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School of Law Staff awarded Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grant Support

10 Mar 2023

The Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grant supports awardees to develop research projects through international collaboration.

Two members of staff from the School of Law, UCC, Dr Mary Tumelty and Dr Henrietta Zeffert, have recently been awarded Charlemont Grant Support by the Royal Irish Academy, Ireland's leading body of expertise in the Sciences and Humanities. 

Dr Tumelty's research project, ‘Conceptualising a new mediation model for the resolution of clinical negligence claims’, critically examines the use of mediation in clinical negligence disputes and explores the arguments for the development of a new mediation model for the resolution of clinical claims. In doing so, the research will also consider what role, if any, therapeutic jurisprudence and restorative justice values can play in the resolution of these disputes.The Charlemont Award will facilitate a research visit to the Mason Institute, University of Edinburgh, which will provide a space for cross-disciplinary engagement. The Mason Institute at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh is a leading interdisciplinary research institute in healthcare law and ethics. It provides internationally recognised academic and policy leadership in the socio-legal and medical fields. Professor Anne-Maree Farrell, Chair of Medical Jurisprudence, is the Director of the Mason Institute, and an internationally renowned expert in healthcare law and ethics.

This award will fund Dr Zeffert's collaboration with Beverley Clough, Professor of Law and Social Justice, at Manchester Law School, on new research on the legal geography of home from a critical feminist perspective.  Their research seeks to ensure that an explicitly feminist legal geography of home is informed by the particular and often overlooked experiences of different groups within society (such as women, children and people with disabilities), and to demonstrate the potential that viewing home through this lens can offer to conceptual work on home. Rather than looking at whether and how home is understood through law, a legal geography of home foregrounds the way that the spatial imaginary is constructed. 


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