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Professor Caroline Fennell

  • Visiting Fellow, October 2009 - September 2010

Professor Caroline Fennell, B.C.L. (N.U.I.), LL.M. (Osgoode Hall), B.L., Ph.D (University of Wales) was appointed to a Chair in Law in University College Cork in 2001. She has been Dean of the Law Faculty UCC from 1996-1999, Acting Head of the College of Business and Law UCC in 2005-6 and Dean of Faculty and Head of the Law Department UCC from 2002-2009. She has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching and was a founder member of the Board of Women's Studies and MA in Women's Studies in UCC, and founder member and co-Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, UCC 2006-8. She has previously been a Mary Ball Washington Visiting Professor at the University of West Florida; a visiting fellow at Wadham College, Oxford, All Souls College, Oxford.

She is author of The Law of Evidence in Ireland, (LexisNexis); Labour Law in Ireland with I. Lynch (Gill and Macmillan); and Crime and Crisis in Ireland; Justice by Illusion (Cork University Press). She has also published numerous journal articles on issues relating to gender, due process and criminal justice.

Professor Fennell was a member of the recent Foresight exercise for the Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS) and was appointed Chairperson of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities & Social Sciences in August 2009. Her work at the Centre will focus on constructions of fairness in criminal justice with particular reference to crisis situations such as terrorism.