Prof. Lydia Bracken
Dr Lydia Bracken is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Assistant Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland. Dr Bracken researches the areas of child and family law and European human rights, with a particular focus on the legal recognition of ‘non-traditional’ and ‘new’ families. Topics within her research include issues pertaining to parentage, parental responsibilities and guardianship, adoption, and the legal regulation of assisted human reproduction including surrogacy.
Dr Bracken is the author of two books, Same-Sex Parenting and the Best Interests Principle (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and Child Law in Ireland (Clarus Press, 2018), and has published her research in high-ranking national and international journals. Her list of publications can be viewed on her UL research profile.
Dr Bracken regularly collaborates with civic society organisations and stakeholder groups to advance proposals for law reform. Dr Bracken’s research has been influential in guiding national debates on law reform in Ireland and abroad: for example, she has presented her research to the Irish Special Joint Oireachtas [Parliament] Committee on International Surrogacy; the Irish Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on the rights of the child in domestic and international surrogacy; the Irish Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health during pre-legislative scrutiny of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017; as well as to the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) Task Force on LGBTI Rights. Dr Bracken’s research has also been cited by international law reform bodies.