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Ailbhe O'Loughlin



Dr Ailbhe O'Loughlin
LLB Ling. Franc. (Dubl), MSc (Oxon), PhD (LSE)


I joined York Law School in September 2016. Previously, I taught Criminal Law at King's College London and LSE at undergraduate level and I was a guest lecturer on the Mental Health Law LLM module at LSE. Before undertaking doctoral research at LSE, I was a trainee at DG Justice of the European Commission and worked as a research assistant and French-English translator at the University of Oxford.

I hold an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford and an LLB in Law and French from Trinity College Dublin. I gained my PhD from the London School of Economics in 2016.



Broadly, my research interests include:

  • Mental health law

  • Criminal law

  • Criminology and criminal justice

  • Sentencing

  • The role of risk and risk assessment in criminal justice and mental health law

  • Human rights (with a particular focus on the criminal justice and mental health contexts) 

  • Law and history


Personality disordered offenders

I am currently working on a monograph entitled "Personality Disordered Offenders: Risking Rights?" based on my PhD research examining the law and policy governing personality disordered offenders considered to be dangerous in England and Wales.

Marginalisation and the law

I am part of a White Rose funded network on Marginalisation and the Law: Medieval and Modern bringing together modern legal scholars and medieval historians working on themes of marginalisation at the University of York, University of Leeds and University of Sheffield. Further details of the project can be found here:

The legal consequences of a criminal conviction

I am currently co-editing a book on the legal consequences of criminal conviction with Sonja Meijer of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Harry Annison of the University of Southampton. The book explores the consequences that a criminal conviction can have for the rights of convicted offenders both within and beyond the criminal justice system. As these consequences are regulated by laws other than the criminal law (e.g. administrative law, employment law) they are often hidden from the parties at a criminal trial and are seldom taken into account by judges when passing sentence. The book is the result of a successful workshop organised by Sonja Meijer that took place at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law in April 2017. The workshop brought together legal academics and practitioners working in countries including Swizerland, Germany, France, the UK, Hungary and Australia to present and reflect on the consequences a criminal conviction can have in Europe and beyond.



  • Criminal Law

  • Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law

  • Introduction to Law and Society

External activities


  • Law and Society Association

Other activities

  • June 2016 Guest lecture on legal aspects of the detention and treatment of personality disordered offenders, University of Birmingham Forensic Psychiatry Academic Programme

  • September 2016 Live interview on Fubar internet radio on the subject of psychopathy and personality disorder

Contact details

Dr Ailbhe O'Loughlin
York Law School

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5825