Centre for Children's Rights and Family Law

Centre for Children's Rights and Family Law


Established in 2018, the Centre for Children’s Rights and Family Law serves as a focal point for the wide range of research, teaching and outreach activity taking place in the areas of children’s rights and family law at the School of Law at University College Cork. The School is host to one of the only specialist LLM degrees in this area of law in Ireland or the UK, and also hosts the Child Law Clinic and the Family Law Clinic, through which staff and postgraduate students support litigation and engage in advocacy work (notable successes include the case of O’Keeffe v Ireland before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in 2014).

In June 2017, the School acted as the local host organisation for the 7th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights, which was a four-day event in Dublin that attracted over 600 delegates and over 150 speakers from over 50 countries. Academic staff at the Centre regularly publish their research as journal articles and monographs with leading international publishers and are managing a range of research projects funded by the European Commission and the Irish Research Council, among others. Centre members include Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Dr Conor O’Mahony, Dr Louise Crowley, Dr Fiona Donson, Dr Aisling ParkesDr Catherine O’Sullivan and a number of doctoral and masters researchers.

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'Children/Youth and the Right to a Healthy Environment COP27 Reflections 2023' Seminar

On-line Seminar, Friday 11th November 2023

  • 2.05 Dina Lupin, Director of Global Network on Human Rights and the Environment/Lecturer, University of Southampton, 'What is the right to a healthy environment'. 2.20 
  • 2.20 Aoife Nolan, Professor, University of Nottingham, ‘Children’s Rights and Future Generations’ Rights – Ensuring Mutual Support’. 2.35 
  • 2.35 Alicia O' Sullivan, Law Student/Climate Justice Advocate, University College Cork 'COP and the experience of children and youth advocates’. 2.50 
  • 2.55 -Aoife Daly, Lecturer, University College Cork, 'Child/youth climate activism: A Postpaternalist Era for Children's Rights?' 3.05
  • 3.05- Alana Lancaster, Lecturer, University of the West Indies, Barbados, 'Children's rights and the ocean'. 3.20 
  • 3.20 -Maria Antonia Tigre, Global Climate Litigation fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, 'Climate litigation and the Global South'. 3.35 

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