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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 Evidence Law, Sentencing & Penology and Criminal Law in Brunel Law School, and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

Newest selected publications

Forde, L. (2022) 'The Role of the Courts in Protecting Children’s Rights in the Context of Police Questioning in Ireland and New Zealand'. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 0 (Online First). pp. 240 - 260. ISSN: 0265-5527 Open Access Link

Journal article

Lynch, N., Brink, YNVD. and Forde, L. (2022) 'Responses to Serious Offending by Children Principles, Practice and Global Perspectives'. Routledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice. ISSN 10: 1032107588 ISSN 13: 9781032107585


Forde, L. (2021) 'Welfare, Justice, and Diverse Models of Youth Justice: A Children’s Rights Analysis'. The International Journal of Children's Rights, 29 (4). pp. 920 - 945. ISSN: 0927-5568 Open Access Link

Journal article

Forde, L. (2021) 'The Impact of Covid-19 on Children’s Rights in Ireland', in Brinig, M. (ed.) International Survey of Family Law 2021. Cambridge, UK : Intersentia. pp. 233 - 264. ISBN 13: 9781839701573. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Forde, L. and Kilkelly, U. (2021) 'Incorporating the CRC in Ireland', in Kilkelly, U., Lundy, L. and Byrne, B. (eds.) Incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into National Law. Cambridge, UK : Intersentia. pp. 281 - 302. ISBN 13: 9781780689920. Open Access Link

Book chapter
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