersentia, 2017, pp479 - 512, [Mary Rogan and Michael Reilly] Book Chapter, 2017

Reintegration of high-risk offenders - closing remarks on human rights issues in, editor(s)Frieder Duenkel Joerg Jesse Ineke Pruin Moritz von der Wense , European Treatment, Transition Management and Re-integration of High Risk Offenders, Forum Verlag Godesberg, 2016, pp239 - 243, [Mary Rogan] Book Chapter, 2016

David Perry and Mary Rogan , Pre-trial detention as a measure of last resort: first national report on Ireland, Dublin , 2016 Report, 2016 TARA - Full Text URL

The policymaking process and penal change in, editor(s)Deirdre Healy, Claire Hamilton, Yvonne Daly, Michelle Butler , The Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology, Routledge, 2016, pp434 - 449, [Mary Rogan ] Book Chapter, 2016

Community-based research in, editor(s)Laura Cahilliane Jennifer Schweppe , Legal Research Methods Principles and Practicalities, Dublin , Clarus Press, 2016, pp89 - 106, [Mary Rogan] Book Chapter, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Mary Rogan Ivana Bacik, Legal Cases that Changed Ireland, Dublin , Clarus Press, 2016, 1-131pp Book, 2016

Mary Rogan, The European Court of Human Rights, Gross Disproportionality and Long Prison Sentences, Public Law, 1, 2015, p22 - 39 Journal Article, 2015

Mary Rogan, Prison Law, 1st, Bloomsbury Professional, 2014, 1 - 462pp Book, 2014 URL

Mary Rogan , 'Out of balance: disproportionality in sentencing ', Penal Reform International , 2014, - Broadcast, 2014 URL

The Penal System in Ireland: Pragmatism, Neglect and the Effects of Austerity in, editor(s)Vincenzo Ruggiero Mick Ryan , Penal Systems in Europe: A Critical Anatomy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp86 - 110, [Mary Rogan ] Book Chapter, 2014

Mary Rogan , Driving penal reform, 2014 Working Paper, 2014 URL

Mary Rogan, Prisoners' rights and the separation of powers: comparing approaches in Ireland, Scotland and England and Wales, Public Law, July, 2013, p415 - 425 Journal Article, 2013

Mary Rogan, 'Other status' and the rights of prisoners under Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, European Human Rights Law Review , 6, 2013, p605 - 615 Journal Article, 2013

Mary Rogan, Prison policy in times of austerity: reflections from Ireland, Prison Service Journal, May, 2013, p9 - 15 Journal Article, 2013

Mary Rogan, Improving Criminal Justice Data and Policy, Economic and Social Review, 43, (2), 2012, p303 - 323 Journal Article, 2012

Mary Rogan, Brown, Governor of California v. Plata et al, Modern Law Review, 2012, p261 - 274 Journal Article, 2012

Mary Rogan, Book Review: O'Sullivan, E. & O'Donnell, I. Coercive Confinement in Ireland: Patients, Prisoners and Penitents, Review of Coercive Confinement in Ireland: Patients, Prisoners and Penitents, by E. O'Sullivan, I. O'Donnell , Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 14, (1), 2012, p74-76 Review, 2012

Mary Rogan , Rehabilitation, Research and Reform: Prison Policy in Ireland , Irish Probation Journal, 9, 2012, p6 - 32 Journal Article, 2012

Mary Rogan, Dealing with overcrowding in prisons: contrasting judicial approaches from the USA and Ireland, Irish Jurist, 47, 2012, p195- Journal Article, 2012

Mary Rogan, Prison Policy in Ireland: Politics, Penal-Welfarism and Political Imprisonment, 1st, Abingdon, Routledge, 2011, 1 - 246pp Book, 2011 URL

Mary Rogan, B. Crewe, The Prisoner Society: Power, Adaptation and Social Life in an English Prison, Review of The Prisoner Society: Power, Adaptation and Social Life in an English Prison, by B. Crew , International Criminal Justice Review, 21, (1), 2011, p81-83 Review, 2011

Mary Rogan, Yes (or no) Minister: the role of the Minister-senior civil servant dyad in the formation of prison policy in Ireland, Prison Journal, 91, (1), 2011, p32 - 56 Journal Article, 2011

Mary Rogan, Day et al, Transitions to Better Lives, 2011, - Miscellaneous, 2011

Mary Rogan, The innocence rights of sentenced offenders, Irish Journal of Legal Studies, 2, 2011, p55 - 62 Journal Article, 2011

Rogan, Mary, Crewe, The Prisoner Society: Power, Adaptation and Social Life in an English Prison, 2010, - Miscellaneous, 2010

Mary Rogan, Charles Haughey, the Department of Justice and Irish Prison Policy during the 1960s, Administration, 57, (3), 2010, p65 - 86 Journal Article, 2010

Mary Rogan, Tonry, Thinking about Punishment, 2010, - Miscellaneous, 2010

Mary Rogan, Tonry, Thinking about Punishment, Review of Thinking about Punishment: Penal Policy across Time, Discipline, by M. Tonry , International Criminal Law Review, 10, (5), 2010, p870-972 Review, 2010

Mary Rogan, Extending the reach of the state into the post-sentence period: section 26 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007, Dublin University Law Journal, 15, (1), 2009, p214- Journal Article, 2009

Mary Rogan, Visiting committees and accountability in the Irish prison system: some proposals for reform, Dublin University Law Journal, 31, 2009, p298 - 323 Journal Article, 2009

Mary Rogan, Prison policy in Ireland: an historical overview, Prison Service Journal, 186, 2009, p3-13- Journal Article, 2009

Mary Rogan, The Prison Rules 1947: Political Imprisonment, Politics and Legislative Change in Ireland, Irish Jurist, 43, 2008, p89- Journal Article, 2008

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Mary Rogan , Landmarks in Irish penal history, Parnell Summer School, Avondale, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, August , 2017 Invited Talk, 2017

Mary Rogan, Sarah Curristan, Ray O'Keefe, Sophie van der Valk , Submission on the Proposed Inspectorate for Places of Detention , May, 2017 Report, 2017

Mary Rogan , Overuse of imprisonment and minimising prisonisation, International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation Colloquium , Helsinki, Finland, 2016 Invited Talk, 2016

Lynsey Black and Mary Rogan , The Inspector of Prisons' reports into deaths in custody, the National Steering Committee on Deaths in Custody, 2016 Invited Talk, 2016

Mary Rogan , Internal Prison Inspection: Human Rights standards and examples of practice in Europe, 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016

Mary Rogan , 'The Syrian who did us all some service by suing the State" ', The Irish Times , 2016, - Broadcast, 2016 URL

Ivana Bacik Mary Rogan , Briefing Paper on the findings of 'Changing Ireland, Changing Law , 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016

Mary Rogan , Current issues in the Irish Prison System, Waterford Institute of Technology, 2016 Invited Talk, 2016

Mary Rogan , Prison inspection: international human rights standards, Skopje, FYRO Macedonia, 2016, Council of Europe Invited Talk, 2016

Mary Rogan, Penal policy: politics, penal-welfarism and political imprisonment , Pitzer College, California/United States of America., 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Mary Rogan , Parenting and prisons: a human rights perspective, Conference on prison education and re-entry, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Mary Rogan , 'La renición de cuentas en nuestras prisones', Justicia+, El Institutio de Justicia Procesal Penal, Mexico, 2015, - Broadcast, 2015 URL

Mary Rogan, Legal issues and solitary confinement: the Irish perspective , American Society of Criminology Conference, Roundtable Sessions, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Mary Rogan, Prison inspection: purpose and principles, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2015, Council of Europe Invited Talk, 2015

Mary Rogan, Prisons and accountability: the role of rights' protection , Human Rights Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Mary Rogan, Prison Law: remission and visits , Dublin City University/Ireland, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Mary Rogan, Release and visits , Criminal Law Forum of practitioners and academics , King's Inns, Dublin, Ireland, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Mary Rogan , Remission of sentences, Constitutional Law: An Update, University College Dublin , 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Mary Rogan , How Ireland might ratify OPCAT, Conference on Securing Accountability , Dublin, Ireland, 2015, Irish Penal Reform Trust Invited Talk, 2015

Mary Rogan, Prisons and the law, National University of Ireland/Maynooth. , 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Mary Rogan , '"Pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood in prison', Pregnancy Research Network , 2014, - Broadcast, 2014 URL

Mary Rogan , Models of penal reform, US-European Criminal Justice Innovation Programme, 2014, University of California, San Francisco, Prison Law Office Invited Talk, 2014

Mary Rogan, The role of the courts in Ireland; Improving conditions related to detention, European Rights Academy, Council of Europe, Strasbourg , 2014 Invited Talk, 2014

Mary Rogan, Book Review: O'Sullivan, E. & O'Donnell, E. (2012). Coercive Confinement in Ireland. Patients, Prisoners and Penitents, 2014, - Miscellaneous, 2014

Mary Rogan, 'What happens when a pregnant woman or nursing mother gets sent to jail', thejournal.ie, 2014, - Broadcast, 2014 URL

Mary Rogan, Prison Policy in Ireland, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin/Ireland, 2014 Invited Talk, 2014

Mary Rogan, Understanding penal change: north and south , Irish Criminology Conference, University College Dublin/Ireland, 2014 Invited Talk, 2014

Mary Rogan, The European Convention on Human Rights and the treatment and transition management of high risk offenders , Justice Cooperation Network, Warnemuende/Germany, 2014 Invited Talk, 2014

Mary Rogan, The Rule of Law and Access to Justice in Prisons, Burren Law School, Burren/Ireland, 2014 Invited Talk, 2014

Mary Rogan, Driving penal reform, Scottish Association for the Study of Offending, Dunblane/Scotland, 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

Mary Rogan, Rehabilitation, research and reform: Prison policy in Ireland, Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture, Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development, Dublin/Ireland, 2012 Invited Talk, 2012

Mary Rogan, Accountability Structures and the Law Regulating Irish Prisons , Dublin , Irish Penal Reform Trust , June, 2012, 1-29 Report, 2012

Mary Rogan, Prison Conditions Under Irish Law and the European Convention on Human Rights , Dublin , 2012, 1-27 Report, 2012 URL

Rogan, Mary, Deaths in Prison Custody: Information for Families and Others Affected, Dublin , Irish Penal Reform Trust, June, 2012, 1-28 Report, 2012 URL

Mary Rogan, Taking Prison Law Cases: A Practical Approach, Dublin , 2012, 1-11 Report, 2012 URL

Mary Rogan, Day et al, Transitions to Better Lives, Review of Transitions to Better Lives: Offender Readiness and Rehabilitation, by A. Day, S. Casey, T. Ward, K. Howells, J. Vess , International Criminal Justice Review, 21, (2), 2011, p174-176 Review, 2011

Mary Rogan, The Determinants of Penal Policy in Ireland, Society for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, Chambery/France, 2011 Invited Talk, 2011

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • Prisons: the rule of law, accountability and rights
  • Summary
    • This project aims: 1. To find out whether 'accountability' is a distinctive norm of the European legal system, and what European prison law and policy requires regarding the oversight and monitoring of prisons; 2. To find out how accountability is experienced by prisoners, prison staff and staff of bodies such as Ombudsmen, inspectors, and bodies which deal with complaints; 3. To create a typology of accountability bodies in European prison systems, and examine the relationship between the presence of such bodies and other indicators of prison regimes. Dr. Rogan will lead a team of three postdoctoral researchers, two PhD students, an MPhil student and a research assistant to carry out the work.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Research Council
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Date To
    • 2021
  • Title
    • Towards pre-trial detention as ultima ratio?
  • Summary
    • This project examines the use of pre-trial detention and alternatives to such detention across Europe. It involves work in Ireland, Romania, Austria, Germany, Lithuania and the Netherlands. It will analyse pre-trial detention practices, with a particular focus on decisions which have a cross-border element,
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission DG Justice
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Date To
    • end 2017
  • Title
    • Leadership, culture and managing prisons: knowledge exchange between the USA and Europe
  • Summary
    • LEADERS will build a global network of innovative prison leaders engaged in progressive reforms to prison systems, the NGO partner, the Irish Penal Reform Trust, and the academic and NGO sectors in Ireland and the USA. LEADERS provides masterclasses and opportunities for reflection by prison leaders in selected US states and European countries. Participants will be invited to take part in research examining the challenges faced by prison leaders. LEADERS fulfils a core aim of the NGO partner - to support prison leadership to implement policy change.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council
  • Date From
    • 01/01/17
  • Date To
    • 30/09/17
  • Title
    • An analysis of reports by the Inspector of Prisons into Deaths in Custody
  • Summary
    • This research provided a thematic analysis of sixty reports produced by the Inspector of Prisons into deaths in custody. It also provided a legal analysis of the human rights principles which should apply in the case of deaths in custody, and investigations into those deaths.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Prison Service
  • Date From
    • June 2016
  • Date To
    • November 2016

Keywords

Prison

Recognition

Representations

Appointed by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality as Chairperson of the Implementation and Oversight Group for the Report of the Strategic Review Group on Penal Policy 2015 -

Appointed by the Central Statistics Office to the Expert Group on Crime Statistics 2015 -

Appointed by the Minister for Justice and Equality to the Working Group conducting a Strategic Review of Penal Policy in Ireland 2014

Chairperson, Irish Penal Reform Trust (foremost NGO on penal affairs in Ireland) 2010 - 2014

Elected to the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation in respect of Ireland: advisory body to the United Nations 2013 -

Board member, Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders 2010-

Member of the interim Board of the Victims' Rights Alliance 2016 -

Chairperson, Advisory Board, Prisoner Support Network (Pathways Project and Care After Prison) 2015

Invited research collaborator, Confederation of European Probation 2017 -

External Examiner, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University/Ireland: LLB (Law and Society) and LLM programmes 2015 -

External Examiner, Criminal Justice, Waterford Institute of Technology/Ireland 2015 -

Reviewer, Palgrave Macmillan 2014 -

Reviewer, University of Monash Law Review 2014 -

Reviewer, Routledge 2012 -

External Examiner, Sligo Institute of Technology, (Higher Certificate in Custodial Care, Law programmes) 2010 - 2014

External Examiner, Letterkenny Institute of Technology (Law) 2009 - 2012

Academic Advisor, Trinity College Law Review 2006 -

Organiser of a public event on 'Changing Ireland, Changing Law' selected for inclusion in PROBE: Research Uncovered event at Trinity College Dublin/Ireland 2016

Presented to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on research into public interest law and strategic litigation 2015

Invited contributor, Prison Health and Policy Workshop, organised by Dr. Catherine Cox, UCD and Prof Hilary Marland, University of Warwick, funded by the Wellcome Trust 2017

Presentation on "The impact of ERC funding", European Research Council Day, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin/Ireland 2016

Chair of roundtable on parole reform, organised by the Irish Penal Reform Trust, Dublin/Ireland 2016

Invited participant in "Public Criminology" session, Waterford Institute of Technology Autumn Criminology School, Blackwater Castle/Ireland 2016

Honorary Lifetime Member, Irish Penal Reform Trust 2014 -

Awards and Honours

British Institute of International and Comparative Law Visiting Fellowship 2014

Teaching Excellence Award/Dublin Institute of Technology 2012

James Murnaghan Memorial Prize/Honorable Society of King's Inns 2010

Simms' prize for best performance in BCL examination in Crime, Justice and the Penal System/University of Oxford 2004

Trinity College Postgraduate Studentship/Trinity College Dublin 2004-2007

Graduate Bursary/University of Oxford 2004

Selected by Trinity College Dublin to participate in the LFHE Aurora programme 2016-2017

Réalt Scholarship/Dublin Institute of Technology 2008-2010

Memberships

Barrister-at-Law 2011

Director, Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders 2012

Chairperson, Irish Penal Reform Trust 2010 – 2014

Member, Division on Corrections and Sentencing, American Society of Criminology 2012 – 2017

Member, Irish Women Lawyers' Association 2015

Member of the interim Board, Victims' Rights Alliance 2016

Member of the Irish Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development 2015

Convenor, 'Cultural and Legal Lives of Incarceration' Network, Law and Society Association 2011 – 2013

Member of the International Society for Public Law 2017