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Professor Sean Doran

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LLB, Queen's University Belfast
M.Phil, Cambridge University
Certificate in Professional Legal Studies, Queen's University Belfast (Barrister-at-Law)

Professor Sean Doran is a practising member of the Bar of Northern Ireland. His main areas of practice are crime and judicial review. He is an Honorary Professor of Law at Queen's University Belfast, having taught in the School of Law at Queen's from 1994 to 2004 and having been promoted to a professorship in 2000. He has been appointed as a Global Law School Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium for 2006-07. This appointment involves visits to University at Leuven to lecture students on the European Criminal Law Programme and to engage in research and discussion on comparative criminal evidence and procedure with staff and postgraduate students.

Professor Doran is a graduate of Queen's (1985) and Cambridge University (1986) and he also lectured in law at the University of Manchester (1988-1993). His main teaching and research interests are in the areas of evidence, criminal procedure and criminal justice. He is the author of several publications in these areas and is co-author with Professor John Jackson of Judge Without Jury: Diplock Trials in the Adversary System, which was published by Oxford University Press in 1995, and co-editor with Professor Jackson of The Judicial Role in Criminal Proceedings, published by Hart Publishing Oxford in December 2000. In 2003, he participated in research for the review of the criminal courts in the Republic of Ireland conducted by the Working Group on the Jurisdiction of the Courts. In 2000, he contributed to the research programme initiated by the Review of the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland. He is co-editor of International Commentary on Evidence (ICE), an electronic journal which has been adopted by Bepress Electronic Publishing Company in Berkeley California (the journal's web address is http://www.bepress.com/ice ) and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Evidence and Proof.

Professor Doran is also a former member of the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission and he served as a University representative on the Council of Legal Education for Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2004. He is currently Secretary to the Criminal Bar Association Committee and is responsible for the Association's continuing professional development programme.


Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminal Procedure and Criminal Justice Issues.

Selected Publications

A Study of the Jurisdiction of the Criminal Courts in Ireland : Report to the Working Group on the Jurisdiction of the Courts (with Professor John Jackson) (2003) The Stationery Office: Dublin

"Trial by Jury" in McConville and Wilson (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Justice Process (2002, Oxford University Press) 379

Lay Involvement in Adjudication (with Ruth Glenn) (2000) Review of the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland Research Report 11, The Stationery Office Limited

The Judicial Role in Criminal Proceedings (2000, edited with John Jackson) Oxford : Hart

"The Case for Jury Waiver" (with John Jackson) [1997] Criminal Law Review 155

Judge Without Jury: Diplock Trials in the Adversary System (1995, with John Jackson) Oxford University Press