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Dr Karen Brennan

Senior Lecturer
School of Law
Dr Karen Brennan
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 874832

  • Location

    4SB.5.17, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Monday 09:00 - 10:00 and Thursday 14:00 - 15:00

Profile

Biography

Dr Karen Brennan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Essex. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (2000, University College Dublin), and a PhD (2007, University College Dublin). She was awarded a Government of Ireland Scholarship by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2002-2004). Prior to joining the University of Essex in 2012, she held a lectureship at Queen's University Belfast (2006-2011), and also acted as researcher to the Criminal Law Rapporteur on the Legal Protection of Children in the Republic of Ireland (July 2006 - December 2007). Her research and teaching interests are in the area of criminal justice, with a particular focus on socio-historical and gendered issues. She recently co-edited a book on women and the criminal justice system (Women and Criminal Justice System: Failing Victims and Offenders? Palgrave-Macmillan, forthcoming 2018). She has published extensively on the subject of infanticide in national and international journals, taking a socio-legal, historical, and feminist approach to this subject. She has also published on abortion and family homicide. Her work engages with a range of themes, including social norms, compassion, medicalisation, and reproductive rights. She is currently developing her research across three areas: maternal obligation to the foetus/newborn child, with a particular focus on the criminalisation of women who harm the foetus/baby; obstetric violence; and assisted dying.

Qualifications

  • BCL (University College Dublin), 2000

  • PhD (University College Dublin), 2007

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Gender and Criminal Justice

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice History

Current research

Maternal Obligation and the Foetus/Newborn Child

Compassion, Assisted Dying and the Law

Criminalising Obstetric Violence

Socio-legal, Historical and Feminist approaches to Infanticide

Teaching and supervision

  • Criminal Law (LW104)

  • Law of Evidence (LW316)

  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: Law, Policy and Practice (LW349)

Publications

Journal articles (6)

Brennan, K., Murdering Mothers & Gentle Judges: Paternalism, Patriarchy and Infanticide. Yale Journal of Law and Feminism

Brennan, K., (2018). Social Norms and the Law in responding to Infanticide. Legal Studies. 38 (3), 1-20

Brennan, KM., (2013). “A Fine Mixture of Pity and Justice:” The Criminal Justice Response to Infanticide in Ireland, 1922–1949. Law and History Review. 31 (04), 793-841

Brennan, K., (2013). Punishing Infanticide in the Irish Free State. Irish Journal of Legal Studies. 3 (1)

Brennan, K., (2013). Traditions of English Liberal Thought: a History of the Enactment of an Infanticide Law in Ireland. Irish Jurist. 50, 100-137

Brennan, K., (2007). Beyond the Medical Model: A Rationale for Infanticide Legislation. Northern Ireland legal quarterly.. 58 (4), 505-535

Books (2)

Milne, E., Brennan, K., South, N. and Turton, J., (2018). Erratum to: Women and the criminal justice system [Women and the Criminal Justice System, 2018]. 9783319767741

Milne, E., Brennan, K., South, N. and Turton, J., (2018). Women and the criminal justice system: Failing victims and offenders?. Springer. 3319767747. 9783319767741

Book chapters (4)

Brennan, K. and Milne, E., (2018). Criminalising neonaticide: Reflections on law and practice in England and Wales. In: Women and the Criminal Justice System: Failing Victims and Offenders?. 95- 117. 9783319767741

Brennan, K., Milne, E., South, N. and Turton, J., (2018). Women and the criminal justice system-moving beyond the silo. In: Women and the Criminal Justice System: Failing Victims and Offenders?. 1- 11. 9783319767741

Brennan, K., (2017). Homicide in the Family. In: Law and the Family in Ireland 1800 - 1950. Editors: Howlin, N. and Costello, K., . Palgrave Macmillan. 160- 180

Brennan, K., (2008). The State of Abortion Law in Northern Ireland. In: The Unborn Child, Article 40.3.3 and Abortion in Ireland: 25 Years of Protection?. Editors: Schweppe, J., . Liffey Press. 247- 275. 9781905785513

Contact

kbrennan@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 874832

Location:

4SB.5.17, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Monday 09:00 - 10:00 and Thursday 14:00 - 15:00