Coco's Law: Two Years On

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This article assesses the Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Act 2020. It approaches the legislation comparatively, by reference to the three legal jurisdictions of the UK to assess the Irish provisions. It explores the criminal law provisions around image-based sexual abuse (IBSA) by reference to the definitions used in the legislation, the classification of the offences, and the intention requirements of the offences. It concludes that the Irish criminal offences are robust, thoughtful, and generally well-drafted, with some minor areas for reform, which could be considered in the three- year review mandated by the statute itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-37
Number of pages12
JournalIrish Criminal Law Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2023

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