Professor of Law, University College Cork

Ursula Kilkelly (BA, LLM, PhD) is a Professor of Law and currently Dean of the School of Law at University College Cork.

Ursula is an international children's rights scholar. She has published widely on children's rights, the European Convention on Human Rights and youth justice. Ursula actively collaborates with colleagues across other disciplines including health and social work and social policy. She works closely with the Council of Europe Children's Rights Division and with the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.

At UCC, Ursula directs the innovative Child Law Clinic, a research initiative which provides student-led research services to lawyers litigating children's issues. She teaches Child Law (Clinical), Children's Rights and Juvenile Justice and supervises several LLM and PhD students in these areas.

Together with her research team at the Child Law Clinic, she is currently undertaking research on children's rights and child law funded by the Irish Research Council, the Heritage Council, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the Council of Europe and the European Commission.


  • –present
    Head of College, Business and Law, University College, Cork