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Dr Louise Forde

Dr Louise Forde
Lecturer in Law


Louise joined Brunel Law School in September 2020.  Her research interests lie primarily in the areas of youth justice and children's rights law.

Louise holds a PhD in Law from University College Cork, awarded in 2018.  During the course of her PhD, she was awarded a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council, and the President James Slattery Prize in Law from the School of Law in UCC, for her research entitled “’Welfare’ and ‘justice’ in Irish youth justice: A Children’s Rights Analysis of Diverse Approaches to Youth Justice”.  She also holds an LLM (Research), LLM (Criminal Justice), and BCL from the School of Law, UCC, and has completed a Higher Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Between 2018-2020, Louise was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Children’s Rights and Family Law in the School of Law, UCC, where she also lectured on modules including Child Law, International Human Rights Law and Juvenile Justice.  She was a visiting lecturer in Leiden Law School in 2019.  She has been published in Youth Justice: An International Journal, and has authored reports for bodies such as Save the Children, the Irish Penal Reform Trust, and other governmental and non-governmental bodies.  She recently contributed to the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of their Liberty.  She was appointed to the editorial board of Youth Justice: An International Journal in 2019.


PhD (University College Cork); Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (University College Cork); Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (University College Cork); LLM (Research) (University College Cork); LLM (Criminal Justice) (University College Cork); BCL (University College Cork)


Louise teaches Criminal Law and Legal Skills in Brunel Law School, and supervises undergraduate dissertations.

Newest selected publications

Forde, L. and Kilkelly, U. (2021) 'Children’s Rights and Police Questioning: A Qualitative Study of Children’s Experiences of being interviewed by the Garda Síochána'. Available at: Access Link


Forde, L., Kilkelly, U., Lundy, L. and Kelleher, D. (2020) 'The right of children to participate in public decision-making processes'. Available at:


Forde, L. and Kilkelly, U. (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. Routledge. pp. 73 - 88. ISBN 13: 9780429440793.

Book chapter

Forde, L. (2018) 'Realising the Right of the Child to Participate in the Criminal Process'. Youth Justice, 18 (3). pp. 265 - 284. ISSN: 1473-2254 Open Access Link

Journal article

Forde, L. and Kilkelly, U. (2016) 'Human Rights Law and Juvenile Justice: Emerging Law and Practice', in Weber, L., Fishwick, E. and Marmo, M. (eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights. Routledge. ISBN 13: 9781315679891.

Book chapter
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