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Assistant Professor in Law, National University of Ireland Maynooth

Dr Aisling McMahon is an Assistant Professor in law in Maynooth University. She joins Maynooth from Durham University where she was an Assistant Professor in Biolaw and Co-Director of the Centre for Ethics Law and the Life Sciences (CELLS) (2017-2018). Prior to that, she was a lecturer in law at Newcastle University (2014-2017) and previously an AHRC research fellow on the 'Banking (On) the Brain' project at the University of Edinburgh.

Aisling’s research specialises in medical and intellectual property law. She is particularly interested in the regulation of emerging health technologies and the relationship between intellectual property and bioethical concerns relating to emerging health-related technologies. Recent projects include work funded by the British Academy examining the divergent legal approaches to gene patentability that have emerged in the EU, US, and Canada. This research adopts a comparative institutional approach to highlight the influences shaping these legal approaches, the practical consequences of their adoption, and the factors underlying their disjunction with social expectations on access to diagnostic testing. Aisling’s PhD from the University of Edinburgh examined the morality provisions in the European patent system for biotechnological inventions. She was awarded a Principal's Career Development from the University of Edinburgh to support this research.

Aisling has been a visiting researcher at the University of Oxford (Caroline Miles Visiting Scholar), the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and the Hastings Center. She was Managing Editor (2012-2013) and Editor-in-Chief (2013-2015) of SCRIPTed Journal of Law, Technology and Society, and is currently the Book Reviews Editor for Medical Law International (2017-present). She holds BCL (first class honours) and LLM (Law, Technology and Governance) (first class honours) degrees from the National University of Ireland Galway.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, Department of Law, Maynooth University
  • 2017–2018
    Assistant Professor, Durham Law School
  • 2014–2017
    Lecturer, Newcastle Law School


  • 2015 
    PhD, University of Edinburgh

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Patents for Ethical Licensing
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Irish Research Council (New Horizons)
  • 2017
    Gene Patentabilty
    Principal Investigator (Small Grant)
    Funding Source:
    British Academy