School of Law and Government
Academic biographyDr 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.