Ailbhe O'Loughlin

Ailbhe O'Loughlin

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  • Senior Lecturer, Law
Former affiliation
  • Lecturer in Law, Law

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I welcome inquiries from prospective PhD students in my areas of expertise: sentencing and mental health; mental health law; prisons and penal policy; vulnerable defendants.

Personal profile

Research interests

My research focuses on the intersection between mental health law, criminal law and criminal justice.  I have published work on sentencing and mental disorder, the prisoner's right to rehabilitation, and the law and policy governing prisoners and forensic patients with personality disorders.

My broader research interests include:

  • Mental health law
  • Criminal law
  • Sentencing
  • Human rights law
  • Criminology
  • Penal policymaking and politics


I joined York Law School in September 2016 after completing my doctoral studies at the London School of Economics. I am currently the Faculty Lead for the Social Sciences at the Institute of Mental Health Research at York (IMRY) .

Before undertaking doctoral research at LSE, I was a trainee at DG Justice of the European Commission and worked as a research assistant and French-English translator at the University of Oxford.


  • K Law (General)
  • criminal law
  • mental health law
  • criminal justice
  • Criminology
  • sentencing
  • human rights

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