Law Reform Commission appoints Rebecca Coen as director of research



Rebecca Coen
Rebecca Coen

The Law Reform Commission has announced the appointment of former prosecutor Rebecca Coen as its new director of research.

Ms Coen, a graduate of University College Cork who was called to the Bar in 2005, has worked in a number of prosecutorial positions since 2008.

She was a senior prosecutor and deputy head of the prosecution policy unit at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions from February 2008 to October 2009.

She subsequently worked until February 2020 in the directing division of the DPP’s office, where she was a principal prosecutor managing indictable cases at every level and stage of the criminal process.

Ms Coen is the author of Garda Powers: Law and Practice (Clarus Press 2014) and co-author of the Law Society of Ireland’s Criminal Litigation: Fourth Edition (Oxford University Press 2016).

She has also contributed to the Irish Journal of Criminal Law and the British Journal of Criminology, and has delivered extensive training to fellow practitioners, gardaí, law students, non-governmental organisations and regulators on a variety of topics.

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, president of the Law Reform Commission, said: “On behalf of my colleagues in the Commission, I am delighted to welcome Rebecca Coen as our director of research.

“I know that she brings to the role an enormous amount of practical and published experience, and a commitment to ensuring that proposals for law reform will have real benefit to our society.”



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