Child Protection and Children’s Rights

Child Protection and Children’s Rights by Professor Kirsten Sandberg of the University of Oslo and member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Professor Kirsten Sandberg of the University of Oslo and member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is giving a lecture at the Faculty of Law on Thursday January 5th at 5.30 pm. The lecture – on Child Protection and Children’s Rights – will be chaired by Emily Logan, Ombudsman for Children.

The event is organised by the Child Law Clinic at UCC and supported by the College of Business and Law Research Support Initiative.

An Insight into the 1922 Irish Free State Constitution

"An Insight into the 1922 Irish Free State Constitution”

The Drafting Process and the True Nature of the Document

 Dr Laura Cahillane, Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Law

 Áras na Laoi, G30, 1.00 pm, Friday January 13

The Irish Free State Constitution was the first Constitution of independent Ireland. Although the document established many aspects of the modern Irish State and remained in force for 15 years, it has become the forgotten Constitution. With the advent of Bunreacht na hÉireann in 1937, the memory of our first Constitution quickly faded.

This talk will focus on the manner in which the Irish Free State Constitution was drafted, the people behind this process and the various changes which were made before the document was finally promulgated, in an attempt to demonstrate the original spirit of the Constitution. In doing so, the legacy and relevance of the document will also be considered.

* Laura Cahillane recently completed her PhD, entitled “The Genesis, Drafting and Legacy of the 1922 Irish Free State Constitution”, in the Faculty of Law. Her research was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Regulating Funny: Humour and the Law.

Professor Laura E. Little

Professor of Law, Temple

University’s Beasley School of Law

Thursday, 2 February 2012

5.30-6.30 p.m.

Lecture Theatre, ALG_30 Áras na Laoi

University College Cork

Philosophers, literary theorists, natural scientists, and social scientists have created a rich literature explaining how humour affects individual and group well-being.  Through the lens of that literature, this lecture explores how the law regulates humour in four areas: contract, trademark, employment discrimination, and defamation.  Concentrating on United States law, the lecture will posit that all four legal areas regulate certain types of humour with particular vigour, while privileging humour based on incongruity.  Comparison with Australian defamation cases yields a similar conclusion.   Documenting these patterns in humour regulation should provide important guidance for courts, attorneys, academics, and humorists seeking to understand and predict legal regulation.


Laura E. Little is a Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, specializing in constitutional law, private international law, and interdisciplinary research. Before entering academia, Professor Little practiced law in Philadelphia, served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist (United States Supreme Court) and represented the print media in freedom of expression cases. She is currently a visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, UCC.

Continuing Professional Development: 1 hour General CPD – Group Study

The Faculty of Law reserves the right to substitute or to rearrange presentations

RSVP:           lawevents@ucc.ie  

There is no charge to attend this event


Please note that parking at UCC is extremely limited.

UCC Faculty of Law Annual Essay Competition 2012

This year the Faculty of Law Essay Competition Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday, 19th January 2012, in the Council Room, North Wing to present the winners with their €200 cheques.  Representatives from all participating schools as well as lecturers from UCC’s Department of Law were invited to attend.  A welcome address was given by the Dean, Professor Steve Hedley, and a panel of experts in the various fields spoke on the different topics and outlined why each individual essay was seen to have stood out from its competitors. Competition was stiff and an unprecedented number of entries were received from all over the country.

Topics & Winners

Are Dictators War Criminals?

Christina Connaughton St Gerard’s School, Thornhill Road, Bray,Wicklow

Should the Seanad be Abolished?                                                                            

Colm Finlay, High School, Zion Rd, Rathgar, Dublin 6

Civil Partnership: The End of Marriage?                                                                  

Anita Cremin, Loreto Secondary School, Fermoy, Co Cork

Is the State Failing Irish Children?                                                                           

Conor Igoe, St Michaels College, Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4.

Should we Imprison White Collar Criminals?                                                                                     

Molly Henchion, Colaiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon, Cork

Is the Irish Constitution Fit for Purpose in Modern Ireland                                    

Jane Hickie, Intermediate School, Killorglin, Co. Kerry  (English)


Féilim Ó Maolmhána, Coláiste Cois Life,  Gleann An Ghrifín,  Leamhcán, Co. Átha Cliath  (Irish)

The Faculty of Law at UCC invites all senior cycle students to submit an essay of approximately 1,000 words on one of a number of topics considered pertinent to modern day life in Ireland. The purpose of the competition is to encourage students to consider the relevance and impact of law on their lives and society generally.  Entries are welcome in both English and Irish. 

Further information is available from Anne Wallace, Student Recruitment & Liaison Officer with the College of Business and Law, tel: 021-4205102 or email: a.wallace@ucc.ie .  Details of the next Faculty of Law Essay Competition will be available on the following website in September www.ucc.ie/en/lawsite

Law academy 2012

Law academy 2012

Thanks to all the Law Academy participants from schools in Waterford, Limerick, Clare, Dublin, Tipperary and Cork,

Some of the schools that took part were:

Yeats College Waterford, St Declans, Kilmacthomas Waterford, St Caimen’s Community College Co Clare, Blackrock College Dublin, Coachford College Cork, Sacred Heart Clonakilty, Colaiste an Phiarsaigh Co Cork, Ursuline Secondary School Thurles Co Tipperary and St Anne’s Community School Killaloe Co Clare.

The Law Academy is an opportunity for high achieving students who are considering the study of law to attend a one-day “taster” session of law lectures, a Moot Court and a student forum.  The Autumn session is for Leaving Cert students only and will be held during the mid-term break.   The Academy is free to students. Places (20 per day) will be allocated on a first come, first served basis with a maximum of up to 5 students from any one school. Therefore, early booking is essential through your Guidance Counsellor! 

Seventh Annual eLaw Summer Institute Announced

The Faculty of Law, UCC, in association with University of New Hampshire School of Law, is pleased to anounce the launch of the 8th Annual eLaw Summer Institute (eLSI), to be run from 2nd July to 20th July 2012 at the UCC.

e-Law Summer Institute Closing Date Approaches!

Don't miss out on your chance to broaden your knowledge of current legal issues, expand your information age horizons and gain ABA credits while interacting and socialising with fellow law students from opposite sides of the globe!

The closing date for e-Law Summer Institute applications is 29th March 2012.

Please note:  late applications will be taken by email as well as hard copy.  Please forward completed application forms to am.curtin@ucc.ie.


Judge David Riordan appointed to Circuit Court

Judge David Riordan, a member of the editorial board of the Judicial Studies Institute Journal and member of the District Court Rules Committee, has been appointed a Judge of the Circuit Court.

Annual Moot Court 2012

The 2012 Annual Moot Court event took place on the 6th March last.  The evening was a great success and thank you to all the students who came along to support their colleagues.

PhD Scholarships Closing Date

Based on applications received for the PhD programme by 29th June 2012, the Law Faculty at University College Cork will be offering a limited number of scholarships to support full-time PhD studies in the Faculty.

PhD Conferring

 The Faculty extends its congratulations to Laura Cahillane and Liam Thornton, who were conferred with their PhDs in Law on March 29th 2012.

Professor Maeve McDonagh Appointed to Independent Appeals Panel in Asian Development Bank

To strengthen access to information, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today announced the appointment of three transparency experts to serve as members of a new Independent Appeals Panel. Their appointment will last three years.


Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, NASC and the Immigrant Council of Ireland 






Seminar: Youth Justice - New Zealand and Ireland - Monday 30th April

The Child Law Clinic at the Faculty of Law, UCC, is pleased to host the following event:


"Putting Youth Justice Legislation into Practice: Divergent Approaches from New Zealand and Ireland"


Monday 30th April at 5:00 p.m.

Áras na Laoi Room AL164


All welcome!


New Dean of the Faculty of Law 2012-2015

Professor Ursula Kilkelly was elected Dean at a Special Meeting of the Faculty of Law held on Tuesday 8th May last.

Conference - Creating Equitable Access to Justice

UCC hosted a two day conference entitled Creating Equitable Access to Justice: Recognising People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime on 3rd and 4th May 2012. 

New Three-Year Lectureship

Applications are invited for a three-year temporary Lecturer post in the Department of Law.


Postgraduate Bursaries for Taught Programmes

UCC is pleased to announce bursaries of €2,000 to postgraduate students who were previously in receipt of a Higher Education grant from their Local Authority or Vocational Education Committee (VEC) and are now no longer eligible due to cutbacks. 





Welcome to the new Law Undergraduates!

As the Dean of the Faculty of Law, I would like to extend my congratulations to all those offered a place at the Faculty of Law at UCC. 

CCJHR 6th Annual Lecture

The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University College Cork, requests the pleasure of your company at the 6th Annual Criminal Justice and Human Rights Lecture on Wednesday June 20th, 2012 in the Aula Maxima, UCC at 6.00 p.m.


Alumni Event Melbourne

A Melbourne UCC Commerce/Law Alumni event is being organised for Thursday 7th June at 6 p.m.

UCC Law student awarded DCYA scholarship

A Department of Children and Youth Affairs Research Scholarship 2012 has been awarded to Katherine Wade, PhD student at the Faculty of Law, UCC.  

Announcing the Publication of the Irish Yearbook of International Law

Volumes IV-V of the Irish Yearbook of International Law are now in print, published by Hart: Oxford. The IYIL is edited by Siobhán Mullally (UCC) and Fiona De Londras (UCD). Volumes IV- V include a guest contribution from UN Legal Counsel, Patricia O’Brien, and articles on peacekeeping, international disaster law, taxation and international affairs, and disability law.

Risk, Rescue and Protection of Personal Assets in Insolvency Law

A seminar on corporate insolvency law took place on Thursday the 5th July in the Glucksman Gallery, UCC.

Tonight with Vincent Browne

Dr Conor O'Mahony appeared as a guest on the Tonight with Vincent Browne programme on TV3 on the 17th July to discuss constitutional matters.

Professor Siobhán Mullally appointed to Permanent Court of Arbitration

Professor Siobhán Mullally has been appointed by the Irish Government to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Other Irish appointees to the Court are: Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, President of the High Court; Ms Máire Whelan SC, Attorney General; Mr James Kingston, Legal Adviser, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  

IRCHSS Scholarships Awarded

The Faculty extends its congratulations to four of our PhD students who have been awarded prestigious government scholarships by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the Office of the Minister for Children.

Dr Bénédicte Sage-Fuller leads Port Training Programme in Tanzania

Dr Bénédicte Sage-Fuller has recently returned from a successful UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Training Programme on the Administrative and Legal Management of Ports.

The Ronan Daly Jermyn Scholarship in Business Law (Research Masters in Law)

Applications are currently being accepted for the Ronan Daly Jermyn Scholarship in Business Law.   

The Advocate

 The 2012/2013 McCann FitzGerald All-Ireland Business Law Challenge - "The Advocate" - launches today.

National Clinical Education Roundtable

UCC Law Faculty today - Friday 19th October 2012 - hosts the first national clinical education roundtable.

Changing the way we think of our children

"The referendum on children's rights, if passed, will change adoption law, but the finer details will still need to be teased out, write Simone McCaughren and Aisling Parkes" in the Sunday Business Post, November 11th 2012.


PhD Viva Workshop on Nov 1st

01 Nov

Graduate School of the College of Business and Law announces a workshop for doctoral candidates on the defence of a doctoral dissertation.

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