Name: Dermot Walsh
Position: Professor of Law
Phone: + 353 61 202533
Fax: + 353 61 202417
Dermot P J Walsh:- LLB, PhD, MRIA, Barrister-at-Law; Professor of Law
Dermot Walsh graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 1980 with a LLB (Hons). He was awarded the Cobden Trust Studentship on emergency legislation in Northern Ireland which he held until 1983 when he took up a Lectureship in Law at University College Cork. He was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1983. He took up a Senior Lectureship in Law at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown in 1992, and was awarded his PhD by thesis by the NUI (UCC) in 1993. He was appointed to his current position of Chair in Law at the University of Limerick in 1996. He is Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice which is based in the School of Law. He is a former President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers and a Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellow. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in March 2011.
Criminal Justice and Procedure; Human Rights; European and Comparative Law; European Criminal Law and Procedure.
Policing and Criminal Justice; Criminal Procedure; Human Rights; European Criminal Law and Procedure
Areas available for media comment
Policing; Criminal Justice; Human Rights; EU Law
Books and edited journals
2011 The Dynamics of Police Governance and Accountability: Responding to the Challenges of the Twenty First Century; special double issue of Crime, Law and Social Change; vol.55(2), New York: Springer (with V.Conway).
2009 Human Rights and Policing in Ireland: Law, Policy and Practice Dublin: Clarus Press
2008 Combating Racism and Xenophobia through the Criminal Law Dublin: National Action Plan against Racism (with J Schweppe)
2005 Juvenile Justice Dublin: Thomson Round Hall
2002 Criminal Procedure Dublin: Thomson Round Hall
2000 Bloody Sunday and the Rule of Law in Northern Ireland London: Macmillan
1999 Confiscation of Criminal Assets: The Law and Procedure Dublin: Round Hall Sweet & Maxwell (with Paul McCutcheon)
1999 An Empirical Study of Community Service Orders in Ireland Dublin: Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
1998 The Irish Police: a Legal and Constitutional Perspective Dublin: Round Hall Sweet & Maxwell
1983 The Use and Abuse of Emergency Legislation in Northern Ireland London: Cobden Trust
Selection of Recent Articles in Refereed Journals and Chapters in Books
2011 "Police Governance and Accountability: Overview of Current Issues" 55(2) Crime, Law and Social Change 61-86 (with V. Conway).
2011 "Current Developments in Police Governance and Accountability in Ireland" 55(2) Crime, Law and Social Change 241-257 (with V. Conway).
2011 "Police Co-operation across the Irish Border: Familiarity Breeding Contempt for Transparency and Accountability" 38(2) Journal of Law and Society 301-330.
2011 "Police Liability for a Negligent Failure to Prevent Crime: Enhancing Accountability by Clearing the Public Policy Fog" King's Law Journal 27-55.
2010 "Framing the Crime Prevention Discourse in Ireland: Borrowing the Appearance while Avoiding the Substance of the UN Guidelines" 45 Irish Jurist (with M. Mulqueen) .
2010 "Foreword" to V. Conway The Blue Wall of Silence: The Morris Tribunal and Police Accountability in Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, ix-xiii.
2010 "Ireland" in F. Dunkel et al. (editors) Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe: Current Situation and Reform Developments. Monchengladbach: Forum Verlag Godesberg, 721-764.
2009 "Tightening the Noose of Central Government Control over Policing in Ireland: Innovations in the Garda Siochana Act 2005" 60,2 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 163-180.
2009 "The European Arrest Warrant in Ireland: Surrendering our Sovereignty to a European Criminal Law Area" in I. Bacik and L. Heffernan (editors) Criminal Law and Procedure: Current Issues and Emerging Trends. Dublin: First Law, 5-34.
2009 "Twenty Years of Police Complaints in Ireland: a Critical Assessment of the Review Board Model 29,2 Legal Studies 305-337.
2008 "The Constitutional Silence on Policing" in O. Doyle and E. Carolan (editors) The Irish Constitution: Governance and Values Dublin: Thomson Round Hall 231-239.
2008 "Balancing Due Process Values and Welfare Objectives in Juvenile Justice Procedure: Some Strengths and Weaknesses in the Irish Approach" 3,2 Youth Studies Ireland 3-17.
2007 "The Criminal Justice Act, 2006: A Crushing Defeat for Due Process Values?" 7(1) Judicial Studies Institute Journal 44-59.
2006 "Parliamentary scrutiny of EU criminal law in Ireland" 31 European Law Review 48-68.
2005 "Irish Parliamentary Scrutiny of EU Measures on Free Movement of Persons: Going through the Motions" 40 Irish Jurist (New Series) 261-292.
2005 "The Principle Deficit in Non-Custodial Sanctions" 5(2) Judicial Studies Institute Journal 69-79.
2005 "Protecting the environment through EC criminal law" 17 Environmental Law & Management 199-208.
2004 "The Proposed Garda Complaints Procedure: a Critique" 14 Irish Criminal Law Journal 2-26
2004 "The Proposed Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission" 14 Irish Criminal Law Journal 2-12
2004 "Irish National Report" in Police and Judicial Cooperation in the European Union: FIDE 2004 National Reports, ed. A Moore and M Chiavario. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 143-163.
2004 "Ireland" in Tasks and Powers of the Prosecution Services in the EU Member States, ed. P Tak. Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers 281-302.
2003 "The Democratic Deficit in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice in Title VI of the Treaty on European Union" 12 Irish Criminal Law Journal 7-16
2003 "Irish Experiences and Perspectives" in Confronting Terrorism: European Experiences, Threat Perceptions and Policies, ed. M. van Leeuwen. The Hague: Kluwer Law International 37-55
2002 "The Garda Siochana: A Legal and Constitutional Perspective" in Criminal Justice in Ireland, ed. P. O'Mahony,. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration 447-471
2000 "How the Third Pillar Works" in The New Third Pillar: Cooperation against Crime in the European Union, ed. N. Owen and E. Regan, Dublin: Institute of European Affairs 23-58.
2000 Ierland in Heimelijke Opsporing In De Europese Unie, ed. P Tak, Antwerpen-Groningen: Intersentia Rechtwelenschappen 423-465.
Course Director for LLM in European and Comparative Law;
Director, Centre for Criminal Justice;
Director of Research;
Chair LLM Course Boards
Member, Inn of Court of Northern Ireland, 1983 -
Member, Irish Association of Law Teachers, 1983 -
Member, Society of Legal Scholars, 1992 -
Board Member, Board of Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences 2002-2006.
Member, Editorial Board of Environmental Law and Management, 1996-
Board Member, National Crime Council 1998-2004
Member, National Children's Strategy Research Advisory Group 1999-2003
Member of Committee to Review the Offences against the State Acts, 1939-1998 and Other Related Matters 1999-2002
Member of panel; appointed by Icelandic Minister for Education to conduct quality review of Law School at the University of Reykjavik
President, Irish Association of Law Teachers 1995-96
Assessor for chairs in law in University College Cork, National University of Ireland Galway and University of Ulster
External examiner for PhD and masters by research in: University of London, University of Leeds, Trinity College Dublin, University of Ulster and National University of Ireland, Galway.
Referee/assessor for research funding applications to: Norface, Leverhulme Trust, Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (Chair of Law Assessment Panel in 2000 and 2001); National University of Ireland; The Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
External examiner for: King's Inns, Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland, University of Leeds
External validator for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in criminal justice in: University of Leeds and Dublin Institute of Technology.
Reviewer for publishers: Macmillan, Round Hall, The Policy Institute, Routledge, Hibernia Law Review; Cambridge Law Journal.