Three New Academic Promotions at NUI Galway School of Law

Apr 15 2021 Posted: 12:29 IST

The School of Law is delighted to announce the academic promotions of three staff members Dr Shivaun Quinlivan, Dr Rónán Kennedy and Professor Padraic Kenna. The academic promotions recognise staff member’s teaching and research excellence.

Dr Shivaun Quinlivan promoted to Senior Lecturer

Dr Shivaun Quinlivan, Senior Lecturer at the School of Law is the Vice-Dean for Equality Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Business, Public Policy and Law.

Her research focuses primarily on the right to equality with a particular focus on the right to education for people with disabilities: see De Beco, G., Quinlivan, S., & Lord, J. (Eds.). (2019). The Right to Inclusive Education in International Human Rights Law (Cambridge University Press).

Dr Quinlivan acted as an expert advisor to the States of Guernsey in relation to the development of new multi-ground equality legislation from 2018-2020. In 2016-2017 she was an O’Brien Residential fellow in the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism in McGill University in Canada. 

With Dr Lucy-Ann Buckley she co-leads two inclusive learning projects at NUI Galway: an undergraduate project funded by the NUI Galway Student Project Fund, and a postgraduate project funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Read Dr Shivaun Quinlivan’s full profile


Dr Rónán Kennedy promoted to Senior Lecturer 

Dr Rónán Kennedy, Senior Lecturer at the School of Law researches and teaches environmental law, information technology law, and the intersections between these. Rónán is a former member of the Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency and previously worked as Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Ronan Keane.

In 2020 Rónán was awarded a SFI Public Service Fellowship for the research paper “Algorithms, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in the Irish Legal Services Market”. The research paper examines the availability and growth of “lawtech” in an advisory paper for the Oireachtas Library & Research Service.

Other recent publications which he co-authored include 'When is a Plan Not a Plan? The Supreme Court Decision in 'Climate Case Ireland'' and 'De-camouflaging Chameleons: Requiring Transparency for Consumer Protection in the Internet of Things'.

Read Dr Rónán Kennedy’s full profile


Professor Padraic Kenna promoted to Personal Professor

Professor Padraic Kenna is Director of the Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy at the School of Law, NUI Galway. He researches, writes and lectures in housing and property law and policy.

Padraic publishes widely in housing, human rights and property law journals and books, providing a critical analysis of contemporary law and policy. He has extensive experience of working in housing development and advocacy in both the statutory and non-governmental sectors.   

Padraic’s recent publications on housing and housing rights at Irish and European level include a set of Briefing Papers on ‘Integrating EU Charter Housing Rights into EU Economic Governance and Supervision’ and ‘A Lost Decade - Study on Mortgage Possession Court Lists in Ireland.’

Read Professor Padraic Kenna’s full profile


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