The ACJRD 25th Annual Conference will take place on Friday, 7th October 2022.

This year’s conference, “Gender Encounters in the Criminal Justice System:  How does Gender Impact Diverse Experiences?”  will take place ‘in person’ in the Camden Court Hotel, Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2.

It is perceived by many that Irish society has become more egalitarian, diverse and inclusive.  This full day conference will focus on how such perceived social change manifests in our Criminal Justice System, by considering its patterns and demographics across all genders.

The conference hopes to explore some questions such as:  

  • How does gender stereotyping manifest in offending and in the perpetrator-victim encounter?
  • How does one’s gender impact the ‘offender journey’ as one encounters arrest, trial sentencing and detention or imprisonment.
  • How do other variables including one’s sexual identity, family circumstances, ethnicity, addiction issues and mental health challenges, impact that journey and one’s desire for rehabilitation and increased social capital?
  • Do various actors in the criminal justice system bring their own unconscious bias to their work and do they have diverse professional experiences based on their gender?

ACJRD members who work in government agencies and in the community to include policymakers, practitioners, academics, and those involved in civil society groups from a wide range of disciplines, will have an opportunity on 7th October 2022, to absorb and discuss expertise from a diverse group of national and international speakers, to build on their considerable experience and gain further insights and knowledge to enhance their work.  Non-members of ACJRD are welcome to attend this event.

Registration will be facilitated during September.

Confirmed plenary speakers (in alphabetical order by surname) include:

  • Saoirse Brady, Irish Penal Reform Trust
  • Jim Dalton, Central Statistics Office
  • Ursula Fernée, The Probation Service 
  • Dr David Maguire, Director of the Building Futures Project at the Prison Reforms Trust

Delegates will be given the opportunity to attend one of three Thematic Sessions offered, each of which will feature three different presentations.  

Confirmed presenters for Thematic Sessions (in alphabetical order by surname) include:

  • Dr Lynsey Black, Maynooth University
  • Yvonne Cooke, An Garda Síochána
  • Caoimhe Kiernan, Technical University Dublin
  • Dannielle McKenna, Manager, Rialto Youth Project
  • Sinéad O’Malley, Irish Association of Social Workers
  • Danielle O’Sullivan, Maynooth University
  • Barry Owens, Irish Association for Social Inclusion Opportunities
  • Representative from the SAOL Project
  • Representative from Irish Travellers Access to Justice


The Chatham House Rule:

To encourage openness and the sharing of information, ACJRD invokes the Chatham House Rule at all events.

*The Chatham House Rule reads as follows:  "When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed."