I hold LL.B, LL.M and Ph.D degrees from Trinity College Dublin. My Ph.D thesis examines the socio-legal assimilation of same-sex family structures in Ireland. The final year of my doctoral research was funded by an Arthur Cox Studentship.
I previously lectured at NUI Galway in 2007/2008 and, since then, I lectured at Trinity College Dublin, DIT, Independent Colleges and Kingston University London before returning to NUI Galway in January 2014.
My primary research interests are in the areas of Family and Child Law, Gender, Sexuality and Law, Human Rights and Equity and the Law of Trusts. I have published articles on these areas in leading peer-reviewed journals such as the Irish Jurist, the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, and the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. I was the Equity correspondent for Thomson Round Hall’s Annual Review of Irish Law from 2007-2012.
In April 2014, I was invited to Leinster House to provide expert legal opinion on the General Scheme of the Children and Family Relationships Bill to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality.
I have a wide range of teaching experience in law. I have lectured Equity and Trusts at NUI Galway and Trinity College Dublin, Contract Law at NUI Galway and DIT, Company Law at DIT, Constitutional Law at Independent Colleges, Tort Law at Kingston University London, and Business Law at NUI Galway.
I am currently lecturing Family Law and Equity I to BCL and LL.B students.