Dr Louise Kennefick

  • Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law (Law)
  • Visiting Scholar (School of Law)

email: Louise.Kennefick@glasgow.ac.uk

Room 427, Sir Alexander Stone Building, 16 University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QL


Louise Kennefick joined the University of Glasgow in 2022 as Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law, having previously worked as lecturer and associate professor at Maynooth University, Ireland. She qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales before completing her doctoral thesis in the area of criminal responsibility at University College Cork in 2011.

Louise researches across the fields of criminal law theory, criminal justice and criminology. She is particularly curious about how and why we blame each other, and the impact of condemnation on the person and the community. Her work in the area of offender supervision and desistance involves constructing grounded theoretical frameworks by mining the lived experiences of core stakeholders within the probation field through the application of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. She is the recipient of a Glasgow Law Fellowship (2020), SLS Research Activities Award (2018), and an IRC ‘New Ideas’ Award (2012) for her work on criminal responsibility and excuse, in addition to funding from the European COST Network and the Department of Justice and Equality (Ireland) for her research in the area of offender supervision.

Research interests

Louise's research concerns criminal law, criminal law theory, and criminal justice. She is particularly interested in themes relating to responsibility attribution, agency, excuse, and the interaction between social justice and criminal law and justice.  Her work in the field of criminology focuses on the history of probation, community supervision, and desistance from crime.

Louise welcome's proposals for doctoral supervision that fall within her areas of interest.


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2021 Evidence Review of Community Service, Irish Probation Service

2020 Glasgow Law Fellow, University of Glasgow, Scotland

2018 Research Activities Fund Award, Society of Legal Scholars

2017 Research Funding for Histories of Probation project (with D. Healy,  UCD), Department of Justice and Equality (Ireland)                                              

2015 Research Enhancement Award, Maynooth University

2013 Short-term Scientific Mission Award, Oral Histories Project, European Co-operation in Science and Technology (COST) Action Network                    

2011 New Ideas Award, Irish Research Council




- Criminal Law

- Criminal Justice

- Criminal Law Doctrine and Theory 

- Foundations of Evidence Law


Additional information

RTE Brainstorm article on state responsibility for domestic crime: https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2018/0711/977907-should-a-state-ever-be-held-responsible-for-domestic-crime/?app=true