Major Criminology Conference in Sutherland School of Law

UCD Sutherland School of Law was delighted to welcome over 160 delegates to the 11th North South Criminology Conference in early September 2018.  Organised by Dr Deirdre Healy, Associate Professor in Sutherland School of Law and Director of the UCDCentre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, the theme of the conference was ‘New Frontiers in Criminology.

Over one hundred speakers presented papers or chaired panels at the two day conference which included three keynote speeches, twenty four parallel panels, a symposium on the Death Penalty and a wine reception for the launch of Professor Ian O’Donnell’s latest book.  The conference was opened by Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact. Professor Feely was followed by a Keynote speech from Professor Eamonn Carrabine of the University of Essex.  The theme of his speech was ‘Traces of Violence: Representing the Atrocities of War’.  The subject of the keynote speech on the second days was ‘Seeing, Hearing and Challenging Pervasive Punishment’ delivered by Fergus McNeill of the University of Glasgow.  His presentation was accompanied by Louis Abbott of Vox Liminus, a community that explores rehabilitation in and of criminal justice through creative arts.   It was an entertaining introduction to the day’s proceedings, including as it did, a live music rendition from Louis Abbott.  After an extremely busy two day schedule, the UCD Centre of Criminology and Criminal Justice was delighted to welcome Professor Ivana Bacik of Trinity College Dublin to deliver the closing address.

Conference Delegates and invited guests were also invited to a reception to launch Professor Ian O’Donnell’s book, ‘Justice, Mercy, and Caprice: Clemency and the Death Penalty in Ireland’ (Oxford University Press).    The launch was chaired by Maura Butler, Chairperson of the ACJRD with an extremely informed address by Tom O’Malley SC of NUI Galway and the Irish Law Reform Commission.

Conference organiser, Dr Deirdre Healy (second from left) with Sutherland School of Law colleagues, John O’Dowd and Dr Niamh Howlin and Post Doc Researcher, John Lynch

Professor Orla Feely opens the conference

Keynote 2: Louis Abbot of Vox Liminus and Fergus McNeill of the University of Glasgow

Tom O’Malley SC, Professor Ian O’Donnell  and Maura Butler, Chairperson of the ACJRD

Professor Ian O’Donnell speaking at the book launch

The Death Penalty Symposium

Professor Eamonn Carrabine of the University of Essex