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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 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 was elected to Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin in 2021. 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. She is also a Member of Lincoln's Inn and the Bar of England and Wales. Prof. Rogan holds an MA in Higher Education from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics from Trinity College Dublin. In 2021, she became President of the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation/Fondation Internationale Pénale et Pénitentiaire, becoming the first person from Ireland and the first woman to hold this position. In 2022, she won the award for best civic engagement project at the Trinity Civic Engagement Awards. She was also nominated by the School of Law for best Research Supervisor in 2022. 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 North Macedonia. She is the Book Review Editor for the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice and a member of the Research Advisory Group to the Howard League for Penal Reform. Professor Rogan teaches Penology at Trinity College Dublin and was the first coordinator of the Undergraduate Research Project 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. She is a former 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
Book review editor and member of international editorial board, Howard Journal of Crime and Justice 09/18 -
Member of the inaugural Department of Justice and Equality Research Advisory Group 07/18 -
Reviewer, Child and Family Law Quarterly 2018
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
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 -
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 -
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
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 -
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
Histories of Penal Oversight in, editor(s)Black, Lynsey Brangan, Louise Healy, Deirdre , Histories of Punishment and Social Control in Ireland: Perspectives from a Periphery, Emerald, 2022, pp360 - 380, [Mary Rogan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
van der Valk, Sophie, Aizpurua, Eva, Rogan, Mary, "[Y]ou are better off talking to a f****** wall": The perceptions and experiences of grievance procedures among incarcerated people in Ireland, Law and Society Review, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Mary Rogan, Examining the Role of Legal Culture as a Protective Factor Against High Rates of Pre-trial Detention: the Case of Ireland, European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research , 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ciara O'Connell and Mary Rogan, Monitoring Prisons in Europe: Understanding Perspectives of People in Prison and Prison Staff, Law and Social Inquiry, 2022, p1 - 31, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan, Prison Law in Ireland Enters Adulthood: Simpson v Governor of Mountjoy Prison, Irish Supreme Court Review, 3, 2021, p121 - 140, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Eva Aizpurua and Mary Rogan, Rights protection in prisons: Understanding recommendations-making by prison inspection and monitoring bodies in the European Union, Punishment and Society, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
van der Valk, Sophie, Aizpurua, Eva and Rogan, Mary, Towards a typology of prisoners' awareness of and familiarity with prison inspection and monitoring bodies, European Journal of Criminology, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Eva Aizpurua and Mary Rogan, Correctional oversight bodies' resources and protections across the European Union: Are their hands tied?, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Ciara O'Connnell, Eva Aizpurua and Mary Rogan, The European committee for the prevention of torture and the gendered experience of imprisonment, Crime, Law and Social Change, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sophie van der Valk and Mary Rogan, Experiencing Human Rights Protections in Prisons: The Case of Prison Monitoring in Ireland, European Journal of Criminology, 18, (1), 2020, p101 - 119, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL

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Professor Mary Rogan, Presentation on the outcome of evaluation by the Council of Europe Development Bank of judicial infrastructure in Ireland, Paris, France, 23 January 2020, 2020, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Ciara O'Connell and Mary Rogan , Rights and Recommendations: Prison Perspectives on the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture' - Briefing Papers Shared with Prisons in Norway and Scotland, 2020, Report, SUBMITTED
Mary Rogan and Sophie Van der Valk, Complaints procedures in prisons and recent case law, Public Law Conference , UCD , 23rd May, 2019, 2019, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Professor Mary Rogan, Dr. Ciara O'Connell, Sarah Curristan, Sophie van der Valk and Dr. Eva Aizpurua, "Experiencing a CPT visit - the impact on prisons and penal administrators", Thirty Years of monitoring prisons in Europe, KU Leuven, December 5 2019 , 2019, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan, Reflection on Law, Brain Health and Diversity , Diversity and Brain Health: Perspectives from the LGBT+ Community in Ireland, Trinity Long Room Hub, 4th June, 2019, 2019, Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) and the School of Law, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Dr. Eva Aizpurua, Sophie van Der Valk, Sarah Curristan, 'Prisoners' and Staff views of Prison Oversight', Visiting Committee Training Day, IPS College, 2 December 2019, 2019, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan, Battling the elements: capturing the hard to hear stories, Considerations and Challenges in Life Story Research, Trinity Long Room Hub, 6th June, 2019, 2019, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Mary Rogan, Prison inspection and monitoring bodies: a new role in the AFSJ?, EU Law and Detention Seminar, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, 17 September 2019, 2019, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Ciara O'Connell, Eva Aizpurua and Mary Rogan, The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and the Gendered Experience of Imprisonment, Gender in Law and Courts: Uneasy Encounters?, European University Institute, 8 November 2019, 2019, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Mary Rogan, Opening Statement to the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality on the Bail (Amendment) Bill 2017, 5 December , 2018, Invited Talk, 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