Professor Bebhinn Donnelly-Lazarov
Bebhinn joined the School of Law in September 2017. She moved from Swansea University, where she was a Professor in the College of Law and Criminology. Bebhinn is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (where she was an exhibitioner), The Inns of Court School of Law, and Birmingham University. She is a member of Middle Temple and the Bar of Northern Ireland. Her research has straddled a number of substantive fields including criminal law, international law, and environmental law but the focus is always a philosophical one, where the aim is to elucidate law's underlying concepts and normative rationales. Her approach to teaching also embeds this conceptual ambition.
Bebhinn's enduring research interests are in jurisprudence and criminal law theory. Her book on criminal attempts, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015, is structured around an Anscombian account of intentional action. Recent and ongoing work explores our understanding of the mind and considers its implications for criminal responsibility, mens rea, omissions, and for defences. Bebhinn has begun to write a book on law, knowledge and consciousness.
Donnelly-Lazarov, B. (2021) 'Evil Trolley Turners; What they do and how they do it' Jurisprudence 12 (2):259-268 (2021)
Donnelly-Lazarov, B. (2017) 'Intention in Criminal Law: The Challenge from Non-Observational Knowledge' 30 Ratio Juris (4)
Donnelly-Lazarov, B. (2017) 'What it Means to Be Responsible for Action: Mind and Movement in Criminal Law.' 25 Journal of Law, Information and Science (3)
Donnelly-Lazarov, B. (2013). 'Law as a Claim-Maker: A Review of Stefano Bertea, The Normative Claim of Law'. Jurisprudence 4(2), 336-343.
Donnelly-Lazarov, B. (2012). 'Dworkin's Morality and its Limited Implications for Law'. Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 25(1), 79-95.
Donnelly-Lazarov, B. (2011). 'The Figuring of Morality in Adjudication: Not so Special?'. Ratio Juris 24(3), 284-303.
Donnelly-Lazarov, B. (2010). "Possibility, Impossibility and Extraordinariness in Attempts". Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 23(1), 47-70.
Donnelly-lazarov, B. (2008). “M Pettenger (ed): 'The Social Construction of Climate Change: Power, Knowledge, Norms, Discourses'. Journal of Environmental Law 20(3), 468-469.
Donnelly-lazarov, B. (2007). 'Subjectivity and Law's Fields of Enquiry. Ratio Juris 20, 77-96.
Donnelly, B. & Bishop, P. (2007). Natural Law and Ecocentrism. Journal of Environmental Law 19(1), 89
Donnelly, B. (2007). Sentencing and Consequences: A Divergence between Blameworthiness and Liability to Punishment. New Criminal Law Review 10(3), 392
Donnelly-lazarov, B. (2006). 'The Epistemic Importance of the Factual Base in New and Traditional Natural Law Theory'. Law and Philosophy 25, 1-29.
Donnelly-Lazarov, B., Patterson, D. & Raynor, P. (Eds.). Neurolaw and Responsibility for Action: Concepts, Crimes and Courts (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)
Donnelly-Lazarov, B. (2015). A Philosophy of Criminal Attempts (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Donnelly-lazarov, B. (2007). A Natural Law Approach to Normativity. Ashgate.
Donnelly-Lazarov B., (2021) 'Neuroscience and the Moral Enhancement of Offenders: The Exceptionally ‘Good’ Brain as a Thought Experiment' In: Ligthart S., van Toor D., Kooijmans T., Douglas T., Meynen G. (eds) Neurolaw: Palgrave Studies in Law, Neuroscience, and Human Behavior (Palgrave Macmillan)
Donnelly-Lazarov, B. 'Intention as Non-Observational Knowledge: Rescuing Responsibility from the Brain' in Donnelly-Lazarov, B., Patterson, D. & Raynor, P. (Eds.). Neurolaw and Responsibility for Action: Concepts, Crimes and Courts (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)
'Natural Law and the Possibility of Universal Normative Foundations'. In Fabri, H.R., Wolfrum, R. & Gogolin, J. (Ed.), Select Proceedings of the European Society of International Law. (pp. 255-266). Oxford: Hart Publishing