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Niamh Mary Howlin

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Law
Sutherland School of Law
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7164136
Email: niamh.howlin@ucd.ie

Biography

Niamh Howlin is a lecturer/assistant professor on the UCD Sutherland School of Law. 

Niamh received a first class honours BCL degree from UCD in 2003 and she completed a PhD in Legal History in 2007 under the supervision of Professor Nial Osborough. She then worked as a lecturer at Queen's University Belfast from 2007-2013, when she joined the faculty in the Sutherland School of Law.

Niamh's primary research interests are Irish Legal History and Criminal Justice, and she has published her work in national and international peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Legal History, the Law and History Review, Comparative Legal History, the Irish Jurist and the Dublin University Law Journal. Niamh has received external research funding from the IRCHSS, the Society of Legal scholars, the British Academy and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.  She recently published with colleague Dr Kevin Costello: N Howlin and K Costello (eds) Law and the Family in Ireland 1800-1950 (Palgrave Macmillan 2017). She is currently working with Dr Mark Coen and Dr Colette Barry on a project entitled 'Judge-Jury Interactions in Ireland', funded by the Fitzpatrick Family Foundation. Her recent monograph, published by Four Courts Press is Niamh Howlin, Juries in Ireland: Laypersons and Law in the Long Nineteenth Century (Four Courts Press 2017). Her forthcoming book, with Dr Noel McGrath, is N Howlin and N McGrath, Lyall on Land Law (Thomson Roundhall, 2018).
 
Niamh teaches Property Law, Legal and Professional Skills and Jury Trials.  She is a fellow of the Higher Education Authority in the UK and holds a postgraduate teaching qualification from Queen's University Belfast. In 2017 Niamh was awarded a UCD College Teaching Excellence Award. Niamh is interested in hearing from students wishing to undertake research in legal history, criminal justice and related fields.

Niamh is the Head of Teaching and Learning in the School of Law and is the joint Staff Editor of the UCD Law Review. She sits on the Council of the Irish Legal History Society                                                                                                                                                                 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: Teaching Excellence Award

Associations

Association: Irish Legal History Society, Function/Role: Publications Committee Member
Association: Irish Legal History Society, Function/Role: Executive Committee Member
Association: Irish Legal History Society, Function/Role: Web Editor
Association: Irish Legal History Society, Function/Role: Council Member
Association: Irish Association of Law Teachers, Function/Role: Treasurer
Association: Irish Association of Law Teachers, Function/Role: Council Member
     

Conference Contributions

Niamh Howlin (2017) Land Valuations, Market Practices, Pregnancy, Insanity: Theres a Jury for That. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference 2017, Maynooth University and Dunboyne Castle Hotel , 01-DEC-17 - 26-NOV-17.
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.
Niamh Howlin and Mark Coen (2017) Vanished Discourse: Discussion of the Desirability of Jury Riders in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. [Oral Presentation], The Diverse Unities of Law: Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Sutherland School of Law , 05-SEP-17 - 08-SEP-17.
Niamh Howlin and Mark Coen (2017) 'Mere Surplusage'? Jury riders in the 19th and 20th centuries. [Oral Presentation], Twenty-Third British Legal History Conference, University College London , 05-JUL-17 - 08-JUL-17.
Niamh Howlin (2016) Roger Casement¿s Trial at Bar. [Invited Oral Presentation], Tenth North-South Criminology Conference, Maynooth University , 23-JUN-16 - 24-JUN-16.
N. Howlin (2015) Challenging Authority: Criminal Justice Responses in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], 'Law: Challenges to Authority and the Recognition of Rights¿ British Legal history Conference 21015, Reading, UK , 08-JUL-15 - 11-JUL-15.
N Howlin (2014) The Politics of Jury Trials in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Lay Participation in Europe: a Historical Comparative Analysis, University of Helsinki, Finland , 17-SEP-14 - 19-SEP-14.
Howlin, N (2013) Trial by Jury in Ireland: Problems and Reforms, 1833-1925. [Invited Oral Presentation], Laymen as Judges in European Courts: Comparative Legal History of Procedural Law in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, University of Ghent, Belgium , 15-MAR-13 - 16-MAR-13.
Howlin, Niamh (2011) A Need for Expert Juries in Fraud Cases?. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Athlone , 18-NOV-11 - 20-NOV-11.
Howlin, Niamh (2011) Irish Jurors: Passive Observers or Active Participants?. [Oral Presentation], Twentieth British Legal History Conference, Cambridge , 13-JUL-11 - 16-JUL-11.
Howlin, Niamh (2011) The Boundaries of Irish Justice: Jury Trials in the Nineteenth Century. [Oral Presentation], Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities Annual Conference 2011, University of Nevada, Las Vegas , 11-MAR-11 - 12-MAR-11.
Howlin, Niamh (2010) Fenians and Foreigners: The Mixed Jury in Ireland. Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference 2010, Limerick , 26-NOV-10 - 28-NOV-10.
Howlin, Niamh (2010) Were Lessons Learnt from the First Adventure of the Common Law?. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society for Comparative Law Annual Conference 2010, Belfast , 25-MAR-10 - 26-MAR-10.
Howlin, Niamh (2009) A Social Revolution? Widening Participation and the New Jurors of the 1870s. [Invited Oral Presentation], Institute of Irish Studies, Queens University Belfast, Belfast , 12-FEB-09 - 12-FEB-09.
Howlin, Niamh (2008) The Interaction between Law, Religion and Culture: A Case Study. [Oral Presentation], Turning Points and Breaklines: Fourteenth European Forum of Young Legal Historians, Pecs, Hungary , 22-MAY-08 - 25-MAY-08.
Howlin, Niamh (2008) Controlling Jury Composition in Ireland 1833-1890. [Invited Oral Presentation], Cambridge Legal History Colloquium, Cambridge , 18-JUN-08 - 18-JUN-08.
Howlin, Niamh (2008) English and Irish jury laws: A Growing Divergence 1825-1833. [Invited Oral Presentation], Legal History Roundtable, Limerick , 15-FEB-08 - 16-FEB-08.
Howlin, Niamh (2007) Judicial Attitudes to Irish Juries in the Late Nineteenth Century. [Oral Presentation], Eighteenth British Legal History Society Conference 2007, Oxford , 18-JUL-07 - 21-JUL-07.
Howlin, Niamh (2007) Jews and Merchants in England: Cross-Cultural Legal Encounters in the 12th Century: Les Juifs et les Marchands en Angleterre : Rencontres Légales Interculturelles au XIIème s. [Oral Presentation], Crossing Legal Cultures: Thirteenth European Forum of Young Legal Historians, Seville , 23-MAY-07 - 26-MAY-07.
Howlin, Niamh (2007) Trying Times: Researching Irish Juries. [Poster Presentation], Second UCD Legal Research Conference, UCD , 27-JAN-07 - 27-JAN-07.
Howlin, Niamh (2006) Embracery: A Historical Study of Juror Intimidation. [Oral Presentation], North-South Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference, Limerick , 20-JAN-06 - 22-JAN-06.
Howlin, Niamh (2006) Change of Venue in Ireland, 1801-1900. [Oral Presentation], Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2006, Stirling , 12-APR-06 - 15-APR-06.
Howlin, Niamh (2006) Merchants and Esquires; Special Juries in Dublin 1725-1833. [Oral Presentation], Georgian Dublin Conference, Dublin , 17-JUN-06 - 17-JUN-06.

Committees

Committee : Irish Legal History Society Publications Committee
Committee : Irish Legal History Society
Committee : Irish Association of Law Teachers
Committee : Irish Legal History Society
Committee : Irish Legal History Society

Employment

Employer: Queen's University Belfast
Position: Lecturer

Education

Year 2009 Institution: Queen's University of Belfast, UK
Qualification: PG DIP Subject:
Year 2003 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BCL Subject:
Year 2008 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:

Languages

English:
   

Journals Edited

Ucd Law Review: Editorial Advisory Board Member.

Other Activities

Research Funding:

 

2011 European Commission funding for participating as a National Expert in the Study on the Liability of Legal Persons for Offences in the National Legal Systems of the Member States (Project carried out by the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy, University of Ghent)

 

2011 Society of Legal Scholars Research Activities Fund

 

2010 British Academy Overseas Conference Fund

 

2009 Socio-Legal Studies Association Small Grants Scheme

 

2007 UCD Seed Funding (Dissemination and Outputs)

 

2007 UCD Seed Funding (Dissemination and Outputs) (with Dr. N. McGrath) 

 

2007 UCD Seed Funding (Small Equipment Fund) (with Dr. A. Lyall)

 

2006/07 UCD Seed Funding (Dissemination and Outputs)

 

2004-2007 Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Scholarship

Academic Staff Editor, UCD Law Review

Publications

Books

Niamh Howlin and Noel McGrath (2018) Lyall on Land Law. Dublin: Thomson Round Hall. Available Online [Details]
Niamh Howlin (2017) Juries in Ireland: Laypersons and Law in the Long Nineteenth Century. Dublin: Four Courts Press. Available Online [Details]

Book Chapters

Niamh Howlin (2017) 'Adultery in the Courts: Damages for Criminal Conversation in Ireland' In: N Howlin and K Costello (eds). Law and the Family in Ireland 1800-1950. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.44-64 [Details]
Niamh Howlin and Kevin Costello (2017) 'Introduction' In: N Howlin and K Costello (eds). Law and the Family in Ireland 1800-1950. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.1-6 Available Online [Details]
Howlin, Niamh (2011) 'English and Irish Jury Laws: the Growing Divergence 1825-1833' In: Howlin, Niamh (eds). The Laws and Other Legalities of Ireland, 1689-1850. UK: Ashgate. [Details]
Howlin, Niamh (2008) 'Merchants and Esquires: Special Juries in Dublin 1725-1833' In: Howlin, Niamh (eds). Georgian Dublin. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
Howlin, Niamh (2008) 'Guys from Out of Town: Expert Witnesses, A Law Reform Proposal' In: Howlin, Niamh (eds). Law and Practice: Essays on Reform. Dublin: Clarus Press. [Details]

Edited Books

Niamh Howlin and Kevin Costello (Ed.). (2017) Law and the Family in Ireland 1800-1950. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Available Online [Details]
N McGrath and N Howlin (Ed.). (2010) Symposium Edition University College Dublin Law Review. Dublin: University College Dublin Law Review. [Details]
N Howlin, S Ramshaw and K Brennan (Ed.). (2013) Irish Journal of Legal Studies Special Edition 2013 on Irish Approaches to Justice. Cork: Irish Journal of Legal Studies. [Details]
Howlin, Niamh; Ramshaw, Sara; Brennan, KAren (Ed.). (2012) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly Special Edition: The (Dis)Appearance of Britain. Belfast: Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

N. Howlin (2015) 'The Politics of Jury Trials in Ireland'. Comparative Legal History, 3 (2). Link to full text [Details]
Howlin,N (2014) 'Irish Jurors: Passive Observers or Active Participants?'. The Journal of Legal History, 35 (2). Link to full text [Details]
Howlin, Niamh (2011) 'The Terror of Their Lives: Irish Jurors Experiences'. Law and History Review, 29 (3):703-761. Link to full text [Details]
Howlin, Niamh (2013) 'Nineteenth Century Criminal Justice: Uniquely Irish or Simply Not English?'. Irish Journal of Legal Studies (IJLS), 3 (1):67-89. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Niamh Howlin (2012) 'Multiculturalism, Representation and Integration: Citizenship Requirements for Jury Service'. Dublin University Law Journal, 35 :148-172. Link to full text [Details]
Howlin, Niamh (2010) 'Fenians, Foreigners and Jury Trials in Ireland 1865-69'. Irish Jurist, 45 :51-81. Link to full text [Details]
Howlin, Niamh (2009) 'Controlling Jury Composition in Nineteenth-Century Ireland'. Journal of Legal History, 29 (3):227-261. Link to full text [Details]
Howlin, N; Fitzpatrick, R. (2007) 'The Feasibility of Mandatory Trade Union Recognition in Ireland'. Dublin University Law Journal, 29 :178. [Details]

Other Journals

Niamh Howlin (2017) ''A Typical Collection of Lower Middle-Class Londoners'' History Ireland 25 (5) :28. Link to full text [Details]
Howlin, Niamh (2012) 'White-Collar Crimes and Expert Juries: Precedents, Alternatives and Implications' Irish Criminal Law Journal . [Details]
 

Published Reports

Niamh Howlin (2018) Report on the Trial of Myles Joyce. Department of Justice, Dublin. Available Online [Details]
G Vermeulen, W de Bont and C Ryckman (2012) Liability of Legal Persons for Criminal Offences in the EU. Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy / European Commission, Antwerp. Available Online [Details]
                       

Newspaper Articles

Niamh Howlin (2016) Was Roger Casement's Trial a Legal Travesty?. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Howlin, Niamh (2013) Extending Jury Services to Non-Citizens would Strengthen our Justice System. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Howlin, N. (2013) Are Criminal Juries Up to the Task?. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Howlin, Niamh (2011) Notion of Expert Juries for Particular Cases Raises Complex Issues. Newspaper Articles [Details]
   

Reports

Niamh Howlin (2017) Report on the Trial of Myles Joyce, November 1882. Reports [Details]

Video/TV

Niamh Howlin (2016) Cuckolded Husbands and the Law. Video/TV [Details]
             

Book Reviews

N. Howlin (2013) Review: Liz Campbell, Organised Crime and the Law: A Comparative Analysis (Hart Publishing, 2013). Book Reviews [Details]
Howlin, Niamh (2012) Review: Shelley Horan, Corporate Crime, (Bloomsbury, 2010). Irish Jurist: Book Reviews [Details]
Howlin, Niamh (2011) Review: W.E. Vaughan, Murder Trials in Ireland 1836-1922 (Dublin, 2010). Irish Journal of Legal Studies: Book Reviews [Details]
       

Working Paper

Niamh Howlin (2017) A Typical Collection of Lower Middle-Class Londoners. SSRN: Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Niamh Howlin (2017) Land Valuations, Market Practices, Pregnancy, Insanity: There's a Jury for That. SSRN: Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Niamh Howlin (2017) Maamtrasna: The Trial of Myles Joyce in 1882. SSRN: Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Niamh Howlin (2018) The Trials of Peter Barrett: A Microhistory of Dysfunction in the Irish Criminal Justice System. SSRN: Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Niamh Howlin (2014) Passive Observers or Active Participants? Civil and Criminal Juries from the Mid-Eighteenth to the Late Nineteenth Century. Working Paper [Details]
Niamh Howlin (2016) Adultery in the Courts: Criminal Conversation in Ireland. Working Paper Available Online [Details]
   

Media

Niamh Howlin (2016) All's Fair in Love and War? Not When It Comes To War Crimes. Media Available Online [Details]
                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

My primary research interests are: Legal History; Juries; Criminal  Procedure; Criminal Justice; Evidence; Criminal Law. I am interested in hearing from students wishing to undertake  research in any of these areas.

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Law and Religion in Ireland 1530 to 1973
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-18 / 30-SEP-19
Sponsor : Dept. of the Taoiseach
Title : Review of the trial of Myles Joyce
Start Date / End Date : 30-JUN-17 / 31-JUL-17
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Jury Riders in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-17 / 30-SEP-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin Foundation Ltd.
Title : Judge-Jury Interactions in Ireland
Start Date / End Date : 01-FEB-17 / 31-JAN-19
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Juries in Ireland: Laypersons and Law in the Long Nineteenth Century
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-16 / 28-FEB-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Law and the Family in Ireland 1750-1950
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-14 / 30-SEP-15
   

Teaching

 

Modules Coordinated

201700   LAW41160     Law: International Criminal Justice
201700   LAW10420     Law: Legal and Professional Skills
201700   LAW20370     Law: Property Law I
201700   LAW40830     Law: Property Law

Enhancement of Teaching

Awarded a College Teaching Excellence Award in 2017. Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (Queen's University Belfast, 2008); Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)
 

Developing as a Teacher

I have completed the following teaching-related training courses: - Articulate Storyline Training Workshop (2017) - Teaching in a Cross-Cultural Environment (2016) - Introduction to Blackboard: Assessment, Assignments and Surveys (2013) - Teaching Large Groups (2013) - Making Student Feedback Work (2011) - The Dyslexic Student at University (2010) - Using the Personal Response System (2009). - Using the TurnitinUK Software (2009). - Preparing and Delivering Lectures (2008). - Dealing with Students in Difficulty and Distress (2008).

Innovation & Leadership

February 2016-present

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr Mark Coen, Sutherland School of Law, 'An Analysis of Judge-Jury Interactions (2017-18)

Dr Noel McGrath, Sutherland School of Law, Lyall on Land Law (4th edn, Roundhall 2018) 

Dr Mark Coen,Sutherland School of Law, 'Jury Riders' (2016-2018) 

Dr Kevin Costello, Law and the FAmily in Irland 1800-1950  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

UCD Legal History Group, 'Law and the Family in Ireland 1800-1950'

Dr Chris Cowley, School of Philosophy, UCD, 'Mercy' Project (2013)
 

External Collaborators

Felix M Larkin, Irish Legal History Society Discourses (Four Courts Press, 2019)

National Expert for Ireland: Study on the Liability of Legal Persons for Offences in the National Legal Systems of the Member States (European Commission and Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy, University of Ghent) (2011-12)

National Expert for Ireland: Study on criminal sanction legislation and practice in the EU (European Commission and Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy, University of Ghent) (2013-14)