Publications and Research Grants
Publications by Graduates
Graduates of the research programmes at the School of Law have produced a significant quantity of high-quality publication output based on their doctoral research. This includes journal articles in international and national journals (many of which were published during the registration period, prior to completion of the thesis) and research mongraphs. The UCC Research Quality Review 2015 described the publication record of graduate researchers at the School of Law as "stunning". Details of select publications are provided below.
Olufemi Amao completed his PhD in 2009 entitled
"Corporate responsibility, human rights and
multinational corporations in developing countries:
a case study of Nigeria" under the supervision of
Professor Irene Lynch Fannon. A monograph based
on his PhD was published by Routledge in 2011. He
is currently a senior lecturer at the University of
Sussex, having previously lectured at Brunel
Onder Bakircioglu completed his PhD in 2009
entitled "The rationale and the role of the
imminence requirement in international self-
defence: the lessons of the self-defence doctrine
in criminal law" under the supervision of Professor
Caroline Fennell. A monograph based on his PhD
was published by Routledge in 2011. He is
currently a senior lecturer at the University of
Leicester, having previously lectured at Queen's
Joanne Blennerhassett completed her PhD in 2014
entitled "Multi- party actions as a route to collective
redress for mass harm, having particular regard to
environmental mass harm" under the supervision
of Professor Owen McIntyre. A monograph based on
her PhD was published by Hart Publishing in 2015.
She is currently a lecturer at University College
Laura Cahillane completed her PhD in 2012 entitled
"The genesis, drafting and legacy of the Irish Free
State Constitution" under the supervision of Dr
Conor O'Mahony and Professor David Gwynn Morgan.
A monograph based on her PhD was published by
Manchester University Press in 2015. She is currently
a lecturer at the University of Limerick, having
previously lectured at Univertsity College Cork.
Fiona De Londras completed her PhD in 2008 entitled
"Power, panic and the resilience of international human
rights law: a study of habeas corpus in the 'war on
terrorism'" under the supervision of Professor Siobhan
Mullally. A monograph based on her PhD was published
by Cambridge University Press in 2011. She is currently
a Professor at the University of Birmingham, having
previously lectured at Durham University, University
College Dublin and University College Cork.
Padraig MacAuliffe completed his PhD in 2009 under
the supervision of Professor Siobhan Mullally. A
monograph based on his PhD was published by
Routledge in 2013. He is currently a senior lecturer
at the University of Liverpool, having previously
lectured at University of Dundee.
Aisling Parkes completed her PhD in 2006 entitled
"The nature and scope of article 12 of the United
Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989
and the extent to which it has been implemented
under international law" under the supervision of
Professor Ursula Kilkelly. A monograph based on
her PhD was published by Routledge in 2013.
She is currently a lecturer at the School of Law
at University College Cork.
Benedicte Sage Fuller completed her PhD in 2009
entitled "The precautionary principle in marine
environmental law: with special reference to high
risk vessels" under the supervision of Professor
Owen McIntyre. A monograph based on her PhD
was published by Routledge in 2013. She is
currently a lecturer at the School of Law at
University College Cork.
The following is a sample of journal articles published by PhD students based on their doctoral research in recent years:
Olufemi Amao, ‘The African regional human rights system and multinational corporations: strengthening host state responsibility for the control of multinational corporations’ (2008) 12(5) International Journal of Human Rights 761-788.
Onder Bakircioglu, ‘A Socio-Legal Analysis of Jihad’ (2010) 59 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 413-440.
Lydia Bracken, ‘In the Best Interests of the Child? The Regulation of DAHR in Ireland’ (2016) 23(4) European Journal of Health Law 391-408
Lydia Bracken, ‘Challenging Normative Constructions of Parentage in Ireland’, forthcoming in (2017) 39(1) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Sean Butler, ‘Separating Protection from Politics: The UN Security Council, the 2011 Ivorian Political Crisis and the Legality of Regime Change’ (2015) 20 Journal of Conflict Security Law 251-276.
Laura Cahillane, “An Insight into the Irish Free State Constitution” (2014) 54 American Journal of Legal History 1-38.
Pablo Cortes, ‘Does the Proposed European Procedure Enhance the Resolution of Small Claims?’ (2008) 27(1) Civil Justice Quarterly 83-97.
Dug Cubie, ‘Analysis of Soft Law Applicable to Humanitarian Assistance: Relative Normativity in Action?’ (2011).Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies 177-215.
John Danaher, 'Blind Expertise and the Problem of Scientific Evidence' (2011) 15 International Journal of Evidence And Proof (2011) 207-231.
Carole Deschamps, ’Patenting Computer-Related Inventions in the US and in Europe: The Need for Domestic and International Legal Harmony’ (2011) 33(2) European Intellectual Property Review 103-114.
Fiona De Londras,‘Guantanamo Bay: Towards Legality?’, (2008) 71(1) Modern Law Review 36-58
Fiona De Londras, ‘International Decision: Saadi v Italy’, (2008) 102(3) American Journal of International Law 616-622.
Alan Desmond, ‘The Development of a Common EU Migration Policy and the Rights of Irregular Migrants: A Progress Narrative?’ (2016) 16(2) Human Rights Law Review 247 - 272
Elaine Dewhurst,‘The Denial of Labour Rights to Irregular Immigrants under Irish Labour Law’, European Journal of Labour Law 4(2012) eScholarID:187958
Mairead Enright, ‘The Beginning of the Sharpness: Loyalty, Citizenship and Muslim Divorce Practice’, (2012) International Journal of Law in Context.
Mairead Enright, ‘Girl, Interrupted: Citizenship and the Irish Hijab Debate’, (2011) 20(4) Social and Legal Studies 463-480.
Mairead Enright, ‘Choice, Culture and the Politics of Belonging: The Emerging Law of Forced and Arranged Marriage’, (2009) 72(3) Modern Law Review 331.
Louise Kennefick,‘Introducing a New Diminished Responsibility Defence for England and Wales’ (2011) 74 Modern Law Review 750.
Louise Kennefick, ‘Diminished Responsibility in Ireland: Historical Reflections on the Doctrine and Present-Day Analysis of the Law’ (2011) 62 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 269.
John Lombard,‘The Regulation of Palliative Care’ (2012) Socio-Legal Studies Review 23.
Verona Ni Dhrisceoil, ‘Language conflict in Northern Ireland: revisiting the Irish language rights debate’ (2013) Public Law 693-701.
Anthony O'Dwyer, 'The nature of the artists' resale right (droit de suite): from antiquity to modernity' (2017) Intellectual Property Quarterly 95-122.
Emmanuel Oke, ‘South Africa: Aventis Pharma S.A. & Ors. v. Cipla Life Sciences’, (2013) 44(2) International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 244-247.
Fiona O’Regan,‘Prosecutor vs. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo : the Cumulative Charging Principle, Gender-Based Violence, and Expressivism’ (2012) 43 Georgetown Journal of International Law 1323-1360.
Ella O’Sullivan,‘International Stem Cell Corporation v. Comptroller General of Patents: The debate regarding the definition of the human embryo continues’ (2014) 36 European Intellectual Property Review 155.
Kevin T. O'Sullivan, ‘Enforcing copyright online: internet service provider obligations and the European Charter of Human Rights’ (2014) 36(9) European Intellectual Property Review 35-41.
Sinead Ring, ‘Due Process and the Admission of Expert Evidence on Recovered Memory in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Cases: Lessons from America’ (2012) 16(1) International Journal of Evidence and Proof 66-92.
Katherine Wade, ‘Refusal of Emergency Caesarean Section in Ireland: A Relational Approach’ (2014) 22(1) Medical Law Review 1.
Seán Whittaker, ‘Access to Environmental Information and the Problem of Defining Public Bodies’, (2013) 15 Environmental Law Review 230-238.
The graduate programme at the School of Law has a record in attracting external research funding for graduate students that is second to none. Mutiple scholarships have been secured in all major Irish funding schemes and total research funding awarded has exceeded €2.5 million. Success has been particualrly strong in the Irish Research Council scheme, with 40 students funded by this scheme since 2004 and a success rate of 34% (compared to a national average of 20%). The following is a list of awards made since 2004:
Irish Research Council x 1: Sandra Duffy
NUI EJ Phelan Fellowship in International Law x 1: Sandra Duffy
Irish Research Council (Employment-Based Scheme) x 1: Jane Mulcahy
NUI Travelling Studentship x 1: Paul Bradfield
Irish Research Council x 3: Louise Forde, Sean Whittaker (plus one other awardee who did not take up the offer)
Irish Research Council x 6: Eimear Moroney, Jonathan McCarthy, Rosemary O’Sullivan, Alan Cusack, Kevin O’Sullivan (plus one other awardee who did not take up the offer)
Office of the Minister for Children Scholarship x 1: Lydia Bracken
Irish Research Council x 4: Anna Marie Brennan, Seán Butler, Niall Harte (plus one other awardee who did not take up the offer)
Office of the Minister for Children Scholarship x 1: Katherine Wade
Irish Research Council x 2: Rachel Hanly, Dug Cubie
Irish Research Council x 5: Carole Deschamps, Fiona O’Regan, Maria Murphy, Suzanne Doyle, Alan Desmond
Irish Research Council x 1: Laura Cahillane
Irish Research Council x 6: Sinead Ring, Eoin Daly, Eilionoir Flynn, Joe McGrath, Louise Kennefick, Norma O’Brien-Horgan
NUI EJ Phelan Fellowship in International Law: Mairead Enright
Office of the Minister for Children Scholarship: one awardee who did not take up the offer
Irish Research Council x 5: Susan Leahy, John Danaher, Lydia Buckley, Darren O’Donovan, Claire Cumiskey
Irish Research Council x 2: Phyllis Comerford, Pablo Cortes
Office of the Minister for Children x 1: Elaine O'Callaghan
Irish Research Council x 2: Liam Thornton, Padraig McAuliffe
NUI Travelling Studentship x 1: Fiona De Londras
Irish Research Council x 2: Liz Campbell, Claire Murray
NUI EJ Phelan Fellowhship in International Law x 1: Elaine Dewhurst
There are three elements of an application to undertake a research degree at the School of Law UCC:
Preparation of a detailed research proposal (Steps 1 & 2 below)
Formal application through the online Postgraduate Applications Centre website at www.pac.ie (Step 3 below)
Submission of two academic references with application documentation.
Applicants who wish to be considered for Law School PhD Studentship Funding, should outline what teaching experience (if any) they have to date and what areas they would be interested in teaching/tutoring under the requirements of the studentship.
1. Research Programmes Applications
Prospective applicants for a Research degree should prepare a proposal using the format set out below. This proposal should then be sent to the proposed supervisor (selected from the Law School academic staff) and/or the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Conor O'Mahony (email@example.com). Once the proposal has been provisionally approved by a potential supervisor, a formal application should be made on the online application system www.pac.ie/ucc. Applicants are also requested to supply two academic references with their application documentation. Applications are assessed by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Law School, which makes a recommendation to a meeting of the Law School, where the decision regarding the application is made.
2. Criteria for Selection and Application Process
To be eligible for a research degree in law, “a candidate must have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours, Grade 1, in an approved primary degree, or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Faculty of his/her fitness.” This is a minimum requirement. The Law School has a strong preference that PhD candidates have completed a Masters degree with grades at first class honours or high 2.1 honours level, but reserves the discretion to take professional experience or other factors into account as part of a holistic assessment of the application.
The following criteria are assessed as part of the application process:
- Academic record and other relevant qualifications or experience
- Availability of suitable supervisor with relevant expertise and available supervision capacity
- Demonstration of aptitude for original research through the submission of a Research Proposal, which should contain the following elements:
- Description of project, including aims and central research questions (1,000 words)
- Methodology, including theoretical framework and investigative and analytical methods (500 words)
- Relationship to existing literature and proposed contribution to knowledge in the field of study (500 words)
- Outline research plan, including organisation and scheduling of work (500 words)
- Statement of suitability of UCC Law Faculty to host your proposed research project (including available supervision and other resources) (500 words)
- Applicants who wish to be considered for Law School PhD Studentship Funding, should outline what teaching experience (if any) they have to date and what areas they would be interested in teaching/tutoring under the requirements of the studentship.
3. How to Make an Application on PAC
For admission purpose all applicants are categorised into two categories: EU and Non-EU.
It is important that you establish your status before you make an application to UCC as you will retain your status (EU/Non-EU) during your study and you will be unable to change from one category to the other in the middle of a course. Also there are different application procedures for each category. Please view the following document to determine whether you are an EU applicant or a Non-EU applicant: CriteriaForDeterminingFeeStatus (35kB)
For full details on the application procedure and documentation required, please click on the following links:
- EU Applicants: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/
- Non-EU Applicants: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/international/noneu-pg/research/
If you are experiencing difficulty with this, please contact the Postgraduate Applications Centre at 091 509825.
4. Application Dates
Applications for Masters by Research and PhD are accepted throughout the academic year. Research degrees may be commenced in September, January, April or July.
Although candidates can be admitted to a research degree in January, April or July, the Law School prefers new research students to commence in September, so that a cohort of new students begins together, and so that new students can immediately commence research training modules.
All applicants for PhD or LLM by Research full-time or part-time for a September 2017 start must apply by the closing date of 21 July 2017 (note: this deadline has been extended from 16 June).
- EU Fees:http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/cost/
- Non-EU Fees: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/international/noneu-pg/cost/
6. Contact Information
Any administrative queries about the application process should be directed to the Postgraduate Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org). Any academic queries should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Conor O'Mahony (email@example.com).
For further information please contact:
School of Law
University College Cork
Tel: 353 (0)21 4903995