Shane Kilcommins


Shane Kilcommins is a full professor in Law at the University of Limerick, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. His areas of expertise are criminal law, evidence law, criminal procedure, penology and legal philosophy. He has been head of the School of Law since 2014, and sits on other university reviews/committees such as Tenure Track Development Review, Executive Campus Infrastructural Committee (2018-), and the Research Rankings Sub Committee (2018).


He is a Fulbright scholar, has been appointed an expert with European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. He has also worked as part of a team of inspectors for the Inspector of Prisons, and being invited by the then Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, to chair the Consultative Council to advise on issues relating to penal policy. He has also chaired the consultative forum on the Victims' Charter, as part of its relaunch by the Minister for Justice and Equality. He has also acted as an expert adviser to Transparency International Ireland.


In 2020, he was appointed to An Garda Síochána's Expert Review Group on Recruit Education and Entry Pathways and Learning and Development, to provide strategic advice and make recommendations on the delivery of learning and development interventions in the organization. He has obtained circa 2.6 million in competitive funding, and has supervised 18 Ph.D. students and 2 postdoctoral students to completion. He is an examiner for the Law Society of Ireland, and sits on the board of the Victims' Rights Alliance.


He has authored or edited 9 books with publishers such as Manchester University Press, Willan, Clarus Press and Routledge. He has also published reports and numerous articles in leading journals such as the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, International Journal of Evidence and Proof, International Review of Victimology, The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, European Journal of Criminology, and Criminology and Criminal Justice. In addition, he has contributed 25 chapters to edited books, and presented over 75 conference papers.


Shane joins the CopDoc on April 18th, 2022.