Dr Sinéad Ring

Law

Lecturer

New House
209
(01) 4747776

Biography

Dr Ring joined the Department of Law at Maynooth in September 2019 from Kent Law School where she was a Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of Graduate Studies. She has also taught law at NUI Galway and University College Cork. She has held visiting positions at Osgoode Hall’s Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, Harvard Law School, Melbourne Law School and University of Technology, Sydney. Before entering academia Sinéad was a legal researcher at the Law Reform Commission. Sinéad is an expert in criminal law and evidence, victims’ studies and feminist legal studies. Her research explores legal responses to sexual violence.

Dr Ring's monograph (with Kate Gleeson and Kim Stevenson) Child Sexual Abuse Reported by Adult Survivors: Legal Responses in England and Wales, Ireland and Australia is forthcoming with Routledge in April 2022. 

Sinéad welcomes potential research students in sexual violence and the law; law and gender; feminist legal studies; criminal law; the law of evidence and criminal justice. 

Sinéad is happy to answer media queries about criminal law, criminal justice and sexual violence. 

Research Interests

Sinéad’s research explores how law creates social, cultural and political meanings about historical child sexual abuse for victim-survivors, perpetrators, institutional actors, and society. Using insights from psychology, political theory and criminology, her work unpacks law’s discursive power (in civil and criminal law and in commissions of inquiry), and imagines better legal responses to historical child sexual abuse.  Sinéad’s research on historical child sexual abuse has been funded by the Irish Research Council and the Socio Legal Studies Association. She has published in numerous international journals including The International Journal of Evidence and Proof and Social and Legal Studiesand edited collections.  
Sinéad's monograph Child Sexual Abuse Reported by Adult Survivors. Legal Responses in England and Wales, Ireland and Australia (forthcoming 2022 with Routledge) with Dr Kate Gleeson (Macquarie Law School) and Prof Kim Stevenson (Plymouth). This book examines the construction of child sexual abuse in the present by adopting a historiographic perspective exploring and comparing the responses of the law and legal institutions to historical child sexual abuse in Australia, Ireland and the UK. 
 
Sinéad is also interested in legal responses to sexual violence against adults. The first strand of this work is around the role of law in the production of knowledge about sexual violence. She has published on the admission of counselling and therapeutic records in rape trials, and on the notion of consent to sexual intercourse in Irish law. The second strand of this work relates to the role of employment and anti-discrimination law in combatting sexual misconduct in higher education. At the University of Kent Sinéad was instrumental in the design of institution-wide policies on responding to and preventing sexual violence against students, and in successfully bidding for Higher Education Funding Council for England funds to support implementation of these polices. In November 2018 Sinéad was appointed by Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D. to the Expert Advisory Group on Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions. The group’s report, Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive. Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutionswas published in April 2019 and is available online here. The Report provides a framework for sectoral change to foster positive institutional cultures of respect, dignity and integrity that are effective in tackling sexual misconduct.  Sinéad is an editorial board member of feminists@law, an online open access journal of feminist legal scholarship (available online here) 

Sinéad is happy to supervise research students working in the following areas: institutional violence and the State; sexual violence and the law; law and gender; feminist legal studies; criminal law; evidence law and criminal justice.  
 

Books

  Year Publication
2022 Child Sexual Abuse Reported by Adult Survivors. Legal Responses in England and Wales, Ireland and Australia.
Sinéad Ring (lead author) Kate Gleeson Kim Stevenson (2022) Child Sexual Abuse Reported by Adult Survivors. Legal Responses in England and Wales, Ireland and Australia. London: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2022 '(forthcoming) Gendered Harms, Historical Abuse and Criminology'
Lynsey Black and Sinéad Ring (2022) '(forthcoming) Gendered Harms, Historical Abuse and Criminology'. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, forthcoming [Details]
2022 'Applications to halt the trial of charges of non-recent child sexual abuse. The People (D.P.P.) v. C.Ce [2019] I.E.S.C. 94'
Sinéad Ring (2022) 'Applications to halt the trial of charges of non-recent child sexual abuse. The People (D.P.P.) v. C.Ce [2019] I.E.S.C. 94'. Irish Supreme Court Review, 3 [Details]
2021 'Confronting the past and changing the future? Public inquiries into institutional child abuse, Ireland and Australia'
Kate Gleeson; Sinéad Ring (2021) 'Confronting the past and changing the future? Public inquiries into institutional child abuse, Ireland and Australia'. Griffith Law Review, 29 (1):109-133 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2020 'State Legal Responses to Historical Institutional Abuse: Shame, Sovereignty, and Epistemic Injustice'
Mairead Enright; Sinéad Ring (2020) 'State Legal Responses to Historical Institutional Abuse: Shame, Sovereignty, and Epistemic Injustice'. Eire-Ireland; a journal of Irish studies, 55 (1 & 2):68-100 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2017 'The Victim of Historical Child Sexual Abuse in the Irish Courts 1999–2006'
Sinéad Ring (2017) 'The Victim of Historical Child Sexual Abuse in the Irish Courts 1999–2006'. Social and Legal Studies, 26 (5):562-580 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2017 'Trauma and the construction of suffering in Irish historical child sexual abuse prosecutions'
Sinéad Ring (2017) 'Trauma and the construction of suffering in Irish historical child sexual abuse prosecutions'. International Journal For Crime, Justice And Social Democracy, 6 (3):88-103 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2015 'General Scheme of Access to Abortion Bill”'
Enright, M. ; Conway, V.; De Londras, F.; Fletcher, R.; McGuinness, S.; Ui Chonnachtaigh, S.; McDonnell, N.; Murray, C.; Ring, S. and Donnelly, M. (2015) 'General Scheme of Access to Abortion Bill”'. Feminists at Law, 5 (1):18-50 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2015 'Abortion Law in Ireland: A Model for Change'
Enright, M., Conway, V., De Londras, F. , Fletcher, R., McGuinness, S., Ui Chonnachtaigh, S., McDonnell, N. Murray, C., Ring, S., Donnelly, M. (2015) 'Abortion Law in Ireland: A Model for Change'. Feminists at Law, 5 (1):1-32 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2015 '“Sexual Offence Complainants and Credibility: Why Virginity Testing is Pointless. R v L [2015] EWCA Crim 741.”'
Sinéad Ring (2015) '“Sexual Offence Complainants and Credibility: Why Virginity Testing is Pointless. R v L [2015] EWCA Crim 741.”'. Journal of Criminal Law, 79 (6):385-388 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2014 'Analysing 'Fairness in Context' in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Prohibition Applications'
Ring, Sinéad (2014) 'Analysing 'Fairness in Context' in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Prohibition Applications'. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 23 (4):132-141 [full-text] [Details]
2009 'Beyond the Reach of Justice? Complainant Delay in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Cases and the Right to a Fair Trial.”'
Ring, Sinéad (2009) 'Beyond the Reach of Justice? Complainant Delay in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Cases and the Right to a Fair Trial.”'. Judicial Studies Institute Journal, 2 :162-203 [full-text] [Details]
2012 'Due Process and the Admission of Expert Evidence on Recovered Memory in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Cases: Lessons from America'
Ring, Sinéad (2012) 'Due Process and the Admission of Expert Evidence on Recovered Memory in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Cases: Lessons from America'. International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 16 (1):66-92 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'State shame, sovereignty, and legal responses to historical institutional abuse'
Ring S.;Enright M. (2019) 'State shame, sovereignty, and legal responses to historical institutional abuse' In: Philosophical Perspectives on Contemporary Ireland. [Details]
2022 'State Responses to Institutional Abuse'
Máiréad Enright and Sinéad Ring (2022) 'State Responses to Institutional Abuse' In: JM Smith, K. O'Donnell and M. O'Rourke (eds). Redress: Ireland and Justice in Transition. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]
2017 'DPP v C. A Feminist Judgment on Consent in Rape Law'
Eilionóir Flynn and Sinéad Ring (2017) 'DPP v C. A Feminist Judgment on Consent in Rape Law' In: Enright, M, McCandless, J and O’Donoghue, A (eds). Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments. Judges' Troubles and the Gendered Politics of Identity. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]
2018 '‘Our most precious possession of all.’ The Survivor of Historical Child Sexual Abuse as the Ideal Victim?”'
Sinéad Ring (2018) '‘Our most precious possession of all.’ The Survivor of Historical Child Sexual Abuse as the Ideal Victim?”' In: Marian Duggan (eds). Revisiting the Ideal Victim Concept. Developments in Critical Victimology. Bristol: Bristol University Press. [Details]
2018 'On ‘delay’ and ‘duration’. Law’s Temporal Orders in Historical Child Sexual Abuse Cases'
Sinéad Ring (2018) 'On ‘delay’ and ‘duration’. Law’s Temporal Orders in Historical Child Sexual Abuse Cases' In: Sian Beynon-Jones and Emily Grabham (eds). Law and Time. London: Routledge. [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2009 'Justice Denied? An Analysis of the Difficulties facing Applicants for Prohibition in Delayed Prosecutions for Child Sexual Abuse'
Sinéad Ring (2009) 'Justice Denied? An Analysis of the Difficulties facing Applicants for Prohibition in Delayed Prosecutions for Child Sexual Abuse' First Law Criminal Law Online, . [Details]
2006 'Collateral Challenges to a Declaration of Unconstitutionality: A v Governor of Arbour Hill Prison [2006] IESC 45”'
Sinéad Ring (2006) 'Collateral Challenges to a Declaration of Unconstitutionality: A v Governor of Arbour Hill Prison [2006] IESC 45”' Irish Student Law Review (Journal of the Honourable Society of King's Inns), 14 :245-254. [full-text] [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2019 Prosecuting Sexual Offences.
His Honour P. Rook (Chair); A. Rafferty; I. Bing; A. Rothwell; C. Yates; C. Rose; D. Calvert-Smith, D.; G. Akerman; J. Faure Walker; L. Tapper; L. Orrett; M. Lamb; N. Barnard; N. Lankey; P. Carter; V. Baird; S. Ring; T. Dempster, T.; V. Dow; T. Desai, T. (Rapporteur) (2019) Prosecuting Sexual Offences. JUSTICE, https://justice.org.uk/our-work/criminal-justice-system/prosecuting-sexual-offences/. [full-text] [Details]
2004 A Fiscal Prosecutor and a Revenue Court (LRC 2004).
Glen Gibbons and Sinead Ring (2004) A Fiscal Prosecutor and a Revenue Court (LRC 2004). Law Reform Commission, Dublin. [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2006 Prosecution Appeals and Pre-Trial Hearings (LRC 81-2006).
Sinéad Ring (2006) Prosecution Appeals and Pre-Trial Hearings (LRC 81-2006). Law Reform Commission, Dublin. [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2020 Irish Universities Association Guidance for Universities. How to Respond to Alleged Staff or Student or University Related Sexual Misconduct.
Tony McMahon and Sinéad Ring (2020) Irish Universities Association Guidance for Universities. How to Respond to Alleged Staff or Student or University Related Sexual Misconduct. Irish Universities Association, Dublin. [full-text] [Details]
2019 Safe Respectful, Supportive and Positive. Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions.
A. Looney, T. Browne, S. Cahill, L. Crowley, D. McLean, A. Power, P. MacNeela, S. Ring, C. Saidléar, (2019) Safe Respectful, Supportive and Positive. Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Government of Ireland, www.gov.ie. [full-text] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2014 The Pernicious Nature of Rape Myths and how they continue to Affect Rape Prosecutions
Sinéad Ring (2014) The Pernicious Nature of Rape Myths and how they continue to Affect Rape Prosecutions The Pernicious Nature of Rape Myths and how they continue to Affect Rape Prosecutions [DOI] [Details]
2009 Allegations of Sex Offending and the Rights of the Accused
Sinéad Ring (2009) Allegations of Sex Offending and the Rights of the Accused Perspectives on Sex Offending: the Victim and the Offender , pp.35-37 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2020 Panel Discussion - Consent at Maynooth University. Virtual Panel with Students.
Sinéad Ring (2020) Panel Discussion - Consent at Maynooth University. Virtual Panel with Students. [Invited Oral Presentation], Effective Procedures for Reporting and Investigating Reports of Sexual Misconduct against Students, Virtual [Details]
2020 University of Birmingham Gender Research Group.
Sinéad Ring (2020) University of Birmingham Gender Research Group. [Invited Lecture], Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment in Irish Universities, Virtual [Details]
2018 Dublin City University International Workshop on Law of Evidence and Criminal Procedure.
Sinéad Ring (2018) Dublin City University International Workshop on Law of Evidence and Criminal Procedure. [Oral Presentation], #MeToo and the Rape Shield in Evidence Law, Dublin City University [Details]
2017 Northumbria University: Archival Accountability Gap- Is Is There a Democratic Deficit in Archives?.
Sinead Ring (2017) Northumbria University: Archival Accountability Gap- Is Is There a Democratic Deficit in Archives?. [Invited Lecture], “Historical Child Sexual Abuse Inquiries and the Nation's Duty to Remember: Reflections from Ireland. Conference: Is there a Democratic Deficit in Archives?, Northumbria University , 24-JAN-17 - 26-JAN-17 [full-text] [Details]
2018 Boston College International Conference on Transitional Justice, Truth-telling, and the Legacy of Institutional Abus.
Máiread Enright and Sinéad Ring (2018) Boston College International Conference on Transitional Justice, Truth-telling, and the Legacy of Institutional Abus. [Plenary Lecture], “Shame, Sovereignty and Irish Legal Responses to Historical State Violence”, Boston, USA [Details]
2018 Irish Conference of Historians. Sex Sexuality and Reproduction. Historical Perspectives.
Sinead Ring (2018) Irish Conference of Historians. Sex Sexuality and Reproduction. Historical Perspectives. [Oral Presentation], Resisting the Harms of ‘Innocence’ through Memories: an alternative histo- ry of child sexual abuse in Ireland, University College Cork , 26-APR-18 - 28-APR-18 [Details]
2020 Maynooth University International Women's Day Event. Meet the Silence Breaker Laura Madden.
Sinéad Ring (2020) Maynooth University International Women's Day Event. Meet the Silence Breaker Laura Madden. [Public presentations], Discussant, Maynooth University , 05-MAR-20 [Details]
2009 Sibéal Gender and Women's Studies Network, UCD.
Sinead Ring (2009) Sibéal Gender and Women's Studies Network, UCD. [Oral Presentation], Feminist Constructions of Credibility; Is a Complainant Always a Victim?, UCD [Details]
2008 North-South Criminology Conference.
Sinead Ring (2008) North-South Criminology Conference. [Oral Presentation], Recalibrating the Scales of Justice, DIT [Details]
2019 Irish Association of Law Teachers Conference.
Sinéad Ring (2019) Irish Association of Law Teachers Conference. [Oral Presentation], Child Abuse Inquiries- Records and the Creation of Public History, Limerick , 22-NOV-19 - 24-NOV-19 [Details]
2010 Irish Association of Law Teachers Conference.
Sinead Ring (2010) Irish Association of Law Teachers Conference. [Oral Presentation], Constitutional Due Process and Reliability Determinations Regarding Expert Testimony on Recovered Memories of Child Sexual Abuse, Limerick [Details]
2011 Law and Society Association Conference.
Sinead Ring (2011) Law and Society Association Conference. [Oral Presentation], Expert Evidence on Recovered Memory in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Cases, San Francisco [Details]
2008 Criminal Justice in Crisis, University of Aberdeen.
Sinead Ring (2008) Criminal Justice in Crisis, University of Aberdeen. [Oral Presentation], Balance, Delay and Due Process: How Balancing talk Affects Due Process in Delayed Prosecutions for Child Sexual Abuse, Aberdeen [Details]
2009 Socio Legal Studies Association.
Sinead Ring (2009) Socio Legal Studies Association. [Oral Presentation], The Incorporation of Victims' Experiences in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Prosecutions, Leicester [Details]
2006 European Society of Criminology Annual Conference.
Sinead Ring (2006) European Society of Criminology Annual Conference. [Oral Presentation], Justice in Transition: Where to now for judicial sentencing discretion?, Tuebingen [Details]
2009 Society of Legal Scholars Conference.
Sinead Ring (2009) Society of Legal Scholars Conference. [Oral Presentation], When is a Victim a Feminist's Victim?, Keele [Details]
2010 Harvard Law School Graduate Workshop.
Sinead Ring (2010) Harvard Law School Graduate Workshop. [Oral Presentation], Repressed Memory Syndrome and the Role of Experts in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Prosecutions, Boston , 09-APR-10 [Details]
2015 Institute for Criminal Justice Research, University of Southampton. Expert Evidence under the Microscope.
Sinéad Ring (2015) Institute for Criminal Justice Research, University of Southampton. Expert Evidence under the Microscope. [Invited Lecture], The Juridification of Trauma in Delayed Child Sexual Abuse Prosecutions, Institute for Criminal Justice Research, University of Southampton , 22-NOV-14 [Details]
2015 University of Limerick Conference on the EU Victims' Directive.
Sinead Ring (2015) University of Limerick Conference on the EU Victims' Directive. [Oral Presentation], The EU Victims' Directive and Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse, University of Limerick , 11-SEP-17 [Details]
2016 University of Ulster: Abortion and Reproductive Justice - the Unfinished Revolution II.
Sinéad Ring and Clíona Saidléar (2016) University of Ulster: Abortion and Reproductive Justice - the Unfinished Revolution II. [Oral Presentation], “Access to Abortion and the Needs of Survivors of Sexual Violence in Ireland”, University of Ulster , 02-JUN-16 - 02-JUN-16 [Details]
2016 Institute for Advanced Legal Studies Workshop. Valuing Expertise: Legal, Normative and Social Dimensions.
Sinéad Ring and Gethin Rees (2016) Institute for Advanced Legal Studies Workshop. Valuing Expertise: Legal, Normative and Social Dimensions. [Invited Lecture], The Co-Production and Destabilisation of Rape Trauma Syndrome, Institute for Advanced Legal Studies , 20-SEP-16 - 20-SEP-16 [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2010 General Principles of Law in the Decisions of International Criminal Courts and Tribunals by Raimondo, Fabian.”.
Ring, Sinéad (2010) General Principles of Law in the Decisions of International Criminal Courts and Tribunals by Raimondo, Fabian.”. Netherlands: Book Review [Details]

Editorial

  Year Publication
2013 A Response to the LSE Event “Is Rape Different?”.
Sarah Keenan and Sinéad Ring (2013) A Response to the LSE Event “Is Rape Different?”. Editorial [DOI] [Details]

Policy Contribution

  Year Publication
2019 Legal Opinion. Opinion on the application of the Irish Constitution and EU General Data Protection Regulation to the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 and the Government’s ‘Options for Consideration’ dated 5th November 2019.
C. O' Mahony, F Logue, M O'Rourke, J. Gallen, E. Daly, M. Enright, S. Ring, R. McMahon, L. Cahillane (2019) Legal Opinion. Opinion on the application of the Irish Constitution and EU General Data Protection Regulation to the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 and the Government’s ‘Options for Consideration’ dated 5th November 2019. Policy Contribution [full-text] [Details]
2019 Submission to Department of Justice's Review of Part 4 of the Sexual Offences Act 2017.
Vicky Conway and Sinéad Ring (2019) Submission to Department of Justice's Review of Part 4 of the Sexual Offences Act 2017. Policy Contribution [Details]
2020 In-person presentation to Minister for Higher and Further Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris T.D. Developing Appropriate Policies and Procedures to Respond to Sexual Misconduct in Higher Education Institutions.
Sinéad Ring (2020) In-person presentation to Minister for Higher and Further Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris T.D. Developing Appropriate Policies and Procedures to Respond to Sexual Misconduct in Higher Education Institutions. Policy Contribution [Details]
2019 Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills on the Retention of Records Bill 2019.
Máiread Enright; Maeve O'Rourke and Sinéad Ring (2019) Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills on the Retention of Records Bill 2019. Policy Contribution [Details]
2016 Submission to the Citizens’ Assembly of Ireland Regarding a Proposed Model Law on Abortion.
Enright, M. ; Conway, V.; De Londras, F.; Fletcher, R.; McGuinness, S.; Ui Chonnachtaigh, S.; McDonnell, N.; Murray, C.; Ring, S. and Donnelly, M. (2016) Submission to the Citizens’ Assembly of Ireland Regarding a Proposed Model Law on Abortion. Policy Contribution [DOI] [Details]
2013 Proposed Reforms of Legal Aid in the UK. Response to Consultation by Kent Law School.
Helen Carr, Per Laleng, Rosemary Hunter, Sinead Ring, Elaine Sherratt, Richard Warren, Lucy Welsh , Sheona York (2013) Proposed Reforms of Legal Aid in the UK. Response to Consultation by Kent Law School. Kent: Policy Contribution [Details]

Invited Lectures

  Year Publication
2014 Universidad de Castilla la Mancha. Feminist Activism and Scholarship in the UK in 2014.
Sinead Ring (2014) Universidad de Castilla la Mancha. Feminist Activism and Scholarship in the UK in 2014. Invited Lectures [Details]
2019 Stealthing and the Criminal Law. Public Lecture to Celebrate 20 Anniversary of Brussels School of International Studies.
Sinéad Ring (2019) Stealthing and the Criminal Law. Public Lecture to Celebrate 20 Anniversary of Brussels School of International Studies. Invited Lectures [Details]
2016 State Complicity in Historic Child Sexual Abuse in Ireland.
Sinead Ring (2016) State Complicity in Historic Child Sexual Abuse in Ireland. Invited Lectures [Details]

Invited Seminars

  Year Publication
2018 Exploring the notion of shame in legal and political responses to historical gender based violence.”.
Máiréad Enright and Sinéad Ring (2018) Exploring the notion of shame in legal and political responses to historical gender based violence.”. NUI Galway Faculty of Law Seminar Series: Invited Seminars [Details]
2015 Historical Child Sexual Abuse and an Ethics of Memory.
Sinéad Ring (2015) Historical Child Sexual Abuse and an Ethics of Memory. Invited Seminars [Details]
2015 Is Redemption Possible Here? Developing an Ethics of Memory for Historical Childhood Sexual Abuse in ireland.
Sinéad Ring (2015) Is Redemption Possible Here? Developing an Ethics of Memory for Historical Childhood Sexual Abuse in ireland. Invited Seminars [Details]
2015 Interrogating the Irish State's Wilful Ignorance on Child Sexual Abuse in the Past.
Sinead Ring (2015) Interrogating the Irish State's Wilful Ignorance on Child Sexual Abuse in the Past. Dublin: Invited Seminars [Details]
2015 Researching Child Sexual Abuse in the Archives”, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland, 11 November, 2015. chives”, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland, 11 November, 2015.
Sinead Ring (2015) Researching Child Sexual Abuse in the Archives”, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland, 11 November, 2015. chives”, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland, 11 November, 2015. Invited Seminars [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2010 New Garda Sex Offences Unit to be Established.
Sinéad Ring (2010) New Garda Sex Offences Unit to be Established. Blog [Details]
2010 Carlin v DPP: Prosecutorial Discretion and the Decision (not) to Prosecute.
Sinéad Ring (2010) Carlin v DPP: Prosecutorial Discretion and the Decision (not) to Prosecute. Blog [Details]
2010 HSE Dublin North East Region and complaints of child abuse.
Sinéad Ring (2010) HSE Dublin North East Region and complaints of child abuse. Blog [Details]
2009 LRC Report on Criminal Defences.
Sinéad Ring (2009) LRC Report on Criminal Defences. Blog [Details]
2009 The Safety of Sex Workers.
Sinéad Ring (2009) The Safety of Sex Workers. Blog [Details]
2009 Implementation of the Ryan Report and Children in Care.
Sinéad Ring (2009) Implementation of the Ryan Report and Children in Care. Blog [Details]
2010 Cardinal Brady and the Civil Action Taken by alleged victim of Brendan Smyth.
Sinéad Ring (2010) Cardinal Brady and the Civil Action Taken by alleged victim of Brendan Smyth. Blog [Details]
2018 Disclosure failures erode confidence in criminal justice.
Sinéad Ring (2018) Disclosure failures erode confidence in criminal justice. Blog [Details]
2013 Proposed Reforms of Legal Aid in the UK.
Sinead Ring (2013) Proposed Reforms of Legal Aid in the UK. Blog [Details]
2015 Idealism, Nationalism and the Betrayal of Irish Children.
Sinead Ring (2015) Idealism, Nationalism and the Betrayal of Irish Children. Blog [full-text] [Details]

Newspaper Articles

  Year Publication
2010 Representations of Justice in Sexual Abuse Cases.
Sinead Ring (2010) Representations of Justice in Sexual Abuse Cases. London: Newspaper Articles [DOI] [Details]

Radio Presentation

  Year Publication
2019 Today with Seán O'Rourke: Retention of Records.
Sinead Ring (2019) Today with Seán O'Rourke: Retention of Records. Dublin: Radio Presentation [Details]
2019 Morning Ireland Interview: Committee to discuss proposed legislation on records of redress bodies.
Sinéad Ring (2019) Morning Ireland Interview: Committee to discuss proposed legislation on records of redress bodies. Dublin: Radio Presentation [Details]

Working Paper

  Year Publication
2011 The Rule of Law and Historic Child Sexual Abuse Prosecutions. NUI Galway Working Papers Series.
Sinead Ring (2011) The Rule of Law and Historic Child Sexual Abuse Prosecutions. NUI Galway Working Papers Series. Working Paper [Details]

Podcast

  Year Publication
2020 Policed in Ireland The Sallins Train Robbery.
Vicky Conway, Osgur Breatnach, Sinéad Ring (2020) Policed in Ireland The Sallins Train Robbery. Dublin: Podcast [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2003 College Scholar University College Cork

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Socio Legal Studies Association Member /
Irish Council for Civil Liberties Member /
Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Feminists at Law Journal Editorial Board Member 2013 /
Department of Law Research Committee Member 2019 /
Sentencing Guidelines and Information Committee of the Judicial Council Member 2020 / 2025
Expert Committee on Consent Framework Member 2018 / 2019

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2013 NUI Galway PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning Teaching and Learning at Third Level
2013 University College Cork PhD Law
2004 University College Cork LLM (Criminal Justice) Law and Criminal Justice
2003 University College Cork BCL (Law and German) Law and German

Reviews

  Journal Role
Feminists At Law Member of the Editorial Board

Teaching Interests

Sinéad teaches Criminal Law I and II ,  The Law of Evidence, State Responses to Historical Gendered Violence, Gender Sexuality and Law (Undergrad and Postgraduate courses). 

She is happy to supervise research students working in the following areas: institutional violence and the State; sexual violence and the law; law and gender; feminist legal studies; criminal law; evidence law and criminal justice.  

External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
Mairead Enright Co-Author UNITED KINGDOM
Professor Kim Stevenson Co-author UNITED KINGDOM
Dr Kate Gleeson Co-Author AUSTRALIA