Professor Doherty, Head of the Department of Law, is currently undertaking research to investigate how Ireland’s current engagement with the IMF/ECB bailout programme is reshaping our country’s labour laws, and how this is likely to impact on the legal labour framework in Ireland. Other ‘programme’ countries such as Greece and Romania are also under the spotlight, as the researchers at the Department of Law attempt to map the changing landscape of European labour legislation in a time of crisis.
Dr David Doyle is currently in the process of completing a co-authored book on capital punishment in post-independence Ireland. He was also recently awarded an Irish Research Council New Foundations Award to seed a new study on Human Trafficking in Ireland.
Dr Delia Ferri is studying how the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been implemented in the European Union and within selected EU Member States. She is currently focusing on EU State aid regulation, in particular on measures adopted to foster accessibility, participation and equality, under Arts. 107 et seq TFEU.
Collective intention is critical to claims of political authority and statutory interpretation. The nature of collective intention is the subject of inquiry in different subfields and across philosophical traditions. Seeking to draw strands of the debate together, Dr Brian Flanagan’s research centres on the prospects for an account of collective intention that coheres with our ordinary understanding of the notion.
Dr Claire Hamilton is currently writing up comparative research into counter-terrorism which was conducted in the US as a recipient of a Fulbright-Schuman award co-funded by the Fulbright Commission and the European Commission. She is also writing up the results of a British Academy funded research project comparing the youth justice systems of England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Finally, she is working (with her fellow co-editors) on an edited Handbook of Irish Criminology to be published by Routledge in 2015.
Dr. Noelle Higgins is currently undertaking a project on cultural defences at the International Criminal Court.
Dr Louise Kennefick is currently working on a project which examines the interaction between criminal law and mental health in the Irish Courts. She is also engaged in a study of offender supervision in Ireland, as part of her membership of the European Co-operation in Science and Technology (COST) Action network.
Dr Neil Maddox is studying the interaction between informal norms, such as cooperation and altruism, and how they interact with positive law in collective action settings.
Dr Clíodhna Murphy is currently working on research relating to access to labour rights for a number of different categories of domestic worker; and is also taking part in the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project, writing the 'missing' feminist judgment in the Supreme Court decision in Lobe and Osayande v Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  IESC 3.
Dr John Reynolds is currently working on projects on: states of emergency in colonial and postcolonial legal contexts; Third World Approaches to international criminal law; the political economy of socio-economic rights.
Seth Barrett Tillman is working on a critique of the normative foundations of international law. He is also completing a paper on the scope of impeachment and disqualification under U.S. constitutional law.