ITI Career Seminar Feb 6 2013


Amanda O’Reilly from the Irish Taxation Institute will give a career seminar to our students on Wednesday 6th February at 2pm, Cavanaugh Pharmacy Building LG52.

The seminar is aimed at 2nd year students (but all students are welcome), and will include information about accounting firms’summer internships, out of which recruitment often follows.

These firms are actively seeking law students, and not only students with more specialised in accounting or commerce subjects.


Arthur Cox Summer Intern Programme 2013


Arthur Cox runs a four week paid summer intern programme in our Dublin office.  All graduates and undergraduates who by June 2013 will have completed at least two years of their degree in any field of study may apply.

The first round of our recruitment process is a group interview. It is an enjoyable and effective way for us to meet as many candidates as possible and for you to get a sense of who we are.

 To help you prepare, we are running a mock interview workshop in West Wing 6 at 6pm on Tuesday 12th February in UCC.  We will show you how our interview process works, what we are looking for and how we access candidates.  Our trainees will give you some survival tips. We will be available to answer any questions you have about our recruitment process; our

intern and trainee programmes; or generally about life as a lawyer in a leading law firm.  If you wish, we will collect your completed application form. Please note, application forms are available from the UCC Law Department office.

 We are delighted to welcome students from all degree courses who are interested in our summer intern programme or in a career in Arthur Cox.  If you would like to attend please let us know by emailing us at summer.intern@arthurcox.com.

For more information and to apply visit: http://www.arthur.cox.com/intern

 You can also join our LinkedIn group at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Arthur-Cox-Trainee-Intern-Programmes-100629/about

or follow us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arthur-Cox-Trainee-Programme

Land and Conveyancing Law 2013

Seminar 3: Selected Conveyancing and Land Law Issues
5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday April 11th 2013; Boole 3, UCC
Including e.g.

  • Conveyancing issues such as reversal of Tempany v Hynes on passing of the beneficial interest (and judgment mortgage searches); Lis Pendens; fraudulent conveyances

  • Enforcement of positive and restrictive covenants; discharge and modification of covenants under s.50 of the 2009 Act

  • Trusts of Land (including overreaching of equitable interests under s.21) 

  • Ending of co-ownership and severance of joint tenancies

 There will be the opportunity at each seminar to ask questions. Some flexibility in terms of subject matter is envisaged. Attendees wishing to suggest an issue to be covered, or to signal a particular question in advance, may e-mail Professor John Mee at j.mee@ucc.ie and he will pass the information on to the other speakers – all emails will be read carefully, although we can give no guarantees that it will be possible to cover all points raised.


To register for one or more of these seminars (and pay by credit or laser card), please go to:


We encourage attendees to use this convenient system. If you prefer, you may use the booking form below.

Online booking is not possible for those availing themselves of the reduced rate for trainee solicitors and barristers in devilling years. Such attendees should use the booking form (both pdf and Word versions available):

Land Law Seminars 2013 Booking Form (pdf) (480kB)

All booking forms should be posted along with payment to:

Noreen Delea, Conference Administrator,
Room AL1.53,
UCC Law Department,
Áras na Laoi,
University College Cork
Email: n.delea@ucc.ie
Phone: 021 490 3220

Venue & Parking

The venue for Seminars 1 and 3, Boole 3, is on the main UCC campus and the venue for Seminar 2, Áras na Laoi ALG30, is located on the western side of the Campus (where Law is based).


Parking is extremely limited in the main UCC campus. For information please see http://www.ucc.ie/en/visitors/parking/

North/South Criminology Conference 2013

Call for Papers! North South Criminology/CCJHR PG Conference, June 2013

The Committee of the 9th North South Irish Criminology Conference welcomes submissions for this year’s conference which takes place at the Western Gateway Building, University College Cork on the 20th & 21st June, 2013. The Conference will also incorporate the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) Postgraduate Conference that is held
annually at UCC.

The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for academics, post-graduate researchers, community activists, practitioners and policy makers in the fields of criminology, criminal justice and human rights to come together to exchange ideas and disseminate research. Papers from early career researchers are encouraged.

The general theme of the conference is: Rights, Responsibilities, and Wrongdoings: Continuity and Change. Sub themes include but are not limited to:

  • Criminal Justice Processes

  • Victims and the Criminal Justice System

  • Human Rights

  • White Collar Crime

  • Prisons and Penal Policy

  • Young People, Crime and Justice

  • Policing, Regulation and Surveillance

  • Alternatives to Prison

  • Restorative Justice

  • Gender and Criminal Justice

  • Globalisation, Migration and Immigration

  • Social Exclusion

  • Media and Crime

  • The Policy Value of Criminology

  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure


Confirmed Speakers

Roger Matthews is Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent.  He has conducted extensive research on different aspects of prostitution and sex trafficking and he has recently completed a three year study on women exiting prostitution with Eaves.  He is also an author of 'Prostitution, Politics and Policy' (Routledge 2008).  He is also currently an advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution.

Professor Caroline Fennell holds a BCL from UCC, an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall, Canada, a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, and is a qualified Barrister.  She was appointed Professor of Law in UCC in 2001.  She has been Dean of the Faculty of Law in UCC from 1996-1999, Acting Head of the College of Business and Law in 2005-6, Dean of Faculty and Head of the Law Department from 2002-2009.  She is currently Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork (2010-).  She has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching and was a founder member of the Board of Women's Studies and MA in Wonen's Studies in UCC, and also a founder member and co-Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, UCC 2006-8.  She has previously been a Mary Ball Washington Visiting Professor at the University of West Florida; a visiting fellow at Wadham College, Oxford, All Souls College, Oxford; and a visiting Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School Economics.  She was Chair of Irish Research Council for Humanities & Social Sciences 2009-2012, and was appointed by the Minister to the newly established Research Council of Ireland (2012-).  She was admitted to membership of the Royal Irish Academy in 2010.  Her research focuses primarily on the areas of the law in evidence, criminal justice and terrorism and she has published on issues relating to gender, due process and criminal justice.  Such publications include The Law of Evidence in Ireland (3rd ed., Bloomsbury Professional, 2009), and Crime and Crisis in Ireland: Justice by Illusion (Cork University Press, 1993).  Her current work focuses on constructions of fiarness in criminal justice with particular reference to crisis situations such as terrorism.

John Costello was appointed Chairman of the Parole Board in July 2011 and is a Consultant in the Private Client Department of Beauchamps Solicitors in Dublin. John served as
President of the Law Society of Ireland in 2010 – 2011 and has acted as Chairman of numerous Law Society Committees as well as being the author of a best-selling textbook entitled, "Law and Finance in Retirement" published in March 2000. The second edition of this book was published in September 2002. John also chaired a Law Society Law Reform Group which produced a major work on charity law in July 2002 and many of the recommendations of this group were incorporated in the Charities Act 2009, the legislation introduced by the Irish Government which fundamentally changed the law governing the operation of charities in Ireland. As Chairman of the Parole Board in Ireland John has proactively encouraged prisoners to engage with the Parole process by meeting with long term prisoners in the Irish criminal justice system and de-mystifying the parole process for them by means of lectures and question and answer sessions within the prisons.

Professor Kevin Stenson, Honorary Professor University of Kent.  His abiding interest is in new forms of liberal governance operating from above through statutory and commercial institutions and from below through a variety of civil society institutions and networks both legal and illegal.  His funded research projects range from: studies of social work practice and voluntary group family interventions as overning technologies for family life, the study of the interaction between youth self organisation on the streets and attempts by police and voluntary sector agencies to govern them (including Jewish and other minority communities), studies of police stop and search practice with young black and ethnic minority people, and the development and evaluation of community safety, probation and youth work policies and practice.  He is currently involved in a study of youth and religious identity, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council (£600k).  He has published widely in learned journals and publications also include, with Dave Cowell The Politics of Crime Control and with R. R. Sulivan Crime Risk and Justice.

Senator Ivana Bacik, LLB, LLM (Lond), BL, FTCD, is a barrister and Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin. She is a Labour Party Senator for Dublin University (elected 2007 and re-elected 2011), and became Deputy Leader of Seanad Eireann in May 2011. Ivana has written and published extensively on criminal law, criminology, human rights, constitutional law and related matters, and has a long track record of campaigning on civil liberties, penal reform and feminist issues. Her publications include Kicking and Screaming: Dragging Ireland into the Twenty-First Century (O’Brien Press, 2004).

Please forward an abstract (no more than 300 words) of the proposed paper for consideration, including a working title, name and institutional affiliation to ucclawconf@gmail.com by 28th of March 2013. Notification of acceptance will be provided by the 26th of April 2013. Presenters will not be required to submit a version of the paper. Enquiries may also be sent to ucclawconf@gmail.com.

If you would like to attend the conference without giving a paper, please email Noreen Delea at n.delea@ucc.ie by 31 May 2013. Alternatively you can contact Noreen on 021 4903220. Registration is free of charge. If you have had a paper accepted at the conference, there is no requirement to register.

For updates and information, like us on facebook (Center for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Postgraduate Conference),  follow us on twitter @CCJHRlawucc and see the CCJHR website http://www.ucc.ie/en/ccjhr/

Dr Conor O'Mahony to speak on Same-Sex Marriage

Dr Conor O’Mahony has been invited to particiapte in the afternoon panel discussion at this Saturday’s session of the Constitutional Convention, concerning whether the Constitution should be amended to provide for marriage rights for same-sex couples.

The programme for the event, and a live stream of proceedings on the day, can be viewed at www.constitution.ie.
Professor Siobhan Mullally previously spoke at the Convention’s session concerning the constitutional provisions relating to the recognition of women in the home.

Aisling Parkes in Independant April 2013

"No Danger to Children in Same Sex Marriage" 16th April, 2013


Environmental justice website - new

The Faculty of Law, UCC is delighted to announce a new website on Environmental Justice.


Dr Áine Ryall's powerpoint presentation from Law & the Environment conference held at UCC on 25 April 2013 are now available in the 'Documents' section of this new website.


Undergraduate Awards 2013

Business, Science, Humanities or The Arts - there's a category for you.

Winners are brought to the UA Summit 2013: an exclusive three day networking event in Dublin. 

Winners and shortlisted students are recognised as the best and most innovative in their field which can be a significant catalyst when pursuing further studies or their chosen career.

If you're planning to submit your best undergraduate coursework to the 2013 programme, make sure you follow this handy action list:

  1. Places are limited! To reserve your space in the competition register here.

  2. Review the submission guidelines to ensure you're on the right track. 

  3. Write a 100 - 300 word abstract to accompany your submission. 

  4. Fill out the submission form by May 24th. You can submit up to 3 different papers/projects. 


Need a little assistance? Email info@undergraduateawards.com







Report on Irish Consumers' Awareness and Knowledge of Legal Rights


Report on Irish Consumers' Awareness and Knowledge of Legal Rights 2013REPORT ON IRISH CONSUMERS’AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE OF LEGAL RIGHTS

by Dr. Mary Donnelly and Dr. Fidelma White, Faculty of Law,University College Cork, April 2013 

Funded by the UCC Law Department Strategic Research Fund 2012/13

This Report presents the resultsof an empirical study conducted by staff at the Faculty of Law, UniversityCollege Cork (UCC) in relation to consumers’ self-perception and their actualknowledge of the law.[1]

Report on Irish Consumers' Awareness and Knowledge of Legal Rights

[1]Mary Donnelly, Senior Lecturer in Law; Fidelma White, Senior Lecturer in Law,and Cormac Gilroy, Research Assistant.  We are grateful to the UCC Law Department Strategic Research Fund which provided funding for this study and to Dr. Darius Whelan.


EPA Advisory Committee Appointment

Dr Áine RyallDr Áine Ryall

Dr Áine Ryall has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government. The appointment is for a three year period, effective from 13 February 2013.

The Advisory Committee has a range of functions under the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992, including making recommendations to the EPA, or the Minister, relating to the Agency’s functions.

Dr Ryall’s areas of expertise include: Irish and EU environmental law, in particular: environmental impact assessment; the Aarhus Convention; access to information on the environment; and access to justice in environmental matters.

 Further information: http://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/News/MainBody,32421,en.htm

Guest Speaker / Interviews

Dr Conor O'Mahony to speak on Same-Sex Marriage

2013/04/12 11:35

Dr Conor O’Mahony has been invited to particiapte in the afternoon panel discussion at this Saturday’s session of the Constitutional Convention, concerning whether the Constitution should be amended to provide for marriage rights for same-sex couples.

The programme for the event, and a live stream of proceedings on the day, can be viewed at www.constitution.ie.
Professor Siobhan Mullally previously spoke at the Convention’s session concerning the constitutional provisions relating to the recognition of women in the home.

On the Airwaves

Dr Conor O'Mahony

Dr Conor O'Mahony appeared as a guest on the Tonight with Vincent Browne programme on TV3 on the 17th July 2012 to discuss constitutional matters.  Dr O'Mahony was also a guest on The Week in Politics on RTÉ on the 24th June 2012 to discuss the Constitutional Convention, Seanad reform and the Children's Referendum.

Professor Siobhán Mullally

Professor Siobhán Mullally appeared as a panellist on RTE 1's 'Beyond Belief' four part TV series, discussing the role of religion in education and the rights of religious minorities in Ireland. Professor Mullaly previously led an Irish Research Council funded project on Religion, gender and mulituculturalism in Ireland.

Peter Ward SC interviews Bryan McMahon on RTÉ's The Lawmakers

Peter Ward SC, a former lecturer here who gave the graduation address on Wednesday 20th February 2013, interviews on The Law Makers, a six-part series on RTÉ Radio 1.  This series sees some of the most eminent members of the Irish legal profession reflect on both the personal contribution they have made to their profession and some of the landmark cases in which they have been involved. The series features,among others, Bryan McMahon, adjunct professor (http://www.rte.ie/podcasts/2012/pc/pod-v-17111227m27slawmakersbryanmcmahon-pid0-1647744_audio.mp3).

 RTÉ's The Law Makers: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/podcast/podcast_thelawmakers.xml


Printed Media

DPP needs clear protocols after assisted suicide ruling  O'Mahony C The Irish Times 15 January 2013

Trade union for judges in no-one's interest  Morgan DG The Irish Times 6 December 2012

Why can't a solicitor be attorney general?  

Pitfalls of pushing out presidential boundaries  

Counting the cost  OMahony C The Irish Examiner 12 November 2012

Changing the way we think about our children  

Keeping our youngest citizens safe  O'Mahony C The Irish Examiner 10 November 2012


Ruling on referendum bias confirms the need for change  

Yes could be a real game-changer   

Facing up to vote's reality  

A subtle change to protecting children   

Making a mountain out of an amendment  

State under obligation since 1992 on rights amendment  

Let public be the judge of poll merit  

Having regard for our children  

In all our children's best interests  

Stand up for our children  

Reform of residential tenancy law long overdue  

Listen to children during the silly season  

Constitution is not an obstacle to legalising gay marriage  O'Mahony C The Irish Times 16 July 16 2012

This so-called constitutional convention is a charade  O'Mahony C The Irish Times 7 June 2012



A blog carnival was held on January 16th on www.rightsni.org (also available on www.humanrights.ie).

Here is a link to an entry written by Dr Catherine O'Sullvian, which summarises the various entries:http://rightsni.org/2013/01/legislating-for-article-40-3-3-blog-carnival-conclusion/

Recognition and Awards

Katherine Wade

Katherine Wade was awarded a Department of Children and Youth Affairs Research Scholarship to support her doctoral research at UCC into the legal recognition of neonatal medical research. 

Professor Ursula Kilkelly

Professor Ursula Kilkelly, who was successful in securing Irish Research Council funding for aproject as part of an interdisciplinary team with Dr Dympna Devine at UCD, Prof Eileen Savage, School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC and Prof Tony Fahey, School of Psychology, UCD) on building capacity in researching children and youth. The project will culminuate in the expansion of the Structured PhD in children and youth studies in UCD to a joint offering between UCC and UCD

Professor Ursula Kilkelly on success in her application for SRF funding to develop an international research alliance on child-friendly healthcare together with colleagues in Nursing, Paediatrics and Public Health

Anna Marie Brennan, Seán Butler, Niall Harte and Katherine Wade

Anna Marie Brennan, Seán Butler, Niall Harte and Katherine Wade , who have all been awarded IRCHSS funding.  Katherine Wade was unable to accept, however, as she had already accepted the Minister for Children scholarship (see above) and was unable to accept the IRCHSS as a result.  Also commended are their supervisors Maeve McDonagh, Ursula Kilkelly, Fiona Donson, Siobhán Wills and Deirdre Madden.  This continues our record of an exceptional success rate in this competition – we have had 10 successful applicants in the past three years, and we are now up to a total of 28 since 2004, representing a total research income of approximately €1.2 million from the IRCHSS

Professor Siobhán Mullally

Professor Siobhán Mullally on her appointment by the Irish Government to the Permanent Court of Arbitration inThe Hague. Other Irish appointees to the Court are: Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns,Presidentof the High Court; Ms Máire Whelan SC, Attorney General; Mr James Kingston, Legal Adviser, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Professor Irene Lynch Fannon

Professor Irene Lynch Fannon, Head of College of Business and Law, on the publication and launch of Second Edition of Corporate Insolvency and Rescue, of which she was co-author

Ruth Nic Ginneá, BCL 2012, as one of the joint recipients of Gradam na Gaeilge 2012 in recognition of her work in promoting the Irish Language around UCC

Susan Leahy, Ella O’Sullivan and Silvana Rendel Beer

Susan Leahy, Ella O’Sullivan and Silvana Rendel Beeri, who were conferred with PhDs on Wednesday October 31st 2012

Aisling Dillon

Aisling Dillon, LLM (Child and Family Law) winner of the Law Society’s Annual Human Rights Essay Prize 2012

Shane McCarthy

Shane McCarthy on receiving funding under the VP for Research and Innovation’s highly competitive Strategic Research Fund to support his PhD on the Parole Board (supervisors Professors Shane Kilcommins and Caroline Fennell)

Kathy Bunney, Niall Colbert

Kathy Bunney, BCL III, and Niall Colbert, BCL Law & French, on winning 

Dr Siobhán Wills

Dr Siobhán Wills on winning a 2011/2012 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Gearóidín Ní Fhíobhuí, Audrey Ní Loingsigh

Gearóidín Ní Fhíobhuí and Audrey Ní Loingsigh from the Faculty of Law at UCC on winning the prestigious Bréagchúirt Uí Dháiligh National Moot Competition 2012

Eimear Arkins, BCLI IV, nominated as one of two UCC members on the newly formed Youth Council at the US Embassy

Undergraduate Awards 2012

Congratulations to Kathy Bunney and Niall Colbert, winners of an Undergraduate Award 2012!

Extract from UA website:

Recognising undergraduate excellence

The Undergraduate Awards was founded in 2008 by two Trinity College Dublin graduates, Oisin Hanrahan and Paddy Cosgrave, as an initiative to celebrate students who propose fresh arguments and new approaches, providing undergraduate students with an opportunity to accelerate their ideas on a global platform.

From humble beginnings, UA has rapidly expanded to include top-tier universities across the globe, and, in February 2012, the organisation was deeply honoured to receive the official patronage of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

Spanning all institutions on theislandofIrelandand select top-tier institutions in theUSA,Canadaand theUnited Kingdom, the Undergraduate Awards is open to students in their final or penultimate year on an undergraduate degree course.

In our quest to create a network of future thought-leaders and innovators across the globe, the Undergraduate Awards brings the UA winners to Ireland for the UA Summit – an action-packed three days that provides a collision point for the brightest undergraduate minds to collaborate, build relationships and revel in all that the city of Dublin has to offer.

Showcasing top calibre undergraduate research

In order to profile the work of each of the UA winners, their exceptional papers are published in the annual Undergraduate Journal and placed in the library of every academic institution on theislandofIrelandas a showcase of  excellent undergraduate research.

Connecting great students with great opportunities

The Undergraduate Awards hosts a series of dynamic events to bridge the gap between academia and industry providing students with stepping stones to connect with influential figureheads in politics, academia and industry.

UA also endeavours to provide all those who submit to the Undergraduate Awards with employment and internship opportunities.

(Extract from UA website)


Undergraduate Awards 2012

President's Awards 2012

Dr Siobhán Wills, President's Awards 2011/12‌Professor Helen Whelton with Dr Siobhán Wills, winner of a President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr Siobhán Wills (on right of picture) was recently awarded a 2011/12 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  The Award was based on an assessment of Siobhan’s portfolio, written for this application, together with student feedback.  The selection committee that reviewed the applications included the VP for Teaching & Learning, the VP for Research, the Professor of Education, the Chairs of the Academic Council Learning & Teaching Committee and the Staff Enhancement & Development Committee, the Students’ Union Education Officers amongst others.

Siobhán, along with other Award winners, was presented with her Award by the President, Dr Michael Murphy, on Wednesday, 19th September 2012.

Dr Siobhan Wills, 
Faculty of Law:

Summary of Portfolio:

I adopt a ‘Teaching for Understanding’ approach which places the central focus of the teaching and learning process on active participation by the student with the aim of triggering and consolidating ‘deep learning’ of the subject. 

In my view there are at least two approaches to teaching the subject content of a module. Using the building block approach the class begins with the basics (such as sources of law) and gradually builds a whole structure out of the relevant concepts. Using the ‘thematic’ approach the class explores key themes in depth (and through time, looking at the law in context) and gradually builds their understanding of the subject through making connections between themes rather than by building their understanding through laying one conceptual brick on top of another.

Core Law modules for undergraduate Law students are generally taught with a primary emphasis on the ‘building block’ method; which is appropriate because of the large size of classes and because many of the students hope to go into legal practice. The primary task of a practitioner is to ensure that she understands the law sufficiently comprehensively to be able to advise the client on the application of that law to her problem. The legitimacy of those rules and their implications for the distribution of power within society are important but are secondary to the lawyer’s ability to advise the client.

A primary emphasis on the thematic approach works well in seminar modules and also in modules with a strong advocacy and/or field-work orientation (for example courses aimed at students intending to work in human rights advocacy organisations or in non-governmental human rights  or humanitarian organisations).

Bréagchúirt Uí Dháiligh 2012

Law and Irish students' success in Bréagchúirt Uí Dháiligh

A team of two BCL (Law and Irish) students, Gearóidín Ní Fhíobhuí and Audrey Ní Loingsigh from the Faculty of Law at UCC have won the prestigious Bréagchúirt Uí Dháiligh National Moot Competition.

Bréagchúirt Uí Dháiligh 2012

Celebrating fifteen years since its inception, the Irish language moot is held in memory of the late Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, former President and Chief Justice of Ireland.  The competition gives third level law students an opportunity to display their advocacy skills in an authentic courtroom setting before practicing judges of the Supreme and High Courts.   Participants either defend or prosecute in an appeal against a court judgement.

Preliminary rounds of a high standard were held in the Kings Inns on Friday morning last , 9 November, where all teams had to prepare and plead both sides of the case. Oral submissions for the appellant and the respondent were restricted to twenty five minutes, with three minutes allowed for rebuttal by both sides. The final was held that evening in the Four Courts, presided over by Supreme Court Judge, Adrian Hardiman who were assisted in the adjudication by High Court Judges, The Honourable Roderick Murphy and the Honourable Mary Laffoy.  Oral submissions were judged under the following criteria : courtesy; logical and well constructed presentation; brevity; comprehensiveness; fluency; correct use of statues, cases and precedents; ability to answer Judges' questions; ability to deal with the other side's arguments and lastly, effective use of time given to rebuttal/response to rebuttal.

The UCC students emerged as the winners after coming through a number of difficult rounds and have ensured the continuation of a strong UCC law and Irish tradition in the completion with Gearóidín and Audrey being the 3rd winning team from the BCL (Law and Irish) degree programme, UCC having previously triumphed in 2003 and 2006 in addition to finishing runners up on two further occasions in 2002 and 2005.

Bhuaigh foireann Mic Léinn BCL (Dlí agus Gaeilge), Gearóidín Ní Fhíobhuí agus Audrey Ní Loingsigh ó Dámh an Dlí, Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh, an mór-chomórtas náisiúnta Bréagchúirt Uí Dháiligh.  

Ar an bhfód anois le cúig bliana déag, is in onóir Iar-Uachtarán agus Iar-Phríomh Bhreitheamh na hÉireann, Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, atá an comórtas á  reáchtáil.  Achomharc in aghaidh breithe cúirte a bhíonn i gceist, agus bíonn sonraí an cháis ar fáil roimh ré. LeBréagchúirt Uí  Dhálaigh, is féidir le mic léinn dlí a bhfuil máistreacht acu ar an nGaeilge barr feabhais a chur ar a gcuid scileanna abhcóideachta os comhair breithiúna de chuid na cúirte.

Reáchtáladh réamhbhabhtaí de ardchaighdeán in Óstaí an Rí  maidin Dé hAoine agus bhí ar gach foireann dhá thaobh an cháis a réiteach agus a phléadáil. Aighneachtaí béil a  mhair tuairim is fiche cúig nóiméad a bhí ceadaithe, mar aon le frisnéis de thrí nóiméad.  Bhí an chraobhbhabhta ar siúl sna Ceithre Chúirt an tráthnóna céanna agus is breithiúna den Ardchúirt,  An tOnórach Mary Laffoy agus An tOnórach Roderick Murphy, mar aon le breitheamh den Chúirt Uachtarach, An tOnórach Adrian Hardiman,  a bhí mar mholtóirí.  Thugadar ábhar, struchtúr, cumas argóna agus úsáid gutha san áireamh agus iad ag teacht ar a mbreith.

The UCC students emerged as the winners after coming through a number of difficult rounds and have ensured the continuation of a strong UCC law and Irish tradition in the competition with Gearóidín and Audrey being the 3rd winning team from the BCL (Law and Irish) degree programme, UCC having previously triumphed in 2003 and 2006 in addition to finishing runners up on two further occasions in 2002 and 2005.

Bhuaigh an fhoireann ó UCC sa chraobh tar éis dóibh teacht tríd roinnt babhtaí agus cuireann an bua acu leis an traidisiún láidir atá ag an gcéim BCL (Dlí agus Gaeilge) sa chomórtas. Is é seo an 3ú foireann ón gcéim atá tar éis bua a thabhairt leo sa Bhréagchúirt, bhuaigh UCC i 2003 and 2006 leis in airde ar an gcraobh a bhaint amach ar dhá ócáid eile i 2002 agus 2005.


Katherine Wade awarded DCYA Scholarship

DCYA 2012 Katherine WadeKatherine Wade, winner of a Department of Children and Youth Affairs Research Scholarship

Congratulations to Katherine Wade, winner of a Department of Children and Youth Affairs Research Scholarship. The scholarship was awarded to support her doctoral research at UCC. The scholarship covers annual fees and provides €16,000 per annum maintenance funding. Details of Katherine's research project are as follows:

"The Legal Regulation of Neonatal Medical Research: A Children's Rights Approach" Supervisors: Professor Ursula Kilkelly and Dr. Deirdre Madden.

Katherine was one of only two successful candidates awarded the scholarship, which represents an outstanding success for the Law Faculty in a highly competitive awards scheme.


Professor Siobhán Mullally

Religion, Culture and Migration

Professor Siobhán Mullally was a presenter on the panel 'Religion, Culture and Migration', at the 5th Biennial conference of the European Society of International Law, held in Valencia, September 12th -15th 2012.

Full details and programme available at: http://www.esil-sedi.eu/node/185

Professor Siobhán Mullally appointed to Permanent Court of Arbitration (2012/07/13)

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.  

The Permanent Court of Arbitration was established by treaty in 1899. It is an intergovernmental organization with over one hundred member states, established to facilitate arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution between states, state entities, intergovernmental organizations, and private parties.

Members of the Court are potential arbitrators appointed by member states. Each member state is entitled to nominate up to four persons of “known competency in questions of international law, of the highest moral reputation and disposed to accept the duties of arbitrators” as “Members of the Court.” Members of the Court are appointed for a term of six years. 

In addition to forming a panel of potential arbitrators, the Members of the Court from each member state constitute a “national group,” which is entitled to nominate candidates for the election to the International Court of Justice (article 4(1) of the Statute of the International Court of Justice). The Members of the Court (along with the judges of the ICJ) are among a handful of groups entitled to nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Siobhán Mullally teaches a range of international law subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at UCC and is Joint Editor in Chief of the Irish Yearbook of International Lawpublished by Hart: Oxford.

Dr Owen McIntyre

Dr Owen McIntyre to Chair the IUCN Specialist Group on Water and Wetlands

Dr Owen McIntyre was in attendance at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea, where he was hosting a number of events at the Congress as Chair of the IUCN Specialist Group on Water and Wetlands.

Dr Bénédicte Sage-Fuller

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.

Established in 1964, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy.  UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution, whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development.

The UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Training Programme supports port communities in developing countries in the quest for efficient and competitive port management.  The programme consists of eight modules and a dissertation.  UNCTAD/TrainForTrade sends a specialist for one out of every two modules, to lead the training.  In the recent Module 7 Training Programme (Administrative and Legal Management), held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dr Bénédicte Sage-Fuller of the Department of Law, UCC, who has been involved with the programme for three years, was the lead trainer/specialist.  Dr Sage-Fuller taught alongside senior managers from the port community: Mr Abel Ayubu Manase Moyo - Head of Planning & Shipping Section of Tanzania Ports Authority. Mr Nelson Mlali – Principal Research Officer for Tanzania Ports Authority and Mr Hebel Mwasenga – Principal Planning Officer for Tanzania Ports Authority.

This module is part of UNCTAD/TrainForTrade’s Modern Port Management course, which consists of 8 modules that cover the main aspects of managing a port today.

  1. International trade and transport

  2. Organization of a port system

  3. Functioning of a port system

  4. Future challenges to ports

  5. Methods and tools of mort management

  6. Commercial and economic management

  7. Administrative and legal management

  8. Technical management and human resources development

Overall, the course lasts between 18 and 24 months (each port community decides along with TrainForTrade how long the programme will last). The course represents around 240 hours of training, not including the work needed to research and draft the final thesis.

The programme itself (Port Management, Train for Trade) is run also in other locations, including Namibia, Ghana and South Africa.  In addition, this year Port of Cork has become involved, hosting the Training of the Trainers in May/June 2012 (which was attended by Dr Sage’s three co-trainers on this programme) in conjunction with Irish Aid, Dublin Port, DCU and UCC.

Dr Sage-Fuller is currently teaching on the same programme for TrainForTrade being run in the Maldives.  She has also taught on the programmes in Tanzania, Malaysia and Indonesia.

More information can be read here, and a report from the August Training Programme in Tanzania (including a list of participants) can be read here: UNCTAD TrainForTrade Tanzania 2012.

Maeve McDonagh

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.

For more information, please see the following: http://www.adb.org/news/new-independent-appeals-panel-strengthen-adbs-transparency-0

Annual Visit to the Institutions of the European Union 2013

  UCC law students with Ireland South MEPs Mr Sean Kelly (Fine Gael) & Ms Phil Prendergast (Labour) at the European Parliament in Strasbourg

A group of 15 UCC law students have just returned from a week long study trip to the Institutions of the European Union. The group, led by Declan Walsh (Lecturer in European Union Law) visited the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, the European Parliament in Strasbourg and the European Commission in Brussels. Among the highlights of the trip were a lunch hosted in honour of the students by the Irish judges at the Court of Justice and a meeting with eight of Ireland's MEP's at the European Parliament.

The students also met a large number of UCC law graduates now working at a high level at the various EU institutions. The visit, which is an annual event, has occurred in every year since Ireland's accession to the European Union in 1973. 

The Faculty of law wishes to express its gratitude to the European Parliament for its generous financial support for the trip which allows the visit to take place.

Students on trip:

  • Leo Collins (BCL II)

  • Morgane Conaty (BCLF II)

  • Adrian Francis Crofts  (BCLF II)

  • Margaux Delord (ERASMUS)

  • Tara  Doyle (BCL II)

  • Amina Flynn (BCLI II)

  • Lea Grandemange (ERASMUS)

  • Lucie Kacerova (ERASMUS)

  • Joseph Kennedy (BCL II)

  • Therese McInerney (BCLI II)

  • Aimée Millar (BCLI II)

  • Marie Moss (ERASMUS)

  • Eilís O' Keeffe (BCLF II)

  • Sunniva O'Reilly (BCLI II)

  • James Reidy (BCL Irish II)

IEO Photo Competition

UCC Study Abroad Students Annual Photographic Competiton 2013

The International Education oFFIce (IEO: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/international/) run a photography competition annually for UCC students studying abroad with the top twelve entries being included in the IEO Calendar.  This year we are delighted to be able to announce that UCC Law students have not one, not two, but three entries in the 2013 calendar.  Congratulations!

January 2013 : Laura Ní Dhruacháin, BCL Law & Irish IV

University of Montana

July 2013 : Laura Ní Dhruacháin, BCL Law & Irish IV

The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park

October 2013 : Niall Colbert, BCL Law & French IV

Parc de l'Orangerie, Strasbourg


Dug Cubie Presentations

DugCubieIn addition to presenting at a recent American Society of International Law conference at Berkeley, USA, Dug Cubie, PhD student, also recently presented a paper at the Canadian Council of International Law's Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada, and in a couple of weeks time will present a paper at a conference on humanitarian assistance at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Links to the conference websites:

American Society of International Law (UC Berkeley): http://www.law.berkeley.edu/files/four_societies_conference--public_program.pdf

Canadian Council on International Law (Ottawa): http://www.ccil-ccdi.ca/conference-papers/conference-presentations-speakers/

University of Leiden Conference:  http://law.leiden.edu/research/news/conference-intern-humanitarian-assistance.html

Alice O'Donovan, BCL (Law & German) on the University of Hamburg


AliceODonovanAfter graduating from UCC in 2011 (Law and German) I decided to pursue Postgraduate Studies in Hamburg, Germany. Having no idea what I was getting myself into (!) I left Ireland and studied European Legal Studies in Europa-Kolleg Hamburg, the institute for European Integration Studies affiliated with the University of Hamburg. An extremely intense year followed - in addition to examinations and a thesis, a work placement of two months was an obligatory element of the programme. I did an atypical internship at DG SANCO (Directorate General for Health and Consumer Affairs) of the European Commission in Brussels. Incidentally I now find myself back in Brussels, now working as an adviser for EUCOLAIT (the European Association for the Dairy Trade). As I wrote my thesis on an agricultural policy topic, I am very happy to work in my field of interest.

Going abroad to do a Masters was a very rewarding experience and definitely helped me to make decisions about my career and to broaden my horizons. I would probably not have considered it had I not received the support and advice that was available to me at undergraduate level at UCC.

I would advise anyone thinking of a career in a European setting to ask around, see what’s out there and definitely not to be afraid to try somewhere new for further study and experience!


Alice O’ Donovan, Brussels, Belgium

BCL (Law and German) Class of 2011

Elena Knyazeva at the Fifth Polar Symposium, Lapland, Finland

ElenaKnyazevaElena Knyazeva, PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University College Cork had undertaken a research visit to the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland from 4th to 15th of September 2012.  Meeting with leading Finnish legal scholars working on indigenous peoples rights in the Arctic region expanded her knowledge base and expertise in the area of indigenous rights.  During her visit to the Arctic Centre, she had gathered material devoted to Saami language rights which will help her to develop a comparative perspective in current language policies towards indigenous languages, with a particular focus on the Artic regions of Russia and Finland.

In the framework of the visit she made a presentation at the Fifth Polar Law Symposium 2012 in Rovaniemi. The event brought together internationally recognised legal scholars partaking in Polar research as well as politicians, stakeholders, local and regional actors. Elena’s presentation was devoted to the protection of linguistic rights of indigenous peoples within the Russian Federation. These symposia have proven to be extremely successful in promoting both scholarship and understanding of polar issues, including rights of indigenous peoples of Arctic region.

Apart from the participation in the Symposium, Elena had an opportunity to lead a study circle on the subject of indigenous peoples’ language rights and to share the specific experiences of the Arctic regions ofRussia. It opened up new possibilities for comparative analysis, exploring the significance of differing political systems and experiences of colonisation to contemporary policies on language rights. This kind of comparative analysis and discussion is only now beginning in the field of human rights law and indigenous peoples’ law.

Elena is determined to continue the long established academic cooperation with the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland in the future.

The research visit of Elena Knyazeva to the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland was generously supported by the Aidan Synnott Travel Bursary.


Mark Dillon at the Hague

MarkDillonetal‌Mark Dillon with (l-r) Sarah Andrews, Órla Cronin and Mary-Anne Power

I work at the international Criminal Court in the Hague and currently there are six UCC law graduates working here.  Apart from some of the bigger universities like Harvard and Oxford, no other university is so heavily represented. 

On 17 July 1998, the international community reached an historic milestone when 120 States adopted the Rome Statute, the legal basis for establishing the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC or the Court). The ICC came into existence on 1st July 2002.  Based in The Hague, the UN city of Peace and Justice, the Court currently has nearly 1000 staff members.

The Court is the legacy of a series of ad hoc international criminal tribunals, stretching back to the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials, which were held after the Second World War. Later, in the 1990s, after the end of the Cold War, the international community reached a consensus that impunity is unacceptable and established tribunals like the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. However, because these courts were established to try crimes committed only within a specific time-frame and during a specific conflict, there was general agreement that an independent, permanent criminal court was needed.

To date, 16 cases in 7 situations have been brought before the International Criminal Court, including, cases in Libya, Uganda, Darfur and DRC.

Like most international organisations there is a geographical distribution quota in place for the staff members of the Court.  Ireland has a quota of just 4.  It is surprising then to see that currently there are 5 former UCC law graduates working at the Court and another one as an intern. 

The work is immensely challenging and rewarding.  The crimes being investigated and prosecuted are horrendous, but the Court affords the opportunity for victims to participate in the process.  Additionally, the Court is one of the first and best examples of a functioning eCourt, so in terms of both law and procedure, it is cutting edge. 

More information can be found about the Court at its web page, www.icc-cpi.int


Susan Kennefick speaking from Leiden


My choice of the Law and French degree programme in 2008 is evidence of the fact that I have always had an interest in legal systems outside of our domestic one. This interest was further fuelled by the experience I gained during my Erasmus year inStrasbourg, an opportunity I will be forever grateful for. While living and studying there, the proximity of such international institutions, such as the Council of Europe and The European Court of Human Rights, did not escape my attention and I took full advantage of the circumstances I was lucky enough to find myself in by securing work experience in the European Parliament.

My Erasmus year had such an effect on me and on my decisions regarding my future career that I chose the modules with an international legal focus that UCC had to offer in final year, such as Human Rights, which I can add to my portfolio of Public International Law and International Relations, which I studied in Strasbourg.

All of these subjects interested me so much that I was certain I would continue to study international law in my Masters year. I chose the Public International Law LLM in Leiden, The Netherlands, as it perfectly catered to my strong points. It encompasses all the necessary tools to create an International Criminal Court prosecutor, a United Nations diplomat or an International Red Cross aid worker.

The university itself is renowned worldwide for its achievements. It can boast of having Grotius and Einstein as past lecturers and even today many prominent prosecutors, judges and writers visit to give lectures. The close proximity ofThe Hague, which houses the ICC and the ICTY to name but a few, allows me the opportunity to explore the institutions that prosecute infamous war-crimes regularly. It also holds the promise of contacts and internships for the future.

As regards the course itself, I thoroughly enjoy such modules as Conflict Resolution and Dispute Settlement, International Criminal Law, and The Protection against Chemical Weapons. I will write a thesis on a relevant topic and get to participate in moot courts with people from all four corners of the world with myriad different experiences. It is a perpetual learning curve and one that I am happy and thankful to be a part of.

Munich Advanced Course for International Law - Jennifer O'Sullivan 2012

Jennifer O'Sullivan BCLG Munich 2012

It was the great Senator J. William Fulbright who once said "Insofar as International Law is observed, it provides us with stability and order and with a means of predicting the behaviour of those with whom we have reciprocal legal obligations".

This quite simply sums up the relevance of International Law in today's world and why I applied for a place on the Munich Advanced Course for International Law at the University of Munich this August 2012.  Having studied International Law through German during my year abroad, the chance to expand my knowledge at a world renowned International law institution under the world's top International Law scholars along with 29 other Law students from around the world was an opportunity I was delighted to be afforded.

The theme of the course this year focused on International War and Peace and involved seminars such as International Cybercrime, International Humanitarian Law, The Illegality of Targeted Killings, Reparations for War Crimes and Prosecutions for War Crimes.  To study under such reputable International Law academics such as Christine Gray, Judge Brunno Simma and David Cohen and the colourful debate that followed their every lecture highlighted to me the importance and benefit that can be gained from discussing legal problems and finding soloutions no matter what nationality one is.  I will never forget my time at the University of Munich, the many friends I made from around the world and, returning to my final year at UCC, I certainly have a broader perspective on International Law from my time in Munich.

Jennifer O'Sulivan
BCL (Law & German) IV
September 2012

Dr Owen McIntyre cited by Supreme Court of Canada

Dr Owen McIntyre, UCC Department of Law, expert in Environmental Law, was cited recently in a Supreme Court of Canada judgement in the case of Castonguay Blasting ltd. v. Ontario (environment).

Read the full judgement here: http://scc.lexum.org/decisia-scc-csc/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/13289/index.do

New Appointments

The Faculty of Law is delighted to announce the following appointments:

Dr Deirdre Madden has been appointed by the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, as a member of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU) until March 2017. The Council is Ireland’s first multi-profession health regulator and aims to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence through statutory registration of health and social care professionals . The professions regulated by the Council are clinical biochemists, dieticians, medical scientists, occupational therapists, orthoptists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, psychologists, radiographers, social care workers, social workers and speech and language therapists. www.coru.ie  Dr Madden was previously a member of the Medical Council from 2004-2013 and served on the Fitness to Practise Committee and the Standards in Practice Committee and was Chairperson of the Ethics committee from 2006-2013.


Professor Siobhán Mullally was recently appointed to the High Council (Governing Body) of the European University Institute, Florence (2013-15).

New Publication from Routledge

The Faculty of Law is delighted to announce the publication of Children and International Human Rights Law by Dr Aisling Parkes.

Aisling Parkes' 2013 Children and International Human Rights Law

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 is one of the most highly ratified human rights treaties in the world, with 192 states currently signed up to it. Article Twelve is fundamental to the Convention and states that all children capable of forming views have the right to express those views, and recognises that all children have the right to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting them.

This book explores the historical and theoretical background to Article Twelve, and examines the various models of participation which have been created to facilitate a better understanding of this provision. Aisling Parkes analyzes the extent to which Article Twelve has been implemented under international law, and in domestic law, as well as setting-out recommendations for the most effective ways of implementing Article Twelve in all areas of children’s lives.

Extract taken from: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415458368/


Irish Journal of Legal Studies

The new issue of IJLS on the 2013 Abortion Bill is now available at

The Southern Law Association Prize is now open!


Entries are now being accepted for the Southern Law Assocation Prize 2013.

The Southern Law Association, to mark its close association with Law in University College Cork, in a special way in 1985 (Cork 800 celebration) provided a perpetual fund for a Prize to be awarded annually to a BCL student in Law, UCC, who presents, after the successful completion of the Second Year and before the last Friday in October* of the Third Year, the best work on a topic, selected by the candidate, of contemporary significance to the Irish Legal Profession.

The work, which may take the form of an Essay, Case Note or Commentary on a Statute or Bill, must be an original piece of legal writing (not exceeding 8,000 words) which is worthy of publication.

The value of the prize will be €500. The Prize will be awarded by the Academic Council having considered the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Law or nominee and the Professor of Law.

Please submit entries to the Law Faculty Office, AL1.63, Áras na Laoi, UCC.

*CLOSING DATE: Friday 25th October 2013

Research Success

Law excels in Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarships and lecturer Dr Conor O'Mahony to receive a University Staff Recognition Award.

PhD students from the Law Faculty have swept the boards in the Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship scheme, the results of which were released on Monday. In total, six students from the Faculty were awarded scholarships, a success rate of 66%, almost three times the national success rate of 23% for the competition. UCC was awarded 35 scholarships across all disciplines.

The students and supervisors in question are as follows:

  • Lydia Bracken* (supervised by Dr Conor O'Mahony)
  • Alan Cusack (starting in September, supervised by Professor Shane Kilcommins and Dr Aisling Parkes)
  • Jonathan McCarthy (supervised by Dr Mary Donnelly)
  • Eimear Moroney (supervised by Professor Caroline Fennell)
  • Kevin O’Sullivan (supervised by Professor Steve Hedley)
  • Rosemary O’Sullivan (supervised by Professor Ursula Kilkelly)

*Lydia has already been awarded the Department of Children scholarship and so will be unable to accept the IRC

This is the culmination of a huge amount of work by supervisors, advisors, referees and contributors to the research methodology classes.

Closer to home, Dr Conor O'Mahony has been awarded a University Staff Recognition Award (Early Career Leadership) on the basis of an outstanding contribution to graduate studies at UCC, by maintaining and further developing the success of the Graduate Studies Programme in the Department of Law and by making a significant contribution as a member of Academic Council Graduate Studies Committee.

Congratulations to all involved!


Recruitment - Part-Time Teaching Posts

The Faculty of Law UCC invites applications from suitably qualified individuals with relevant teaching experience, who are interested in tutoring and/or lecturing on an hourly occasional part-time basis (i.e. not exceeding 6 hours per week) in the Faculty of Law for the 2013-14 academic year.

As one of the top 100 law schools in the world (Source: QS University Rankings May 2013), the Faculty currently has over 650 students on a wide range of specialist and general programmes, some of which are unique in Ireland. These include six undergraduate BCL programmes, a graduate LLB and seven LLM programmes, a research masters and PhD programme. The student body is diverse with increasing numbers of students from mature years, part-time, non-traditional entry and international cohorts. Programmes combine traditional law curricula with a focus on legal skills and clinical education.

The Faculty is establishing a panel of occasional part-time lecturers and tutors to support full-time staff in the delivery (including teaching and examining) of our programmes.

The hourly rates of pay for lecturing /tutoring for 2013-14 are: €40.98 per hour (Day rate)

€56.09 per hour (Evening rate)

Interested individuals should submit a CV and cover letter detailing qualifications, contact details of two referees, relevant teaching experience and areas of expertise/interest (e.g. Family Law, Property Law etc.) to the Faculty of Law by 5pm on Tuesday 6th August 2013.

Further information on the Faculty of Law, UCC is available at: http://www.ucc.ie/en/lawsite/

Applications may be submitted by post or email to:

Faculty of Law

Áras na Laoi

University College Cork


Email: lawfac@ucc.ie

Tel: 021 4903249


New LLMs announced!

UCC Law Faculty is delighted to announce the launch of two new specialist LLM degrees – the LLM (Health and Care Law) and the LLM (Business Law). These new programmes build on the Law Faculty’s well-established reputation in these areas and offer students a chance for study with Faculty members with a wide range of academic, policy development and practice-based experience in these areas. Like the other specialist programmes offered, these programmes emphasise targeted skills development aimed at developing all aspects of students’ competencies in these fields.

The Programme Director for the LLM (Health and Care Law), Dr Mary Donnelly, says “we are very excited about the launch of this programme which is unique in Ireland, providing the only Masters level specialisation in this important and challenging field. The Law Faculty is delighted to play its part in developing excellent research and teaching in these rapidly evolving areas where UCC already has a very strong reputation. We think that students will appreciate the chance to engage with difficult ethical questions around contemporary topics such as end of life care and reproductive rights while also obtaining essential practical grounding in the ways in which the health and care systems operate in practice. ”

Dr Fidelma White, the Programme Director for the LLM (Business Law) says “we are pleased to take this opportunity to build on our strong research and policy record in all areas of business law. We hope to attract a broad range of students, including those who use the law in practice as well as law graduates.”

The new programmes commence in September 2013 and the closing date for admissions is 23 August.

Please see http://www.ucc.ie/en/law-postgrad/ for more information.


Annual lecture in honour of Gerald Yael and Sheila Goldberg

Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Dean, Faculty of Law, University College Cork, was delighted to welcome Mr Alan Shatter T.D., Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence to deliver a lecture in honour of Gerald Yael and Sheila Goldberg on May 31st in the Aula Maxima, UCC.

For more information and to read the full text of the lecture ‘A new dynamic role for the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) in a Union of equal citizens’, please click here.

Judicial Internship Report - Paula Collins

As a student of the Child and Family Law Masters, University College Cork, it was with great enthusiasm that I applied for the Superior Courts Internship, a pilot programme initiated by The Hon. Mrs Justice Susan Denham, Chief Justice of Ireland and the Court Services of Ireland. When I was informed that I would be one of the two UCC representatives I was over-joyed with such an opportunity to see first-hand the role of the judiciary in the administration of justice in Ireland. The internship, which lasted one month, exceeded my expectations in so far as it was a chance to gain vast and invaluable experience in the courts as well as a chance to be part of exciting and worthwhile research projects. Furthermore, it was an opportunity to meet and work with leading practitioners in Irish law.

I spent the first two weeks of the internship working in Dolphin House as an intern for Her Hon. Judge Rosemary Horgan, President of the District Court. This was an opportunity to see the operation of family law proceedings in the District Court through the perspective of the judiciary. Furthermore, it was a chance to develop my legal research skill and knowledge through the various research projects that I conducted and presented to members of the judiciary e.g. independent research into the impact of social media on family law proceedings. My last two weeks were spent with Judge Abbott in the High Court. As well as gaining phenomenal exposure to family law proceedings in the High Court, I was also given the opportunity to assist Judge Abbot in the preparation of judgements. This gave me invaluable insight into the process involved in the execution of conclusive and definitive judicial decisions.

This internship was also a great chance to meet with law students from other leading Irish universities as well as students from New York’s Fordham Law School. Throughout the internship we were invited to attend various events which were always very fun and sociable. The highlight of these events was undoubtedly a lecture presented by The Hon. Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman on the trial and execution of Robert Emmet. This took place in Green Street Court House, the actual location of the Emmet’s trial and execution, where the interior has been preserved in its original.

This internship was overall an outstanding experience and one that I would greatly encourage any law student, particularly a student of the LLM in Child and Family Law, to apply for. Judge Horgan, Judge Abbott and their support staff could not have been more welcoming, helpful and encouraging. Indeed, they all went out of their way to ensure that I got the very most out of the internship. It was specifically tailored to my area of interest in a manner that allowed me to gain extensive exposure to family law proceedings in both the district court and the Superior Courts. Working alongside such esteemed members of the judiciary and legal profession was certainly an invaluable opportunity and one that I would highly recommend.

Certificate in Legal Studies 2013/14

Applications are being welcomed for the Certificate in Legal Studies at UCC!

If you are interested in learning more about the law and gaining a recognised qualification in just one year, please see here for more details.


Samantha Power appointed US Ambassador to the UN

“If you represent everyone, in some ways you represent no one. You’re un-owned.”— Samantha Power

Samantha Power’s nomination for appointment as US Ambassador to the UN has been widely welcomed by foreign policy scholars, human rights advocates and international lawyers. Widely known as a passionate and rigorous advocate of human rights, Power has the potential to be a truly transformative Ambassador, not only in terms of US Foreign Policy but also for the UN itself.

Power was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Law in 2008, following the award of an Honorary Doctorate by UCC. She has been a hugely generous supporter of UCC and of the Law School’s programmes particularly in the fields of international law and human rights. Power’s career as an international lawyer and now, potentially, as one of the most powerful diplomats in the world, began in a war zone, working as a free-lance journalist reporting on the conflict in Bosnia in the early 1990s. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Problem From Hell, led to her meeting and subsequent appointment as a foreign policy adviser to the then Senator, Barack Obama, and more recently to her role as a Senior Director of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights in the Obama Administration.

Speaking at UCC Law Faculty, Power spoke of her ambition to place human rights at the centre of US foreign policy. On her nomination as US Ambassador, Power recalled her Irish roots and emigration to the US, and her desire to promote the core values of democracy through the United Nations. Power’s more recent work on Sergio Vierra de Mello explores in depth the challenges of meeting the aspirations and goals of the United Nations and the importance of transformative figures such as Sergio.


This nomination reflects Power's outstanding reputation as a scholar and public servant. At UCC we are delighted to extend our congratulations on her continued success and wish her well on this next and greatest challenge she has taken on so far. Given Ireland and UCC’s longstanding commitment to international development issues, we look forward to watching Professor Power’s continuing impact for the greater good.


UCC honors U.S. District Judge Molloy

UCC to honor U.S. District Judge Molloy for building ties with University of Montana

The silence is heavy between trials on the second floor of the Missoula federal courthouse. But silence is golden when U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy packs for an Irish getaway. Now 17 years into his appointment as a federal judge, Molloy has adjudicated his share of landmark cases, from U.S. v. W.R. Grace & Co. to a host of rulings on endangered species in the Northern Rockies. But it is Molloy’s work building ties between the law programs at the University of Montana and the University of College Cork in Ireland that brings a smile to his face, and gets him talking on a Friday afternoon with vacation looming.

“It’s been a real interesting foray,” Molloy said last week, seated in his downtown Missoula office. “It’s been interesting having Irish law students in the classes I’ve been involved with. As Americans, we have a myopic view of living in a democracy. It’s good to get a broader perspective.”

The University of College Cork will recognize Molloy’s work as a federal judge and a transatlantic diplomat this Friday by awarding him an honorary doctorate degree at a ceremony in Cork. The announcement came as a big surprise, Molloy said, but it is one he’s eager to accept, especially in person. It gets him back to Ireland – his family’s roots – and gives him another crack at culling an exchange program he’s been nursing for years.

“It’s a tremendous advantage to future lawyers,” Molloy said of the program. “We share a common source of law (with Ireland), and yet it’s different. The exchange is an excellent program and hopefully it can
blossom more.”

Ruth McDonnell, communications director for the University of College Cork, said the school hosted Molloy and UM Law School faculty members in 2011, followed in 2012 by UCC President Michael Murphy’s
visit to UM. The exchanges serve as a meeting of the minds – an exploration of ideas and how to grow the ties between the schools. Students from Cork teach Irish at UM for one term while attending the School of Law. While in Montana, they clerk in Molloy’s office, as well as other regional courtrooms. The program also has expanded to the
geology program, and supporters are looking for new opportunities to reach other areas.

“We’re particularly privileged that an American lawyer and judge of the caliber of Molloy is a friend of UCC and a strong supporter of our law students,” McDonnell said. “He has a distinguished record of service,
not only as a lawyer and a judge, but also as a public servant.”


Molloy named the Irish students clerking in his office. He then named the Irish-rooted families in Butte, the Irish-serving faculty at the university, and how he’s commonly asked in Ireland if he knows so-and-so in Montana of such-and-such clan, which he often does.

His own family has deep roots in the Irish community. Butte, he notes, was once considered Ireland’s fifth province. At the turn of the 20th century, Butte had more Irish residents per capita than any other
American city, including Boston.

“My family is 100 percent Irish, both on my mother’s side and my father’s side,” Molloy proudly noted. “All my great-grandparents came from Ireland. Both my parents were from Butte.”

In a moment of thought, Molloy recalled his father, a Malta doctor. The family patriarch wore his Irish heritage on his sleeve – almost literally, Molloy says, noting the green suit coats his father commonly
selected for the job.

“He was Irish over the top, but he fostered a real interest in our Irish heritage,” Molloy said. “It has always been a part of our lives.”

It’s that commitment to his Irish heritage that also has impressed the University of College Cork. While back issues of the National Law Review and Federal Lawyer adorn the tabletops in Molloy’s downtown office, books on Ireland pack his personal library at home. Though he suggested not challenging his mastery of the Irish language, Molloy completed an Irish class from UCC graduate Traolach O’Riordain, who now heads the Irish Studies program at UM.

“He’s very proud of his Irish roots in Donegal, located in the northwestern part of Ireland, and I understand that his children bear Irish names,” said McDonnell. “He has a strong personal interest in his Irish


Molloy’s work as a federal judge also has earned him a reputation overseas. The University of College Cork noted the “significant environmental rights cases” he has adjudicated in recent years, from issues surrounding the gray wolf and grizzly bear to W.R. Grace. When he considers his legacy as a judge, Molloy doesn’t think about the cases he’s heard as much as the system he helped to build. When former President Bill Clinton appointed him to the bench in 1996 – a political process he described as unpleasant – courtrooms across the District of Montana were inadequate and the district itself, he said, was mediocre.

The cities of Helena, Billings and Great Falls now have new buildings housing federal courthouses. The District of Montana has emerged as one of the best and most efficient in the nation. “I wanted the best district in the U.S. in how we dealt with cases and with people,” Molloy said. “We’ve gone from a district in the middle of the pack to one of the best.”

Molloy’s cases have been far reaching and lasting. He blocked the removal of gray wolves from the endangered species list and dismissed a lawsuit filed by Montana and other states looking to step out from
under federal gun laws. He found a U.S. Forest Service plan for dropping retardant on wildfires illegal, and said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service arbitrarily excluded parts of Montana and other Western states from critical habitat for the Canada lynx. In 2009, Molloy also presided over the criminal trial of W.R. Grace and three company executives who were acquitted of knowingly allowing human exposure to asbestos at the company’s mine near Libby.

“I’ve tried to keep my perspective on the functions of a judge,” Molloy said. “I don’t invite cases. When they come in, I deal with them on the basis and facts of the law. But in this job, you can’t make everyone happy.”

Original article in <http://missoulian.com>
• By Martin Kidston


UCC Law in Top 100 Law Schools Worldwide!

UCC Law in Top 100 Law Schools Worldwide2013/05/10 - UCC Law in Top 100 Law Schools Worldwide!

UCC Faculty of Law has been confirmed as one of the top 100 Law Schools worldwide in the QS University rankings for 2013 published on 8 May 2013.

The score is based on factors of academic reputation, employer reputation and research citations and together the ranking makes clear that UCC Law is achieving success both in educating excellent graduates who go onto fulfilling careers and in producing quality research that has impact on law and policy nationally and internationally.  Speaking today, the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Ursula Kilkelly said: ‘it is hugely significant that the ranking system has recognised the excellent work being carried out at UCC Law. All the work we do here is designed to provide our students with a quality legal education and to engage with society in a wide variety of meaningful ways. This excellent ranking of our academic reputation and our teaching and research is an objective indicator that we are achieving success. I would like to congratulate all of my colleagues in the Faculty for their continued hard work and commitment.’

New Publication by Dr Bénédicte Sage-Fuller

The Precautionary Principle in Marine Environmental Law, with Special Reference to High Risk Vessels by Dr Bénédicte Sage-Fuller (pub. Routledge, Research in International Environmental Law) was published in July 2013.

Bénédicte Sage Fuller - Marine Environmental Law / High Rish Vessels

The theme of the book is about high risk ships, and about the risks that they pose to coastal States. Empirical research was conducted with the assistance of several European maritime safety agencies.

The precautionary principle is dealt with extensively, in an attempt to apprehend these risks, and in the context of established rules and principles of international law of the sea and international environmental law.

"The book examines whether the jurisdiction of coastal States under international law can be extended to include powers of intervention towards vessels posing a significant risk to their coastal and marine environment, but which have not yet been involved in any incident or accident. The books sets out how it is that coastal State jurisdiction can indeed be seen as including powers of intervention towards High Risks Vessels before an incident or accident happens, on the basis of the precautionary principle. The precautionary principle requires taking action when a risk of damage to the environment is suspected, but cannot be confirmed scientifically.The book thus considers the potential opportunities for the coastal state under international law to regulate international shipping where they consider vessels to an unacceptable risk to the environment, in order to prevent or minimise the risk of occurrence of the accident or incident leading to damage. The book acknowledges that this puts into question some very old and established principles of the law of the sea, most importantly the principle of freedom of navigation. But Bénédicte Sage-Fuller contends that this change would itself be a consequence of the evolution, since the end of WWII, of on the one hand international law of the sea itself, and of international environmental law on the other hand."

Description from: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415671910/


6th volume of the Irish Yearbook of International Law

The 6th volume of the Irish Yearbook of International Law co-edited by Professor Siobhán Mullally and Prof essor Fiona de Londras has just been published (Hart Publishing: Oxford), with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and A&L Goodbody Solicitors. This volume features a symposium on climate justice, including an essay from Mary Robinson, as well as shorter articles, book reviews, and a documents section. It also features reflections from former colleagues on the work of the late Kevin Boyle.  The full Table of Contents is available here. Volumes I to VI can be ordered through Hart or Amazon (as individual volumes).  

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