Research Profile

Louise Forde

Biography

Louise is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Child and Family Law, University College Cork.  She is a graduate of the School of Law in University College Cork (BCL, 2008; LLM (Criminal Justice), 2009; LLM (Research), 2012), and completed a PhD thesis in the area of youth justice and children’s rights in 2018, entitled “Welfare, Justice and Irish Youth Justice: A Children’s Rights Analysis of Diverse Models of Youth Justice”.  She was a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar, having been awarded a scholarship from the Irish Research Council in 2014.  She was also awarded a Law Faculty PhD Scholarship and the President James Slattery Prize and Medal in Law in 2013.  Her primary research interests lie in the area of youth justice, children's rights and human rights.

Research Interests

Youth justice, children's rights law

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
'Welfare' and 'justice' in Irish youth justice: A Children's Rights Analysis of Diverse Approaches to Youth JusticeIrish Research Council01-OCT-1430-SEP-17
New Youth Justice StrategyDept of Justice & Equality07-FEB-1931-DEC-20€23,196.00

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2019)'Independent oversight and monitoring: advancing the rights of children deprived of their liberty'
Kilkelly, U and Forde, L (2019) 'Independent oversight and monitoring: advancing the rights of children deprived of their liberty' In: O'Brien, W and Foussard, C (eds). Violence against Children in the Criminal Justice System: Global Perspectives on Prevention. Oxford: Routledge. [Details]
(2017)'Human rights law and juvenile justice Emerging law and practice'
Kilkelly, U;Forde, L (2017) 'Human rights law and juvenile justice Emerging law and practice' In: ROUTLEDGE INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK OF CRIMINOLOGY AND HUMAN RIGHTS. ABINGDON: ROUTLEDGE. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'Realising the Right of the Child to Participate in the Criminal Process'
Forde, L (2018) 'Realising the Right of the Child to Participate in the Criminal Process'. Youth Justice: An International Journal, 18 :265-284 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2014)'Aftercare for young people leaving care and detention'
Louise Forde (2014) 'Aftercare for young people leaving care and detention' Irish Law Times, . [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2015)Juvenile Offenders Detention Alternative in Europe: Manual.
Kilkelly, U. & Forde, L. (2015) Juvenile Offenders Detention Alternative in Europe: Manual. International Juvenile Justice Observatory, Brussels. [Details]
(2014)Children’s Rights Behind Bars: National Report, Ireland.
Kilkelly, U. & Forde, L. (2014) Children’s Rights Behind Bars: National Report, Ireland. Irish Penal Reform Trust, Dublin. [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2014Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Irish Research Council
2017School of Business and Law Research Development Fund School of Business and Law, UCC
2015Aidan Synott Travel Bursary Award School of Law, University College Cork
2013PhD Scholarship School of Law, University College Cork
2014President James Slattery Prize and Medal in Law School of Law, University College Cork

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Socio-Legal Studies Association Member/
Children’s Rights Network Member/
European Society of Criminology Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2019)North South Criminology Conference 2019,
Forde, L. (2019) Translating the theory of a child-based approach into practice in a detention setting. [Oral Presentation], North South Criminology Conference 2019, University College Cork . [Details]
(2019)SLSA Annual Conference 2019,
Forde, L. (2019) Welfare, Justice and Accountability in Youth Justice Systems: A Children’s Rights Perspective. [Oral Presentation], SLSA Annual Conference 2019, University of Leeds . [Details]
(2019)18th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology,
Forde, L. (2019) The Trial of Children for Serious Offences in Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 18th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, University of Ghent . [Details]
(2018)2nd International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services,
Forde, L. (2018) Access to Legal Advice, Waiver and the Child Suspect?. [Oral Presentation], 2nd International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services, University College London . [Details]
(2017)SLSA Annual Conference 2017,
Forde, L. (2017) The Convention on the Rights of the Child as a Theoretical Framework and Benchmark in Research on Children in Conflict with the Law: A Critical Approach. [Oral Presentation], SLSA Annual Conference 2017, University of Newcastle . [Details]
(2017)16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology,
Forde, L. (2017) Human Rights Law and Juvenile Justice: The Child as Defendant. [Oral Presentation], 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, University of Cardiff . [Details]
(2017)World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights, PhD Symposium,
Forde, L. (2017) Vindicating the Rights of the Child in Conflict with the Law: A Comparative Approach to Diverse Systems of Youth Justice. [Oral Presentation], World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights, PhD Symposium, Dublin . [Details]
(2016)16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology,
Forde, L. (2016) Ensuring respect for the rights of the child in the criminal process: a comparative perspective on practice in Ireland and in New Zealand. [Oral Presentation], 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, University of Münster . [Details]
(2016)Irish Postgraduate Criminology Conference,
Forde, L. (2016) Child Defendants’ Participation in Criminal Proceedings. [Oral Presentation], Irish Postgraduate Criminology Conference, Ulster University, Belfast . [Details]
(2015)Doctoral Symposium on Children’s Rights,
Forde, L. (2015) The right to a fair trial for children in conflict with the law and the realisation of international standards in Irish Law. [Oral Presentation], Doctoral Symposium on Children’s Rights, University of Antwerp . [Details]
(2014)Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference,
Louise Forde (2014) The Implications of Divergent Approaches in Youth Justice for the Rights of the Child in Conflict with the Law. [Oral Presentation], Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference, University of Edinburgh . [Details]
(2014)Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Postgraduate Conference,
Louise Forde (2014) Protecting the Rights of the Child in the Transition from Detention Back to the Community. [Oral Presentation], Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Postgraduate Conference, University College Cork . [Details]
(2014)2nd Doctoral Research Symposium on Children’s Rights,
Louise Forde (2014) Youth Justice in Ireland and Byrne v. Director of Oberstown School: Challenges for Future Practice. [Oral Presentation], 2nd Doctoral Research Symposium on Children’s Rights, University College Cork . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Athena Swan Bronze Award School of Law Self-Assessment Team Member2019 /
LLM (Child and Family Law) College Programme Approval Panel Student Representative2014 / 2014

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2009University College Cork LLMCriminal Justice
2018University College Cork PhDLaw
2017University College Cork Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher EducationTeaching and Learning in Higher Education; Teaching Research Inquiry Portfolio; Course Portfolio
2016University College Cork Postgrad Cert. in Teaching & Learning in HETeaching and Learning in Higher Education; Teaching Inquiry Portfolio
2012University College Cork LLMResearch LLM: "Aftercare provision for young offenders following a period of detention: current law, policy and practice"
2008University College Cork BCLLaw (undergraduate)

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
International Juvenile Justice Observatory
JODA Project - e-learning platform & manual development

Outreach Activities

 Description

¨     Contributed to the Garda Diversion Review Group, 2016-2017.  Attended meetings of the Garda Review Group, and contributed to discussions around recommendations to be made on review of the Diversion Programme.  Contributed to the writing of the report produced by the Group.

¨     Researcher, Child Law Clinic, UCC – undertake legal research work on legal issues affecting children, and contribute to the preparation of legal advices and briefs

¨     Co-ordinated research visit of Masters students from the University of Leiden in June 2016 to Dublin to study children’s rights and youth justice.  Arranged and facilitated visits by the students to Gardaí, to the Children Court, and to Oberstown Campus.  Delivered guest lecture to students during their visit on the Irish youth justice system

¨     Sat as Student Representative on the LLM (Child and Family Law) College Programme Approval Committee in 2014

¨     Participated in various open days for prospective students, providing the student perspective and other relevant information to potential future students

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Irish Journal Of Legal Studies Editor01-SEP-13 - 31-JUL-14
Youth Justice: An International Journal Member of Editorial Board01-OCT-19 -
Cork Online Law Review Member of Editorial Board01-SEP-09 - 28-MAY-11

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Louise has taught on a wide range of subjects in UCC, as well as guest lecturing on the University of Leiden's Advanced Masters in Children's Rights.  Subjects where she has lectured or tutored in UCC, include:
  • Child Law, January-March 2018
  • Introduction to Human Rights Law, September 2017-March 2018
  • Law in a Globalised World, January-March 2017; January-March 2016 
  • Constitutional Law: Human Rights, January-March 2018; January-March 2017; January-March 2016
  • Constitutional Law: Institutions of Government, September-December 2017; September-December 2016; September-December 2015 
  • Clincal Legal Skills, September-December 2016 
  • Electronic Legal Resources, September 2017; September 2016 
  • Public Law, October-November 2016 
  • Juvenile Justice, October 2019; November 2018; November 2016; November 2015 – Guest Lecturer
  • Introduction to Legal Systems: Legal History and Comparative Law, January-April 2014 
  • Criminal Law, September-December 2013

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