CCJHR/Faculty & Department of Law PhD Candidate Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

Máiréad Enright, a PhD candidate at the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, has been awarded the EJ Phelan Fellowship in International Law for 2008 by the National University of Ireland. Máiréad is a graduate of UCC and of King’s College London and was called to the Irish Bar in 2006. Her research, on the Islamic marriage contract, forms part of an IRCHSS funded thematic project on Gender Equality, Multiculturalism and Religious Diversity directed by her supervisor Dr. Siobhán Mullally. Last year she was awarded a scholarship in Gender and Human Rights Law in connection with this project. This is the second time that a PhD candidate at the Faculty and Department of Law has been awarded the prestigious fellowship. In 2004, Elaine Dewhurst was awarded the fellowship to support her research on the rights of migrant workers under international labour law.

Five CCJHR/Faculty & Department of Law PhD Candidates Awarded IRCHSS Doctoral Scholarships

The CCJHR and Faculty & Department of Law congratulate our five PhD Candidates who have just been awarded the prestigious IRCHSS Doctoral Scholarship. This brings the total of IRCHSS Doctoral Scholars in the UCC Faculty & Department of Law to 12, with two more candidates being funded through an IRCHSS Thematic Grant awarded to CCJHR Co-Director Dr. Siobhan Mullally. In addition, the PhD student community in UCC includes holders of the prestigious EJ Phelan and Travelling Studentship awards from the NUI and scholars funded through PRTLI 2 and 3.

The five new IRCHSS Scholars here in the CCJHR are Sinead Ring, Joe McGrath, Eoin Daly, Eilionoir Flynn, and Louise Kennefick.

Sinéad Ring holds a first class honours BCL (Law and German) and an LLM (Criminal Justice) from UCC. She worked with the Law Reform Commission from 2004-2006 and was Principal Legal Researcher on the Commission’s Report on A Fiscal Prosecutor and A Revenue Court and the Report on Prosecution Appeals and Pre-Trial Hearings. She is reading for a PhD entitled, “The Social Contingency of Judicial Discretion: A Study of Pre-Trial Applications for Prohibition in Cases of Alleged Child Sexual Abuse”. She is being supervised by Professor Caroline Fennell. She holds a Faculty of Law PhD Scholarship.

Joe McGrath graduated with a First Class Honours BCL from UCC. He holds the Faculty of Law PhD scholarship. His doctoral thesis is entitled “The Criminalisation of Corporations and Corporate Officers”. He is being supervised by Prof. Irene Lynch Fannon and Dr. Shane Kilcommins.

Eoin Daly is a BCL (Law and French) graduate of UCC (First Class Honours). He holds the Faculty of Law PhD scholarship. His doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Conor O’Mahony, is entitled “Freedom of Religion in the Context of Public Education: a Comparative Analysis”.

Eilionoir Flynn graduated with a BCL from UCC in 2006. Her PhD thesis is entitled “Advocacy Services for People with Disabilities – the Potential for Improved Enforcement of Disability Rights” and is being supervised by Dr. Conor O’ Mahony. She holds a Law Faculty PhD Scholarship and recently completed a research visit to La Trobe University, Melbourne, using the Aidan Synott Bursary.

Louise Kennefick graduated with a BCL Degree from UCC in 2003. She subsequently completed a postgraduate legal diploma in 2004 and qualified as a solicitor in 2006 following a two year apprenticeship in London. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the area of Criminal Law with a particular emphasis on the Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006 under the supervision of Professor Caroline Fennell and Dr. Darius Whelan.

UCC Faculty & Department of Law enjoys enormous success in attracting funding for members of our PhD community, and also has a number of internal funding opportunities available to candidates. Anyone considering pursuing PhD studies here in UCC is recommended to view our PhD page and contact either the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, Professor John Mee, or an individual member of staff they would like to supervise their work. Details of academic staff are available here.