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A Year in Review 2019: Part 3 - Research Highlights

20 Dec 2019

The School of Law's experienced faculty members undertake cutting-edge research, producing highly-regarded legal scholarship both independently and through our research centres. This year saw numerous successful funding bids for innovative research across a range of legal areas.

The Sustainable Corporation

Following publication of Creating Corporate Sustainability: Gender as an Agent for Change (Cambridge University Press, 2018) Professor Irene Lynch Fannon continues her work on rethinking the corporation as a sustainable business entity. She published Apple Tax: The Core Issues in a collection of works on Sustainable Trade Investment and Finance (Edward Elgar 2019), gave a paper on The Gilets Jaunes, Irish Farmers and Water Protesters: Populist movements and Sustainable Development at the UCC Annual Environmental Law Conference in April of 2019 and has co-authored a chapter with doctoral student Michael Boland, on The Corporation and the EU: Is the EU Social Market Economy Significant?  for a collection to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Dr Maria Cahill awarded a Laureate Visiting Fellowship at the University of Melbourne

Dr Maria Cahill joined a multidisciplinary Laureate program at the University of Melbourne this summer, entitled “Balancing Diversity and Social Cohesion in Democratic Constitutions” for two months. Dr Cahill’s research explores, in comparative perspective, the ways in which national constitutions acknowledge and support the existence of social groups.

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School of Law PhD students present at prestigious UK legal conference

The 110th Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars was held in Preston, UK in September, with the theme “Central Questions About Law”. This year’s conference had a special stream for PhD researchers, and three UCC PhD candidates - Tobi Abudu, Ognyan Savov and Deirdre Leahy – presented on their research to an international audience of legal scholars.

Five School of Law PhD students receive IRC funding

We are delighted to have had five successful applicants for IRC funding this year. The successful PhD candidates are Michael Boland, Deirdre Leahy, Rhoda Jennings, Luke Noonan and Gordan Rumley, who has received funding through the IRC Enterprise Partnership Scheme.

Research visit to International Children's Rights Law Symposium in New Zealand

The School of Law was represented on the other side of the world this year as Professor Ursula Kilkelly undertook a week-long research visit to Wellington, New Zealand. The primary purpose of Prof Kilkelly’s invited visit was to contribute her expertise on international children’s rights law to a symposium on contemporary issues for children’s rights.

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Dr Claire Murray awarded Wellcome Trust funding

Dr Claire Murray was awarded funding from the Wellcome Trust to establish the interdisciplinary Ethics, Law and Pregnancy in Ireland Network. ELPIN will facilitate the development of critical competencies among researchers around ethical and legal issues in pregnancy and childbirth in the new medical/legal/social/ethical environment following the repeal of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution in 2018.

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