Dr Mary Dobbs

Biography

Mary joined the Department of Law in September 2020. Previously, she worked as a lecturer and then senior lecturer in Queen’s University Belfast since 2012. She specialises in environmental law & governance, agriculture and genetically modified crops - in particular within the EU, but also more broadly.  Her current research includes focussing on these issues in the context of Brexit. She has published extensively in the field, engages with stakeholders and through giving evidence at parliamentary inquiries, and is a member of organisations such as Brexit and Environment and the Future Earth Ireland committee in the Royal Irish Academy. Mary was part of a successful Jean Monnet Network on soft law in the EU Member States and a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on ’Tensions at the Fringes of Europe’.
She holds a PhD on the precautionary principle from UCD (2013), as well as a BCL (Law with French Law) from UCD and a certificat superieur en droit francais from Paris II (Pantheon-Assas) 
She will be teaching courses on equity, trusts and environmental matters.
Mary welcomes potential research students and collaborations regarding environmental law/governance, risk regulation and related areas - including focusses on Brexit/cross-border issues.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'National governance of public health responses in a pandemic?'
Mary Dobbs (2020) 'National governance of public health responses in a pandemic?'. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 11 (2):240-248 [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Out of the frying pan, into the fire? Environmental governance vulnerabilities in post-Brexit Northern Ireland'
C. Brennan, M. Dobbs and V. Gravey (2019) 'Out of the frying pan, into the fire? Environmental governance vulnerabilities in post-Brexit Northern Ireland'. European Environmental Law Review, 21 (2):84-110 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Genetically Modified Crops, Agricultural Sustainability and National OptOuts – Enclosure as the Loophole?'
M. Dobbs (2017) 'Genetically Modified Crops, Agricultural Sustainability and National OptOuts – Enclosure as the Loophole?'. Common Market Law Review, 54 (4):1093-1122 [Details]
2016 'Attaining Subsidiarity-based Multilevel Governance of Genetically Modified Cultivation?'
M. Dobbs (2016) 'Attaining Subsidiarity-based Multilevel Governance of Genetically Modified Cultivation?'. Journal of Environmental Law, 28 (2):245-273 [Details]
2015 'The Shifting Battleground of Article 4(2) TEU: Evolving National Identities and the corresponding need for EU management?'
M. Dobbs (2015) 'The Shifting Battleground of Article 4(2) TEU: Evolving National Identities and the corresponding need for EU management?'. Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, 21 (2) [Details]
2014 'Sovereignty, Article 4(2) TEU and the Respect of National Identities: Swinging the Balance of Power in Favour of the Member States?'
M. Dobbs (2014) 'Sovereignty, Article 4(2) TEU and the Respect of National Identities: Swinging the Balance of Power in Favour of the Member States?'. The Yearbook of European Law, 33 (1):298-334 [Details]
2011 'Excluding Coexistence of GMOs? The Impact of the EU Commission's 2010 Recommendation on Coexistence'
M. Dobbs (2011) 'Excluding Coexistence of GMOs? The Impact of the EU Commission's 2010 Recommendation on Coexistence'. Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, 20 (2):180-193 [Details]
2011 'Transforming Researchers into Educators: Some Reflections on the University College Dublin School of Law Syllabus Design Workshop 2010’'
M. Dobbs, D. Casey, A. Greene, J. Lawless and N. Mullholland (2011) 'Transforming Researchers into Educators: Some Reflections on the University College Dublin School of Law Syllabus Design Workshop 2010’'. German Law Journal, 12 (9):1510-1528 [Details]
2010 'Legalising General Prohibitions on Cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms'
M. Dobbs (2010) 'Legalising General Prohibitions on Cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms'. German Law Journal, 11 (12):1347-1372 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2021 'EU Soft Law in the UK on the Eve of Brexit: (not) Much Ado About Nothing?'
M. Dobbs and O. Stefan (2021) 'EU Soft Law in the UK on the Eve of Brexit: (not) Much Ado About Nothing?' In: M. Eliantonio, E. Korkea-aho and O. Stefan (eds). EU Soft Law in Member States: Theoretical Findings and Empirical Evidence. London: Bloomsbury/Hart. [Details]
2019 'The Challenges for the Environment across the Island'
M. Dobbs (2019) 'The Challenges for the Environment across the Island' In: J. Mair, S. Mccabe, N. Fowler and L. Budd (eds). Brexit and Northern Ireland – Bordering on Confusion?. London: Bite-sized Books. [Details]
2016 'Regulating Genetically Modified Organisms in Ireland – Laissez faire approach?'
M. Dobbs (2016) 'Regulating Genetically Modified Organisms in Ireland – Laissez faire approach?' In: R. Norer (eds). Genetic Technology in the Light of Food Security and Food Safety. New York: Springer. [Details]
2015 'Co-existence of GMOs in the EU – A Veritable Choice for Whom?'
M. Dobbs (2015) 'Co-existence of GMOs in the EU – A Veritable Choice for Whom?' In: M. Cardwell and J. McMahon (eds). Research Handbook on EU Agriculture Law. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. [Details]