Maureen O'Sullivan

Lecturer Above The Bar BA, BCL, LLM, PGCHE

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
LAW FACULTY
NUI
GALWAY

T: Ext. 5627
E: maureen.osullivan@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

I am an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholar, holding degrees in Arts (BA in English and Philosophy, UCC, 1989) and in Law (BCL, UCC, 1999) at undergraduate level. At postgraduate level, I did a research LLM at the University of Warwick, whose Law School emphasizes socio-legal scholarship in 2002. My thesis spanned law, philosophy and technology in a socio-legal context. Next, I undertook a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at the University of the West of England in 2004 which was a year-long course on university teaching. In 2010, I commenced my doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh where I am currently studying part-time. The subject matter is patent reform in relation to biotechnological inventions.

My principal interests are in the field of intellectual property and technology, especially in the areas of patents and biotechnological inventions, copyright and software and copyright and art. 

My teaching career began in Spain where I taught T.E.F.L. for five years. After completing my BCL, I taught on the Property Law course at Warwick for three years and later took up a lectureship in the University of the West of England, Bristol. There I continued teaching Property Law, eventually becoming module leader of that course. I also taught on the Cyber Law course and introduced a course on the LL.M. in Commercial Law, entitled “Software Licensing and Legislation”. I was appointed as a lecturer at NUI, Galway in 2006 and served as Interim Head of School from 2008 to 2009. 

I supervise three Ph.D. students in areas which span open source software, property law and animal rights. I also sit on the University’s Ethics Committee and am Programme Director of the BA in Public and Social Policy.
 

Selected Publications


  1. O’Sullivan, Maureen. “Commentary on the case of Porter”, Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2010 (chapter)
  2. O’Sullivan, Maureen. “Lockean-style intellectual property rights in land, software and genes”, in Mordini (ed.), Ethics and Health in the Global Village: Bioethics, Globalisation and Human Rights, Rome, Italy: CIC Edizioni Internazionali, 2009 (chapter).
  3. O’Sullivan, Maureen. “Creative Commons and Contemporary Copyright: A Fitting Shoe or a Load of Old Cobblers?”, First Monday Volume 13, Number 1-7, January 2008 (article), http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2087/1919.

 




 

Research Interests

Patents and biotechnology, copyright (especially in the areas of history, technology and art), animal rights and ethics. Grassroots activism, participatory democracy and anarchism.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Ethical Issues of Mammoth Proportions?: Reviving and Re-Engineering the Extinct'
O'Sullivan (2015) 'Ethical Issues of Mammoth Proportions?: Reviving and Re-Engineering the Extinct'. Journal of Animal Ethics, [Details]
(2015) 'Irish Artistic Copyright Law: A Menagerie of Holy Cows and Turtle Doves?'
O'Sullivan, Maureen (2015) 'Irish Artistic Copyright Law: A Menagerie of Holy Cows and Turtle Doves?'. Intellectual Property Quarterly, (1):31-61 [Details]
(2009) 'External Examiners as Quality Assurance Mechanism in Legal Education'
Osimiri, J, O'Sullivan, M, Okogbule, N, Okene, O.V.C. (2009) 'External Examiners as Quality Assurance Mechanism in Legal Education'. European Journal of Legal Education, 5 (1):57-88 [Details]
(2008) 'Creative Commons and Contemporary Copyright: A Fitting Shoe or a Load of Old Cobblers?'
O'Sullivan, M. (2008) 'Creative Commons and Contemporary Copyright: A Fitting Shoe or a Load of Old Cobblers?'. First Monday, 13 [Details]
(2007) 'FLOSS Licensing: Trends, Exposition and Critique'
O'Sullivan, M. (2007) 'FLOSS Licensing: Trends, Exposition and Critique'. Panóptica, Vitória, 2 (10) [Details]
(2004) 'Governing Against the Grain - Part I'
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) 'Governing Against the Grain - Part I'. Journal of Environmental Law and Management, 16 (1) [Details]
(2004) 'The Pluralistic, Evolutionary, Quasi-legal Role of the GNU General Public Licence in Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS)'
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) 'The Pluralistic, Evolutionary, Quasi-legal Role of the GNU General Public Licence in Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS)'. European Intellectual Property Review, 26 (8) [Details]
(2002) 'Making Copyright Ambidextrous: An Expose of Copyleft'
O'Sullivan, M. (2002) 'Making Copyright Ambidextrous: An Expose of Copyleft'. Journal of Information, Law and Technology, [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Clinical Pupilage in Legal Education in Nigeria (Case for Reforms)'
Jack-Osimiri, U., O'Sullivan, M. Halliday, C. (2013) 'Clinical Pupilage in Legal Education in Nigeria (Case for Reforms)' In: Readings in Contemporary Law and Policy Issues: Essays in Honour of Dr., The Hon. Justice Iche N. Ndu Chief Judge, Rivers State. Port Harcourt, Nigeria: Pearl Publishers. [Details]
(2012) 'Clinical Pupillage in Legal Education in Nigeria: Case for Reform'
Professor U.Jack-Osimiri, Maureen O'Sullivan, Chidi Halliday (2012) 'Clinical Pupillage in Legal Education in Nigeria: Case for Reform' In: Law: All-Round Excellence. Accra, Ghana: TOPLAW PUBLISHMENTS LTD. [Details]
(2010) 'Commentary on the case of Porter v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [1999] All ER (D) 1129'
O'Sullivan,M. (2010) 'Commentary on the case of Porter v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [1999] All ER (D) 1129' In: The Feminist Judgments Project. Hart Publishing. [Details]
(2009) 'Lockean Style Property Rights in Land, Software and Genes'
O'Sullivan,M. (2009) 'Lockean Style Property Rights in Land, Software and Genes' In: Ethics and Health in the Global Village In Mordini, E. CIC Edizioni Internazionali Roma. [Details]
(2005) 'Creatividad Legal para el Mundo de Software Libre, Libro Blanco de Software Libre en España'
O'Sullivan,M. (2005) 'Creatividad Legal para el Mundo de Software Libre, Libro Blanco de Software Libre en España' In: Junta de Extremadura: Merida. [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2013) Extremadura's Free and Open Source Software amid Storms of Political Change.
O'Sullivan, Maureen (2013) Extremadura's Free and Open Source Software amid Storms of Political Change. JoinUp, European Commission, https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/elibrary/case/extremaduras-free-and-open-source-software-policy-amid-sto. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2012) 'Taxation as a Profession'
The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (2012) 'Taxation as a Profession' Nigerian Taxation, 11 (2) :22-31. [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2010) Six Flavours of Copyright in Ireland and their impact on Free Software. International Intellectual Property Congress.
O'Sullivan, M. (2010) Six Flavours of Copyright in Ireland and their impact on Free Software. International Intellectual Property Congress. University of Alicante, Spain: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) Aspectos Socio-Legales de Linux. I Congreso Internacional de Software Libre, Alfabetización Tecnológica y Economía Solidaria.
O'Sullivan, M. (2007) Aspectos Socio-Legales de Linux. I Congreso Internacional de Software Libre, Alfabetización Tecnológica y Economía Solidaria. Bogotá, Colombia: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) Plan de Alfabetización Tecnológico Solidario en Irlanda. I Congreso Internacional de Software Libre, Alfabetización Tecnológica y Economía Solidaria.
O'Sullivan, M. (2007) Plan de Alfabetización Tecnológico Solidario en Irlanda. I Congreso Internacional de Software Libre, Alfabetización Tecnológica y Economía Solidaria. Bogotá, Colombia: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) Top-Down and Ground-Up Legal and Quasi-Legal Issues in Copyright Law. Before the Law: Language, Property, Community, Sovereignty International Institute for the Sociology of Law.
O'Sullivan, M. (2007) Top-Down and Ground-Up Legal and Quasi-Legal Issues in Copyright Law. Before the Law: Language, Property, Community, Sovereignty International Institute for the Sociology of Law. Oñati,Basque Country, Spain: Conference Paper [Details]
(2006) Patentes, Propiedad y El Software Libre. Second International Free Software Conference.
O'Sullivan, M. (2006) Patentes, Propiedad y El Software Libre. Second International Free Software Conference. Málaga, Spain: Conference Paper [Details]
(2006) A Theoretical Approach to IPRs, Presentation based on critical approaches to IPRs. Bioethical Implications of Globalisation workshop.
O'Sullivan, M. (2006) A Theoretical Approach to IPRs, Presentation based on critical approaches to IPRs. Bioethical Implications of Globalisation workshop. European Commission Brussels, Belgium: Conference Paper [Details]
(2006) La Historia del Derecho de Autor y Movimientos Sociales en la Edad de la Informatión. Government sponsored conference: “Conference on Technology - Technology, Creativity and Society: Digital Reconstructions”.
O'Sullivan, M. (2006) La Historia del Derecho de Autor y Movimientos Sociales en la Edad de la Informatión. Government sponsored conference: “Conference on Technology - Technology, Creativity and Society: Digital Reconstructions”. Badajoz, Spain: Conference Paper [Details]
(2005) Teorias de Propiedad Intellectual. Second International Free Software Conference.
O'Sullivan, M. (2005) Teorias de Propiedad Intellectual. Second International Free Software Conference. Mérida, Spain: Conference Paper [Details]
(2004) Ordem e Progresso: Licenças e Legislação do Software Livre. Fifth International Forum on Free Software Pontificate.
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) Ordem e Progresso: Licenças e Legislação do Software Livre. Fifth International Forum on Free Software Pontificate. Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul Porto Alegre, Brazil: Conference Paper [Details]
(2004) Leis Legais: Direitos Direitistas, Ambidestros e Esquerdistas do Software Livre. CIBERCON - International Information Technology Law Conference.
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) Leis Legais: Direitos Direitistas, Ambidestros e Esquerdistas do Software Livre. CIBERCON - International Information Technology Law Conference. Salvador, Brazil: Conference Paper [Details]
(2003) Los Pinguinos, Las Comunidades, La GNU GPL y una Nueva Legislación para el Software Libre. Linux Users Group Conference.
O'Sullivan, M. (2003) Los Pinguinos, Las Comunidades, La GNU GPL y una Nueva Legislación para el Software Libre. Linux Users Group Conference. Montevideo, Uruguay: Conference Paper [Details]
(2003) Property Rights in Land, Software and Genes. Bioethical Implications of Globalization (B.I.G. Conference 2003).
O'Sullivan, M. (2003) Property Rights in Land, Software and Genes. Bioethical Implications of Globalization (B.I.G. Conference 2003). University of Lancaster University of Lancaster, UK: Conference Paper [Details]
(2003) Licencias y Legislación para el Software Libre. Fourth Hispalinux Conference.
O'Sullivan, M. (2003) Licencias y Legislación para el Software Libre. Fourth Hispalinux Conference. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Madrid, Spain: Conference Paper [Details]
(2003) An Intellectual Property Angle on Free Software Development. First Free Software Conference (JAIIO).
O'Sullivan, M. (2003) An Intellectual Property Angle on Free Software Development. First Free Software Conference (JAIIO). Universidad Argentina de la Empresa Buenos Aires, Argentina: Conference Paper [Details]

Media

  Year Publication
(2008) Podcast with First Monday.
O'Sullivan, M. (2008) Podcast with First Monday. Media [Details]
(2005) A law for free software: Don't we have enough laws already?. The Free Software Magazine.
O'Sullivan, M. (2005) A law for free software: Don't we have enough laws already?. The Free Software Magazine. Media [Details]
(2004) Interview on Senate TV in Brazil in August 2004, in Portuguese, about free software in Europe.
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) Interview on Senate TV in Brazil in August 2004, in Portuguese, about free software in Europe. Media [Details]
(2004) Interview with Porto Alegre's Municipal Government on implications of a state law which had been struck down for its unconstitutionality.
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) Interview with Porto Alegre's Municipal Government on implications of a state law which had been struck down for its unconstitutionality. Media [Details]
(2004) A Practical Legal Response to SCO: A Lex Lignux?. Linux World.
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) A Practical Legal Response to SCO: A Lex Lignux?. Linux World. Media [Details]
(2004) The Free Software Act. Linux Journal.
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) The Free Software Act. Linux Journal. Media [Details]
(2003) Linux Buzz: WorldWatch Week in Review.
O'Sullivan, M. (2003) Linux Buzz: WorldWatch Week in Review. Media [Details]
(2003) Feature: Maureen O'Sullivan's Thesis: Linux and the Commons. Linux Journal.
O'Sullivan, M. (2003) Feature: Maureen O'Sullivan's Thesis: Linux and the Commons. Linux Journal. Media [Details]
(2003) Why We Need a Free Software Act. Linux World.
O'Sullivan, M. (2003) Why We Need a Free Software Act. Linux World. Media [Details]
(2003) We Need a FLOSS Law to Blow SCO v IBM Out of the Water . World Watch.
O'Sullivan, M. (2003) We Need a FLOSS Law to Blow SCO v IBM Out of the Water . World Watch. Media [Details]
(2003) Free Software Legal Protection: Licenses, Legislation or Both?. Panama City, FL: Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Research Report.
O'Sullivan, M. (2003) Free Software Legal Protection: Licenses, Legislation or Both?. Panama City, FL: Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Research Report. Media [Details]
(2003) Free Software Legal Protection: Licenses, Legislation or Both?. Linux Journal.
O'Sullivan, M. (2003) Free Software Legal Protection: Licenses, Legislation or Both?. Linux Journal. Media [Details]

Non Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2004) Three Roses Report on FLOSS Law: Licensing and Legislation with the GNU GPL. http://www.prelude-portal.org/3roses/uploads/ three_roses_report_on_licensing.pdf.
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) Three Roses Report on FLOSS Law: Licensing and Legislation with the GNU GPL. http://www.prelude-portal.org/3roses/uploads/ three_roses_report_on_licensing.pdf. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2004) Open Source Software in Public Administrations. European Local Authorities’ Telematic Network (ELANET) for the EU-funded Prelude project.
Mangham, A, O'Sullivan, M. (2004) Open Source Software in Public Administrations. European Local Authorities’ Telematic Network (ELANET) for the EU-funded Prelude project. Non Published Reports [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
(2009) Review of A. J. van der Walt, Property in the Margins . Web Journal of Current Legal Issues.
O'Sullivan, M. (2009) Review of A. J. van der Walt, Property in the Margins . Web Journal of Current Legal Issues. Reviews [Details]
(2006) Review of COPYRIGHT AND OTHER FAIRYTALES, ed by Helle Porsdam. Script-Ed.
O'Sullivan, M. (2006) Review of COPYRIGHT AND OTHER FAIRYTALES, ed by Helle Porsdam. Script-Ed. Reviews [Details]

Workshops

  Year Publication
(2010) GMOs in Ireland: The Current State of Play. Talk to the Green Party.
O'Sullivan, M. (2010) GMOs in Ireland: The Current State of Play. Talk to the Green Party. Carlow/Kilkenny branch: Workshops [Details]
(2010) Copyright and the University: What Staff might Need to Know. Talk given to CELT.
O'Sullivan, M. (2010) Copyright and the University: What Staff might Need to Know. Talk given to CELT. NUI, Galway: Workshops [Details]
(2010) Copyright in Interdisciplinary Settings. European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Meeting, School of Law.
O'Sullivan, M. (2010) Copyright in Interdisciplinary Settings. European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Meeting, School of Law. University of Alcala de Henares, Spain: Workshops [Details]
(2010) Las Seis Delicias de Copyright. Presentation at the International Intellectual Property Congress at the University of Alicante.
O'Sullivan, M. (2010) Las Seis Delicias de Copyright. Presentation at the International Intellectual Property Congress at the University of Alicante. Workshops [Details]
(2009) Freedoms & Free, Libre, or Open Source Software?. Opening presentation at the European OpenSource and Free Software Law Event, European Parliament.
O'Sullivan, M. (2009) Freedoms & Free, Libre, or Open Source Software?. Opening presentation at the European OpenSource and Free Software Law Event, European Parliament. Brussels: Workshops [Details]
(2007) Teaching Copyleft and Creative Commons in a Copyright-Riddled Academic World. Annual Intellectual Property Teachers' Meeting.
O'Sullivan, M. (2007) Teaching Copyleft and Creative Commons in a Copyright-Riddled Academic World. Annual Intellectual Property Teachers' Meeting. Aston University Birmingham, UK: Workshops [Details]
(2007) Creative Commons and Open Access in Education. Teaching and Learning Conference.
O'Sullivan, M. (2007) Creative Commons and Open Access in Education. Teaching and Learning Conference. NUI Galway Galway, Ireland: Workshops [Details]
(2007) The Democratic Deficit in Copyright Law: A Legislative Proposal. lecture at the University of New South Wales Australia.
O'Sullivan, M. (2007) The Democratic Deficit in Copyright Law: A Legislative Proposal. lecture at the University of New South Wales Australia. University of New South Wales Australia: Workshops [Details]
(2007) Free Software in Spain and Latin America: Good Governance, a Little Vision and a lot of Common Sense. Conference organised by the 21st Century Trust Potsdam, Berlin, Germany.
O'Sullivan, M. (2007) Free Software in Spain and Latin America: Good Governance, a Little Vision and a lot of Common Sense. Conference organised by the 21st Century Trust Potsdam, Berlin, Germany. Workshops [Details]
(2007) Digitally Archiving Information: Some European and Australian Experiences. workshop at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Portuguese government and the OII.
O'Sullivan, M. (2007) Digitally Archiving Information: Some European and Australian Experiences. workshop at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Portuguese government and the OII. Workshops [Details]
(2006) Copyright versus copyleft: A high-tech tale of subversion?. staff seminar NUI Galway Galway, Ireland.
O'Sullivan, M. (2006) Copyright versus copyleft: A high-tech tale of subversion?. staff seminar NUI Galway Galway, Ireland. NUI Galway Galway, Ireland: Workshops [Details]
(2004) Potential Legal Threats to FLOSS (and a Proposed Solution). Calibre Conference.
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) Potential Legal Threats to FLOSS (and a Proposed Solution). Calibre Conference. The Hague: Workshops [Details]
(2004) O Anarquismo Legal: Tropicalizando as Leis do Software Livre. Free Software Forum.
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) O Anarquismo Legal: Tropicalizando as Leis do Software Livre. Free Software Forum. Salvador, Brazil: Workshops [Details]
(2004) The Challenges of Teaching Free Software Licensing and Legislation. Annual Intellectual Property Law Teachers’ Meeting, University of West of England.
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) The Challenges of Teaching Free Software Licensing and Legislation. Annual Intellectual Property Law Teachers’ Meeting, University of West of England. Workshops [Details]
(2004) A Free Software Act: A Bit up in the Clouds?. Prelude Final Conference.
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) A Free Software Act: A Bit up in the Clouds?. Prelude Final Conference. Brussels: Workshops [Details]
(2004) Leis para Protejer o Software Livre. Festival do Software Livre.
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) Leis para Protejer o Software Livre. Festival do Software Livre. Juiz de Fora, Brazil: Workshops [Details]
(2004) An EU Directive on FLOSS? You Cannot Be Serious. Prelude Challenge Conference.
O'Sullivan, M. (2004) An EU Directive on FLOSS? You Cannot Be Serious. Prelude Challenge Conference. Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland: Workshops [Details]
(2003) The Free Software Act, Version 2. Conference, World Summit of Cities and Local Authorities on the Information Society.
O'Sullivan, M. (2003) The Free Software Act, Version 2. Conference, World Summit of Cities and Local Authorities on the Information Society. Lyon, France: Workshops [Details]
(2003) The Evolution of Ambidextrous Intellectual Property Rights in the Software Realm. Staff seminar.
O'Sullivan, M. (2003) The Evolution of Ambidextrous Intellectual Property Rights in the Software Realm. Staff seminar. University of West of England: Workshops [Details]

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Vegetarian Society of Ireland Chairperson 23-MAR-13 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1989 University College Cork BACHELOR OF ARTS Philosophy and English
1999 University College Cork Bachelor of Civil Law
2002 University of Warwick Masters in Law
2004 University of the West of England Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

Languages

  Language
Portuguese
Spanish

Teaching Interests

Intellectual Property; Sociology of Law, Law and Social Policy, Art Law, Publishing Law, English Land Law

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
1/2013 Sociology of Law LW220 This course takes a law in context approach to the subject matter. It comprises a mixture of theory and case studies, critically evaluating legal initiatives in socially topical and relevant areas. The course is interdisciplinary and seeks to evaluate the law from a realistic, rather than an idealistic, perspective.
1/2013 Publishing Law: Theory and Practice EN593 This course is offered to Masters students on the MA in Publishing and Literature in the English Department. It does not assume any previous legal knowledge but guides students through the intricacies of the Irish legal system and the relevant laws, with practical examples where appropriate. The laws covered include copyright, defamation, privacy, censorship and publishing contracts.
1/2013-2014 Industrial and Intellectual Property LW356 Where intellectual property meets technology, students will learn about patents, copyright, trademarks and other intellectual property in an interdisciplinary setting.
2/2013-2014 Law and Social Policy LW114 This course traces the origin in the development of social policy in Ireland, noting that many of the changes witnessed in the last 50 or so years have been driven by international and regional bodies and laws. Implementation of equality legislation is evaluated in the context of different groups from a multidisciplinary perspective.
2/2013-2014 Art and Copyright LW801 This section of the course is offered to Masters students on the MA in Arts Policy and Practice in the Huston Film School. It does not assume any previous legal knowledge. Students are guided through the relevant corridors of the Irish legal system, are introduced to any array of various art forms which challenge the definition of art in the law. This dichotomy and tension is highlighted throughout the course.
2/2013-2014 English (and Welsh) Land Law LW398 This fascinating subject has developed reflecting social change over the past 100 years as it strives to keep up with the novelties of married women owning property, the rise in commercialisation of land, the growth in private property ownership and the rise in the divorce rate, all of which impact on policies behind land law.