David Ireland researches in the area of criminal law and procedure with a focus on empirical court observation methodologies. Areas of particular interest include the effect of social class on justice system outcomes; plea-bargaining and sentence quantum; and the social consequences of guilty plea justice.
David Ireland is an Assistant professor at Robson Hall. A graduate of the LL.B. and LL.M. programs at Robson Hall, David practiced criminal law as both Crown and defence counsel before joining the faculty in 2016. His graduate thesis, “Bargaining for Expedience? The Overuse of Joint Recommendations on Sentence”, supervised by Professor Debra Parkes, highlighted the prevalence of cultural joint recommendations in the plea bargaining process in Manitoba.