Dr Eilionóir Flynn

B.C.L., Ph.D

Contact Details

Senior Lecturer
Law
Centre for Disability Law and Policy
NUI Galway

T: 353 91 494010
E: eilionoir.flynn@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Eilionóir is the Senior Lecturer at the School of Law and Deputy Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP), National University of Ireland Galway. She is a graduate of University College Cork (BCL, PhD), and received a scholarship from the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences for her PhD research on advocacy for persons with disabilities in Ireland and Australia.

 

She published her first book with Cambridge University Press in 2011, entitled ‘From Rhetoric to Action: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.’ This work was based on her postdoctoral research on comparative National Disability Strategies, conducted at the CDLP.

 

In her current role, Eilionóir represents the CDLP on a number of EU-funded research projects in the fields of access to justice, EU implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, active citizenship and disability (DISCIT), and legal capacity reform (PERSON). At a national level she is also actively engaged in processes of legal capacity reform, and co-ordinates a working group of civil society organizations on this issue, as well as a group of organizations supporting the emergence of a National Platform of Self Advocates with Intellectual Disability.

 

Internationally, she has supported the Secretariat of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and in particular the working group which prepared a draft General Comment on Article 12 (legal capacity). She is also actively engaged with the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing which aims to strengthen the international human rights of older persons.

 

She has published widely in international peer reviewed journals on disability rights issues, and is also one of the editors of the European Yearbook of Disability Law. Her next monograph on Access to Justice for Persons with Disabilities will be published by Ashgate in 2014. Eilionóir’s current research priorities which include legal capacity, advocacy, access to justice, and the intersectionality of disability, gender and ageing.

Research Interests

Eilionóir’s current research interests include legal capacity, advocacy, access to justice, and the intersectionality of disability, gender and ageing. 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Assistive Technology as Support for the Exercise of Legal Capacity'
Arstein-Kerslake, A., Gooding P. and Flynn, E. (2015) 'Assistive Technology as Support for the Exercise of Legal Capacity'. International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, 29 (2):245-265 [Details]
(2015) 'Legislating Consent: Emancipatory Research and Sexual Offences Law Reform in Ireland'
Arstein-Kerslake, A. and Flynn, E. (2015) 'Legislating Consent: Emancipatory Research and Sexual Offences Law Reform in Ireland'. Social & Legal Studies, [Details]
(2015) 'Querying the Call to Introduce Mental Capacity Testing to Rights-Based Mental Health Law'
Gooding, P. and Flynn, E. (2015) 'Querying the Call to Introduce Mental Capacity Testing to Rights-Based Mental Health Law'. Laws, [Details]
(2013) 'Mental (In)Capacity or Legal Capacity? A Human Rights Analysis of the Proposed Fusion of Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law in Northern Ireland'
Flynn, E. (2013) 'Mental (In)Capacity or Legal Capacity? A Human Rights Analysis of the Proposed Fusion of Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law in Northern Ireland'. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 64 (4):485-505 [Details]
(2014) 'The Support Model of Legal Capacity: Fact, Fiction or Fantasy?'
Flynn, E. and Arstein-Kerslake, A. (2014) 'The Support Model of Legal Capacity: Fact, Fiction or Fantasy?'. Berkeley Journal of International Law, [Details]
(2014) 'Legislating Personhood: realising the right to support in exercising legal capacity'
Eilionoir Flynn, Anna Arstein-Kerslake (2014) 'Legislating Personhood: realising the right to support in exercising legal capacity'. International Journal Of Law In Context, [Details]
(2013) 'Ireland's Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities'
Flynn, E. and Doyle, S. (2013) 'Ireland's Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities'. British Journal Of Learning Disabilities, [Details]
(2013) 'Disability and Access to Justice in the European Union: Implications of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities'
Lawson, A. and Flynn, E. (2013) 'Disability and Access to Justice in the European Union: Implications of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities'. European Yearbook Of Disability Law, 5 [Details]
(2012) 'Making Human Rights Meaningful for People with Disabilities: Recognising a Right to Advocacy in International Human Rights Law'
Flynn, E. (2012) 'Making Human Rights Meaningful for People with Disabilities: Recognising a Right to Advocacy in International Human Rights Law'. Sur International Journal Of Human Rights, [Details]
(2012) 'Transatlantic Borrowings: The Past and Future of EU Non-Discrimination Law and Policy on the Ground of Disability'
Quinn, G,Flynn, E (2012) 'Transatlantic Borrowings: The Past and Future of EU Non-Discrimination Law and Policy on the Ground of Disability'. American Journal Of Comparative Law, 60 :23-48 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'A Socio-Legal Analysis of Advocacy for People with Disabilities - Competing Concepts of ‘Best Interests’ and Empowerment in Legislation and Policy on Statutory Advocacy Services'
Flynn,E. (2010) 'A Socio-Legal Analysis of Advocacy for People with Disabilities - Competing Concepts of ‘Best Interests’ and Empowerment in Legislation and Policy on Statutory Advocacy Services'. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 32 (1) [Details]
(2009) 'Ireland’s Compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Towards a Rights-Based Approach for Legal Reform?'
Flynn,E. (2009) 'Ireland’s Compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Towards a Rights-Based Approach for Legal Reform?'. Dublin University Law Journal, 31 [Details]
(2008) 'Community Visitors Invisible Lives… the Forgotten Recommendation of the Goodbody Report on Developing Advocacy Services for People with Disabilities'
Flynn,E. (2008) 'Community Visitors Invisible Lives… the Forgotten Recommendation of the Goodbody Report on Developing Advocacy Services for People with Disabilities'. Irish Student Law Review, 16 [Details]
(2007) 'Access to Services for People with Disabilities'
Flynn,E. (2007) 'Access to Services for People with Disabilities'. Cork Online Law Review, 6 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2015) Disabled Justice? Access to Justice and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Flynn, E. (2015) Disabled Justice? Access to Justice and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Surrey: Ashgate. [Details]
(2011) From Rhetoric to Action: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - the use of National Disability Strategies.
Flynn,E. (2011) From Rhetoric to Action: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - the use of National Disability Strategies. : (Cambridge: New York) Cambridge University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2015) 'The Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Ireland'
Flynn, E. (2015) 'The Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Ireland' In: International Human Rights in Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Primer. London: New York: Bloomsbury. [Details]
(2015) 'International Discourse on Ageing - The Journey Towards a Convention'
Flynn, E. (2015) 'International Discourse on Ageing - The Journey Towards a Convention' In: The Rights of Older Persons: An International Comparative Law Perspective. USA: Vandeplas Publishing. [Details]
(2016) 'Article 13 - Access to Justice'
Flynn, E. (2016) 'Article 13 - Access to Justice' In: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A Commentary. New York: Springer. [Details]
(2016) 'DPP v C: Feminist Judgment'
Flynn, E. & Ring, S. (2016) 'DPP v C: Feminist Judgment' In: Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments. Oxford: Hart Publishing. [Details]
(2016) 'Disability and Ageing: Bridging the Divide? Social Constructions and Human Rights'
Flynn, E. (2016) 'Disability and Ageing: Bridging the Divide? Social Constructions and Human Rights' In: A Research Companion to Disability Law. UK: Ashgate. [Details]
(2014) 'Intersectionality and Access to Justice'
Flynn, E. (2014) 'Intersectionality and Access to Justice' In: The UN convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Comparative, Regional and Thematic Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge: Mortsel: Intersentia. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2010) Global PhD and Researchers Colloquium on Disability Law and Policy
Flynn, E. (2010) Taking the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the Next Level: Domestic Implementation and National Disability Strategies Global PhD and Researchers Colloquium on Disability Law and Policy [Details]
(2010) Seminar on the work of Professor Martha Fineman, School of Social Justice, UCD
Keogh, M., Flynn, E. and Fox, N. (2010) How Far Towards Equality? A Vulnerabilities Approach to the Rights of Disabled People Seminar on the work of Professor Martha Fineman, School of Social Justice, UCD [Details]
(2008) From the Utopianism of Human Rights to the Primacy of the Political
Flynn, E. (2008) Reclaiming Human Rights in Enforcement Mechanisms for Poeple with Disabilities - from Political Questions to Universal Norm From the Utopianism of Human Rights to the Primacy of the Political [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2014) European Yearbook of Disability Law: Volume 5.
Quinn, G., Waddington, L. & Flynn, E (Ed.). (2014) European Yearbook of Disability Law: Volume 5 European Yearbook of Disability Law: Volume 5. Cambridge: Intersentia. [Details]
(2016) A Research Companion to Disability Law.
Blanck, P. and Flynn, E (Ed.). (2016) A Research Companion to Disability Law. London; New York: Ashgate. [Details]
(2013) European Yearbook of Disability Law: Volume 4.
Gerard Quinn, Lisa Waddington, Eilionóir Flynn (Ed.). (2013) European Yearbook of Disability Law: Volume 4 European Yearbook of Disability Law: Volume 4. Cambridge: Intersentia. [Details]
(2012) European Yearbook of Disability Law: Volume 3.
Gerard Quinn, Lisa Waddington, Eilionoir Flynn (Ed.). (2012) European Yearbook of Disability Law: Volume 3 European Yearbook of Disability Law: Volume 3. Cambridge: Intersentia. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2009) '“Recent Publications by Law Reform Bodies Worldwide”'
McGrath, J; Flynn, E. (2009) '“Recent Publications by Law Reform Bodies Worldwide”' Judicial Studies Institute Journal, . [Details]
(2008) 'Recent Publications by Law Reform Bodies Worldwide'
Flynn, E. & McGrath, J. (2008) 'Recent Publications by Law Reform Bodies Worldwide' Judicial Studies Institute Journal, . [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2008) Best Interests vs. Empowerment - Comparing and Contrasting Legal and Sociological Principles in Advocacy Services for People with Disabilities. Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference.
Flynn,E. (2008) Best Interests vs. Empowerment - Comparing and Contrasting Legal and Sociological Principles in Advocacy Services for People with Disabilities. Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference. Manchester University: Conference Paper [Details]
(2008) A Case for the Right to Advocacy in International Human Rights Law. International Graduate Legal Researchers Conference, King’s College.
Flynn,E. (2008) A Case for the Right to Advocacy in International Human Rights Law. International Graduate Legal Researchers Conference, King’s College. Conference Paper [Details]
(2008) Reclaiming Human Rights in Enforcement Mechanisms for People with Disabilities from Political Question to Universal Norm. Centre for Law and Society, Lancaster University, Conference on ‘From the Utopianism of Human Rights to the Primacy of the Political.
Flynn,E. (2008) Reclaiming Human Rights in Enforcement Mechanisms for People with Disabilities from Political Question to Universal Norm. Centre for Law and Society, Lancaster University, Conference on ‘From the Utopianism of Human Rights to the Primacy of the Political. Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) A Socio-Legal Analysis of Advocacy Services for People with Disabilities. Conference for Postgraduate Research Students in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Commerce and Law.
Flynn,E. (2007) A Socio-Legal Analysis of Advocacy Services for People with Disabilities. Conference for Postgraduate Research Students in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Commerce and Law. University College Cork: Conference Paper [Details]

Policy Contribution

  Year Publication
(2012) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to Law Reform Commission on Sexual Offences and Capacity to Consent.
Flynn, E., Arstein-Kerslake, A, Doyle, S. and May-Simera, C. (2012) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to Law Reform Commission on Sexual Offences and Capacity to Consent. Policy Contribution [Details]
(2012) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to Reiew of the White Paper on Irish Aid.
Flynn, E., Keogh, M. and Doyle, S. (2012) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to Reiew of the White Paper on Irish Aid. Policy Contribution [Details]
(2012) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to the HSE Draft National Consent Policy.
Flynn, E., de Paor, A., Arstien-Kerslake, A., Doyle, S. and May-Simera, C. (2012) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to the HSE Draft National Consent Policy. Ireland: Policy Contribution [Details]
(2012) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to the Departmetn of Justice on Proposals to Extend the Mental Capacity Bill to the Criminal Justice System.
Flynn, E., Arstein-Kerslake, A., Doyle, S., O'Mahony, C. and May-Simera, C. (2012) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to the Departmetn of Justice on Proposals to Extend the Mental Capacity Bill to the Criminal Justice System. NI: Policy Contribution [Details]
(2012) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to HIQA Draft National Standards for Residential Services for People with Disabilities.
Flynn, E. (2012) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to HIQA Draft National Standards for Residential Services for People with Disabilities. Dublin: Policy Contribution [Details]
(2011) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to Ireland's Report for the Universal Periodic Review.
Flynn, E., Keogh, M., de Paor, A., O'Mahony, C., Walls, M., Raley, M. and Fox, N. (2011) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to Ireland's Report for the Universal Periodic Review. Policy Contribution [Details]
(2011) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to Central Statistics on Proposed Module for Quarterly National Household Survey.
Flynn, E., Kenna, P and Conaty, F. (2011) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to Central Statistics on Proposed Module for Quarterly National Household Survey. Policy Contribution [Details]
(2011) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission on Mental Capacity Bill to Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality.
Quinn, G., Flynn, E. and O'Mahony, C. (2011) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission on Mental Capacity Bill to Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality. Policy Contribution [Details]
(2011) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to 10 year Review of the Mental Health Act 2001.
Keys, M., Flynn, E., O'Mahony, C., Arstein-Kerslake, A., Doyle, S. and Moloney, C. (2011) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to 10 year Review of the Mental Health Act 2001. Policy Contribution [Details]
(2011) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission on the Future of Disability Policy in Ireland.
Fox, N., Flynn, E., Arstein-Kerslake, A. (2011) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission on the Future of Disability Policy in Ireland. Policy Contribution [Details]
(2010) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to Review of the Disability Act.
Flynn,E. (2010) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to Review of the Disability Act. Policy Contribution [Details]

Non Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2010) Critical Success Factors in Implementing and Monitoring National Disability Strategies. CDLP Policy Paper.
Flynn,E. (2010) Critical Success Factors in Implementing and Monitoring National Disability Strategies. CDLP Policy Paper. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2010) Rights of People with Intellectual Disabilities and People with Mental Health Problems. Desk Report - Ireland for Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) Research Project.
Flynn, E, Power, A. (2010) Rights of People with Intellectual Disabilities and People with Mental Health Problems. Desk Report - Ireland for Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) Research Project. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2009) A Right to Advocacy - Access to Justice for People with Disabilities. Disability Action Belfast as part of Legal Capacity Campaign.
Flynn,E. (2009) A Right to Advocacy - Access to Justice for People with Disabilities. Disability Action Belfast as part of Legal Capacity Campaign. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2009) Five Innovative and Cost-Effective Ways to Enhance the Independence of People with Disabilities in Ireland. CDLP Policy Briefing.
Flynn, E, Power, A, Rice, D. (2009) Five Innovative and Cost-Effective Ways to Enhance the Independence of People with Disabilities in Ireland. CDLP Policy Briefing. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2009) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to the Mental Health Commission's draft Headspace Toolkit for young people admitted to in-patient mental health services.
Flynn,E. (2009) Centre for Disability Law and Policy Submission to the Mental Health Commission's draft Headspace Toolkit for young people admitted to in-patient mental health services. Non Published Reports [Details]

Teaching Interests

Eilionóir currently teaches Irish Disability Law & Policy (LW555)  and Advocacy & Access to Justice (LW550) on the LLM in International and Comparative Disability Law & Policy. She also contributes to Foundational Theoretical Framework in Disability Law & Policy (LW552) and Legal Capacity Law & Policy (LW558). She has also taught on the MA in Lifecourse Studies, particularly the modules on Protection and Support Across the Lifecourse and Social Policy Across the Lifecourse.