Oisín graduated from Maynooth in 2007, followed by a Masters in Laws from the Irish Centre of Human Rights in 2008. Oisin has had the opportunity to work in a number of public and non-governmental organisations in a legal research capacity, which have helped to inform his research. Oisin has contributed to various reports in a professional capacity, as well as having had two minor independent publications related to his doctoral research.
Proposing a viable model framework of economic-social rights judicial review and parliamentary preview
Dr John Reynolds and Dr Mary Murphy (Department of Sociology)
Oisín Bourke’s doctoral research is concerned with proposing a viable model framework of economic social rights judicial review and parliamentary preview in Ireland. The research looks to the role of the courts as well as the potential to improve the responsiveness of Government to economic-social rights standards. The research has become even more relevant of late, with the Constitutional Convention voting in favour of the principle of strengthening economic-social rights in the Irish Constitution.
‘A Substantive Right to Human Dignity: An Irish Design to Constitutionalising Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’, Irish Community Development Law Journal, Volume 3, Issue 1 (2014).
‘A Theory of Judicial Review of Economic Social Rights: Prison Conditions and ‘Dependent Classes’’, DCU Socio-Legal Review (2012).
‘Shadow Report 2012 – 2013: Racism and Related Discriminatory Practices in Employment in Ireland’, for the European Network Against Racism. Collaborative research project (Barncat Consulting).
‘The Equality Tribunal Legal Review 2012’, for the Equality Tribunal.
Current Funding: NUI EJ Phelan Fellowship in International Law
Gene Carolan is the EJ Phelan Fellow in International Law at Maynooth University Department of Law, Ireland. He is currently completing his doctoral thesis, ‘Mightier than the Sword: Peace Agreement Design and the Law,’ under the supervision of Dr. John Reynolds. His research explores peace agreements, their status and their operation under contemporary concepts of international law. His thesis analyses three countries that have experienced protracted conflict with a view to understanding how legal mechanisms can support (or undermine) tried and tested methods of peacebuilding.
Gene has previously received a Certificate in Mediation from the European Security and Defence College, and has presented aspects of his research to EU personnel working on military and diplomatic missions tied to the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy. He has also presented on aspects of his research at Trinity College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast, the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway, the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University, and the Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University.
Gene is currently lecturing in Contract Law at Dublin Institute of Technology and he delivers a course on Legal Research Methods at Maynooth University.
Thesis Title: Mightier than the Sword: International Law and Peace Agreement Design
Supervisor: Dr John Reynolds
Gene's research explores peace agreements, their status and their operation under contemporary concepts of international law. His thesis analyses three countries that have experienced protracted conflict (The Philippines, Sierra Leone and Sudan) with a view to understanding how legal mechanisms can support (or undermine) tried and tested methods of peacebuilding.
‘Solving the Moro Problem: Legalizing the Bangsamoro Peace Process’ (2016) 8(3) Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research 212.
‘Botched Raid, Missing Stakeholders Mar Philippines Peace Process,’ World Politics Review (12 February 2015). Available online.
‘Their Day in Court: The Right of Children to be Seen and Heard in Judicial Matters Affecting Them’ (2013) 31(7) Irish Law Times 103.
The ELSA for Children Legal Research Group, ‘ELSA for Children Final Report’ (2012). Available online.
Flexible or Secure Jobs?: Young Workers and Traineeships in Ireland and Spain
Supervised by: Prof. Michael Doherty and Prof. Sean Ó’Riain (Department of Sociology)
Areas of Interest: Employment and Labour Law, Active Labor Market Policies, Quality of Work, Youth Employment and Labor Markets, and Migration Studies
Amelia is currently a PhD candidate with the Maynooth University Department of Law and the Department of Sociology. Her doctoral research focuses on the extent to which traineeships facilitate the transition of young workers into quality jobs in Ireland and Spain. Her research was awarded the prestigious Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate scholarship which funds the development of early research careers.
Seven years of studying and working abroad have meant that Amelia has accumulated a highly diverse set of academic and professional experiences and skills. This has included research and field work in Mexico, Ireland and Spain, and MA degrees in Public Administration and Public Policy in the United Kingdom and International Relations in Spain. Her professional experiences have also included two years working for the Peace Corps as a Youth Development worker in Peru, as well as working in English language assistant and cultural immersion programs for migrants and tutoring and mentoring programs for youth. Her current research interests are a culmination of these experiences.
While continuing to use her Spanish language skills, Amelia strives to further understand and explain the Spanish and Irish labour market institutions, policies and processes which impact the quality of jobs of young workers.
Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, Irish Research Council (2014-2017)
Erasmus Mundus Masters in Public Policy (MAPP) scholarship, the European Commission, full scholarship for MA degrees in Public Administration and Public Policy and International Relations (2008-2010)
Cultural Understanding Award, Warren Wilson College, presented to graduating student for outstanding efforts to foster cross-cultural understanding (2006)
Research Grant, Warren Wilson College Office of Advancement, awarded to conduct undergraduate final thesis field work (2005)
Bonner Scholarship, Bonner Foundation, awarded for strong commitment to community service, high need and interest in working with at-risk-youth (2002-2006)
Sutton Honor Scholarship, Warren Wilson College, awarded for outstanding academic performance (2002-2006)
Ph.D. in Law and Sociology, Maynooth University, Department of Law and Department of Sociology (2013-present)
MA in International Relations, Institut Barcelona D’Estudis Internacionals, IBEI (2009-2010)
MA in Public Administration and Public Policy, the University of York (2008-2009)
BA in Global Studies and Spanish, Warren Wilson College, (2002-2006)
Explaining Ireland’s Fragmented Immigration and Integration Policy: An Agenda Setting and Implementation Theory Approach (MA thesis)
Divergent Subnational Immigrant Integration Policies in the Autonomous Communities of Madrid and Catalonia: A Multicultural and Assimilation Theory Approach (MA thesis)
Political Economy and Work Research Cluster, Maynooth University
Tutor/Teaching Assistant, Maynooth University, taught ‘Introduction to Social Research’ and ‘Structures of Inequality’ tutorial classes to undergraduate students, Ireland (2013-2014)
Assistant English language Teacher, Spanish Ministry of Education Madrid, Spain (2011-2012)
Youth Development Worker, Peace Corps, Peru (2006-2008)
Migrant Support Intern, Centro Familiares Para Estudiantes Internacionales, North Carolina, USA (2005-2006)
Energy Express Assistant Reading Teacher, AmeriCorps, West Virginia, USA (summer 2002 & 2004)
The Impact of Domestic Violence Legal Regulation and Enforcement in Ireland on Nigerian Immigrants
Supervised by: Dr Sibo Banda
Areas of interest: Human Rights; Gender and Domestic Violence; Women and Youth Empowerment; Immigration, Employment and Family Laws; Ireland/Europe Migrant Integration Policies; Igbo Culture & Tradition.
Currently a Ph.D Law candidate at Maynooth University Department of Law. My doctoral thesis examines the efficacy of legal regulation and enforcement in tackling the issue of domestic violence by exploring how the regulation and enforcement in Ireland impacts on the Nigerian immigrants’ perception/attitude regarding domestic violence compared to the processes in Nigeria. A legal consultant and strategist, I write submissions and represent clients in the Rights Commissioner’s hearings, Labour Court and Employment Tribunal. I served as the European Works Council (EWC) Representative of Wincanton Ireland Limited between 2005 -2007. I am very active in immigrant social-cultural associations/activities in Ireland and currently serve as the patron of Otu-Umunna club Ireland. I also served as the chairman of the Igbo Union Dublin (IUD) Constitutional Review Committee (2012 -2013).
Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities in Ireland: A Myth or Fact? (Working Paper)
Overcoming Cultural, Traditional and Religious Beliefs in Understanding and Combating Domestic Violence in Nigeria (Working Paper)
Women’s Inheritance Rights In Nigeria: Towards Progress in the 21st century (LLM Thesis)
Bruno Obialo Igwe, ‘Overcoming Cultural, Traditional and Religious Beliefs and Practices in Understanding and Combating Domestic Violence in Nigeria’ (2015) 4(13) International Journal of Innovative Research and Development
The Impact of Domestic Violence Legal Regulation and Enforcement in Ireland on Nigerian Immigrants – presented at the International Women’s Day Celebration Conference organised by the Niger Delta Women Coalition Ireland, March 8, 2015.
Domestic Violence, Immigrants and Irish Immigration Law - presented at the IGNITE event at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, May 29, 2013.
Irish Immigration Law and Practice: A hindrance to the reporting of domestic violence by immigrants in Ireland - presented at the University of Dublin (Trinity College) Law Students’ Colloquium, February 16, 2013.
Memberships / Associations:
The Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), UK
Student member, International Bar Association (IBA)
Migration, Transnationalism & Diaspora Research Cluster, Maynooth University
Legal Writing Institute (LWI)
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Facilitating Small and Medium Size Enterprises in Public Procurement
Supervised by: Prof. Michael Doherty
Areas of interest: Public Procurement Law and EU Law
Emma’s research interests revolve around public procurement legislation and the inclusion of social clauses in public contracts. Emma graduated with a BA in Economics, Politics and Law from DCU in 2007 and an MA in Development in 2009.
Emma was employed as a legal research assistant from 2011 to 2013 on the Interreg EU funded “Winning in Tendering” project. Winning in Tendering is strategic research project aimed at transforming the public sector tendering experience of small indigenous suppliers. Emma was responsible for assessing the impact of the EU Public Procurement Remedies Directive on small suppliers selling into the Irish public market.
Over the last three years, Emma facilitated a variety of training programmes for public procurers and SMEs. Emma is a co-author of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce’s “Are tenders on your Radar” report and co-author on a social-enterprise orientated “How to Engage in the Public Sector Market” guidance document.
Emma strives to re-examine the key ideas and assumptions that shape the production of knowledge in this arena.
Maynooth University, Ph.D. Scholarship (2014-2018)
Ph.D. in Law, Maynooth University, Department of Law (2014-2018)
Certificate in Public Procurement Law, The Law Society of Ireland (2012)
MA in Development, Dublin City University (2008-2009)
BA in Economics, Politics and Law, Dublin City University (2004-2007)
An Exploration of Management Competencies in Public Sector Procurement. McKevitt, D., Davis, P., Woldring, R., Smith, K, Flynn, A., McEvoy, E. Journal of Public Procurement. Fall 2012, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p333-355. 23p.
Mapping public procurement in Ireland. Flynn, A., Davis, P., McKevitt, D., McEvoy, E. Public Procurement Law Review (2013) P.P.L.R. 74.
Emma McEvoy, Dr. Michael Doherty, Dr. Paul Davis, Anthony Flynn and Dr. David McKevitt. SMEs’ redress participation in EU public contracts in the wake of the evolution of centralised Procurement Review bodies?
International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC) August, 2012, Seattle.
Emma McEvoy, Dr. Michael Doherty, Dr. Paul Davis, Anthony Flynn and Dr. David McKevitt.. The role of Procurement Review Bodies post transposition of the Remedies Directive in Europe.
International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC) August,2012, Seattle.
Emma McEvoy and Bruno Herbots. Enhancing transparency through the use of standardised procurement templates?
International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC) August, 2012, Seattle.
Emma McEvoy, Dr. Paul Davis,Dr. Michael Doherty, Anthony Flynn and Dr. David McKevitt. Regulating low value public procurement procedures in Ireland - The Commercial Benefits
. Irish Academy of Management Conference (IAM) September 2012, Maynooth University.
Dr Paul Davis, Dr.Michael Doherty, Emma McEvoy, Anthony Flynn, Dr. David Mc Kevitt. The Remedies Directive - An Understanding of its impact on public procurement – An Irish Case Study.
International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA) Conference, April 2012, Naples.
Additional Activities (2014 - 2015):
- Contributor to the Office of Government Procurement “Annual National Public Procurement Survey”. 2015
- Stakeholder on an Expert Panel for the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) / Envision – Public Procurement and Innovation Research. 2015
- Speaker at the Council of Europe and Dublin City Council project – DELI – Diversity in the Economy and Local Integration Round Table Event – 23rd October 2014
- Local Organiser of the Sixth International Public Procurement Conference 2014 – Dublin City University, 14th – 16th August 2014
- Contributor to the Chambers of Ireland Report “A Strategic Procurement Policy for Ireland” – 8th April 2014
Memberships / Associations:
Tutor for the Irish Institute of Purchase Materials Management
Advisory Member - Dublin Chamber of Commerce
Advisory Member – Chambers Ireland
Research Assistant, Dublin City University, INTERREG 4A Funded Project “Winning in Tendering” (2011-2013)
Operations / Supplies Team Leader, Homebase House and Garden Centre Ltd. (2009-2011)
Civilian Officer, An Garda Siochana, Divisional Headquarters, Drogheda, Co. Louth (2009)
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Current Funding: Irish Research Council, Postgraduate Scholarship (2016 - Present)
Prior to his arrival at Maynooth University, Charles completed two undergraduate degrees: an LL.B in Irish Law (Griffith College) in 2010, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics (University College Cork) in 2012. His undergraduate thesis examined the homogeneity of Irish political and constitutional discourse relating to social rights, for which he received the UCC Department of Politics’ annual award. As part of his post-graduate studies, Charles was awarded a First Class LL.M in Public Law (National University of Ireland, Galway) in 2013. His LL.M thesis explored the constitutional ‘Right of Return’ and asymmetric constitutional protections for minorities. Charles also briefly undertook an internship with Justice UK, examining legal aid and the UK Courts & Tribunal Service. His PhD thesis, which is funded by the Irish Research Council, is supervised by Dr. Cliodhna Murphy, and examines access to social welfare in Irish for three categories of migrants under EU and Irish law.
Thesis Title: The Economic Basis of EU Migration Policy and its Potential Bias Towards the Economic Migrant: A Normative and Empirical Study
Supervisor: Dr. Cliodhna Murphy
The primary aim of this research project is to explore if EU citizens, third-country labour migrants and asylum seekers can be considered to have a right to welfare payments in Ireland, and what the content of that right might be in a practical sense. It will seek to establish how significantly EU law has altered the way in which Ireland administers ‘social state’ programmes such as welfare, and if that influence leads to a more market-driven form of welfare provision. It will also examine how Ireland implements such system where they are not bound by EU law. The project will be socio-legal in nature as it examines legal, administrative and policy-based instruments in these areas, as well as utilising semi-structured interviews with academics, legal practitioners and NGOs, as well as examining statistical information, survey data and documents acquired through freedom of information requests.
D. Ferri and C.E. O'Sullivan, 'The Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Irish Legal System. Between Austerity and Constitutional Rhetoric' Special Issue federalismi.it (30 December 2016).
C.E. O'Sullivan, 'Social Assistance for Economically-Inactive Citizens within the EU’s ‘Market State’ Model' 19(1) Irish Journal of European Law (2016), 64-75.
D. Ferri, G.A. Giannoumis & C.E. O’Sullivan, ‘Fostering accessible technology and sculpting an inclusive market through regulation’ 29(2-3) International Review of Law Computers and Technology (2015), 81-86.
Thesis Title: Legal Geographies of LGBT persons in Africa
Supervised by: Dr John Reynolds and Prof. Gerry Kearns (Geography)
Areas of Interest: Legal Geographies, Human Rights, Social Movements; Identity Formation, LGBT
Louise is currently a PhD Candidate at Maynooth University with the Department of Geography and the Department of Law. Her research focusses on the legal geographies of the LGBT Rights Movement in African States and the subsequent sites of vulnerability and resistance. This research was awarded the prestigious Irish Research Council Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarship which funds the development of early research careers.
Prior to Maynooth University, Louise worked with the Irish Red Cross in a number of roles concerned with humanitarian diplomacy and the dissemination of humanitarian law. During this time Louise also undertook her LLM in International and Comparative Law at Trinity College Dublin where she graduated top of her class. Her dissertation focused on the need to utilise the norms of humanitarian law in assessing refugee status applications from ‘war-torn’ states. In the past, Louise has also worked with the Irish Refugee Council and maintains a keen interest in refugee rights.
In addition, Louise holds an MSc in Humanitarian Action from University College Dublin, during which she spent a semester at Universitie Catholique de Louvain-de-Neuve, Belgium and three months at Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Australia, before commencing field work in East Timor. Louise’s dissertation looked at the cultural geographies of the city of Dili as experienced by residents and employed extensive participatory mapping methods. Louise also holds a BA (Hons) in Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy from University College Dublin.
Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, Irish Research Council (2015 – 2019)
John and Pat Hume Scholarship in Geography, Maynooth University (2015)
Award for Highest Grade, LLM International and Comparative Law, Trinity College Dublin (2013)
Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for visiting studentship at Monash Asia Institute, Monash University (2009)
Postgraduate Scholarship, University College Dublin (2009)
Patrick Semple Medal for Geography, University College Dublin (2008)
Arts and Humanities Scholarship, University College Dublin (2008)
Arts and Humanities Scholarship, University College Dublin (2007)
Humanitarian Diplomacy, Prof. Dip, Diplo Institute (2014)
LLM International and Comparative Law, Trinity College Dublin (2013)
International Humanitarian Law, Diploma, International Committee of the Red Cross (2011)
MSc (Ag) Humanitarian Action, University College Dublin (2009)
BA (Hons) Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy (2008)
Sarsfield Collins, Louise (2012) Sheltering the displaced: the protected status of internally displaced persons under international humanitarian law Asia Pacific Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law
Arnold, Samantha and Sarsfield Collins, Louise (2011) Closing a Protection Gap Irish Refugee Council
International Humanitarian Law Advocacy Officer, Irish Red Cross (2014 – 2015)
International Humanitarian Law Dissemination Officer, Irish Red Cross (2011 – 2013)
Positive Images Project Officer, Irish Red Cross (2011 – 2013)
Project Officer for the Transnational Advisory and Assistance Network for Asylum Seekers under a Dublin Process (2011)
Children and Young People Intern, Irish Refugee Council (2010 – 2011)
Tutor / Teaching Assistant, Geography Department, University College Dublin (2008 & 2010 – 2011)
John and Pat Hume Doctoral Student Award, Maynooth University (2016-2022)
Suzanne is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she completed an LL.B. with German; she also spent a year studying German and European Law through German at the University of Würzburg as part of her law degree. Suzanne also holds an LL.M. in Global Legal Studies from Maynooth University, graduating top of her class. Her minor thesis, which analysed prison suicide, was published in the Irish Criminal Law Journal and her dissertation research, which looked at the OPCAT and complaint mechanisms for torture allegations in prisons, was presented at the 10th North South Criminology Conference. She is now undertaking a PhD in Law at Maynooth University under the supervision of Dr David Doyle and holds the John and Pat Hume Doctoral Studentship. Her doctoral research focusses on human trafficking and forced labour and is being carried out in partnership with the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland.
Suzanne was previously an Executive Assistant within the Department of Law where she was involved in establishing and implementing fundamental administrative processes as well as creating innovative support systems. She has since been promoted to Senior Executive Assistant and has moved to the School of Business. Additionally, Suzanne worked as an Assistant Lecturer on the masters level Prison Law and Policy: Global Perspectives module, which is taught to students taking our MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice programme.
Thesis Title: Understanding the Needs and Perspectives of Labour Trafficking Victims in Ireland
Supervisor: Dr David Doyle
David Doyle and Suzanne Scott, ‘Criminal Liability for Deaths in Prison Custody: The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007’ (2016) 55(3) Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 295-311 .
Suzanne Scott, ‘Prison Suicide: An Analysis of the State's Duty to Vindicate a Prisoner's Right to Life’ (2015) 25(1) Irish Criminal Law Journal, 2-12.
Suzanne Scott, ‘The Irish Parole Process: What Lies Beyond the Veil?’ (2014) The Student Lawyer.
Suzanne Scott, ‘A Guide to Studying Law for International Students’ (2014) The Student Lawyer.
Thesis Title: The Impact of TRIPS-Plus Provisions in the EU Free Trade Arrangements: Enhanced Protection of Intellectual Property or Restriction of Fundamental Rights?
Supervised by: Dr Delia Ferri
Areas of Interest: Intellectual Property Law, Privacy and Personal Data Law, Information Technology Law, EU Law, Human Rights Law
Liam is a second year PhD candidate at the Department of Law. His research examines the issues of TRIPS-Plus agreements, their development and negotiations process, and their balance between allowing access to intellectual property while protecting it from infringement. This research involves a comparative analysis of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and numerous trade agreements. Liam graduated from Maynooth University with a BCL in 2011 and an LLM in 2012. His LLM thesis anlysed the liability of internet service providers for their users' actions in relation to intellectual property infringement. His interest in intellectual property law stems from his interest in technology and development, of how a person can own the expression of an idea but not the idea itself, and how law is developing to address user-generated content in respect of creators' rights. Liam has been active in the law society, FLAC, and the Golden Thread in various roles during his time at Maynooth University.
BCL (Law and Anthropology), Maynooth University Department of Law (2009-2011)
LLM, Maynooth University Department of Law (2011-2012)
PhD Candidate, Maynooth University Department of Law (2014-present)
'It Started with a Kiss; An Analysis of Trends and Challenges of TRIPS-Plus Provisions with EU Free Trade Agreements', Griffith College Postgraduate and Early Career Law Conference, June 2016.
'It was Only a Kiss, How did it End up Like This?; An Analysis of TRIPS-Plus Provisions', UACES Student Conference 2016, May 2016.
'Challenges between the EU and the Far East', UACES Student Conference 2016, May 2016.
'Error 404 Exemption to liability not found: Liability for Online Service Providers', BILETA Conference 2016, April 2016
'Liability for Intermediary Service Providers for User Actions in Ireland and the UK', IALT Conference 2015, November 2015.
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Thesis Title: Cloaked in Bloodshed: The Issue of Identifying Genocide in the Midst of Conflict
Supervised by: Dr John Reynolds
Areas of interest: Genocide Studies, International Law, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, Politics and Law, International Relations
Kieran Timmons is a first year PhD candidate at the Department of Law. His research examines the issues surrounding the international community identifying the crime of genocide in an ongoing conflict; with a particular focus on how genocide is understood in a legal and a social context. The research involves a comparative analysis of conflicts in Rwanda, Darfur, and the Central African Republic for identifiers of genocidal violence. Kieran graduated from Maynooth University with a BCL International in 2013 and a LL.M in 2014, achieving first class honours in both. He spent the third year of his undergraduate degree studying International Relations in Boston College, USA. His interest in Genocide Studies stems from his LL.M dissertation which examined the difficulties of identifying genocide in the early stages of the Rwandan genocide. Outside of his studies, Kieran is currently the Social Justice Officer for Maynooth Students’ St Vincent de Paul Society. He is also involved with a charitable group, Sunshine House, which runs a summer project for children from disadvantaged areas.
BCL International (Law and Politics), Maynooth University Department of Law (2011-2013)
LL.M, Maynooth University Department of Law (2013-2014)
PhD Candidate, Maynooth University Department of Law (2014-present)
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Fionn graduated in 2012 from Maynooth University with First Class Honours in Law & Politics. Subsequently he interned for two years as an Information Officer with the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC), an NGO which promotes the observance of human rights and access to justice. Whilst working with FLAC Fionn worked on various projects involving the dissemination of legal information to the general public.
In 2015 Fionn began a Master of Literature Degree in Maynooth University, transferring in his second year to the University’s PhD program.
Fionn’s research is concerned with the ways in which radical left political groups in Ireland engage with law and the legal system, with a focus on the ways in which human rights discourse is used by such groups. His work incorporates elements of both Marxist legal theory and Critical Legal theory and aims to apply these theoretical frameworks to an Irish context.
Fionn is also a member of the Dublin Tenants Association, a tenant support group which campaigns for tenants’ rights and aids tenants in resolving legal disputes.
Thesis Title: Radical Justice: An Analysis of the Engagement by Radical Left Groups with the Legal System in Ireland
Supervisor: Dr John Reynolds
Traditionally radical left groups in Ireland have viewed the legal arena as a site in which dominant ideologies are reproduced, therefore offering little opportunity for achieving political or social change through its structures.
The area of human rights has provided an exception to this view. However some on the left have criticised the concept of human rights due to its inability to deal with structural inequality and its tendency to individualise social struggle. These criticisms, it has been suggested, stem from the ways in which NGOs pursue human rights as primarily juridical claims.
This research project draws from Marxist legal theory and Critical legal theory, examining the claim that the legal system is a site of ideological contestation where competing social visions are put forward and therefore provides a space within which the dominant ideologies in society can be challenged through the use of legal discourse. The study will examine whether this site of ideological contestation can be used by radical left groups in order to achieve social and political change through legal practice.
An area of focus will be the differing ways in which social movements and NGOs make claims of human rights. The research will explore the way in which social movements claim rights ‘from below’ in order to examine whether their conception of rights can overcome the criticisms attributed to traditional models of claiming rights.