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Dr Eimear Spain

Name: Eimear Spain
Position: Lecturer in Law
Email: eimear.spain@ul.ie
Phone: + 353 61 234896
Fax: + 353 61 202417
Office: FG-015

Description:

Eimear Spain: BA, PhD

Eimear Spain is a Lecturer in the School of Law and Course Director for the Bachelor of Laws
(Law Plus) programme. Eimear graduated with a BA in Law and Accounting from the University
of Limerick in 2003 and with a PhD in 2008. She was awarded the University Medal for first
place in interdisciplinary programmes upon graduation in 2003, a University Scholarship
upon commencing her PhD and a Government of Ireland Scholarship by the Irish Research Council
for the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2005 which she held for three years. Following completion
of her PhD Eimear took up a position as a Research Co-ordinator in Macquarie University in Sydney.


She was subsequently appointed a Senior Lecturer in the University of Northumbria in England before
returning to take up a lecturing position in the School of Law in 2010. Dr Spain's research interest
lies in the interaction between criminal law and psychology, particularly the role of emotions in
criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system. Her current research is centred on the role of
emotions (including fear, anger and love) in criminal behaviour and their consequential importance
for the attribution of moral and criminal responsibility. She has published numerous books, book
chapters and articles in the areas of criminal, constitutional and administrative law both nationally
and internationally, including a monograph entitled "The Role of Emotions in Criminal Law Defences;
Duress, Necessity and Lesser Evils" with Cambridge University Press. Eimear has also been the recipient
of numerous awards and scholarships for her research including an award in 2012 under the "New Ideas"
scheme of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (with Dr Roisin Corcoran).
She is a founding member and co-director of the Centre for the Understanding of Emotions in Society
in the University of Limerick.

Teaching Interests:

Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Systems, Legal Skills, Intellectual Property Law

Research Interests:

Law and Psychology, Law and Emotions, Substantive Criminal Law, Constitutional Law

Selected Publications:

Books, Special Editions and Edited Collections

Catherine O'Sullivan, Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain (eds), Legislating for Article 40.3.3:
Abortion Law in Ireland (Special Issue of the Irish Journal of Legal Studies) (Forthcoming 2013)

Rhona Smith, Eimear Spain and Richard Glancey, Core Statutes on Public and Human Rights Law
2013-2014 (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) (Forthcoming)

Rhona Smith, Eimear Spain and Richard Glancey, Core Statutes on Public and Human Rights Law
2012-2013 (Palgrave Macmillan 2012)
 
E Spain, The Role of Emotions in Criminal Law Defences; Duress, Necessity and Lesser Evils
(Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2011)

Rhona Smith, Eimear Spain and Richard Glancey, Core Statutes on Public and Human Rights Law
2011-2012 (Palgrave Macmillan 2011)

R Glancey, E Spain and R Smith, Constitutional and Administrative Law (Nutshells), (8th edn
Sweet & Maxwell, London 2010)

Rhona Smith, Eimear Spain and Richard Glancey, Core Statutes on Public and Human Rights Law
2010-2011 (Palgrave Macmillan 2010)

 

Articles in Refereed Journals and Chapters in Books


Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain, 'Article 40.3.3 and the Capacity to Survive Outside the
Womb' (2013) Irish Journal of Legal Studies (Forthcoming)

Eimear Spain, 'Love in Life and Death' (2013) 64 (1) NILQ 91-109

Rónán Kennedy, Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain, 'Teaching Legal Writing Using the Web:
Possibilities and Practicalities'in Evaluating the Impact of Digital Resources in Higher Education
(National Digital Learning Repository 2012)

Eimear Spain, "Pregnancy and Unwanted Third Party Interference: A Woman's Rights" in
Jennifer Schweppe (ed), The Unborn Child, Art 40.3.3, and Abortion in Ireland: 25 Years of
Protection? (Liffey Press 2008), 113-129

Eimear Spain, "Duress and Necessity in Ireland: Reform on the Horizon" (2008) 18(3) ICLJ 70-
76

Eimear Spain, "Vo v France: Reasonable Settlement or Missed Opportunity?" (2006) 2 IFLJ 16-
20

 

Conference Papers

Eimear Spain and Tim Ritchie "Engaging with Emotions in the Legal and Mental Health
Professions"(Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, Amsterdam, July
2013) (forthcoming)

Eimear Spain, Rónán Kennedy and Jennifer Schweppe "Legal Writing and ICT" (Irish Clinical
Legal Education Conference 2013, NUIG, Galway, April 2013)

Eimear Spain "Judges and Criminals; Responding to "irrational Emotions"" (UL Psychology
Seminar Series, Limerick, March 2012)

Eimear Spain, "Love in Life and Death" (International Symposium on Emotion Regulation,
Limerick, May 2012)

Eimear Spain, Rónán Kennedy and Jennifer Schweppe, "Teaching Legal Writing Using the Web:
Possibilities and Practicalities" (NDLR Symposium 2012, Limerick, September 2012)
 
Eimear Spain and Jennifer Schweppe, "Encouraging Autonomy and Engagement in Fourth Year
Law Students: The UL Miscarriages of Justice Project" (5th FAHSS Teaching Day, Limerick,
September 2012)

Rónán Kennedy, Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain, "Teaching Legal Writing Using the Web:
Possibilities and Practicalities" (10th Galway Symposium on Higher Education,  Galway, June
2012)

Eimear Spain, "Lessons from the Past: Compulsion and the Criminal Law" (Irish Association of
Law Teachers Conference, Athlone, November 2011)

Eimear Spain, 'Towards a General Defence of Reasonable Emotional Response' (Association for
the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities Conference,  Nevada, March 2011)

Eimear Spain, "Emotions and Voluntariness: Implications for Criminal Law Defences",
(Irish Association of Law Teachers Conference, Limerick, November 2010)

Eimear Spain, "Emotion and the Reasonable Man: An Exploration" (Association for the Study of
Law, Culture and the Humanities Conference, Berkeley, March 2008)

Eimear Spain, "Pregnancy and Unwanted Third Party Interference: A Woman's Rights"
(Conference on Art 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution, Limerick 2008)

Eimear Spain, "Fear, Force and Crime; the complex relationship" (Congress of the International
Academy of Law and Mental Health, Padua, June 2007)

Eimear Spain, "Duress and Necessity in Ireland: Reform on the Horizon" (UCD Postgraduate
Conference in Law, Dublin 2006)

Eimear Spain, "The Application of Emotion Theory to the Criminal Law" Socio-Legal Studies
Association Conference,  Stirling 2006)

Eimear Spain, "The Role of Emotions in Criminal Legal Theory" (Nordic Network for Psychology
and Law Conference, Kristianstad 2005)

Administrative Functions:

Course Director - Law Plus (Year 1 & 2)

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