Dr Lynsey Black

Law

Lecturer
Lecturer / Assistant Professor

New House
205
(01) 474 6567

Biography

Lynsey researches in the areas of gender and punishment, the death penalty, historical criminology, post-colonial criminal justice, and media and culture.

Through summer 2019, Lynsey was a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt, researching the project: 'The Mandatory Death Sentence in Ireland, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados: Colonial Legacies and Sovereign Symbols.'

Lynsey is currently collaborating on a British Academy-funded project with Dr Lizzie Seal (PI) (University of Sussex), Dr Bharat Malkani (Cardiff University), Dr Florence Seemungal (University of the West Indies) and Dr Roger Ball (University of Sussex). The project is titled: 'Reforming British law and policy on the global death penalty.'

In 2019, along with Prof Claire Hamilton, Lynsey was commissioned to produce a report on confidence in criminal justice systems by the Department of Justice and Equality. This report was published in December 2019.

Previous collaborations include a public engagement and knowledge exchange project undertaken with Dr Lizzie Seal (University of Sussex) and Dr Florence Seemungal (University of the West Indies/University of Oxford), and with the United Nations Development Programme in Barbados. This focused on criminal justice reform and reform of the death penalty regimes in Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Lynsey has published in Punishment and SocietyLaw and History Review, and the Social History of Medicine, and is co-editor of the collection, Law and Gender in Modern Ireland, with Hart Publishing. She is currently working on her first monograph, Women, Murder and the Death Penalty in Ireland, 1922-64, with Manchester University Press.

From 2016 to 2018, Lynsey was an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin. Her postdoctoral research was a comparative, transnational project on capital punishment in Ireland and Scotland from 1864 to 1914.

Lynsey holds an LLB Law from Trinity College Dublin, and an MA in Criminology from Dublin Institute of Technology. She received her PhD from the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin in 2016. Her doctoral research focused on women and the death penalty in post-independence Ireland and was aided by the award of a research bursary from the Irish Legal History Society and an Arthur Cox Fellowship.

Lynsey has previously lectured at Dublin Institute of Technology, and has worked with the Irish Penal Reform Trust and the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice.

Research Interests

Gender and Punishment
Women Who Kill
Death Penalty
Death Penalty in the Caribbean
Historical Criminology
Postcolonial Criminal Justice and Punishment
Media and Culture

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Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
NF/2019/15821246-Living Borders: Cattlhttps://ris.maynoothuniversity.ie/live/!W_VA_GRANTS.EDIT?OBJECT_ID=2401845e Smuggling on the Ireland/Northern Ireland Border PI Irish Research Council (IRC) / New Foundations An historical project exploring the incidence of 'everyday criminality' on the Ireland/Northern Ireland border. Taking the post-WWII period, the project will use oral history interviews, archival, documentary and media research to explore the practice and meanings of smuggling as a function of a border. The project will examine the incidence of smuggling within the agricultural and rural context specifically. 01-MAY-20 31-DEC-21 9222

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2019 Law and Gender in Modern Ireland: Critique and Reform
Lynsey Black and Peter Dunne (Ed.). (2019) Law and Gender in Modern Ireland: Critique and Reform Oxford: Hart. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'The Pathologisation of Women Who Kill: Three Cases from Ireland'
Lynsey Black (2020) 'The Pathologisation of Women Who Kill: Three Cases from Ireland'. Social History of Medicine, 33 (2):417-437 [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Public opinion on crime, punishment and the death penalty in Barbados'
Black, L;Seal, L;Seemungal, F (2019) 'Public opinion on crime, punishment and the death penalty in Barbados'. Punishment and Society, [DOI] [Details]
2018 '‘On the other hand, the accused is a woman’: Women and the Death Penalty in Post-Independence Ireland'
Lynsey Black (2018) '‘On the other hand, the accused is a woman’: Women and the Death Penalty in Post-Independence Ireland'. Law and History Review, 36 (1):139-172 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2020 'Detecting the Murderess: Newspaper Representations of Women Convicted of Murder in New York, London, and Ireland, 1880-1914’'
Rian Sutton and Lynsey Black (2020) 'Detecting the Murderess: Newspaper Representations of Women Convicted of Murder in New York, London, and Ireland, 1880-1914’' In: Alison Adam (eds). Constructing Forensic Objectivity from 1850. London: Palgrave. [Details]
2016 'Impact of the Imposition of the Death Penalty on Families of the Convicted in the Caribbean'
Florence Seemungal, Lizzie Seal, Lynsey Black (2016) 'Impact of the Imposition of the Death Penalty on Families of the Convicted in the Caribbean' In: Death Penalty and the Victims. New York: UN. [Details]
2016 'Media, Public Attitudes and Crime'
Lynsey Black (2016) 'Media, Public Attitudes and Crime' In: Deirdre Healy, Claire Hamilton, Yvonne Daly and Michelle Butler (eds). The Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
2016 'Death Penalty and its Impact on the Professionals Involved in the Execution Process'
Florence Seemungal, Lizzie Seal, Lynsey Black (2016) 'Death Penalty and its Impact on the Professionals Involved in the Execution Process' In: Death Penalty and the Victims. New York: UN. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2019 'Justice, 2018'
Lynsey Black (2019) 'Justice, 2018' Administration: Journal of the Institute of Public Administration in Ireland, 67 (1) :37-44. [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Justice, 2017'
Lynsey Black (2018) 'Justice, 2017' Administration: Journal of the Institute of Public Administration in Ireland, 66 (1) :31-46. [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Murder, Capital Punishment, and the Irish in Scotland, 1864 to 1914'
Lynsey Black (2018) 'Murder, Capital Punishment, and the Irish in Scotland, 1864 to 1914' The Irish Jurist, 60 :154-166. [Details]
2017 'Justice, 2016'
Lynsey Black (2017) 'Justice, 2016' Administration: Journal of the Institute of Public Administration in Ireland, 64 (1) :35-48. [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Justice, 2015'
Lynsey Black (2016) 'Justice, 2015' Administration: Journal of the Institute of Public Administration in Ireland, 63 (4) :49-60. [DOI] [Details]
2015 'The Representation of Offending Women in the Irish Press: A Content Analysis'
Lynsey Black (2015) 'The Representation of Offending Women in the Irish Press: A Content Analysis' Irish Probation Journal, 12 :160-178. [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2019 An Evidence Review of Confidence in Criminal Justice Systems.
Claire Hamilton and Lynsey Black (2019) An Evidence Review of Confidence in Criminal Justice Systems. Department of Justice and Equality, Dublin. [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2017 Male Jealousy & Questions of Sexual Honor: A Look at Historical Cases of Domestic Murder in Ireland.
Lynsey Black (2017) Male Jealousy & Questions of Sexual Honor: A Look at Historical Cases of Domestic Murder in Ireland. Blog [Details]
2016 The “worst of the worst?” Dangerous Women in Post-Independence Ireland.
Lynsey Black (2016) The “worst of the worst?” Dangerous Women in Post-Independence Ireland. Blog [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2018 Review of “Irish Women and the Vote: Becoming Citizens” by Louise Ryan and Margaret Ward.
Lynsey Black (2018) Review of “Irish Women and the Vote: Becoming Citizens” by Louise Ryan and Margaret Ward. Book Review [DOI] [Details]

Newsletter

  Year Publication
2018 Doing Historical Criminology: A Case from Ireland.
Lynsey Black (2018) Doing Historical Criminology: A Case from Ireland. Newsletter [Details]