Dr Charles O'Sullivan

Law

Assistant Professor

Biography

Prior to joining the School of Law & Criminology, Maynooth University in 2023, Charles was a Lecturer at the School of Law, Ulster University (2020-2023) where he also acted as a Course Director and Chair of the Ethics Filter Committee. He also taught at the Department of Law, Maynooth University (2014-2018) and the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University (2018-2019). 

Charles completed his PhD at Maynooth University, having been awarded a departmental (2014-2016), followed by an Irish Research Council postgraduate scholarship (2016-2018). He also possesses an LL.B in Law (Griffith College), BA in Political Science and Economics (University College Cork), LL.M in Public Law (NUI Galway), and PG Cert in Teaching and Learning (Maynooth University). In 2018, he received a PG Teaching Award for the 2017/2018 academic year, and was a finalist for Educator of the Year within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in 2022. 

Charles’ research interests centre on law and the modern welfare state, and has lectured primarily in areas including European Union, Common and Constitutional law. He has published widely in journals such as the Journal of Social Security Law, BioLaw, the European Journal of Migration and Law, and Human Rights Law Review. He is also a member of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, and Socio-Legal Studies Association.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2020 Charles O'Sullivan (2020) 'EU Citizenship and Disability' In: Research Handbook On Eu Disability Law. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing. [Link]
2018 Charles O'Sullivan (2018) 'The EU Between Market State Ideals and Social Market Economy Objectives' In: The EU Social Market Economy and the Law. London-New York : Routledge. [Link]
2016 Delia Ferri; Anthony Giannoumis; Charles O'Sullivan (2016) 'Introduction' In: Fostering accessible technology and sculpting an inclusive market through regulation. Abingdon : Routledge. [Link]

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 Charles O'Sullivan (2023) 'Book Review of Yves Stevens, EU Pension Law'. Journal of Social Security Law, 30 (2):125-126.
2022 Charles O'Sullivan and Clíodhna Murphy (2022) 'The “Special Structural Vulnerability” within Migrant 
Agricultural Work'. Irish Jurist, 68 (2):50-68.
2022 Charles O'Sullivan (2022) 'Assessing the Right to Social Assistance for EU citizens resident in Ireland: A Review of Recent Case Law'. Irish Journal of European Law, 24 (1):1-23. [Link]
2021 Ciara Fitzpatrick; Charles O'Sullivan (2021) 'Comparing Social Security Provision in the North & South of Ireland: Past Developments and Future Challenges'. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 32 (2):283-313. [Link] https://doi.org/10.3318/isia.2021.32b.28
2021 Charles O'Sullivan; Donna McNamara (2021) 'The ‘Necessity' of Austerity and its Relationship with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Case Study of Ireland and the United Kingdom'. Human Rights Law Review, 21 (1):157-185. https://doi.org/10.1093/hrlr/ngaa051
2021 Charles O'Sullivan (2021) 'Access to Social Welfare Payments for Dependent Family Members of EU Citizens in Ireland'. Irish Journal of European Law, 23 (1):145-161. [Link]
2021 Ciara Fitzpatrick; Charles O'Sullivan (2021) 'Establishing a New Laboratory: A Response to ‘A New Working Age Welfare Imaginary for the Island of Ireland'. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 32 (2):558-560. [DOI]
2020 O' Sullivan, C; Ferri, D (2020) 'The Recast Reception Conditions Directive and the Rights of Asylum Seekers with Disabilities: Opportunities, Challenges and the Quest for Reform'. European Journal of Migration and Law, 22 :272-307. [DOI]
2019 Charles O'Sullivan (2019) 'Europeanisation and the Irish Habitual Residence Condition'. Journal of Social Security Law, 26 (2):79-96.
2019 Charles O'Sullivan (2019) 'Ireland’s Non-Compliance with the Principle of Supremacy and the Definition of Court or Tribunal for the Purposes of Article 267 TFEU: A Review of the Recent Case Law'. Irish Jurist, 61 :159-173.
2016 Ferri D. and O'Sullivan C.E (2016) 'The Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Irish Legal System. Between Austerity and Constitutional Rhetoric'. FERDERALISMI.IT –RIVISTA DI DIRITTO PUBBLICO ITALIANO, COMPARATO ED EUROPEO, . [Full-Text]
2016 Charles O'Sullivan (2016) 'Social Assistance for Economically-Inactive Citizens within the EU’s ‘Market State’ Model'. Irish Journal of European Law, 19 (1):64-75. [Link]

Editorial

Year Publication
2015 Ferri D.; Giannoumis G.; Edward O'Sullivan C. (2015) Fostering accessible technology and sculpting an inclusive market through regulation. [Editorial] [DOI]

Blog

Year Publication
2021 Ciara Fitzpatrick; Charles O'Sullivan (2021) Rethinking Social Security for a New Ireland. [Blog] [Link]
2020 Delia Ferri; Charles O'Sullivan (2020) Revamping EU Disability Policies post-COVID-19: The Role of the Conference on the Future of the EU. [Blog] [Link]
2019 Charles O'Sullivan (2019) Brexit: An Irish Perspective on a British Manufactured Problem. [Blog] [Link]
2017 Charles O'Sullivan (2017) The Spectre of the ‘Welfare Tourist’ within the Judgements of the CJEU. [Blog] [Link]
2016 Charles O'Sullivan (2016) benefit sanctions and coercion in the Irish welfare system. [Blog] [Link]

Other Journal

Year Publication
2020 Charles O'Sullivan (2020) 'Against Ideology? Examining Social Rights in Ireland During Times of Crisis' BioLaw Journal - Rivista di BioDiritto, 2020 (1) :715-721. [Link]
2017 Charles O'Sullivan; Muireann O'Dwyer (2017) 'Case C-308/14 Commission v UK: The Market, Gender and the Retreat of the EU in the Field of Social Security' King's Inn Law Review, 7 :201-219.

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2023 Ciara Fitzpatrick; Charles O'Sullivan (2023) Social Security on the Island of Ireland: Current Challenges and Future Opportunities Introduction to AISSN Ulster University, .
2021 Ciara Fitzpatrick; Charles O'Sullivan (2021) SLSA Annual Conference Comparing Social Security Provision in the North and South of Ireland: Past Developments and Future Challenges Cardiff, .
2019 Charles O'Sullivan (2019) SLSA Annual Conference Europeanisation and the Irish Habitual Residence Condition Leeds, .
2019 Charles O'Sullivan (2019) Jean Monet Summer School European Austerity Measures and Migration: An Irish Case Study Maynooth University, .
2018 Charles O'Sullivan (2018) SLSA Annual Conference A Very Irish War on Welfare Bristol University, .
2018 Charles O'Sullivan (2018) Book Launch The EU: Between ‘Market State Maynooth University, .
2017 Charles O'Sullivan (2017) UACES SF Annual Conference The Spectre of the ‘Welfare Tourist’ Within the Judgments of the CJEU Newcastle, .
2016 Charles O'Sullivan (2016) 15th Annual Doctoral Seminar The Economic Basis of EU Migration Policy and its Potential Bias Towards the Economic Migrant: A Normative and Empirical Study NUI Galway, .
2016 Charles O'Sullivan (2016) Jean Monet Summer School The EU and Asylum Seekers: An Overview Maynooth University, .
2016 Charles O'Sullivan (2016) IALT Annual Conference The Growth of ‘Benefit Sanctions’ in the Irish Welfare System Waterford, .
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Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
07/03/2018 PG Teaching Award Maynooth University
01/09/2016 Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Irish Research Council
01/09/2014 Doctoral Scholarship Department of Law, Maynooth University

Employment

Employer Position From / To
School of Law & Government, Dublin City University Teaching Fellow in Law 02/09/2018 - 01/09/2019
School of Law, Ulster University Lecturer in Law 05/01/2020 - 30/06/2023
Department of Law, Maynooth University Associated Lecturer 03/09/2017 - 31/08/2018

Education

Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Maynooth University PhD in Law Social Security Law
NUI Galway LL.M Public Law
Griffith College LL.B Law
University College Cork Bachelor of Arts Political Science and Economics