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Professor Denis Bracken

Denis Bracken is Professor of Social Work at the University of Manitoba where he has taught criminal justice social work since 1979.  He holds post-graduate degrees from the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics & Political Science.  He has served as associate dean and acting dean of the Faculty, and from 2007 to 2012 he was Rector of St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba.  In 2011 and 2012 he was a member of a 3 person advisory committee to the Manitoba Minister of Justice on adult prison capacity.  Dr. Bracken was a visiting professor at the School of Social and Community Studies of DeMontfort University in England from 1999 to 2000, at the Glasgow School of Social Work in Scotland 2006 to 2007 and the School of Social Work and Social Policy of Trinity College Dublin in 2007.

Dr Inmaculada  Ramos 

Inmaculada Ramos graduated in the University of Granada and completed there her Ph.D. studies in 1998. Afer two years as Research Fellow in Institute Max-Planck for International and Comparative Criminal Law in Freiburg (Germany), she was appointed to a lectureship in the Law Faculty of the University of Granada in 2000 and promoted to Associated Professor in 2004.

She lectures in General Part of Criminal law and Labor Criminal Law to undergraduate students and in European Criminal law and Criminal Protection of Children in two Master Degree Courses at the University of Granada.  She has also lectured as invited Professor in  University of Bayreuth (Gemany),  Universidad Pontificia de Lima (Peru), Universidad El Litoral (Argentina) and in the Sommer Courses organized by the University of Alberta (Canada) in Granada. 


Her primary research interests are in principles of criminal law, elements of crime, criminal protection of children and European criminal law.

She is the author of  The crime of the misuse of judicial power (2000), co-author of Criminal Law. General Part (2002),  Criminal Law. Special Part: a study through the cases (2008) and   Principles of Criminal Law (2010).  She has published as well a number of articles and book chapters concerning the criminal legality principle, mental elements of crime, undue delays in criminal proceedings, sexual offences and European criminal law, focusing on the transposition of European criminal norms to Spanish legal order.

She has participated in several Research Projects with public funding and coordinate the research Project The European Constitution and Criminal Law. She is member of the Research Group Practical approach to criminal law problems, funded by the Andalucia Goverment, and member  of the Spanish Criminal Policy Studies Group.

Currently she is on leave from the University of Granada and is a visiting researcher at the Institute of Criminology of the School of Law of UCD where she is conducting a research about legal protection of children against sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.


Dr Layla Skinns

The Institute of Criminology hosted Dr Layla Skinns. Layla is the Adrian Socio-Legal Research Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge, as well as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research. She is the Principal researcher on a feasibility study comparing police detention in England and Wales with New York State, New South Wales and Ireland funded by a small research grant from the British Academy.

'Plural policing and the police custody process in England and Wales'

Karyn Kenny J.D

In February & March 2009 the UCD Institute of Criminology hosted a visit from Karyn Kenny J.D. From 2000 to 2007 Karyn served as an Assistant Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, where she prosecuted a wide variety of cases, including complex fraud, human trafficking and cybercrime. In 2006, she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar and taught Comparative American and Irish Constitutional Law and the American Criminal Justice System to law students in the Baltics. In 2008, as a Supreme Court Fellow with the United States Supreme Court, Karyn was assigned to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the agency which establishes sentencing policies and strategies for the U.S. Federal courts. She has recently taken a new position with the World Bank working on judicial reform projects with Serbia and Croatia to assist them in their EU accession goals. Karyn's research interest in Ireland lies in the analysis of Ireland's Court Poor Box System in relation to American sentencing reform methods regarding alternatives to incarceration.

' Lessons from Ireland's court poor box system: Rethinking America's alternatives to incaceration reform'



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