Domestic Violence Laws and Processes Effecting Change - Safeguarding Families (Eploring the Options in Ireland)

This conference examined the need for a domestic abuse intervention system which seeks to address and effect change in the behaviour of the perpetrator to improve the lives of victims of such abuse. The conference considered existing Irish laws and processes in light of preliminary research data sourced and developed through collaboration between the School of Law at UCC and the services provided by MOVE (Men Overcoming Violence) Cork. The experiences of service providers, including MOVE Cork, White Ribbon Ireland and the Irish Probation Service provided an invaluable insight into a number of the services currently operating in Ireland. Finally the experiences of both Scotland and Australia were described by visiting colleagues to provide an invaluable insight into the possibilities for reform of Irish laws and processes. The conference aimed to explore alternative possibilities in this challenging context and to provide a forum for exchange of knowledge and informed discussion among interested parties.

This conference and the related research were generously funded by an Irish Research Council New Foundations Grant 2015.

Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex
Lecture Theatre G06
13th November, 2015:   9.30 to 1.30 pm

Chair: Judge Uinsin MacGruairc

Opening Address: Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Dean of Law, UCC


Dr Kate FitzGibbon, Deakin University Australia

Tom Meagher White Ribbon Ireland

Dr Margaret O’Keeffe, Cork Institute of Technology/Move Cork

Rory Macrae, Safer Families Edinburgh/ Caledonian System, Scottish Government

Dr Louise Crowley, School of Law, UCC

Ailish Glennon, Probation Service, Ireland

Gala Moot February 2015

This prize is to be awarded annually to the student who in the opinion of the judges is the outstanding speaker at the Annual Gala Moot Court. 

Jim Donegan was the fourth successive generation of his family to practice as a solicitor in Cork. He studied law at UCC and after qualifying as a solicitor her practised in Cork city and county for a period of fifty years. During that time he served with distinction as President of the Southern Law Association, as Dean of the Notaries Public in Ireland and as a Council Member of the Law Society of Ireland.

The prize is generously donated by S. Donegan & Co. Solicitors, Cobh, Co. Cork.

Pictured here are the finalists (Enda Kerin BCL Law & French, Lucy Jones BCL International and Ralph Quinlan EBCL 4) and winner (Rachel O'Sullivan BCL International) with judges The Hon. Miss Justice Iseult O'Malley and The Hon. Ms Justice Marie Baker of the High Court and sponsor Sally Donegan, Solicitor.

Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project, UCC, Feb 2015

On 4th and 5th February, the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project held a workshop here in the School of Law, UCC.  The programme may be viewed here.

From their website:

The Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project brings a new critical methodology to bear on Irish and Northern Irish legal studies. A collective of academics and practitioners will come together to write the “missing feminist judgments” in appellate cases which have shaped Irish and Northern Irish law. (Click here for details of those involved and here for details of the cases to be rewritten).

Feminist judging provides a means of re-imagining the role of the judge. It requires us to  adhere to the rules of precedent and custom which typically bind judges, while demonstrating that it is possible to decide even very difficult cases in ways which take proper account of feminist concerns. For example, a feminist judgment, in reciting the facts of the case, might provide more detail on  a woman litigant’s experience. It might take judicial notice of feminist “common knowledge”. Or it might aim to give legal meaning to feminist conceptions of equality, autonomy or selfhood.

Schools Essay Competition and Law App Launch 2015

UCC School of Law Essay Winners Launch Law App!


The School of Law Essay Competition Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday, 22nd January 2015, in the Council Room, North Wing, University College Cork.  Seven students from schools in Limerick, Kildare, Wicklow and Cork were each presented with a €200 cheque and certificate.  Over 300 entries were received nationally. A panel of experts from UCC’s Law School spoke on the different topics outlining how the winning essays stood out from their competitors. The quality of entries continues to be of a very high standard and the School of Law paid tribute to the various teachers in the schools for supporting and encouraging their students to enter this competition.


Topics & Winners


Ross Cudmore

Christian Brothers College

Is it correct to presume that a child's interests are always best served by remaining in the care of his/her biological family?

Odhran O’Callaghan

Christian Brothers College

Should the Irish Constitution be amended to reduce the voting age to 17?

Meabh Kennedy

Holy Family SS Newbridge

What should be done about online bullying?

Anna O’Modhrain

Holy Family SS Newbridge

Should Assisted Suicide be decriminalised?

Rachel Butler

Kinsale Community School

Is it fair for a person to have a legal right to have internet search results erased?

Lorna O’Byrne

Laurel Hill FCJ

Is it correct to presume that a child's interests are always best served by remaining in the care of his/her biological family?

Meabh Ni Geallchobhair

St Kevin’s Community College, Wicklow

Should Irish citizens be prosecuted for protesting against the Shannon stop-over?



The “Magnificent 7” then launched the new Law App which provides accessible, user-friendly information on UCC’s School of Law to students - both current and prospective!


Further information is available from Anne Wallace, Student Recruitment & Liaison Officer with the College of Business and Law, tel: 021-4205102 or email: .  Details of the next School of Law Essay Competition will be available in September 2015 at


Baroness Brenda Hale at the Child Law Clinic, May 2014

One of the world's most widely-known and respected jurists, Baroness Brenda Hale of the UK Supreme Court, delivered a public lecture at the Child Law Clinic, chaired by Hon Justice Catherine McGuinness, on Thursday 22nd May 2014 in University College Cork.

Speakers at Law Open Day for Second Level Students, Boole 2, 13th May 2014

School of Law

Scoil an Dlí

Room 1.63, T12 T656