Primary Department
School of Law and Government
Professor of Criminal Law and Evidence
Yvonne Daly
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
Room Number

Academic biography

YVONNE DALY is Professor of Criminal Law and Evidence in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. 

Professor Daly is an expert on criminal evidence and procedure, with a specific research focus on effective criminal defence and the legal regulation of criminal investigations. She engages in detailed doctrinal and comparative work across European and international jurisdictions, and empirical research which explores the law in action, as compared with the theory. Her research is grounded in fundamental human rights instruments, such as the Irish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights, and advocates for the practical and effective protection of individual rights, specifically in relation to suspects under criminal investigation.  

Professor Daly is committed to research with real-world impact and her research on access to legal assistance in police custody, on the right to silence, and on the consequences of improperly obtained evidence has been foundational in the creation of training for police station lawyers, which is now in use in Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Scotland.

Professor Daly studied at University College Cork (BCL, 2003) and at Trinity College Dublin (PhD, 2008). She is an Editor of the Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology, a former Board Member of the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development (2015-2019) (, former vice-chair of the Ethical, Political, Legal and Philosophical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy (2014-2018), and the current Director of Research of the School of Law and Government.

Professor Daly has supervised/is supervising PhD and Research Masters theses on
- Adult Reparation Panels in Ireland;
- The Impact of the UN CRPD on the pre-trial investigation of suspects with cognitive disabilities;
- The European Investigation Order; 
- The use of Neuroscientific Evidence in the Criminal Courts; and
- Victim compensation tribunals.

She welcomes applications from PhD or Research Masters candidates in the area of Criminal Procedure and/or the Law of Evidence.

Research interests

Professor Yvonne Daly is an expert on effective criminal defence and the legal regulation of criminal investigations, and has published widely on these topics, both nationally and internationally. Her articles on the right to silence, the right to legal assistance, improperly obtained evidence, and related topics, have been published in the International Journal of Evidence and Proof; the New Journal of European Criminal Law; the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology; the Criminal Law Review,; Crime, Law and Social Change; the International Journal of the Legal Profession; the Irish Criminal Law Journal; the Dublin University Law Journal, and more. She is a co-author of Irish Criminal Justice: Theory, Process and Procedure (Clarus Press, 2010) and a co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology (Routledge, 2015).

Professor Daly led the Irish project team on the EU-funded SUPRALAT project, which developed and delivered a training programme for criminal defence solicitors on providing the best defence to suspects detained for police questioning, along with colleagues at Maastricht University, Antwerp University, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, and PLOT Belgium ( Along with her DCU colleague Dr Vicky Conway, she continues to deliver this training, in conjunction with the Law Society of Ireland. Professor Daly has also developed and delivered training on police station attendance for criminal defence solicitors in Scotland.

Professor Daly and Dr Conway are currently completing a research project on solicitors' experiences in Garda Síochána stations. This involves over 40 semi-structured interviews with criminal defence practitioners all around Ireland and will provide a narrative of their experiences in relation to advising and representing detained persons, particularly in recent years, since solicitors have been allowed to attend garda interviews.

Professor Daly is currently the Principal Investigator for Ireland on another EU-funded project - EmpRiSe: Right to silence and related rights in pre-trial suspects’ interrogations in the EU: legal and empirical study and promoting best practice. This project is examining the operation of the pre-trial right to silence in Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. Professor Daly and her team are working on this project with colleagues at Maastricht University, the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven.

Professor Daly has previously been a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland (2010/2011); a National Rapporteur on Criminal Procedure to the International Academy of Comparative Law (2010); a Director of the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development (ACJRD) (2015-2019); and Vice-Chair of the Ethical, Political, Legal and Philosophical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy (2014-2018).  

Professor Daly is also very interested in legal education and has written a number of articles in this area. She has co-edited Teaching Evidence Law: Contemporary Trends and Innovations (Routledge, 2020) with Prof Jeremy Gans (Melbourne Law School) and Prof P.J. Schwikkard (University of Cape Town). Part of Routledge’s series on Legal Pedagogy, this book, with a Foreword by Prof William Twining, sets out the contemporary experiences of evidence teachers in a range of common law countries across four continents: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. It addresses key themes and places t