Alana Farrell

Alana Farrell

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details


  • BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law) from University College Dublin
  • MSSc in Criminology from Queen’s University Belfast
  • MSc in Information Science from City University, London


Upon graduation from UCD I worked as a legal research intern for the public interest law organisation FLAC in Dublin. I then went on to work in the public sector and in private organisations covering the areas of housing, fostering and residential care. Before starting this PhD I worked in the library sector promoting access to collections of medical and historic materials.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Censorship of Abortion Information in Ireland: Enforcement and Subversion
Professor Fiona de Londras and Mairead Enright
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


My research will be a socio-legal investigation of abortion information restrictions in Ireland. This will include the formal legal framework of restrictions, and the societal circumstances and attitudes to this information. I will also look at ways that these restrictions were resisted and how alternative methods of access were created. The goal will be to recommend changes that will support those who wish to access and share information and minimise the negative consequences of restricting information.

Other activities


  • Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Presented a paper at the Mastering Law postgraduate conference in Queen’s University Belfast 2011.