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Mark Coen

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Law
Sutherland School of Law
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7164182
Email: mark.coen@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr Mark Coen joined the Sutherland School of Law in September 2014. Mark has previously lectured in Dublin Institute of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and Durham University.

Mark graduated from Trinity College Dublin (LL.B.) with first class honours and was a Scholar of the College. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford, where he was a member of Magdalen College and specialised in criminal justice subjects. His doctorate was awarded by Trinity College Dublin in October 2012. His thesis theorised the approach of the appellate judiciaries in Ireland and England and Wales to allegations of jury irregularities. It passed with no corrections. 

Mark's research interests are in public law, especially in contemporary and historical criminal justice. He has a particular interest in jury trial. His work has been published in prestigious international journals including Legal Studies, the Criminal Law Review, the International Journal of Evidence and Proof and the Human Rights Law Review.

Mark is also interested in the Law of Evidence, Legal History and Constitutional Law. He welcomes proposals from potential PhD students in these areas, in addition to juries, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice.


                  

 
 

Professional

         

Conference Contributions

Mark Coen and Niamh Howlin (2017) 'Mere Surplusage'? Jury Riders in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. [Oral Presentation], British Legal History Conference, University College London , 05-JUL-17 - 08-JUL-17.
Mark Coen (2017) Simpler Times: Joint Enterprise in Ireland after (and before) Jogee. [Oral Presentation], Complicity: Ethical and Legal Issues, University College Dublin , 15-JUN-17 - 17-JUN-17.
Mark Coen (2016) An Irish Solution to an Irish Problem: Reform of the Religious Ethos Exemption in Employment Equality Law. [Oral Presentation], Law, Human Rights and Religion: Flashpoints Conference, Nottingham , 12-DEC-16 - 12-DEC-16.
Mark Coen (2016) An Irish Solution to an Irish Problem: Reform of the Religious Ethos Exemption in Employment Equality Law. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Waterford , 18-NOV-16 - 20-NOV-16.
Mark Coen (2015) A Four-Year Novelty: The Juries (Protection) Act 1929. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Galway , 27-NOV-15 - 29-NOV-15.
Mark Coen (2015) 'Fitting the jurybox with mirrors and hairpins': The Woman Juror Question in Ireland, 1919-1976. [Oral Presentation], Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Workshop, Dublin , 16-APR-15 - 18-APR-15.
Mark Coen (2014) Who's in? Who's out? Alternate jurors come to Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers Conference, Kilkenny , 09-NOV-14 - 09-NOV-14.
Mark Coen (2015) 'Some can be persuaded, others intimidated': interference with Jurors in the Irish Free State. [Oral Presentation], Society of Legal Scholars conference, York , 01-SEP-15 - 04-SEP-15.
Mark Coen (2014) Lukewarm Politicians and Deferential Judges: Historical and Contemporary Reflections on the Derogation from Jury Trial in the Irish Constitution. [Oral Presentation], Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution conference, Dublin , 04-SEP-14 - 04-SEP-14.
Mark Coen (2013) Sparing the Rod? Corporal Punishment in the Criminal Justice System of Independent Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Society of Legal Scholars Conference, Edinburgh , 03-SEP-13 - 06-SEP-13.
Mark Coen (2013) Whatever happened to the jury rider?. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers Conference, Belfast , 22-NOV-13 - 24-NOV-13.
Mark Coen (2012) 'No Real Roots in this Country': Historical Reflections on the Inclusion of Jury Trial in the Constitution. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Dublin , 16-NOV-12 - 18-NOV-12.
Mark Coen (2012) Prejudicial Publicity in Criminal Trials: A Comparative Analaysis. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Comparative Law Conference, Cork , 03-MAR-12 - 03-MAR-12.
Mark Coen (2012) Presuming the Jury to be Competent: Misplaced Deference in the Criminal Justice System. [Oral Presentation], Society of Legal Scholars Conference, Bristol , 11-SEP-12 - 14-SEP-12.
Mark Coen (2011) Shall the Sphinx Speak? The Jury's Unreasoned Verdict after Taxquet. [Oral Presentation], North/South Criminology Conference, Sligo , 21-JUN-11 - 23-JUN-11.
Mark Coen (2011) Fit for Purpose? Analysing the Rules on Jury Deliberation. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Athlone , 18-NOV-11 - 20-NOV-11.
Mark Coen (2011) Breaking the Deadlock: Juries and Verdicts. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference, Dublin , 30-APR-11 - 30-APR-11.
Mark Coen (2010) Suspecting that all is not as it Should be: The Court of Criminal Appeal and Allegations of Apprehended Bias. [Oral Presentation], Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Annual Postgraduate Conference, Cork , 29-APR-10 - 29-APR-10.
Mark Coen (2010) Reforming the Jury in the Republic of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Society of Legal Scholars Conference, Southampton , 13-SEP-10 - 16-SEP-10.
Mark Coen (2009) Politics, Proportionality and Child Protection in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Trinity College Law Student Colloquium, Dublin , 04-APR-09 - 04-APR-09.
Mark Coen (2009) Stand your Ground: The Cross-Jurisdictional Controversy of Self-Defence and the Burglar. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference, Limerick , 28-FEB-10 - 28-FEB-10.
Mark Coen (2009) Who Dares to Question the Jury? Empirical Jury Research and the Law in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Annual Postgraduate Conference, Cork , 30-APR-09 - 30-APR-09.
Mark Coen (2008) The Past as a Judicial Country: Reported Judgments and Social History. [Oral Presentation], Socio-Legal Studies and the Humanities Conference, London , 05-NOV-08 - 05-NOV-08.
Mark Coen (2007) Employees of a Lesser (or no) God: Religious Ethos in an Age of Pluralism. [Oral Presentation], Rights and Righteousness: Religious Pluralism and Human Rights Conference, Belfast , 02-NOV-07 - 02-NOV-08.
   

Education

Year 2013 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2009 Institution: Oxford University, UK
Qualification: BCL Subject:
Year 2008 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: LLB Subject:
         

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Mark Coen (2015) 'International Human Rights law: A Flavour of its Impact on the Irish Criminal Justice System' In: Suzanne Egan (eds). Ireland: The International Human Rights Regime. Dublin: Bloomsbury. , pp.319-339 [Details]
Mark Coen (2011) 'Interference with Jurors and its Potential Legal Consequences' In: Ivana Bacik and Liz Heffernan (eds). Criminal Law and Procedure Review. Dublin: Firstlaw. , pp.142-154 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Mark Coen & Jonathan Doak (2018) 'Embedding Explained Verdicts in the English Criminal Trial'. Legal Studies, . [Details]
Mark Coen (2014) ''With Cat-Like Tread': Jury Trial and the European Court of Human Rights'. Human Rights Law Review, 14 (1):107-131. [Details]
Mark Coen (2013) 'Hearsay, Bad Character and Trust in the Jury: English and Irish Contrasts'. International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 17 (3):250-271. [Details]
Mark Coen (2010) 'Apprehended Bias: The Case of Jurors'. Dublin University Law Journal, 32 :121-135. [Details]
Mark Coen and Liz Heffernan (2010) 'Juror Comprehension of Expert Evidence: A Reform Agenda'. Criminal Law Review, :195-211. [Details]
Mark Coen (2009) 'Fair procedures, Local Authority Housing, the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights'. Dublin University Law Journal, 31 :423-439. [Details]
Liz Heffernan and Mark Coen (2009) 'The Reliability of Expert Evidence: Reflections on the law Commission's Proposals for Reform'. Journal of Criminal Law, 73 (6):488-507. [Details]
Mark Coen (2008) 'Religious Ethos and Employment Equality: A Comparative Irish Perspective'. Legal Studies, 28 (3):452-474. [Details]

Other Journals

Mark Coen (2010) 'Elephants in the Room: The Law Reform Commission's Consultation Paper on Jury Service Part I' Irish Criminal Law Journal 20 (3) :75-78. [Details]
Mark Coen (2010) 'Elephants in the Room: The Law Reform Commission's Consultation on Jury Service Part II' Irish Criminal Law Journal 20 (4) :98-104. [Details]
Mark Coen (2007) 'Whither Strict Liability?' Irish Law Times 25 (5) :77-84. [Details]
         

Newspaper Articles

Mark Coen (2013) Abortion law may run counter to Constitution. Irish Times: Newspaper Articles [Details]
Mark Coen (2013) Catholic ethos hospitals could prove minefield for law. The Sunday Business Post: Newspaper Articles [Details]
Mark Coen (2010) Children will be protected by law. Irish Times: Newspaper Articles [Details]
Mark Coen (2007) Churches must not be immune from sections of equality law. Irish Times: Newspaper Articles [Details]
                                                                                                       

Research

Research Interests

                      
  • The law relating to juries and jury trials
  • The Law of Evidence
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal history, in particular historical aspects of criminal justice
  • Constitutional law
  • Human rights