Professor Caroline Fennell

Professor Caroline Fennell

Professor Caroline Fennell BCL (NUI) LLM (Osgoode Hall), Ph.D. (University of Wales), BL (Hon Society of Kings Inns), MRIA was appointed Professor of Law in University College Cork in 2001. She has held the following positions: Dean of the Law Faculty (1996-1999); Dean of Law Faculty and Head of the Law Department (2002-2009); Acting Head of the College of Business and Law UCC from 2005-2006; Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork (2010-2015). She was appointed Senior Vice President Academic and Registrar (Deputy President) of UCC from 2015- 2018.

Professor Fennell has a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity, 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 2006-2008. She has been Visiting Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford, Mary Ball Washington Visiting Professor at the University of West Florida; Visiting Fellow All Souls College, Oxford; and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, London School of Economics. She was appointed by the Minister to Chair the Irish Research Council for Humanities & Social Sciences (2009-2012) and re-appointed to the newly established Irish Research Council (2012-15). She had a member of the Royal Irish Academy since 2009.

Professor Fennell is Professor of Law in the School of Law UCC where her research interests focus primarily on issues relating to gender, constructions of rights and fairness in crisis, criminal justice and the law of evidence. She has published widely in these fields.