Dr David Doyle


Senior Lecturer

New House
(01) 474 7276


Dr. David Doyle joined the Department of Law in October 2015. David read History and Politics at University College Dublin where he graduated with BA and MA degrees, before completing his doctorate and a Bachelor of Laws degree (with first class honours) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. A previous recipient of an Irish Research Council (IRC) doctoral scholarship, his PhD thesis, Sexual Crime and the Formulation of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1935, investigated the prosecution of sexual crime against children in the formative years of the Irish state and provides a critical analysis of the law governing child sexual abuse in twentieth century Ireland. In 2010, David returned to UCD where was awarded a highly competitive IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011), an IRC New Ideas Award (2011), an IRC New Foundations Award (2012) and an IRC Research and Networking Grant (2012) to further his research on capital punishment in twentieth century Ireland. In 2013, David was awarded a prestigious IRC (Marie-Curie Co-Fund) International Career Development Fellowship, which was hosted by the Centre for Criminology at the Oxford Faculty of Law. Since joining the Department, David has also been awarded IRC New Foundations Awards (2015, 2016, 2019, 2020 & 2021), IRC Ukrainian Researcher Scheme Awards (2022, 2023) and an IRC Coalesce Award (2021) to conduct research on human trafficking, de-extinction and access to education. His research and teaching interests include criminal law, criminology and criminal justice, education law and legal history, and he welcomes research proposals in these areas. 

Research Interests

David's research interests include capital punishment, criminal justice history, de-extinction, human trafficking, sexual offences and the right to education. His first book (with Dr. Liam O'Callaghan), Capital Punishment in Independent Ireland: A Social, Legal and Political History, was published by Liverpool University Press in December 2019. 


Year Publication
2019 Doyle D.M.; O'Callaghan L. (2019) Capital Punishment in Independent Ireland: A Social, Legal and Political History. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2024 Doyle, D.M.; Garrihy, J.; Cleary, M.; Murphy, M. (2024) 'Foreign national prisoners, discrimination and race relations in Irish prisons'. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, . [Link] [DOI]
2024 Doyle, D.M. (2024) 'Unlawful Carnal Knowledge in the Irish Free State, 1924-35'. Historical Journal, . [DOI]
2023 Doyle D.M; Garrihy J.; Cleary M.; Murphy M. (2023) 'Foreign National Prisoners and Religious Practice in Irish Prisons'. Journal of Human Rights Practice, 15 :606-612. [Full-Text]
2023 Murphy, C.; Doyle, D.M.; Thompson, S. (2023) 'Workers’ Perspectives on State-Constructed Vulnerability to Labour Exploitation: Experiences of Migrant Fishers in Ireland'. Social and Legal Studies, 32 (4). [Link] [DOI]
2023 Murphy M.; Thompson S.; Doyle D.M.; Ferri D. (2023) 'Inclusive education and the law in Ireland'. International Journal of Law in Context, 19 :101-121. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1744552322000180 [Full-Text]
2022 S. Thompson, D.M. Doyle, M.Murphy and R. Mangan (2022) ''A welcome change . . . but early days': Irish Service Provider Perspectives on Domestic Abuse and the Domestic Violence Act 2018'. Criminology and Criminal Justice, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 E. Quigley, I. Holme, D.M. Doyle, A. Ho, E. Ambrose, K. Kirkwood and G. Doyle (2021) 'Data is the new oil: citizen science and informed consent in an era of researchers handling of an economically valuable resource'. Life Sciences Society And Policy, 17 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 Doyle D.M.; Muldoon M.; Thompson S.; Murphy M. (2021) ''Economic Obstacles to Education in Ireland’'. Journal of Human Rights Practice, 13 (1). [Full-Text]
2020 J. Allen, D.M. Doyle, S. McCorristine and A. McMahon (2020) 'De-Extinction, Regulation and Nature Conservation'. Journal of Environmental Law, 32 :309-322. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2020 McMahon A.; Doyle D.M. (2020) 'Patentability and De-extinct Animals in Europe: The Patented Woolly Mammoth'. Journal of Law and the Biosciences, . https://doi.org/10.1093/jlb/lsaa017 [Full-Text]
2020 C. Murphy, D.M. Doyle and M. Murphy (2020) ''Still Waiting' for Justice: Migrant Workers' Perspectives on Labour Exploitation in Ireland'. Industrial Law Journal, 49 :318-351. [DOI]
2020 D.M. Doyle. M. Muldoon and C. Murphy (2020) 'Education in Ireland: accessible without discrimination for all?'. International Journal of Human Rights, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 Doyle D.; Murphy C.; Murphy M.; Coppari P.; Wechsler R. (2019) 'I Felt like she owns me': Exploitation and uncertainty in the lives of labour trafficking victims in Ireland'. British Journal of Criminology, 59 (1):231-251. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Doyle D.M.; Scott S. (2016) 'Criminal Liability for Deaths in Prison Custody: The Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007'. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 55 (3). [Full-Text]
2015 Doyle D.M. (2015) 'Republicans, Martyrology, and the Death Penalty in Britain and Ireland, 1939–1990'. Journal of British Studies, 54 (03). [Full-Text]
2014 O'Donnell I.; Doyle D.M. (2014) 'A Family Affair? English Hangmen and a Dublin Jail, 1923–54'. New Hibernia Review, 18 (4). [Full-Text]
2012 Doyle D.M. (2012) 'Reasonable Belief and Unlawful Carnal Knowledge: A Historical Perspective'. Irish Jurist, 47 . [Full-Text]
2012 Doyle D.M.; O'Donnell I. (2012) 'The Death Penalty in Post-Independence Ireland'. Journal of Legal History, 33 (1). [Full-Text]
2011 Doyle D.M. (2011) ''“the guilty sexual predator and the innocent comely maiden”: Gender, Paternalism and Statutory Rape Law in Ireland''. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 21 (2).

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2024 Doyle D.M.; Black L. (2024) 'Capital Punishment in Independent Ireland, 1923-2001' In: Elgar Companion on Capital Punishment & Society. London : Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
2023 Black L.; Doyle D.M. (2023) 'Infant Murder and the Death Penalty in Independent Ireland' In: 100 Years of the Infanticide Act: Legacy, Impact and Future Directions. Oxford : Hart Publishing.
2022 O'Callaghan L.; Doyle D.M.; Griffin D.; Murphy M. (2022) 'The Ultimate Sacrifice: Irish Police Killed in the Line of Duty, 1922-2020' In: Perspectives from the Periphery: Histories of Punishment in Ireland. US : Emerald Publishing.
2020 Cronin M.; Murphy C.; Doyle D.M; Byrne D.; Murphy M. (2020) 'Refugees and Higher Education in Ireland' In: Refugees and Higher Education: trans-national perspectives on access, equity, and internationalization. Boston, MA : Brill/Sense.
2020 Murphy M.; Doyle D.M.; Murphy C. (2020) 'Labour Trafficking and the Challenges of Victim Identification in Ireland: Exploring the Legacy of Article 4 UDHR' In: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: A Review of Successes and Challenges. Dublin : Clarus Press.
2016 Doyle, D.M.; McGrath, J. (2016) 'Attributing criminal responsibility for workplace fatalities and deaths in custody: Corporate manslaughter in Britain and Ireland' In: Homicide, Gender and Responsibility: An International Perspective. Abingdon Oxon UK : Routledge. [DOI]

Edited Book

Year Publication
2020 Higgins, N.; Adanan, A.; Doyle, D.M.; Doherty, M (Ed.). (2020) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: A Review of Successes and Challenges. Dublin: Clarus Press,
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Teaching Interests

Criminal Law
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Education Law
Intellectual Property Law