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Dr. Mary Rogan

Associate Professor in Law (Law)

Professor Mary Rogan's research interests include prison law, human rights and imprisonment, and penal policymaking. Professor Rogan received a first class honours degree in Law from Trinity College Dublin in 2003 before going on to obtain a BCL from the University of Oxford. Professor Rogan received her PhD at Trinity College Dublin for her work on the penal policymaking process. She is a barrister with expertise in prison law, receiving the degree of Barrister-at-Law from the Honorable Society of King's Inns with distinction. Prof. Rogan also holds a MA in Higher Education from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics from Trinity College Dublin. Professor Rogan was awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant worth €1.5million euro in 2015 for a project entitled 'Prisons: the rule of law, accountability and rights'. This work brings together, for the first time, the disciplines of public law and the sociology of punishment to examine inspection, oversight and accountability in prison systems in the United States and Europe. Professor Rogan has also received funding from the European Commission and Irish Research Council for cross-jurisdictional projects on imprisonment, and pre-trial detention, and for work on law and social change. She has led research on bail and pre-trial detention in Ireland as part of research examining seven European Union countries, and a further project examining leadership in penal change in the United States and Europe. She has also provided research consultancy to the Council of Europe on projects concerning the inspection of prisons in Ukraine and FYRO Macedonia. She is the Book Review Editor for the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice. Professor Rogan teaches modules in Penology and the Prison System at Trinity College Dublin and is the coordinator of the Undergraduate Dissertation Programme at the School of Law. She has pioneered community-based learning methods in legal education, having introduced the first community-based learning module partnering with nongovernmental organisations on penal policy, and supervised the first Employment-Based PhD student researching penal policy to work with a nongovernmental organisation. Professor Rogan is committed to using research to improve penal policy and the policymaking process. She chairs the Implementation and Oversight Group on reforms to penal policy, reporting to the Minister for Justice and Equality. She was appointed to the inaugural Research Advisory Group for the Department of Justice and Equality in July 2018. She sits on the Advisory Group to the Office of the Inspector of Prisons. She has also been a member of the Central Statistics Office's Expert Group on Crime Statistics. Professor Rogan is a representative of Ireland on the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation, a body with advisory status to the United Nations. She is a member of the Board of the Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders, the Victims' Rights Alliance, and is a former Chairperson of the Irish Penal Reform Trust.
  accountability in prisons   human rights in prison   Prison   Prison Law   prison oversight   prison policy   prison policy in ireland   Prisoner health
 Prisons: the rule of law, accountability and rights
 Towards pre-trial detention as ultima ratio?
 Leadership, culture and managing prisons: knowledge exchange between the USA and Europe

Details Date
Elected to the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation in respect of Ireland: advisory body to the United Nations 2013 -
Board member, Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders 2010-
Member of the interim Board of the Victims' Rights Alliance 2016 -
Chairperson, Advisory Board, Prisoner Support Network (Pathways Project and Care After Prison) 2015
Invited research collaborator, Confederation of European Probation 2017 -
External Examiner, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University/Ireland: LLB (Law and Society) and LLM programmes 2015 -
Book review editor and member of international editorial board, Howard Journal of Crime and Justice 09/18 -
External Examiner, Criminal Justice, Waterford Institute of Technology/Ireland 2015 -
Reviewer, Palgrave Macmillan 2014 -
Reviewer, University of Monash Law Review 2014 -
Reviewer, Routledge 2012 -
External Examiner, Sligo Institute of Technology, (Higher Certificate in Custodial Care, Law programmes) 2010 - 2014
External Examiner, Letterkenny Institute of Technology (Law) 2009 - 2012
Academic Advisor, Trinity College Law Review 2006 -
Member of the inaugural Department of Justice and Equality Research Advisory Group 07/18 -
Organiser of a public event on 'Changing Ireland, Changing Law' selected for inclusion in PROBE: Research Uncovered event at Trinity College Dublin/Ireland 2016
Presented to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on research into public interest law and strategic litigation 2015
Invited contributor, Prison Health and Policy Workshop, organised by Dr. Catherine Cox, UCD and Prof Hilary Marland, University of Warwick, funded by the Wellcome Trust 2017
Reviewer, Child and Family Law Quarterly 2018
Presentation on "The impact of ERC funding", European Research Council Day, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin/Ireland 2016
Chair of roundtable on parole reform, organised by the Irish Penal Reform Trust, Dublin/Ireland 2016
Invited participant in "Public Criminology" session, Waterford Institute of Technology Autumn Criminology School, Blackwater Castle/Ireland 2016
Honorary Lifetime Member, Irish Penal Reform Trust 2014 -
Appointed by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality as Chairperson of the Implementation and Oversight Group for the Report of the Strategic Review Group on Penal Policy 2015 -
Appointed by the Central Statistics Office to the Expert Group on Crime Statistics 2015 -
Appointed by the Minister for Justice and Equality to the Working Group conducting a Strategic Review of Penal Policy in Ireland 2014
Chairperson, Irish Penal Reform Trust (foremost NGO on penal affairs in Ireland) 2010 - 2014
Details Date From Date To
Barrister-at-Law 2011
Director, Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders 2012
Chairperson, Irish Penal Reform Trust 2010 2014
Member, Division on Corrections and Sentencing, American Society of Criminology 2012 2017
Member, Irish Women Lawyers' Association 2015
Member of the interim Board, Victims' Rights Alliance 2016
Member of the Irish Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development 2015
Convenor, 'Cultural and Legal Lives of Incarceration' Network, Law and Society Association 2011 2013
Member of the International Society for Public Law 2017
Mary Rogan and David Perry , The Use of Pretrial Detention in Ireland: How Does the Legal Framework Operate in Practice?, Criminal Law and Practice Review, 2, 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan , Judges and resisting penal policy, Howard Journal of Crime and Justice , 57, (3), 2018, p321-338 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Mary Rogan, Human rights approaches to suicide in prison: implications for policy, practice and research, Health and Justice , 2018, p , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Mary Rogan and David Perry, Report on Expert Interviews, Ireland, 2018, Report, PUBLISHED  URL
International human rights law and high risk offenders in, editor(s)Faye S. Taxman , Handbook on Risk and Need Assessment: Theory and Practice , New York, Routledge, 2017, pp447 - 464, [Mary Rogan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Women in Prison and Ireland in, editor(s)Piet Hein van Kempen Maartje Krabbe , Women in Prison: The Bangkok Rules and Beyond , Intersentia, 2017, pp479 - 512, [Mary Rogan and Michael Reilly], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan, Human rights and correctional healthcare: a view from Europe, International Journal of Prisoner Health, 13, (1), 2017, p1-7 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Mary Rogan, Remission of Prison Sentences: Emerging Principles, Dublin University Law Journal, 40, (1), 2017, p217 - 231, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Mary Rogan and David Perry, DETOUR - Towards Pre-trial Detention as Ultima Ratio, Country Briefs, Country Briefs, Ireland, November , 2017, Report, PUBLISHED  URL
Walter Hammerschick, Christine Morgenstern, Skirmantas Bikelis, Miranda Boone, Ioan Durnescu, Alexia Jonckheere, Joep Lindeman, Eric Maes, Mary Rogan , DETOUR - Towards Pre-trial Detention as Ultima Ratio, Comparative Report, Comparative Report, Ireland, December, 2017, Report, PUBLISHED  URL

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Mary Rogan, Opening Statement to the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality on the Bail (Amendment) Bill 2017, 5 December , 2018, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan, 'Behind the Door': Solitary Confinement in the Irish Penal System, The Irish Penal Reform Trust, Kilmainham, 2 February , 2018, The Irish Penal Reform Trust, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan, The Future of Policing , Behind the Headlines, Synge Theatre, Trinity College, 21 February , 2018, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan, Bail and the use of pre-trial detention: findings from an empirical study , Criminal Law: Recent Developments and Emerging Trends, Trinity College, Dublin, 19 April , 2018, Trinity Law School, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan, The effects of incarceration and aging, Head Space 2018, Trinity College, Dublin, 27 April, 2018, Creative Aging International, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan, Justice in Transition: improving the penal policymaking process, Probation Board for Northern Ireland Annual Conference, Belfast, 15 March, 2018, Probation Board for Northern Ireland, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan, human rights in prisons and the role of inspection and monitoring, Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, 18 July, 2018, GBHI, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan , Bail and the use of pre-trial detention in Ireland: findings from an empirical study, Meeting of the Judges of the District Court, 2018, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan, Pre-trial detention in Ireland, Pre-trial detention conference, University of Leiden, 2018, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan, We have a rare window to reform justice system, 2018, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
British Institute of International and Comparative Law Visiting Fellowship 2014
Teaching Excellence Award/Dublin Institute of Technology 2012
James Murnaghan Memorial Prize/Honorable Society of King's Inns 2010
Simms' prize for best performance in BCL examination in Crime, Justice and the Penal System/University of Oxford 2004
Trinity College Postgraduate Studentship/Trinity College Dublin 2004-2007
Graduate Bursary/University of Oxford 2004
Selected by Trinity College Dublin to participate in the LFHE Aurora programme 2016-2017
Réalt Scholarship/Dublin Institute of Technology 2008-2010