Biography

Dr Vicky Conway is an Associate Professor of Law at Dublin City University and she specialises in police oversight and accountability, police corruption and Irish policing. She has been 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 Council of Europe, Greco. She holds 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 holds 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 allows her to have a deep and unique understanding of policing in Ireland. She is author of Policing Twentieth Century Ireland: A History of An Garda Síochána (2013, Routledge) and The Blue Wall of Silence: The Morris Tribunal and Police Accountability in Ireland (2010, Irish Academic Press) and co-author of Irish Criminal Justice: Theory, Process and Procedure with Yvonne Daly and Jennifer Schweppe. She has published a number of articles and contributed to publications in this area. Vicky and her colleage Professor Yvonne Daly were central to the development of the bespoke ‘SUPRALAT’ training programme for criminal defence practitioners attending police station interviews, which was developed, with colleagues across Europe, as part of an EU-funded project. They have delivered this training to over 100 criminal defence solicitors in Ireland in conjunction with the Law Society of Ireland and contributed to Garda training on the topic. The SUPRALAT training, and derivatives thereof, have also been delivered in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Scotland, and it has been further expanded and delivered under the EU-funded NETRPRALAT project in Spain, Lithuania and Poland. Vicky and Yvonne have also conducted a major research project with over 40 criminal defence practitioners all around Ireland on the experience of attending at Garda stations. This research, combined with their expert analysis of the law and practice of criminal investigations in Ireland, informs the content of Criminal Defence Representation at Garda Stations.