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UCC School of Law Staff to Launch New Ireland/UK Public Health Ethics and Law Research Network

10 Dec 2020
Pictured: Professor Mary Donnelly, who is the Irish PI for the project

The project is a research collaboration between UCC School of Law, University of Edinburgh Law School, Queen's University Belfast and the UK Faculty of Public Health, and has been made possible thanks a to an Irish Research Council (IRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR) grant.

This project is one of twenty Irish-UK research collaborations in the social sciences awarded a grant by the IRC and ESRC as part of a recent joint funding call. The IRC describes the aim of the funding programme as (providing) “…support for social science networking activities, with the broad objective of fostering excellent Irish-UK synergies and building bridges between these two research communities”.

The Public Health Ethics and Law Research Network will examine and re-think how we understand the relationship between public health, ethics and the law across Ireland and the UK, particularly against the backdrop of the ongoing Covid-19 response. A range of academics and public health practitioners will be involved in this project to establish the new network, which will build also build a cross-disciplinary research-stakeholder agenda with a view to future collaborations in the areas of public health, ethics and the law.

Professor Mary Donnelly from the UCC School of Law is the Principle Investigator on the Irish side, with Professor Anne-Maree Farrell from the University of Edinburgh Law School leading from the UK side. The UCC School of Law’s Professor Deirdre Madden and Dr Mary Tumelty are both co-investigators on the project.

Speaking following the IRC/ESRC’s announcement of the grants, Professor Mary Donnelly said:

I am excited to be part of this research collaboration with UCC and UK-based colleagues and grateful to the ESRC/IRC Research Network Grant for providing the funding to allow this to happen. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the importance of robust and informed debate on public health ethics and law and this collaboration is a wonderful opportunity for UCC School of Law to provide leadership in this debate.

More information on the IRC/ESRC funding announcement can be found here:


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