Dr Orla Kelleher joined the School of Law and Criminology in August 2022. Orla specialises in climate change, environmental, and human rights law. Her current research focuses on environmental rights, climate law and litigation, climate justice, and just transitions. Orla was awarded her Ph.D. without corrections from UCD Sutherland School of Law in March 2022. Her Ph.D. examined the impact of climate change on legal reasoning in rights-based systemic climate change litigation in European countries. Her Ph.D. was awarded dual research scholarships: an IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate scholarship (2019-2021) and a UCD School of Law Doctoral Scholarship (2017-2019). Her work has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Environmental Law, the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, the Review of European Comparative and International Environmental Law (RECIEL) and the Irish Planning and Environmental Law Journal.
Prior to joining Maynooth, Orla lectured at the University of Limerick. She holds a Ph.D. from UCD, an LL.M. from the College of Europe (Bruges) and a BCL (Law and French) from UCC. Orla is also a non-practising barrister, having been called to the Irish Bar in 2020.
Orla's research interests include climate change law and policy, environmental and planning law and policy, public interest law, human rights law, constitutional and administrative law, European Union law, tort law, feminist legal theory, climate justice and just transitions.
Peer Reviewed Journal
|2020||Orla Kelleher (2020) ‘A Reflection on Climate Justice in Ireland’. ARTCL [Link]|
|2020||Clodagh Daly, Orla Kelleher and Andrew Jackson (2020) 'Proposed Climate Bill is not good enough- we need clear and binding commitments’. NEWSA|
|2020||Orla Kelleher and Clodagh Daly (2020) ‘Ireland’s 2050 climate target: too little, too late’. NEWSA [Link]|
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