Catherine O'Sullivan

Lecturer
Law
University College Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3285
E: catherine.osullivan@ucc.ie

Catherine O'Sullivan is a graduate of UCC (B.C.L. 1995, LL.M. 1996). She completed a Ph.D. at Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada, in 2005. Her doctoral thesis analyses the legal and societal reaction to a sexually violent female offender. Her main research interests lie in the following areas: Criminal Law; Criminology; Gender and the Law; and Law and Literature.

Research Interests

Law and Literature, Feminist Legal Theory, Criminal Law, Social Constructionism, Female Criminality

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
The Operation of the Court System in Domestic Violence Cases: A Literature Review€16,105.98
Establishment of Irish Journal of Legal StudiesNAIRTL€4,788.20

Books

YearPublication
(2010)Criminal Law in Ireland: Cases and Commentary.
Liz Campbell, Shane Kilcommins and Catherine O'Sullivan; (2010) Criminal Law in Ireland: Cases and Commentary. Dublin: Clarus Press. Globe icon [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2011)'“Criminal Law Scholarship in Ireland: Presenting Substance, Context and Critique”'
Thomas Mohr and Jennifer Schweppe (2011) '“Criminal Law Scholarship in Ireland: Presenting Substance, Context and Critique”' In: 30 Years of Legal Scholarship. Dublin: Roundhall. [Details]
(2007)'Madonna and Whore: The Perplexing Media and Legal Response to a Female Child Molester'
O'Sullivan, C; (2007) 'Madonna and Whore: The Perplexing Media and Legal Response to a Female Child Molester' In: Figures of Law. Germany: Francke. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2015)'Mens Rea, Motive and Assisted Suicide: Does the DPP’s Policy go too far?'
O' Sullivan, C. (2015) 'Mens Rea, Motive and Assisted Suicide: Does the DPP’s Policy go too far?'. Legal Studies, [Details]
(2014)'The Curious Case of the High Court's Rejection and Adoption of the UK Prosecutorial Policy in Respect of Assisted Suicide: An Analysis and Critique of Fleming v Ireland'
O'Sullivan, C (2014) 'The Curious Case of the High Court's Rejection and Adoption of the UK Prosecutorial Policy in Respect of Assisted Suicide: An Analysis and Critique of Fleming v Ireland'. Irish Jurist, 52 :44-67 [Details]
(2013)'Article 40.3.3 and the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: The Impetus for, and Process of, Legislative Change'
O'Sullivan, C., Schweppe, J. & Spain, E. (2013) 'Article 40.3.3 and the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: The Impetus for, and Process of, Legislative Change'. Irish Journal of Legal Studies, 3 (3):1-17 Globe icon [Details]
(2010)'“The Importance of Correct Statutory Interpretation Technique – The Case of Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform v. Dolny”'
C. O'Sullivan (2010) '“The Importance of Correct Statutory Interpretation Technique – The Case of Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform v. Dolny”'. Irish Jurist, 46 [Details]
(2009)'Protecting Young People From Themselves: Reform of the Age of Consent Law in Ireland'
O'Sullivan, C; (2009) 'Protecting Young People From Themselves: Reform of the Age of Consent Law in Ireland'. Dublin University Law Journal, 31 [Details]
(2008)'The Nun, the Rape Charge and the Miscarriage of Justice: the Case of Nora Wall'
Dr. Catherine O'Sullivan; (2008) 'The Nun, the Rape Charge and the Miscarriage of Justice: the Case of Nora Wall'. N.I.L.Q, 59 [Details]
(2007)'The Burglar and the Burglarised: Self-Defence, Home-Defence and Barnes'
O'Sullivan, C; (2007) 'The Burglar and the Burglarised: Self-Defence, Home-Defence and Barnes'. I.C.L.J, 17 (4) [Details]
(2000)'Has the Real Monster been Left off the Hook?: Karla Homolka's Femininity(ies)'
O'Sullivan, C; (2000) 'Has the Real Monster been Left off the Hook?: Karla Homolka's Femininity(ies)'. Hibernian Law Journal, [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences Against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012'
O'Sullivan, C: (2014) 'Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences Against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012' Sexual Health, 8 . [Details]
(2013)'Children's Referendum'
O' Sullivan, C. (2013) 'Children's Referendum' Sexual Health, 6 . [Details]
(2010)'A Critical Response to the Criminal Law (Defence of the Dwelling) Bill 2010'
O' Sullivan, C. (2010) 'A Critical Response to the Criminal Law (Defence of the Dwelling) Bill 2010' Criminal Law Online Service, :70-74. [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2008)Submission to the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children.
Dr. Ursula Kilkelly, Dr. Conor O'Mahony, Dr. Catherine O' Sullivan; (2008) Submission to the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children. *, Postgraduate Law Conference. [Details]

Articles

YearPublication
(2010)A Critical Response to the Criminal Law (Defence of the Dwelling) Bill 2010.
O'Sullivan, C (2010) A Critical Response to the Criminal Law (Defence of the Dwelling) Bill 2010. Articles [Details]

Book Reviews

YearPublication
(2012)Review of - Emma Cunliffe, Murder, Medicine and Motherhood (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011).
O'Sullivan, C: (2012) Review of - Emma Cunliffe, Murder, Medicine and Motherhood (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011). Book Reviews [Details]
(2010)Review of - Vicky Conway, Yvonne Daly & Jennifer Schweppe, Irish Criminal Justice: Theory, Process and Procedure.
O'Sullivan, C; (2010) Review of - Vicky Conway, Yvonne Daly & Jennifer Schweppe, Irish Criminal Justice: Theory, Process and Procedure. Book Reviews [Details]

Newspaper Articles

YearPublication
(2010)Hearing Voices of Battered Persons Must Be Priority.
O' Sullivan, C.; Kilkelly, U. (2010) Hearing Voices of Battered Persons Must Be Priority. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Policy Contribution

YearPublication
(2008)Submission to the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children (CCJR).
O' Sullivan, C.; O' Mahony, C.; Kilkelly, U. (2008) Submission to the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children (CCJR). Policy Contribution [Details]

Translations

YearPublication
(2007)Wie Eine Sexualstraftäterin Als Opfer Dargestellt Wurde: Der Fall Der Mary Kay LeTourneau (translated by Dr. Künzel).
O'Sullivan, C; (2007) Wie Eine Sexualstraftäterin Als Opfer Dargestellt Wurde: Der Fall Der Mary Kay LeTourneau (translated by Dr. Künzel). Hamburg: Translations [Details]

Unpublished work

YearPublication
(1998)Xenaphile, and Proud of It: Fireweed (Fall 1998) 42 (ISSN: 0706-3857).
Dr. Catherine O Sullivan; (1998) Xenaphile, and Proud of It: Fireweed (Fall 1998) 42 (ISSN: 0706-3857). Unpublished work [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2006President’s Ph.D. Scholarship
1998Mary Jane Mossman Graduate Scholarship in Feminist Legal Studies Osgoode Hall Law School

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Socio-Legal Scholars Association Member/
Society of Legal Scholars Member/
Irish Association of Law Teachers University Representative/

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2014)Irish Association of Law Teachers,
O'Sullivan, C (2014) The Wolf of Wall Street: The Representation of White Collar Crime and Masculinity in the Movies. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers, Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny . [Details]
(2014)Criminal Law Pedagogy Workshop,
O'Sullivan, C & Donson, F (2014) Threshold or barrier to understanding? Teaching actus reus and mens rea as foundational concepts in criminal law. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Criminal Law Pedagogy Workshop, University of Limerick . [Details]
(2014)Visualing Law and Gender, Centre for Law and Culture,
O'Sullivan, C (2014) The Wolf of Wall Street: The Representation of White Collar Crime and Masculinity in the Movies. [Oral Presentation], Visualing Law and Gender, Centre for Law and Culture, St Mary’s Univeristy, London . [Details]
(2013)North-South Criminology Conference,
O'Sullivan, C (2013) Conference Organiser. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], North-South Criminology Conference, University College Cork . [Details]
(2013)Socio-Legal Studies Association,
O'Sullivan, C (2013) Motive through the back door?: Purdy and the DPP’s Prosecutorial Policy. [Oral Presentation], Socio-Legal Studies Association, York University, England . [Details]
(2011)Irish Association of Law Teachers,
C. O'Sullivan and F. Donson (2011) “Threshold or Barrier to Understanding? Teaching Actus Reus and Mens Rea as Foundational Concepts in Criminal Law. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers, Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone , 19-NOV-11 - 19-NOV-11. [Details]
(2008)Youth Justice Conference,
Dr. Catherine O Sullivan; (2008) Youth Justice Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Youth Justice Conference, UCC , 03-APR-08 - 03-APR-08. [Details]
(2006)Adolescents and Consensual Sexual Relationships: The Law in Ireland,
Dr. Catherine O Sullivan; (2006) Adolescents and Consensual Sexual Relationships: The Law in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Adolescents and Consensual Sexual Relationships: The Law in Ireland, , 24-MAY-06 - 24-MAY-06. [Details]
(2008)Postgraduate Law Conference,
Dr. Catherine O Sullivan; (2008) Postgraduate Law Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Postgraduate Law Conference, UCC , 01-MAY-08 - 01-MAY-08. [Details]
(2007)Postgraduate Law Conference ,
Dr. Catherine O Sullivan; (2007) Postgraduate Law Conference . [Conference Organising Committee Member], Postgraduate Law Conference , UCC , 03-MAY-07 - 03-MAY-07. [Details]
(2007)Society of Legal Scholars,
Dr. Catherine O Sullivan; (2007) Teenagers, Sex and the Law: The Regulation of Teenage Sexuality. [Poster Presentation], Society of Legal Scholars, University of Durham , 12-SEP-07 - 12-SEP-07. [Details]
(2006)National Council for Nurses and Midwifery, Rochestown Park Hotel,
Dr. Catherine O Sullivan; (2006) The Age of Consent for Sexual Activity and for Medical Treatment: The Law in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], National Council for Nurses and Midwifery, Rochestown Park Hotel, Rochestown Park Hotel , 09-SEP-06 - 09-SEP-06. [Details]
(2006)Law and Literature Association of Australia, University of Melbourne,
Dr. Catherine O Sullivan; (2006) The Nun, the Rape Charge, and the Miscarriage of Justice: The Case of Nora Wall. [Poster Presentation], Law and Literature Association of Australia, University of Melbourne, University of Melbourne , 13-JUL-06 - 13-JUL-06. [Details]
(2005)Figures of Law Conference, U.C.C,
Dr. Catherine O Sullivan; (2005) Madonna and Whore: The Perplexing Media and Legal Response to a Female Child Molester. [Poster Presentation], Figures of Law Conference, U.C.C, Figures of Law Conference, U.C.C , 11-JUN-05 - 11-JUN-05. [Details]
(2000)Osgoode Hall Law School Graduate Students' Conference;,
Dr. Catherine O Sullivan; (2000) Women in Black and White: Popular Culture Representations of Violent Women. [Poster Presentation], Osgoode Hall Law School Graduate Students' Conference;, U.B.C. Faculty of Law Graduate Students' Conference , 04-MAY-00 - 11-MAY-00. [Details]
(1999)Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities/Canadian Law and Society Association, Faculty of Law, University of Sherbrooke,
Dr. Catherine O Sullivan; (1999) Representing Women: The Intersections of Law and Popular Culture. [Poster Presentation], Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities/Canadian Law and Society Association, Faculty of Law, University of Sherbrooke, Faculty of Law, University of Sherbrooke , 08-JUN-99 - 08-JUN-99. [Details]
(1998)Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities/Canadian Law and Society Association, Faculty of Law,,
Dr. Catherine O Sullivan; (1998) Karla Homolka: Law, Culture, and Sexuality. [Poster Presentation], Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities/Canadian Law and Society Association, Faculty of Law,, University of Ottawa , 01-JUN-98 - 01-JUN-98. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Academic Council Member2012 /
University Exams Appeals Committee Member2011 /
Research Committee Member2011 /
Quality Review Committee /
Skills Committee, Law Department Chair1999 / 1999
Undergraduate Recruitment Committee, Law Department Member1999 / 1999

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Law, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights College Lecturer01-SEP-03 /
Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada Legal Writing Instructor01-JAN-98 / 01-JAN-01
Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada Research Assistant01-MAY-01 / 01-AUG-01
Research Assistant Research Assistant01-MAY-00 / 01-AUG-00

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1995U.C.C. BCL - UCCBCL
1996UCC LLMLLM
1996Institute de Droit Comparé, Université Jean Moulin III, Lyon, France DIPLOMADiplôme d¿Introduction au Droit Français pour Etudiants Etrangers
2005Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada PHD*

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Merchants Quay Ireland/University College Dublin
MQI/UCD run a training course for drugs counsellors.  I provide information on relevant aspects of the Criminal Law.
HSE
Initially I gave bi-annual talks on various aspects of the Criminal Law on a training programme run by the HSE Health Promotion Office. More recently my role is in overseeing legal information provided to participants and contributing to Health Matters.
Matt Cooper : Last Word, Today FM
Discussion with Matt Cooper : Last Word, Today FM
Irish Examiner
Contacted by journalist to discuss representations of female offenders in the media. Quoted in published article.
Law Reform Commission
Discussion with researcher from Law Reform Commission regarding my response to their Consultation Paper on Self-Defence (ICLJ article)

Outreach Activities

 Description

Talks on various aspects of the criminal law to the National Council for Nurses and Midwifery, the H.S.E. Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion, the MQI/UCD Certificate in Drugs Counselling Theory & Intervention. I have also contributed articles to the H.S.E. periodical Sexual Health News. Organised Conferences and Annual Lectures in my capacity as Co-Director for the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) from November 2010-February 2013. Contributed to public debate on various Criminal Law and Criminology issues by means of newspaper articles, radio and TV interviews. Met with representatives from Cork Prison regarding the provision of legal education to prisoners. Co-authored a submission to the All Party Oireachtas Committee on a Constitutional Amendment on the Rights of the Child (31 January 2008).

Other Activities

 Description

Member of editorial board for the Irish Journal of Legal Studies www.ijls.ie

Member of editorial board for the Hibernian Law Journal.

Research Project: The Operation of the Court System in Domestic Violence Cases: A Literature Review, COSC (2009) (with Dr. U. Kilkelly)

Various editorials as part of the Editorial Board for the Criminal Law Online Service, 2008-2012.

One of the co-founders of the MA in Criminology, an interdisciplinary taught masters degree, in UCC. The three founding disciplines were Law, Sociology, and Applied Social Studies. I was also involved in the establishment of the BA Criminology, first intake of students 2014-15.

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree TypePrimary
Buckley Lydia Frances Hannah Doctoral DegreeYes

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015Children's Rights LW6549Children's Rights
2015Criminal Law LW1153Criminal Law
2015Legal Writing LW1001Legal Writing
2015Legal Research and Writing LW1156Legal Research and Writing
2015Criminology LW6544Criminology
2015Crime and Justice in Ireland LW6599Crime and Justice in Ireland
2015Cultural Representations of Crime LW6600Cultural Representations of Crime
2015Foundations of the Legal System LW1104Foundations of the Legal System
2015LLM (Criminal Justice) Dissertation LW6547LLM (Criminal Justice) Dissertation