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 (www.humanrights.ie).
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.back to top
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Teaching and Supervision
LW596 Gender, Sexuality and Law
LW870 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
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.
Other Academic Activities
Sinéad blogs at Human Rights in Ireland (www.humanrights.ie).
Sinéad is a member of the Editorial Board of Feminists at Law (http://journals.kent.ac.uk/index.php/feministsatlaw).