We couldn’t think of a more fitting woman to take home an honour for her work at our Women of the Year Awards 2019 than Senator Ivana Bacik.
Ivana Bacik, LLB, LLM (Lond), BL, FTCD, to put it mildly, has many strings on her bow.
Leader of the Labour Party in the Seaned since 2011, she is also a Barrister, the Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin (among fine company as the position was previously held by Mary Robinson and President Mary McAleese). She also teaches courses in feminist theory and law at the college. And as well as all this, she is a Senator for Dublin University.
A political life
She is known for her political stances and pro-choice campaigning; she famously served as Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President in 1989, when she was brought to court by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children for publishing information on abortion in TCDSU’s freshers’ handbook.
She is Chairperson of the Oireachtas Vótáil 100 Committee and organised a programme of events in 2018 to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in Ireland. That same year, she also played a leading role in the successful campaign to repeal the eighth amendment.
She has received much recognition for her work through the years, from a London School of Economics Bursary & Maintenance Award and a British Academy Studentship Award to L.S.E. in 1990 to being elected to Fellowship in Trinity College Dublin in 2005. She also received a Provost's Teaching Award in 2006.
In 2019, she has been named Irish Woman Lawyer of the Year for 2019. In August, the Irish Women Lawyers Association announced that Bacik would be presented with the award for which she said she was “ really thrilled” with the honour. Following the award announcement, the National Women’s Council of Ireland called Ivana “a fantastic champion for equality and women’s rights.”
Her research interests include criminal law; criminology; feminist theory of law and equality law. She co-authored a major study on gender in the legal professions, and her other publications include Legal Cases that Changed Ireland (co-edited with Mary Rogan).