Senior Vice-President Academic and Registrar

Caroline Fennell


Caroline Fennell

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Office of Senior Vice-President and Registrar

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Senior Management


Professor Caroline Fennell holds a BCL from UCC, an LLM 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 Law Faculty in UCC from 1996 - 1999, Acting Head of the College of Business and Law UCC from 2005 - 2006, Dean of Facutly and Head of the Law Department from 2002 - 2009. She was Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork (2010 - 2015); and was appointed Senior Vice President Academic and Resigtrar of UCC 2015.

She has a strong commitment to interdisicplinary research and teaching and was a founder member of the Board of Women's Studies and MA in Women's Studies in UCC, and also a founder member and co-Director of the Centre for Criminal Justics and Human Rights, UCC 2006 - 2008. She had 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 of Economics. She was Chair of Irish Research Council for Humanities & Social Sciences 2009 - 2012, and was appointed by the Minister to the newly established Irish Research Council (2012). In 2009 she was admitted to membership of the Royal Irish Academy.

Research Interests

Her research interests focus primarily on the areas of the law of evidence, criminal justice and terrorism and she has published numerous books and journal articles on issues relating to gender, constructions of fairness in crisis, due process and criminal justice

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