Dr Karen Brennan is a lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Essex. Karen obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law in 2000 (University College Dublin). She was admitted to the integrated LLM/PhD programme at University College Dublin in October 2000, and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Her PhD thesis examines the phenomenon of infanticide from the perspective of the disciplines of law, history, and anthropology, focusing particularly on historical and contemporary criminal justice responses to maternal infant murder in Britain and Ireland, and on the development of infanticide laws in Britain, Ireland, and elsewhere.
During her postgraduate studies at UCD, Karen was a Tutor and Senior Tutor in Criminal Law. Between July 2006 and December 2007, she acted as researcher to the Criminal Law Rapporteur on the Legal Protection of Children in the Republic of Ireland. In October 2006, Karen was appointed to the position of lecturer in law at Queens University Belfast. She joined the School of Law at the University of Essex in January 2012. Sh e currently teaches criminal law and evidence.
Karens main research interest is infanticide and the law. She is currently developing her doctoral research, focusing on the criminal justice and legislative response to maternal infanticide in twentieth-century Ireland. She has also recently begun a project examining the criminal justice and legislative response to this crime in the U.S.A. Karens other research interests are on the topics of abortion and age-related child sex offences.
BCL (University College Dublin), 2000
PhD (University College Dublin), 2007
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (Queens University Belfast), 2011