Dr. Rónán Kennedy

BComm,HDipSysA,LLB,BL,LLM,CertTLHE,PhD

Contact Details


Law
Room 205
Block T
Distillery Road

Lecturer Above The Bar
Law Faculty
NUI
Galway

T: Ext. 5626
E: ronan.m.kennedy@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

"I explore how law and information and communications technology influence each other, trying to see through the hype and understand the real consequences. The principal focus of my research is the use of ICT for environmental regulation."
 
Rónán Kennedy holds a degree in commerce and a higher diploma in systems analysis from University College Galway, an LL.B. with first class honours from the National University of Ireland, Galway, an LL.M. from New York University and a Ph.D. from University College London. He also studied for the degree of Barrister-at-Law in the King’s Inns and was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2003.

He worked as a programmer, systems analyst and network administrator from 1993 to 2000. He was Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr. Justice Ronan Keane, from 2000 to 2004. During this time, he was editor of “The Supreme Court of Ireland: A History”, first editor of the Judicial Studies Institute Journal from 2001 to 2003, and was involved in a number of initiatives to expand the use of information technology in the courts. Before coming to the Law Faculty in NUI, Galway, he taught environmental law and public international law in the University of Limerick.  

He was the co-ordinator of the LL.M. in Law, Technology and Governance from 2008 to 2014 and was Associate Head for Development and Promotion for the School from April 2009 to April 2010. His research focuses on the relationship between information and communications technology and environmental regulation.
 
 

Selected Publications

  1. ‘Rethinking Reflexive Law for the Information Age: Hybrid and Flexible Regulation by Disclosure’ (2016) 7(2) George Washington Journal of Energy and Environmental Law 124-139
  2. ‘E-regulation and the Rule of Law: Smart Government, Institutional Information Infrastructures, and Fundamental Values’ (2016) 21(1) Information Polity 77-98
  3. ‘Climate Change Law and Policy in Ireland’ 3/2011 Ympäristöjuridiikka (Finnish Environmental Law Review) 66-83
 


Research Interests

Regulation, Environmental Law, Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, Copyright Law

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
'Algorithmic Governance: What is Missing from the Debate?’ Workshop 18-MAR-16 18-MAR-16
Cloughpenny 24-FEB-16 31-JAN-17
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY FOR ENVIROMENTAL REGULATION TRANSATLANTIC PERSPECTIVES RONAN KENNEDY 14-NOV-12 30-MAY-14
SMART 2008/0066 'MONITORING E ACCESSIBILITY IN EUROPE' FUNDOSA TECHNOSITE SA RONAN KENNEDY 09-JUN-09 31-DEC-12

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'An Expanded Definition of Environmental Information?'
Kennedy, R (2016) 'An Expanded Definition of Environmental Information?'. Environmental Law Review, 18 (3):224-232 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2016) 'New Ideas or False Hopes? : International, European, and Irish Climate Change Law and Policy After the Paris Agreement'
Kennedy, R (2016) 'New Ideas or False Hopes? : International, European, and Irish Climate Change Law and Policy After the Paris Agreement'. Irish Planning And Environmental Law Journal, 23 (3):75-82 [Details]
(2016) 'Rethinking Reflexive Law for the Information Age: Hybrid and Flexible Regulation by Disclosure'
Kennedy, R (2016) 'Rethinking Reflexive Law for the Information Age: Hybrid and Flexible Regulation by Disclosure'. Journal of Energy and Environmental Law, 7 (2):124-139 [Details]
(2016) 'E-regulation and the rule of law: Smart government, institutional information infrastructures, and fundamental values'
Kennedy, R (2016) 'E-regulation and the rule of law: Smart government, institutional information infrastructures, and fundamental values'. Information Polity, 21 (1):77-98 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'The Judiciary in Public Debates'
Kennedy, R (2011) 'The Judiciary in Public Debates'. Irish Law Times, 29 (14-15):198-201 [Details]
(2011) 'Climate Change Law and Policy in Ireland'
Kennedy, Rónán (2011) 'Climate Change Law and Policy in Ireland'. Finnish Environmental Law Review, 2011 (3):66-83 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'No Three Strikes for Ireland (Yet): EU Copyright Law and Individual Liability in Recent Internet Filesharing Litigation'
Kennedy, R. (2011) 'No Three Strikes for Ireland (Yet): EU Copyright Law and Individual Liability in Recent Internet Filesharing Litigation'. Journal of Internet Law, 14 (11) [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'Was It Author’s Rights All The Time?: Copyright as a Constitutional Right in Ireland'
Kennedy, R (2011) 'Was It Author’s Rights All The Time?: Copyright as a Constitutional Right in Ireland'. Dublin University Law Journal, 33 :253-284 [Details]
(2010) 'Climate Change Law and Policy After Copenhagen'
Kennedy, R. (2010) 'Climate Change Law and Policy After Copenhagen'. Irish Planning And Environmental Law Journal, 17 (3):101-109 [Details]
(2009) 'The Irish National Climate Change Strategy: New Laws, Future Policies?'
Kennedy, R. (2009) 'The Irish National Climate Change Strategy: New Laws, Future Policies?'. Irish Planning and EnvironmentalLaw Journal, 16 (3) [Details]
(2009) 'Law in Virtual Worlds'
Kennedy, R. (2009) 'Law in Virtual Worlds'. JOURNAL OF INTERNET LAW, :3-10 [Details]
(2009) '‘Substantial Interest’ Requirement for Judicial Review of Planning Decisions'
Kennedy, R. (2009) '‘Substantial Interest’ Requirement for Judicial Review of Planning Decisions'. Environmental Law Review (note on Harding v Cork County Council [2008] IESC 27; [2008] 2 ILRM 251), 11 (1):46-54 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'Access to Justice Under Irish Environmental Impact Assessment Law note on Case C-427/07 Commission v Ireland European Court of Justice (Second Chamber)'
Kennedy, R. (2010) 'Access to Justice Under Irish Environmental Impact Assessment Law note on Case C-427/07 Commission v Ireland European Court of Justice (Second Chamber)'. Environmental Law Review, 12 (2) [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) 'Possible Irish Responses to Climate Change'
Kennedy, R. (2008) 'Possible Irish Responses to Climate Change'. EUROPEAN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW, 17 (5):291-305 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) 'Virtual Rights? Property in Online Game Objects and Characters'
Kennedy, R. (2008) 'Virtual Rights? Property in Online Game Objects and Characters'. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY LAW, 17 (2):95-106 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) 'Access to Justice under the Århus Convention and Irish Judicial Review'
Kennedy, R. (2008) 'Access to Justice under the Århus Convention and Irish Judicial Review'. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW, 10 (2):139-146 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2007) 'Charging For Public Participation: Fees For Submissions Or Observations On'
Kennedy, R. (2007) 'Charging For Public Participation: Fees For Submissions Or Observations On'. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW, 9 (4):185-291 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2006) 'A Flood of Light? : Comments on the Interpretation Act 2005'
Kennedy, R, Donlan, S. (2006) 'A Flood of Light? : Comments on the Interpretation Act 2005'. JUDICIAL STUDIES INSTITUTE JOURNAL, 6 (1):92-139 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2006) 'International Conflicts over Plant Genetic Resources: Future Developments?'
Kennedy, R. (2006) 'International Conflicts over Plant Genetic Resources: Future Developments?'. TULANE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL, 20 (1):1-42 [Details]
(2005) 'Extra-judicial Comment by Judges'
Kennedy, R. (2005) 'Extra-judicial Comment by Judges'. JUDICIAL STUDIES INSTITUTE JOURNAL, 5 (1):199-212 [ARAN Link] [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2016) How to Think, Write and Cite: Key Skills for Irish Law Students.
Schweppe, J Kennedy, R Donnelly, L (2016) How to Think, Write and Cite: Key Skills for Irish Law Students. Dublin: Round Hall Sweet and Maxwell. [Details]
(2011) How to Think, Write and Cite: Key Skills for Irish Law Students.
Schweppe, Jennifer, Fahey, Elaine, Donnelly, Lawrence (2011) How to Think, Write and Cite: Key Skills for Irish Law Students. Dublin: Round Hall Sweet and Maxwell. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Doctrinal Analysis: The Real “Law in Action”'
Kennedy, R (2016) 'Doctrinal Analysis: The Real “Law in Action”' In: Legal Research Methods: Principles and Practicalities. Dublin: Clarus Press. [Details]
(2012) 'Teaching Legal Writing Using the Web: Possibilities and Practicalities'
Rónán Kennedy, Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain (2012) 'Teaching Legal Writing Using the Web: Possibilities and Practicalities' In: The Digital Learning Revolution in Ireland. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2009) The Risks of User-Supplied Content
Kennedy, R. (2009) Information Systems Development The Risks of User-Supplied Content , pp.611-620 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Algorithms, social media and mental health'
Heike Felzmann, Rónán Kennedy (2016) 'Algorithms, social media and mental health' Computers & Law, :31-34. [ARAN Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2016) Workshop on Decision Making across the Information, Technology and Sustainability Landscape: Towards Breadth and Coherence,
Kennedy, R (2016) Integrating Fundamental Values into Information Flows in Sustainability Decision-Making. [Invited Oral Presentation], Workshop on Decision Making across the Information, Technology and Sustainability Landscape: Towards Breadth and Coherence, University of Aberdeen , 13-APR-16 - 13-APR-16. [Details]
(2016) Law and the Environment 2016,
Kennedy, R (2016) New Ideas or False Hopes? : International, European, and Irish Climate Change Law and Policy After COP-21. [Invited Oral Presentation], Law and the Environment 2016, Cork, Ireland , 14-APR-16 - 14-APR-16. [Details]
(2015) Computers, Data Protection and Privacy,
Rónán Kennedy (2015) Organised panel on Using ICT for environmental regulation: Overlaps between privacy and environmental law. [Track Chair ], Computers, Data Protection and Privacy, Brussels, Belgium , 21-JAN-15 - 23-JAN-15. [Details]
(2015) Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference,
Kennedy, R (2015) E-Regulation and the Rule of Law: Smart Government, Institutional Information Infrastructures, and Fundamental Values. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Galway , 27-NOV-15 - 29-NOV-15. [Details]
(2015) Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference,
Kennedy, R, Schweppe S, and Spain, E (2015) Teaching Legal Writing using the Web: Possibilities and Practicalities. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Galway , 27-NOV-15 - 29-NOV-15. [Details]
(2015) Workshop on Privacy: Gathering Insights from Lawyers and Technologists,
Kennedy, Rónán; Lang, Michael (2015) From Law to Code: Translating Legal Principles into Digital Rules. [Invited Oral Presentation], Workshop on Privacy: Gathering Insights from Lawyers and Technologists, Maynooth , 01-JUL-15. [Details]
(2012) “Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Developing a Research Agenda”,
Rónán Kennedy (2012) The workshop discussed the development of a coherent but multi-disciplinary research agenda for ICT and environment regulation. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], “Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Developing a Research Agenda”, NUi Galway , 12-NOV-12 - 21-JUN-13. [Details]
(2016) International Society of Public Law Conference 2016,
Kennedy, R (2016) E-Regulation, Trade Secrets, and Defeat Devices: Any Low-Emissions Car You Want, Provided it is a Black Box. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Society of Public Law Conference 2016, Berlin, Germany , 16-JUN-16 - 19-JUN-16. [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
(2012) Review of John Gore-Grimes, Planning and Environmental Law in Ireland (Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin, 2011).
Rónán Kennedy (2012) Review of John Gore-Grimes, Planning and Environmental Law in Ireland (Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin, 2011). Book Review [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2014) Big Data and Environmental Prosecutions.
Rónán Kennedy (2014) Big Data and Environmental Prosecutions. Conference Paper [Details]
(2014) Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Critical Perspectives.
Rónán Kennedy (2014) Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Critical Perspectives. Conference Paper [Details]
(2013) Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Critical Perspectives.
Rónán Kennedy (2013) Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Critical Perspectives. Conference Paper [Details]
(2013) Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Critical Perspectives.
Rónán Kennedy (2013) Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Critical Perspectives. Conference Paper [Details]
(2012) Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Critical Perspectives.
Rónán Kennedy (2012) Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Critical Perspectives. Conference Paper [Details]
(2012) #StopSopaIreland, Keyboard Warriors and 86 Questions: Updating Irish Copyright Law for the 21st Century.
Rónán Kennedy (2012) #StopSopaIreland, Keyboard Warriors and 86 Questions: Updating Irish Copyright Law for the 21st Century. Conference Paper [Details]
(2012) Teaching Legal Writing using the Web: Possibilities and Practicalities.
Rónán Kennedy, Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear Spain (2012) Teaching Legal Writing using the Web: Possibilities and Practicalities. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) The Role of Information in Environmental Regulation:Science in the Service of Society?. he Difference that Makes a Difference:an interdisciplinary workshop on information and technology, Open University.
Kennedy, R. (2011) The Role of Information in Environmental Regulation:Science in the Service of Society?. he Difference that Makes a Difference:an interdisciplinary workshop on information and technology, Open University. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) Information and Communications Technology and Institutional Design for Climate Change. 2nd UNITAR/Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy: Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy.
Kennedy, R. (2010) Information and Communications Technology and Institutional Design for Climate Change. 2nd UNITAR/Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy: Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy. Conference Paper [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) Teaching Legal Writing Online. Fourth Legal Education Symposium.
Kennedy, R. (2010) Teaching Legal Writing Online. Fourth Legal Education Symposium. University of Limerick: Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) Information and Communications Technology and Environmental Regulation. Regulating Global Concerns-Climate Change and Intellectual Property Rights: Legal Frameworks and Institutions for the Development and Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies.
Kennedy, R. (2010) Information and Communications Technology and Environmental Regulation. Regulating Global Concerns-Climate Change and Intellectual Property Rights: Legal Frameworks and Institutions for the Development and Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies. Sønderborg (Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University), Denmark: Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) The Application of Information and Communications Technology to Environmental Regulation. Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference.
Kennedy, R. (2010) The Application of Information and Communications Technology to Environmental Regulation. Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference. Southampton: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) A New Virtual Commons? : Property in Online Game Objects and Characters. Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference.
Kennedy, R. (2007) A New Virtual Commons? : Property in Online Game Objects and Characters. Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference. Durham: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) The Risks of User-Supplied Content Online. 16th International Conference on Information Systems Development.
Kennedy, R. (2007) The Risks of User-Supplied Content Online. 16th International Conference on Information Systems Development. Galway: Conference Paper [Details]
(2006) Speaking for Natural Objects and Creatures. Association for Legal and Social Philosophy Annual Conference.
Kennedy, R. (2006) Speaking for Natural Objects and Creatures. Association for Legal and Social Philosophy Annual Conference. University College Dublin, Ireland: Conference Paper [Details]
(2006) Speaking for Natural Objects and Creatures. Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference.
Kennedy, R. (2006) Speaking for Natural Objects and Creatures. Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference. Keele University, England: Conference Paper [Details]
(2003) Working towards Electronic Filing of Documents in the Supreme Court of Ireland. Law Society of Ireland Law Tech Seminar.
Kennedy, R. (2003) Working towards Electronic Filing of Documents in the Supreme Court of Ireland. Law Society of Ireland Law Tech Seminar. Dublin: Conference Paper [Details]
(2002) Working towards Electronic Filing of Documents in the Supreme Court of Ireland. Second Conference of Secretaries-General of European Constitutional Courts.
Kennedy, R. (2002) Working towards Electronic Filing of Documents in the Supreme Court of Ireland. Second Conference of Secretaries-General of European Constitutional Courts. Madrid: Conference Paper [Details]

Conference Poster

  Year Publication
(2013) Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Critical Perspectives.
Rónán Kennedy (2013) Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Critical Perspectives. Conference Poster [Details]

Invited papers

  Year Publication
(2015) ICT and Environmental Regulation in the Developing World: Inequalities in Institutional Information Infrastructures.
Kennedy, Rónán (2015) ICT and Environmental Regulation in the Developing World: Inequalities in Institutional Information Infrastructures. Invited papers [Details]
(2013) Information and Communications Technology in Water Regulation.
Rónán Kennedy (2013) Information and Communications Technology in Water Regulation. Invited papers [Details]
(2011) Climate Change Law and Policy After Copenhagen. Law and the Environment 2010.
Kennedy, R. (2011) Climate Change Law and Policy After Copenhagen. Law and the Environment 2010. University College Cork: Invited papers [Details]
(2011) Climate Change Law in Ireland. International Expert Meeting/Workshop.
Kennedy, R. (2011) Climate Change Law in Ireland. International Expert Meeting/Workshop. Maastricht University, Campus Brussels: Invited papers [Details]
(2010) The Implications of Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation. 20th Irish Environmental Researchers’ Colloquium- Student Paper Prize Winner.
Kennedy, R. (2010) The Implications of Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation. 20th Irish Environmental Researchers’ Colloquium- Student Paper Prize Winner. Limerick: Invited papers [Details]
(2010) Climate Change Law and Policy After Cancún. Law and the Environment 2011, University College Cork.
Kennedy, R. (2010) Climate Change Law and Policy After Cancún. Law and the Environment 2011, University College Cork. University College Cork: Invited papers [Details]
(2009) The Irish National Climate Change Strategy: New Laws, Future Policies?. Law and the Environment 2009.
Kennedy, R. (2009) The Irish National Climate Change Strategy: New Laws, Future Policies?. Law and the Environment 2009. University College Cork: Invited papers [Details]
(2008) Internet Crime Reporting in Ireland. The E-Mediation of Criminal Justice Workshop Preston.
Kennedy, R. (2008) Internet Crime Reporting in Ireland. The E-Mediation of Criminal Justice Workshop Preston. Invited papers [Details]
(2007) Possible Irish Responses to Climate Change. Law and the Environment 2007.
Kennedy, R. (2007) Possible Irish Responses to Climate Change. Law and the Environment 2007. University College Cork, Ireland: Invited papers [Details]
(2007) Digital Freedom for Persons with Disabilities in Ireland. First International Conference on Technology for Participation.
Kennedy, R. (2007) Digital Freedom for Persons with Disabilities in Ireland. First International Conference on Technology for Participation. Norway: Invited papers [Details]

Other Item

  Year Publication
(2011) Cataloged documentation from the office of the Chief Justice of Ireland, 1924-80, for transfer to the National Archives (accession 2011/21).
Kennedy, R. (2011) Cataloged documentation from the office of the Chief Justice of Ireland, 1924-80, for transfer to the National Archives (accession 2011/21). Other Item [Details]

Non Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2010) Questionnaire on Climate Law in Ireland. XVIIIth International Congressof the International Academy of Comparative Law.
Kennedy, R. (2010) Questionnaire on Climate Law in Ireland. XVIIIth International Congressof the International Academy of Comparative Law. Washington, DC: Non Published Reports [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Irish Association of Law Teachers Member /
Irish Association of Law Teachers Member /
Society of Legal Scholars Member /
Irish Environmental Law Association Member /
IEEE Computer Society /
Association for Computing Machinery Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Associate Head of School for Development and Promotion 01-APR-09 / 01-APR-10
Joint editor of OSCOLA IRELAND /
Digital Futures Task Force /
Programme Director for LL.M. in Law, Technology and Governance 01-OCT-07 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2015 University College London PhD Law
2009 NUI Galway Postgraduate certificate in Teaching and learning Education
2005 New York University Master of Law Law
2003 King's Inns Barrister at Law Law
1997 National University of Ireland, Galway Bachelor of Law Law
1993 University College Galway Higher Diploma in Systems Analysis Information Technology
1992 University College Galway BACHELOR OF COMMERCE Business

Teaching Interests

  1. Irish Legal System
  2. Information Technology Law
  3. Legal Research and Method
  4. Environmental Law