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Vicky Conway

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Biography

Dr Vicky Conway joined the School of Law and Governance in DCU in July 2015, having previously held positions at the University of Kent, Queen's University Belfast, the University of Limerick and the University of Leeds. Vicky is a graduate of UCC (BCL 2001, LLM 2002), the University of Edinburgh (MSSc Criminology 2003) and Queen's University Belfast (PhD 2008, PGCert Higher Education 2010). She was made Associate Professor of Law in 2017.
Vicky is a committed socio-legal scholar who believes that academic research should be innovative and challenge and aim to directly inform legislative and policy developments. 
Vicky is a leading researcher on policing in Ireland with an emphasis on the intersection between social change, police culture and police accountability. She has conducted innovative qualitative research in this area, funded by the British Academy, which has resulted in two two monographs on policing in Ireland (The Thick Blue Wall: The Morris Tribunal and Police Accountability in the Republic of Ireland and Policing Twentieth Century Ireland: A History of an Garda Síochána). Her expertise in this area has been recognised in a number of Government appointments. She is a member of the Policing Authority, and served on the Commission on the Future of Policing (May 2017- Sept 2018)
Along with colleagues Dr Yvonne Daly (Law and Government) and Dr Yvonne Crotty (Institute of Education) she was part of an EU Commission funded grant called SUPRALAT (http://www.salduzlawyer.eu/) which developed training for criminal defence solicitors to enable them to best defend their client's rights in the garda station. Now accredited by the Law Society of Ireland, she and Dr Daly continue to deliver this training.
Current areas of research include:
- the coroners system in Ireland (funded by IHREC, commissioned by ICCL, undertaking with Prof Phil Scraton)
- the right to legal advice in garda stations (undertaking empirical work with Dr Yvonne Daly)
- the right to silence in police stations (part of an EU funded project) 
- the criminalisation of abortion

Vicky teaches across a range of modules related to criminal law, criminology and policing. She currently supervises a doctoral student who is studying the protection of minority language rights and another on sexual offences. She has held visiting scholar positions in North America, Australia and Ireland. 

Vicky regularly contributes to media discussions on policing and criminal justice. 

Research Interests

The central focus of my research to date has involved a critical analysis of policing in Ireland, the first of its kind to draw on legal, sociological and criminological theories. Applying a diverse range of methods from legislative and case-law analyses, oral history interviews with retired police, and documentary and discourse analyses, I have produced a critical assessment of the development of policing in a post-colonial, post-conflict society. Combined with empirical data part-funded by the British Academy, this work (Policing Twentieth Century Ireland) was published by Routledge in June 2013 to excellent reviews. In Theoretical Criminology 19(3)(2015) Mulcahy described it as “a most welcome—and much needed—addition to the literature on policing in Ireland.”  
A second aspect of my work investigates the governance and accountability of public police. I have co-organised (with Dermot Walsh) an international conference on police governance which attracted participants from Europe, America and Australia. The papers were disseminated through a double special edition of the leading American journal, Crime Law and Social Change and have been widely accessed and cited. This work is critical to my contribution to the Policing Authority, evidence that I am recognised to be Ireland’s expert on police governance and accountability.  
A third area of research concerns criminal procedure which builds on previous publications concerning miscarriages of justice, and a textbook Irish Criminal Justice: Theory Process and Procedure. I am currently participating in a European Commission funded project (€580,000) which is developing and delivering training for lawyers on how to implement a new EU Directive which permits for lawyers to be present during police interrogations. This project is in partnerships with colleagues in Belgium, Hungary and the University of Maastricht. In DCU it involves colleagues in Law and Education and the project employs a research assistant, Sarah Pryor.   
Finally I am actively engaged in research on Ireland’s abortion law. Having been commissioned by Labour Women to draft legislation which could operate post-repeal of the 8th amendment to the Constitution, I have been invited by numerous NGOs and political parties to advise them on the key issues. This work has involved collaboration with a large number of academic and practitioner colleagues. I am currently working on a number of publications concerning the criminalisation of abortion in Ireland and planning a research project with the Rape Crisis Network Ireland to interrogate the impact of Ireland's law on abortion on the trauma of rape survivors. 

Contract Researchers

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
Sarah Pryor SUPRALAT - EU Commission Research Assistant

Books

  Year Publication
2013 Policing Twentieth Century Ireland: A History of an Garda Síochána.
Vicky Conway (2013) Policing Twentieth Century Ireland: A History of an Garda Síochána. Oxon: Routledge. [Details]
2010 Irish Criminal Justice: Theory, Process and Procedure.
Vicky Conway, Yvonne Daly, Jennifer Schweppe (2010) Irish Criminal Justice: Theory, Process and Procedure. Dublin: Clarus Press. [Details]
2010 The Blue Wall of Silence: The Morris Tribunal and Police Accountability in the Republic of Ireland.
Vicky Conway (2010) The Blue Wall of Silence: The Morris Tribunal and Police Accountability in the Republic of Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2016 'The Kerry Babies Case'
Vicky Conway (2016) 'The Kerry Babies Case' In: Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments. London: Hart. [Details]
2015 'Human Rights and Policing in Ireland'
Vicky Conway (2015) 'Human Rights and Policing in Ireland' In: International Human Rights: Perspectives from Ireland. Dublin: Bloomsbury. [Details]
2015 'All that Glitters is Not Gold: An Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission'
Vicky Conway (2015) 'All that Glitters is Not Gold: An Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission' In: Defining events Power, resistance and identity in twenty-first-century Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2012 'Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Miscarriages of Justice in Ireland'
Vicky Conway, Jennifer Schweppe (2012) 'Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Miscarriages of Justice in Ireland'. Dublin University Law Journal, [Details]
2011 'Police Governance and Accountability: An Overview of Current Issues’'
Dermot Walsh, Vicky Conway (2011) 'Police Governance and Accountability: An Overview of Current Issues’'. Crime, Law and Social Change, [Details]
2011 'Recent Developments in Police Governance and Accountability in Ireland'
Vicky Conway, Dermot Walsh (2011) 'Recent Developments in Police Governance and Accountability in Ireland'. Crime, Law and Social Change, [Details]
2009 'A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing? Evaluating the Impact of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission'
Vicky Conway (2009) 'A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing? Evaluating the Impact of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission'. Irish Jurist, [Details]
2009 'The 2009 Anti-Gangland Package: Ireland’s New Security Blanket?'
Vicky Conway, Michael Mulqueen (2009) 'The 2009 Anti-Gangland Package: Ireland’s New Security Blanket?'. Irish Criminal Law Journal, [Details]
2008 'Lost in Translation: Ireland and the Patten Report'
Vicky Conway (2008) 'Lost in Translation: Ireland and the Patten Report'. Northern Irish Legal Quarterly, [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2015 'Abortion Law in Ireland: A Model for Change'
Mairead Enright, Fiona DeLondras, Vicky Conway (2015) 'Abortion Law in Ireland: A Model for Change' Feminists @Law, . [Details]
2012 'A Framework for a Restorative Society? Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland'
Vicky Conway, Brian Payne (2012) 'A Framework for a Restorative Society? Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland' European Journal of Probation, . [Details]
2005 'An Garda Síochána Act 2005 – Breaking Down the Thick Blue Wall?'
Vicky Conway (2005) 'An Garda Síochána Act 2005 – Breaking Down the Thick Blue Wall?' Irish law Times, . [Details]
2004 'Garda Síochána: Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission'
Vicky Conway (2004) 'Garda Síochána: Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission' Irish law Times, . [Details]
2003 'Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key: A Review of the Irish Prison System'
Vicky Conway (2003) 'Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key: A Review of the Irish Prison System' Cork Online Law Review, . [Details]

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
University of Kent Senior Lecturer in Law /
Queen's University of Belfast Lecturer in Law /
University of Limerick Junior Lecturer in law /
University of Leeds Teaching Fellow /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2001 University College Cork BCL Law
2008 Queen's University Belfast PhD Police Accountability
2002 University College Cork LLM Law

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