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Dr Louise Forde


Lecturer in Law, Brunel Law School, Brunel University London, United Kingdom



Louise is a Lecturer in Law at Brunel Law School, and researches in the area of international children's rights law and youth justice, with a particular interest child participatory methods. Louise was an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Scholar at the School of Law in University College Cork, where she completed doctoral research entitled “’Welfare’ and ‘justice’ in Irish youth justice: A Children’s Rights Analysis of Diverse Approaches to Youth Justice”. Her work is particularly focused on research which can contribute positively to conversations around policy development, and she has collaborated with the Irish Department of Justice, Oberstown Children Detention School and the Policing Authority, as well as authoring reports for bodies such as Save the Children, the Irish Penal Reform Trust, and other governmental and non-governmental bodies. She contributed to the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of their Liberty, as part of the team focusing on child participation. She was appointed to the editorial board of Youth Justice: An International Journal in 2019.



  • Lynch, N., van den Brink, Y. & Forde, L. (eds.), Responses to Serious Offending by Children: Principle, Practice and Global Perspectives (Routledge, forthcoming 2022)
  • Forde, L. (2021) 'Welfare, Justice, and Diverse Models of Youth Justice: A Children’s Rights Analysis'. The International Journal of Children's Rights, 29 (4). pp. 920 - 945. ISSN: 0927-5568
    Forde, L. (2021) 'The Role of the Courts in Protecting Children’s Rights in the Context of Police Questioning in Ireland and New Zealand'. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 0 (in press). ISSN: 0265-5527
  • Forde, L. (2021) 'The Impact of Covid-19 on Children’s Rights in Ireland', in Brinig, M. (ed.) International Survey of Family Law 2021. Cambridge, UK : Intersentia. pp. 233 - 264. ISBN 13: 9781839701573.
  • Forde, L. and Kilkelly, U. (2021) 'Incorporating the CRC in Ireland', in Kilkelly, U., Lundy, L. and Byrne, B. (eds.) Incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into National Law. Cambridge, UK : Intersentia. pp. 281 - 302. ISBN 13: 9781780689920
  • Forde, L. and Kilkelly, U. (2021) 'Children’s Rights and Police Questioning: A Qualitative Study of Children’s Experiences of being interviewed by the Garda Síochána'. 
  • Forde, L. (2018) 'Realising the Right of the Child to Participate in the Criminal Process'. Youth Justice, 18 (3). pp. 265 - 284. ISSN: 1473-2254


International children's rights law, UNCRC, youth justice, child participation, creative arts
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