By Beth Duane, PhD candidate in the School of Law
In April 2019, I presented a paper based on the second chapter of my thesis at the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference in at The School of Law, University of Leeds. The conference was an excellent forum for the dissemination of knowledge in the field of socio-legal studies, exploring topics such as Equality and Human Rights Law, Family Law and Policy and Gender, Sexuality and Law. I was able to attend a number of streams, which gave me an expansive insight into numerous areas of law that are relevant to my topic.
My paper entitled, ‘Prison Violence in Ireland: A Multi-Dimensional Analysis’ was presented in the Law and Emotion stream. My paper discussed the phenomenon of prison violence with a view to establishing that a violent event is part of a process with multiple factors and effects, which causes physical and emotional harm for both prisoners and operational staff in Ireland. My co-presenter, Jen Neller, presented her paper on ‘Emotion and Identity in the Passage of Hate Speech Legislation’, which provided a fascinating insight in the role of emotion in the construction of hate speech legislation in the United Kingdom.
One of the highlights of the conference was sharing this experience with a number of people from the School of Law. My supervisor Dr Susan Leahy, Dr Hope Davidson, Louise McNeil and Lucy Davis presented compelling papers across a variety of streams, representing the high quality of research that is conducted within UL. It was a pleasure to be given the opportunity to present my paper alongside my colleagues.
A huge thank you to AHSS for partly funding this experience, as I would not have been able to attend this event without this financial assistance.