The late Dr Vicky Conway was an Associate Professor of Law at Dublin City University and she specialised in police oversight and accountability, police corruption and Irish policing. She was an Authority Member of the Policing Authority of Ireland and Commission Member of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland as well as an Evaluator for Greco, the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body. She held a BCL and LLM from University College Cork, a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from Queen's University Belfast where her thesis was entitled 'The Thick Blue Wall: A Socio-Historical Analysis of Police Accountability in the Republic of Ireland'. She also held a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and Teaching from QUB and a Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Vicky's experience on the Policing Authority and the Commission on the Future of Policing allowed her to have a deep and unique understanding of policing in Ireland. She was author of Policing Twentieth Century Ireland: A History of An Garda Síochána (Routledge, 2013) and The Blue Wall of Silence: The Morris Tribunal and Police Accountability in Ireland (Irish Academic Press, 2010) and co-author of Irish Criminal Justice: Theory, Process and Procedure (Clarus Press, 2010) with Yvonne Daly and Jennifer Schweppe. She also published many articles and contributed to publications on policing and criminal justice. Vicky passed away in the summer of 2022.