Research Interests: Environmental law, legal theory, legal principles, precautionary principle, comparative law, EU law, genetically modified organisms.
Mary completed her BCL (Law with French Law) in UCD, Dublin, having spent her third year in Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). She has since completed a PhD under the supervision of Professor Colin Scott at UCD that examined the question of whether the precautionary principle is viable as a legal principle. In particular, the thesis focused upon issues of legitimacy and justiciability, with a case study on the precautionary principle's role in relation to genetically modified organisms in the European Union.
Mary arrived at the Law School in August 2012, where she teaches equity and environmental law and is coordinator of the research project modules. In 2012/13 she was acting Co-Director of External Affairs, as well as Advisor of Studies for Law with Politics students.