Fiona Donson

Lecturer
Law
Faculty of Law
Ucc
Cork

T: +353-21-490 3159
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E: f.donson@ucc.ie
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Fiona Donson (Administrative Law and Justice, Child Law, Criminal Law). Fiona Donson is a graduate of Leicester University (LLB 1988), Queen's University, Canada (LLM 1989), King's College London (PhD 1997). Her publications include Legal Intimidation: A SLAPP in the Face of Democracy (Free Association Books, 2000) and articles on protest, human rights, administrative justice, policing and prisons. She has collaborated on projects funded by the British Government, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime. Before joining UCC at the end of 2007 she worked as a child rights advocate for a number of years in Cambodia including developing child rights training for lawyers for UNICEF and running a major child rights project funded by the European Commission. She has taught at a number of Law Schools in the UK including Leicester and Cardiff. Her current research includes work on the rights of children of incarcerated parents, the law related to citizen participation in democratic states, and more generally administrative justice.



My research interests fall into a number of areas related to human rights and administrative justice. Within these broad themes my research is focused on children (child rights), criminal justice, citizen participation and government accountability.
 
My work in the area of children's rights stems initially from my experience as a human rights practitioner in Cambodia between 2001-7. I have practical experience on the development of child rights training for lawyers and judges, and in relation to juvenile justice policy development. In addition, I have experience of child labour and trafficking projects. This practical experience is a backdrop to my ongoing interest therefore in the disjuncture between child rights law/rules and institutional practice. At the present time, in addition to writing on the experience of the development of a juvenile justice system in Cambodia, I am also researching into the rights of children of incarcerated parents. This research requires engagement with both child rights law and criminal justice.  A first article has now been published from this work: Changing Mindsets, changing lives: increasing the visibility of children's rights in cases involving parental incarceration, in International Family Law (2012).
 
My work in the area of administrative justice involves a wideranging examination of administrative law and practice within a socio-legal approach. I am currently working on a book Administrative Justice in Ireland with Dr Darren O'Donovan to be published in 2013. The work involves a "ground up" approach to Administrative Law in Ireland which involves a practical consideration of the current theory and operation of law related to public administration and judicial review.

Finally, I am also engaging in the early development of research on citizenship, sustainability and public participation in decision making processes. This relates to questions of administrative accountability, but within a wider framework of democratic engagement, the facilitation of public engagement with the state and ultimately wider questions of the role of citizen interaction within democratic decision-making.

Books

 YearPublication
(2000)Legal Intimidation.
Donson, F. ; (2000) Legal Intimidation. London: Free Association Books. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2005)'Policing in Cambodia'
Donson, F.; (2005) 'Policing in Cambodia' In: World Police Encyclopaedia. New York, USA: Routledge. [No details]
(1999)'Limiting the Freedom to Protest: Legal Responses to Direct Action'
Donson, F.; (1999) 'Limiting the Freedom to Protest: Legal Responses to Direct Action' In: Smith, P. ed (eds). Making rights work. Aldershot Brookfield USA: Ashgate/Dartmouth. [No details]
(1998)'Data Bases - Positive Policing or Civil Liberties Nightmare?'
Donson, F.; (1998) 'Data Bases - Positive Policing or Civil Liberties Nightmare?' In: Field, S. and Pelser, C. eds (eds). Invading the Private: State Accountability and New Investigative Methods in Europe. Dartmouth, Aldershot: Dartmouth, Aldershot. [No details]
(1997)'Civil Liberties and Judicial Review: Can the Common Law Really Protect Rights?'
Donson, F.; (1997) 'Civil Liberties and Judicial Review: Can the Common Law Really Protect Rights?' In: Leyland, P. and Woods, T. eds (eds). Administrative Law Facing the Future: Old Constraints and New Horizons. London: Blackstone Press. [No details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2012)'Changing mindsets, changing lives: increasing the visibility of children’s rights in cases involving parental incarceration'
Donson F and Parkes A (2012) 'Changing mindsets, changing lives: increasing the visibility of children’s rights in cases involving parental incarceration' [Details]
(2010)'Libel cases and public debate - Some Reflections on whether Europe should be concerned about SLAPPs?'
Donson, F; (2010) 'Libel cases and public debate - Some Reflections on whether Europe should be concerned about SLAPPs?' [Details]
(2004)'Rebels With A Cause, Folk Devils Without a Panic: Press Jingoism, Policing Tactics and anti-capitalist protests in London & Prague'
Donson, F., Chesters, G., Tickle, A., and Welsh, I. ; (2004) 'Rebels With A Cause, Folk Devils Without a Panic: Press Jingoism, Policing Tactics and anti-capitalist protests in London & Prague' [Details]
(1996)'Benham v UK: Human Rights and Poll Tax Imprisonment'
Donson, F. (1996) 'Benham v UK: Human Rights and Poll Tax Imprisonment' [Details]
(1996)'Environmental Protection: Public or Private Law?'
Donson, F. and Lee, R.; (1996) 'Environmental Protection: Public or Private Law?' [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2010)'European Court of Human Rights: Gillan & Quinton v. UK, Introductory Note'
Donson, F; (2010) 'European Court of Human Rights: Gillan & Quinton v. UK, Introductory Note' International Legal Materials, 49 (2) . [Details]
(2010)'Further Reflections on the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act 2009'
Donson, F (2010) 'Further Reflections on the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act 2009' Criminal Law Online Service, . [Details]

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2012)Society of Legal Scholars, 2012,
Donson, F. (2012) Sentencing of mothers and the rights of the child. [Oral Presentation], Society of Legal Scholars, 2012, Bristol University , 11-SEP-12 - 14-SEP-12
(2012)Irish Society of Comparative Law Annual Conference,
Donson, F, (2012) The rights of children of incarcerated parents. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society of Comparative Law Annual Conference, UCC , 02-MAR-12 - 03-MAR-12
(2012)Asian Studies in Ireland and Asian-European Social Innovation,
Donson, F. (2012) “Securing Children’s Rights in Cambodia – Challenges and Achievements in the Development of a Functioning Juvenile Justice System”. [Oral Presentation], Asian Studies in Ireland and Asian-European Social Innovation, Cork , 22-NOV-12 - 23-NOV-12
(2011)IALT - 'Added Value(s) - The Role of Law in Contemporary Society’,
Donson, F. & O'Sullivan, C. (2011) Threshold or barrier to understanding? Teaching actus reus and mens rea as foundational concepts in criminal law. [Oral Presentation], IALT - 'Added Value(s) - The Role of Law in Contemporary Society’, Athlone , 18-NOV-11 - 20-NOV-11
(2011)Environmental Citizenship, Ecological Politics and Global Justice,
Donson, F. (2011) Protest as Environmental Citizenship. [Oral Presentation], Environmental Citizenship, Ecological Politics and Global Justice, UCC , 22-SEP-11 - 22-SEP-11
(2010)Thirty Years of Irish Scholarship:Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future,
Donson, F. and Hedley, S.; (2010) Thirty Years of Irish Scholarship:Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future. [Oral Presentation], Thirty Years of Irish Scholarship:Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future, University of Limerick , 26-NOV-10 - 26-DEC-10
(2010)Accomodating Victims in the Criminal Justice System,
Donson, F.; (2010) Accomodating Victims in the Criminal Justice System. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Accomodating Victims in the Criminal Justice System, UCC, Cork , 11-JUN-10 - 11-JUN-10
(2009)Third Legal Education Symposium,
Donson, F. (2009) Blogging and legal education. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Third Legal Education Symposium, UCD , 13-MAR-09 - 13-MAR-09
(2008)Judicial Diversity: Strategies for Change,
Donson, F; (2008) Judicial Diversity: Strategies for Change. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Judicial Diversity: Strategies for Change, Dublin, Ireland , 01-JAN-08 - 31-DEC-08
(2008)Youth Justice 2008: Measuring Compliance With International Standards,
Donson, F. (2008) Paying lip service to child rights - challenges in developing a juvenile justice system in Cambodia. [Oral Presentation], Youth Justice 2008: Measuring Compliance With International Standards, UCC , 03-APR-08 - 04-APR-08
(2007)2nd National Workshop on Juvenile Justice,
Donson, F; (2007) 2nd National Workshop on Juvenile Justice. [Conference Organising Committee Member], 2nd National Workshop on Juvenile Justice, Phnom Penh Cambodia , 01-JAN-07 - 31-DEC-07
(2007)Recent developments in Juvenile Justice,
Donson, F; (2007) Recent developments in Juvenile Justice - the NGO context. [Oral Presentation], Recent developments in Juvenile Justice, Phnom Penh, Cambodia , 01-JAN-07 - 31-DEC-07
(2007)Juvenile Justice in Cambodia,
Donson, F.; (2007) Securing Children's Rights in Cambodia: research and advocacy work. [Invited Oral Presentation], Juvenile Justice in Cambodia, Phnom Penh , 15-MAY-07 - 15-MAY-07
(2006)1st National Workshop on Juvenile Justice,
Donson, F; (2006) 1st National Workshop on Juvenile Justice. [Conference Organising Committee Member], 1st National Workshop on Juvenile Justice, Phnom Penh Cambodia , 01-JAN-06 - 31-DEC-06
(2006)International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates XVII World Congress,
Donson. F. (2006) Securing Children's Rights in Cambodia. [Oral Presentation], International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates XVII World Congress, Belfast , 27-AUG-06 - 01-SEP-06
(2006)Securing Children's Rights in Cambodia - juvenile justice research,
Donson, F; (2006) Securing Children's Rights in Cambodia - juvenile justice research. [Oral Presentation], Securing Children's Rights in Cambodia - juvenile justice research, Phnom Penh, Cambodia , 01-JAN-06 - 31-DEC-06
(2001)Legal Intimidation - Big Business and Free Speech,
Donson, F.; (2001) Corporate intimidation and free speech. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Legal Intimidation - Big Business and Free Speech, Faculty of Law, University of Southampton , 28-FEB-01 - 28-FEB-01
(2000)Direct Action and Environmental Protest,
Donson, F; (2000) Direct Action and Environmental Protest. [Invited Oral Presentation], Direct Action and Environmental Protest, Roehampton Institute, London , 01-OCT-00 - 01-OCT-00
(1995)Making Rights Work,
Donson, F; (1995) Making Rights Work. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Making Rights Work, Cardiff, UK , 01-JAN-95 - 31-DEC-95
(1995)Making Rights Work,
Donson, F; (1995) Limiting the Freedom to protest: Legal Responses to Direct Action. [Oral Presentation], Making Rights Work, Cardiff, UK , 01-JAN-95 - 31-DEC-95

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2010)The Needs and Concerns of victims of Crime in Ireland.
Kilcommins, Shane; Leane, Máire; Donson, Fiona; Fennell, caroline; Kingston, Anna. (2010) The Needs and Concerns of victims of Crime in Ireland. Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime, Dublin. [Details]
(2004)Complaint Mechanisms and the NEC in the 2003 Cambodian National Election.
Sek, S., Lay, S., Donson, F.; (2004) Complaint Mechanisms and the NEC in the 2003 Cambodian National Election. Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), Phnom Penh, Cambodia. [Details]
(2003)NGO Statement on the First Year of Implementation of the National Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Donson, F.; (2003) NGO Statement on the First Year of Implementation of the National Poverty Reduction Strategy. NGO Forum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. [Details]
(2003)Cambodian National Assembly Election Report 2003.
Donson, F.; (2003) Cambodian National Assembly Election Report 2003. Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections Cambodia (NICFEC), Phnom Penh, Cambodia. [Details]
(2001)Monitoring the Good Practice Guidance on Managing Unauthorised Encampments.
Lomax, D., Cowan, D., Donson, F., Third, H., and Higate, P.; (2001) Monitoring the Good Practice Guidance on Managing Unauthorised Encampments. DTLR, UK. [Details]
(1992)Report on Imprisonment for Non-Payment of Poll Tax.
Donson, F.; (1992) Report on Imprisonment for Non-Payment of Poll Tax. Von Hügel Institute, Von Hügel Institute, Cambridge. [Details]

Blog

 YearPublication
(2008)CCJHR blog ¿ responsible for writing and posting regular items for the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights blog.
Donson, F; (2008) CCJHR blog ¿ responsible for writing and posting regular items for the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights blog. Blog [Details]

Book Review

 YearPublication
(1999)Law in Environmental Decision-Making - National, European and International Perspectives'.
Donson, F.; (1999) Law in Environmental Decision-Making - National, European and International Perspectives'. Book Reviews [Details]

Manual

 YearPublication
(2005)Child Rights and the Legal Representation of Children in Cambodia, Training and Resources Manual.
Donson, F; (2005) Child Rights and the Legal Representation of Children in Cambodia, Training and Resources Manual. Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Manual [Details]
(2005)Induction Training Kit - rights and responsibilities in the workplace.
Donson, F; (2005) Induction Training Kit - rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Manual [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2001An Evidence Based Approach to Global Social Movements: The Prague IMF Action Economic and Social Research Council (UK)

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Faculty of Law, UCC Lecturer01-DEC-07 /
DanChurchAid Cambodia Advocacy Coordinator01-JAN-04 / 30-NOV-07
Cardiff University, UK Lecturer01-JAN-94 / 31-DEC-04
Leicester University Lecturer01-SEP-91 / 31-AUG-92
Von Hügel Institute, Cambridge, UK Research Fellow01-JAN-92 / 31-DEC-92
Courts Service of England and Wales Judicial Assistant01-OCT-92 / 15-JAN-93

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
1997King's College, University of London, UK PHDLaw
1989Queen's University, Kingston, Canada LL.MLaw
1988Leicester University, UK Bachelor of Arts/LawLaw

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
BBC Wales
Regular contributor to both TV and radio programs on issue of protest, policing and human rights
Consultant to Community Legal Education Centre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Working on research project into the complains mechanisms during the 2003 Cambodian National Election
UNICEF
LICADHO Cambodia

Reviews

 JournalRole
Criminal Law Newsletter ¿ First Law Editor
Journal Of Law And Society Referee
Criminal Law Review Editor

Other Activities

 Description

Research Talks 
Title LocationDate
Direct action and environmental protests  Roehampton Institute, London, UK2000
Legal Intimidation Big business and free speech  Southampton University, UK2001
Securing Children's Rights in Cambodia: research and advocacy work Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2007

Criminal Law, Administrative Law (Administrative Justice and Judicial Review), Children's Rights, Contemporary Issues in ECHR Law

Brennan Anna MarieDoctoral DegreeCo-Supervised
 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2014Administrative Law: Grounds of Judicial Review LW2264Administrative Law: Grounds of Judicial Review
2014Criminal Law LW1153Criminal Law
2014Children's Rights LW6549Children's Rights
2014Law of Public Administration LW2263Law of Public Administration
2014Contemporary Issues in ECHR Law LW6593Contemporary Issues in ECHR Law