Dr Donna McNamara

Dr Donna McNamara

Lecturer

Newcastle Law School

Career Summary

Biography

Donna joined the University of Newcastle as a Lecturer in January 2020, having previously held the position as Assistant Professor in Law at Dublin City University. She holds a BCL in Law and Society (Dublin City University, 2013), a Masters in Health and Care Law (LLM) (University College Cork, 2014), and a PhD in Law (Dublin City University, 2018). She is currently teaching Evidence Law, Health Law and Child Law.

Donna specialises in international disability law and her research explores themes such as access to justice, legal capacity and non-discrimination. Her secondary research interests lie broadly in the areas of healthcare law and children’s rights, particularly the rights of children living in alternative forms of care. She has a keen interest in interdisciplinary research, and has presented her work at a number of international conferences and seminars.

Her first book, Disability, International Human Rights Law and the Criminal Justice System, is currently under contract with Routledge and will be released in 2021. This work draws upon Donna's PhD research, which examined the rights of persons with disabilities as suspects of crime in the criminal pre-trial process, with a particular focus on the role of the police in investigating criminal offences. 

In 2016, Donna was appointed International Research Fellow at the Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University, New York. She previously served as a research and policy adviser to a number of human rights organisations in Ireland, including Empowering Children in Care, the National Platform of Self-Advocates and the Central Remedial Clinic. 

Donna welcomes applications from prospective research students interested in the fields of human rights, health law and criminal justice.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Dublin City University
  • LLM (Health and Care Law), University College Cork - Ireland

Keywords

  • Access to Justice
  • Children in Care
  • Children's Rights
  • Criminal Justice
  • Disability Law
  • Health Law
  • History of Mental Health
  • Human Rights
  • Involuntary Detention
  • Legal Capacity
  • Mental Health
  • Non-Discrimination
  • Policing

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues 34
180102 Access to Justice 33
180110 Criminal Law and Procedure 33

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
24/9/2014 - 31/8/2018 PhD Researcher and Associate Lecturer Dublin City University
School of Law and Government
Ireland
15/9/2018 - 15/9/2019 Assistant Professor Dublin City University
School of Law and Government
Ireland

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
30/7/2016 - 30/9/2016 International Research Fellow Burton Blatt Institute
United States

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
19/11/2015 - 18/11/2018 External Examiner Cork Institute of Technology
Ireland

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
2019 School of Humanities Research Funding
Dublin City University

Recognition

Year Award
2014 Highly Commended in the Law Category
The Global Undergraduate Awards

Scholarship

Year Award
2015 Dublin City University School of Law and Government Research Scholarship
Dublin City University
2014 University College Cork School of Law Postgraduate Scholarship
University College Cork

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
LAWS5013 Health Law
Faculty of Business & Law, The University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator and Lecturer 22/7/2020 - 13/11/2020
LAWS5006 Child Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator and Lecturer 22/7/2020 - 13/11/2020
LAWS4004 Evidence
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Lecturer 17/2/2020 - 31/7/2020
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 McNamara DM, Disability, International Human Rights Law and the Criminal Justice System, Routledge, Oxfordshire, UK (2021)

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 McNamara D, Hendrick C, 'Silenced, alone, powerless: My life as a Ward of Court in Ireland', Global Perspectives on Legal Capacity Reform: Our Voices, Our Stories, Routledge, London and New York (2018)

Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 McNamara DM, 'Building a Collaborative Approach to Policing in an Age of Disability Human Rights Law', Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, (2020)
DOI 10.1111/jpm.12609
2020 McNamara DM, 'Developing a Right of Aftercare for Young People Transitioning Out of State Care', Irish Journal of Family Law, 23 39-43 (2020)
2019 McNamara DM, 'The Insanity Defence, Indefinite Detention and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities', Dublin University Law Journal, 40 143-175 (2019)
2018 McNamara D, 'Disability Rights and Policing: Why Irelands Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is Important for An Garda Síochána', Cork Online Law Review, (2018)
2016 McNamara DM, 'The Right of the Child to Be Heard: The Case for Child Participation in Foster Care Proceedings', Trinity College Law Review, 19 151-174 (2016)
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Conference (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 McNamara D, 'Reforming the Pre-Trial Criminal Justice Process in Ireland: A Disability-Rights Approach', Galway, Ireland (2019)
2019 McNamara D, 'The Criminalisation of Persons with Disabilities: Historical and Socio-legal Perspectives', Galway, Ireland (2019)
2019 McNamara D, 'An Irish Solution? The Criminalisation of Persons with Disabilities in Ireland and the Role of the Police', Copenhagen, Denmark (2019)
2017 McNamara D, Hendrick C, 'Life as a Ward of Court in Ireland', NUI Galway, Ireland (2017)
2017 McNamara D, 'Suspects with Disabilities and Policing: Lessons from the U.S', Scotland (2017)
2017 McNamara D, 'Barriers to Justice for Suspects with Disabilities in Ireland', Cyprus (2017)
2017 McNamara D, 'What does the CRPD Mean for Policing?', Galway, Ireland (2017)
2016 McNamara D, Hendrick C, 'The Right to Legal Capacity and the Power to Make Personal Decisions', Galway Ireland (2016)
2016 McNamara D, 'The Right of the Child to be Heard: From Theory to Practice', Dublin Ireland (2016)
2015 McNamara D, 'The Detention of Mentally Disordered Offenders in Ireland: Evolution and Contemporary Challenges', Porto Portugal (2015)
2015 McNamara D, 'The Role of the Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board in Ireland', Belfast Northern Ireland (2015)
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Other (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Maguire A, McNamara D, 'Sending children back to school during coronavirus has human rights implications', (2020) [O1]
Co-authors Amy Maguire
2020 McNamara D, 'Letter of Support for the National Platform of Self Advocates', . Online: National Platform of Self Advocates (2020)
2019 McNamara D, 'Access to Housing', Blog Post: Online (2019)
2019 McNamara D, 'Ireland s Ratification of the CRPD: Where to from here?', Blog Post: Online (2019)
2019 McNamara D, 'What is Legal Capacity? An Examination of Decision-Making and Article 12', (2019) [O1]
2018 McNamara D, 'The Criminalisation of Persons with Disabilities in Ireland: The Role of the Police', (2018) [O1]
2017 McNamara D, 'Suspects with Disabilities and Policing: Lessons from the U.S', Blog Post: Online (2017)
2016 McNamara D, 'International Disability Rights Law: Irish Perspectives', (2016) [O1]
2016 McNamara D, 'Disability in the Criminal Justice System in Ireland', (2016) [O1]
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Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 McNamara D, The Criminal Investigation of Suspects with Disabilities: The Impact of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Dublin City University (2018)
2015 McNamara D, Child Participation in Irish Foster Care Proceedings: Assessing Ireland s Compliance with Article 12 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, University College Cork (2015)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $141,841

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20202 grants / $8,500

The Right to Health for People with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses$5,000

Funding body: Faculty of Business & Law, The University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business & Law, The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Donna Marie McNamara

Scheme Faculty Research Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Staff Conference Funding$3,500

Conference postponed due to COVID-19.

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Scheme Conference funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20191 grants / $1,334

Staff Conference Travel Fund$1,334

Funding body: School of Law and Government, Dublin City University

Funding body School of Law and Government, Dublin City University
Scheme Dublin City University
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20171 grants / $834

Postgraduate Travel Scholarship$834

Funding body: Dublin City University

Funding body Dublin City University
Scheme Dublin City University Postgraduate Travel Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20141 grants / $127,836

School of Law and Government Postgraduate Scholarship $127,836

Funding body: School of Law and Government, Dublin City University

Funding body School of Law and Government, Dublin City University
Scheme Dublin City University
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20131 grants / $3,337

School of Law Postgraduate Scholarship$3,337

Funding body: University College Cork

Funding body University College Cork
Scheme Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD Navigating the Complexities of the Australian Family Law System from the Perspective of Carers PhD (Law), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 Honours Examining the Prevalence of Bias Towards Females Convicted of Serious Crimes in Sentencing Criminal Law, Dublin City University Principal Supervisor
2019 Masters Restorative Justice as a Response to the Criminal Justice Systems Failings in Addressing Sexual Violence Against Women Criminal Law, Dublin City University Principal Supervisor
2019 Honours The Case for Female Orientated Prison Policies Criminal Law, Dublin City University Principal Supervisor
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Dr Donna McNamara

Position

Lecturer
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email donna.mcnamara10@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 40553341
Mobile 02 40553341
Link Twitter

Office

Room NU Space, 5th Floor
Building NeW Space
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