Governance & Law

Governance & Law


The Governance & Law thematic area spans the Beaufort Centre, the Faculty of Law, the School of the Human Environment and the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. It has links with the National Maritime College of Ireland and Cork Institute of Technology as well as the Irish Naval Service (INS) through IMERC. The thematic area conducts leading-edge research at the national, European and international levels on a range of issues including Environmental Law, Regulation and Policy, Maritime Spatial Planning, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Public participation. The objectives of the thematic area are to (a) promote an integrated approach to coastal and ocean management and planning in order to fully realise the economic potential of key European sectors including aquaculture, fisheries, tourism and renewable energy and (b) improve understanding of Environmental Law, Regulation and Policy, and thus access to environmental justice, among all stakeholders in Ireland and beyond.



Jeremy Gault (Lead PI), Darius Bartlett, Gavin Burnell, Robert Devoy, Margaret Desmond, Maria Falaleeva, Jimmy Murphy, Barry O’Dwyer, Anne Marie O’Hagan, Cathal O’Mahony, Colin Sage and Valerie Cummins (UCC / CIT), Mark Mellett (INS), Dr Owen McIntyre, Dr Aine Ryall, Dr Benedicte Sage.



Researchers in this area have been at the forefront of coastal management research for nearly twenty years and the Beaufort Centre (formerly CMRC) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence gained through

participation in key national and EU funding initiatives. Environmental Law PIs have an established record of research in Environmental Governance and Regulation, Implementation of EU Environmental Law, Environmental Enforcement, International Water Resources Law, Environmental Assessment and Environmental Rights, and several PIs sit on the editorial boards of leading Environmental Law research journals. The group has numerous national and international collaborations.

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork