About Us


The Child Law Clinic at University College Cork is a pro-bono legal research service provided by students for lawyers. Staffed by colleagues at the Faculty of Law, researchers and students on the Faculty’s PhD and LLM programmes, the Clinic aims to enhance the quality of litigation in children’s cases with a view to achieving progressive reform of child law in Ireland and internationally.

 The aims of the Child Law Clinic are to:

  • Improve the quality of children’s representation;
  • Promote evidence-based reform in all areas of child law;
  • Support lawyers litigating children’s issues &
  • Provide students with practical experience of child law and litigation.

The Clinic does not provide legal advice to individuals but rather supports lawyers to represent and litigate on behalf of children. It also aims to provide legal support to organisations working with and for children.


The Clinic Team:

Director: Professor Ursula Kilkelly

Deputy Director: Dr Conor O'Mahony

Clinic Researchers: Dr Angela O'Connell and Naomi Kennan

A number of PhD and LLM students also contribute to the work of the Clinic.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Lawyers and others wishing to use the Clinic’s services should contact the Clinic by email u.kilkelly@ucc.ie or in writing to outline their request for information or support.  Where the matter is urgent, the Clinic can be contacted on 021 490 2531.

Child Law Clinic

Faculty of Law, Áras na Laoi, Gaol Cross, UCC, Cork