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Niamh Mary Howlin

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Law
01 716 4136
University College Dublin, School of Law, Sutherland School of Law Belfield Dublin 4

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Niamh Howlin is a lecturer/assistant professor on the UCD Sutherland School of Law. Niamh graduated with a BCL degree from UCD in 2003 and she completed a PhD in Legal History in 2007 under the supervision of Professor Nial Osborough. She then worked as a lecturer at Queen's University Belfast from 2007-2013, when she joined the faculty in the Sutherland School of Law. Niamh's primary research interests are Irish Legal History and Criminal Justice, and she has published her work in national and international peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Legal History, the Law and History Review, Comparative Legal History, the Irish Jurist and the Dublin University Law Journal. Niamh has received external research funding from the IRCHSS, the Society of Legal scholars, the British Academy and the Socio-Legal Studies Association. She recently published with colleague Dr Kevin Costello: N Howlin and K Costello (eds) Law and the Family in Ireland 1800-1950 (Palgrave Macmillan 2017). She is currently working with Dr Mark Coen, Dr Colette Barry and Mr John Lynch on a project entitled 'Judge-Jury Interactions in Ireland', funded by the Fitzpatrick Family Foundation. Her recent books include Niamh Howlin, Juries in Ireland: Laypersons and Law in the Long Nineteenth Century (Four Courts Press 2017), and Niamh Howlin and Noel McGrath, Lyall on Land Law (Thomson Roundhall, 2018). Niamh teaches Property Law, Legal and Professional Skills and Jury Trials. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Authority in the UK and holds a postgraduate teaching qualification from Queen's University Belfast. In 2017 Niamh was awarded a UCD College Teaching Excellence Award. Niamh is interested in hearing from students wishing to undertake research in legal history, criminal justice and related fields. Niamh is the Head of Teaching and Learning in the School of Law and is the joint Staff Editor of the UCD Law Review. She sits on the Council of the Irish Legal History Society


  • Lecturer
    Queen's University Belfast1 Oct 2007 - 31 Dec 2012


  • BCL
    University College Dublin
  • PG DIP
    Queen's University of Belfast UK
  • PhD
    University College Dublin


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