Prof. J. Schweppe

University of Limerick
Hate studies, law


Dr Jennifer Schweppe (she/her) is an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Limerick, and co-Director of the European Centre for the Study of Hate at that Institution. She won a Teaching Award at UL in 2010, was awarded a National Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Irish National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning in 2011 and was a finalist for the European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2012. 

Jennifer’s research explores the relationship between minority communities and criminal justice institutions, particularly hate crime and access to justice. She has published widely in the area of hate crime, and is co-editor of two major collections in the area with Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan, and has published key articles in the Journal of Hate Studies; the Oxford Handbook Online in Criminology and Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice Policy Review; Crime, Law and Social Change; and the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research.

Her work in the area of hate crime with Prof Amanda Haynes has been funded by the Irish Research Council, the EU DG Justice programme, and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Most recently, Jennifer was principal investigator on the ground-breaking and widely publicised IRC/IHREC funded project “Irish Travellers Access to Justice”.

She is one of only four independent experts appointed by the Council of Europe to its Committee of Experts on Hate Crime, tasked by the Committee of Ministers with drafting the comprehensive Recommendation on combating hate crime.