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Critical perspectives research led teaching



Sinéad Ring, BCL (Law and German), LLM (Criminal Justice), PhD (NUI), PGCHETL.

Sinéad joined Kent Law School in January 2013. Prior to joining Kent she worked at National University of Ireland, Galway, University College Cork and the Law Reform Commission of Ireland.

Sinéad's research deals with the past abuse, rape and exploitation of children by adults. She is particularly interested in how memory, trauma and national identity influence the discursive construction of Ireland's history of child sexual abuse.

Her doctorate, which was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, examined how law shapes notions of truth and accountability in historic child sexual abuse prosecutions. Sinéad's current work examines questions of State responsibility and complicity in relation to historic child sexual abuse and rape. This work is supported by a grant from the Socio Legal Studies Association.

A further strand of her research concerns the criminal law's regulation of women's bodies. In this regard she has engaged in work on Irish laws regarding abortion.

She is a Co-Director of Graduate Studies at KLS and a Co-Director of the Kent Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality.

Sinéad blogs on current issues relating to her research interests at Human Rights in Ireland (

She has held visiting positions at Harvard Law School and at Osgoode Hall. For the autumn term 2015 she will be a Visiting Scholar at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin (September-November) and at the University of Technology, Sydney (December). 

Research interests: historic child sexual abuse; memory studies; critical approaches to evidence; victimology; abortion. 

Research areas: Criminal Justice; Gender Sexuality and Law.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Ring, S. (2017). Trauma and the Construction of Suffering in Irish Historical Child Sexual Abuse Prosecutions. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy [Online] 6:88-103. Available at:
Ring, S. (2017). The Victim of Historical Child Sexual Abuse in the Irish Courts 1999–2006. Social & Legal Studies [Online]. Available at:
Ring, S. (2015). Sexual Offence Complainants and Credibility: Why Virginity Testing is Pointless. R v L [2015] EWCA Crim 741. Journal of Criminal Law [Online] 79:385-394. Available at:
Enright, M. et al. (2015). General Scheme of Access to Abortion Bill 2015. feminists@law [Online] 5:1-32. Available at:
Ring, S. (2013). Analysing Fairness in Context in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Prohibition Applications. Irish Criminal Law Journal 23.
Ring, S. (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 [Online] 16:66-92. Available at:
Ring, S. (2009). Justice Denied? An Analysis of the Difficulties facing Applicants for Prohibition in Delayed Prosecutions for Child Sexual Abuse. First Law Criminal Law Online.
Ring, S. (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:162-203.
Book section
Ring, S. and Flynn, E. (2017). DPP v C. in: Enright, M., McCandless, J. and O'Donohgue, A. eds. Northern / Irish Feminist Judgments Judges' Troubles and the Gendered Politics of Identity. Hart.
Internet publication
Ring, S. (2013). Proposed Reforms of Legal Aid in the UK [Blog]. Available at:
Ring, S. (2010). Review - General Principles of Law in the Decisions of International Criminal Courts and Tribunals. International Criminal Law Review 10:807.
Ring, S., Gleeson, K. and Stevenson, K. (2020). Legal Responses to Historical Child Sexual Abuse: Critical and Comparative Perspectives. Routledge.
Ring, S. (2018). Law's Temporal Orders in Historical Child Sexual Abuse Cases. in: Grabham, E. and Beynon-Jones, S. eds. Regulating Time. Abingdon: Routledge.
Ring, S. (2018). Making Sense of our Past: Historical Child Sexual Abuse, the Ideal Victim and the Ideal Offender. in: Duggan, M. ed. Revisiting the Ideal Victim Concept. Policy Press.
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Teaching and Supervision

Module Convenor

Undergraduate modules
LW518 Evidence
LW596 Gender, Sexuality and Law

Postgraduate Modules
LW870 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
LW873 Penology

Current PhD students
Antonia Porter, Prosecuting domestic violence: Asocio-legal analysis (with Dr Emily Grabham)

Aravinda Kosaraju, Attrition in cases involving crimes of sexual child exploitation in England (with Prof Maria Drakopoulou)

I am happy to supervise projects in the areas of sexual violence, law and history and critical criminal justice.

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Other Academic Activities

Co-Director of the Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality

Sinéad blogs at Human Rights in Ireland (

Sinéad is a member of the Editorial Board of Feminists at Law (

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