Dr Michelle Donnelly

Teaching Fellow
Law School
University of Strathclyde
Level 3,Lord Hope Building
121 St James Road
G4 0LT

Michelle is a Teaching Fellow at Strathclyde Law School. Her interests lie primarily in child law, including juvenile justice, care, protection and rights, with broader interests in criminal justice process, policy and practice. Michelle’s PhD research examined – doctrinally, theoretically and empirically – the ethos of the Scottish children’s hearings system. As a socio-legal scholar, Michelle has expertise in qualitative research methods. She has contributed to research projects funded by the Scottish Government, Carnegie Trust and ESRC, and previously worked as a research assistant for the SCCJR and JUSTICE: Scotland.

Research Keywords: youth justice; child protection; children’s hearings; discretion in child welfare interventions


McDiarmid, C. Barry, M. Donnelly, M. & Corson, S. (2017) The Role of the Safeguarder in the Children’s Hearings System (Edinburgh: Scottish Government).

Donnelly, M. (2015) ‘Adopting the Children of Irreproachable Parents? The Convention compatibility of the welfare ground for dispensing with parental consent to adoption’, Juridical Review, Vol. 2015, No. 3, pp. 215 – 243.

Donnelly, M. (2014) ‘The Supreme Court on the Welfare Ground for Dispensing with Parental Consent to Adoption’, International Family Law, Vol. 2014, June, pp. 110 – 114.

 Conference Papers

Donnelly, M. (2016) ‘The Kilbrandon Ethos in Practice: Contradictions in Scottish Juvenile Justice Policy’, British Society of Criminology Conference, 7th July 2016.

Donnelly, M. (2016) ‘Deeds Arising from Needs: investigating the dichotomy between “offenders” and “non-offenders” in the practice of the Scottish children’s hearings system’, Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference, 14th January 2016.

Donnelly, M. (2014) ‘Investigating Reporter Decision Making in the Scottish Children’s Hearings System: Reflections on Methodology’, University of Strathclyde, Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School Seminar Series, 6th May 2014.