Mr Damien McCallig

B.Comm., LLB, LLM

Biography




Damien McCallig is a second year Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Law.  His research, which is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS), is entitled The Law of Digital Remains: Reconciling the dignity and interests of the deceased with those of the living, and is supervised by Marie McGonagle.  The research aims to provide a theoretical, philosophical and practical framework for developing an appropriate regulatory regime for digital remains aimed at reconciling the rights and interests of the deceased with those of living stake-holders.  Further details regarding his Ph.D. research is available here.

Damien graduated from NUI Galway with an LL.M in Law, Technology and Governance in 2010 and an LL.B. in 2009, achieving first class honours in both.  He was the winner of the Irish Times Prize in Media Law, 2009, which is an annual prize awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark at examination in the subject of Media Law. Damien regularly contributes to IRIS – Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory, which addresses many of the cutting-edge issues in the media and communications fields.

Research

Research Interests

  • Copyright
  • Data Protection
  • Internet Law and Regulation
  • Information Rights
  • Media Law and Regulation
  • Privacy

Research Projects

PhD Thesis

‘The Law of Digital Remains: Reconciling the dignity and interests of the deceased with those of the living.’

The research aims to provide a theoretical, philosophical and practical framework for developing an appropriate regulatory regime for digital remains aimed at reconciling the rights and interests of the deceased with those of living stake-holders.  Further details regarding Damien’s Ph.D. research is available here.

Research Publications

Articles

  • “Online behavioural advertising: are Irish privacy laws in need of ‘re-Phorm’?”, (2011) 16 Communications Law 60.

Conference Papers

  • “The Deceased as Data Subjects: Analysis of the Scope and Application of EU Data Protection Law”, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference (Bristol 2012) - accepted
  • “Private but Eventually Public: Why Copyright in Unpublished Works Matters in the Digital Age”, Amsterdam Privacy Conference (Amsterdam 2012) - accepted

IRIS Contributions

Teaching Areas

  • Copyright
  • Constitutional Law – Freedom of Expression
  • Entertainment Law – Online Behavioural Advertising
  • Internet Regulation and Governance
  • Privacy/Data Protection