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Dr Lucy-Ann Buckley BCL; LLM(NUI); BCL(Oxon); PhD; Solicitor
Dr Lucy-Ann Buckley has lectured in Law at NUI Galway since 1999, having previously lectured at the University of Warwick and the University of Limerick. She first studied law at University College Cork, obtaining a BCL and an LLM by research. She then qualified as a solicitor, before obtaining a second master’s degree of BCL at the University of Oxford and a PhD at Trinity College, Dublin. In 2011, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Warwick.
Lucy has published widely on family law, family property, labour law and equality issues (particularly gender equality). Her masters thesis was in the law of sexual harassment, while her PhD focused on the issue of financial provision on marital breakdown in Ireland. She has a particular interest in socio-legal and empirical work. Her doctoral research included wide-ranging interviews with legal practitioners and the gathering and analysis of unique original case data, which has since been internationally published. Her current research focuses on gender equality issues in legal approaches to autonomy, particularly in the family context. She is especially interested in the legal recognition of caring work and contributions to family life, and in the effects of caring roles on employment participation. She is also keenly interested in the legal status of prenuptial and other family agreements, and in constitutional aspects of family law.
Lucy is a project leader of Gender ARC and is a member of the Gender and Public Policy Cluster at the Whitaker Institute. She is also a member of the Irish Feminist Judgments Project, a multi-disciplinary project based in the Universities of Durham and Kent and the London School of Economics. This project builds on the Feminist Judgments Project, and aims to rewrite key Irish legal judgments from a feminist perspective.
Lucy holds a PG Certificate in Higher Education from NUI Galway. She currently teaches Labour Law and Equity to undergraduate and LLB students. She also teaches Equality Law and co-teaches Irish Disability Law and Policy, both at Masters level. She has previously taught a wide range of other subjects, including Comparative Property Law (at Masters level), Sociology of Law, Land Law, Women and the Law, and Law and Social Policy (all at undergraduate level).
Lucy was the Associate Head of Teaching and Learning within the School of Law for two years. She was the Programme Director of the BA in Public and Social Policy for three years, and is currently a member of the Bachelor of Corporate Law programme board. She holds a Diploma in Irish from NUI Galway, and played a key role in establishing the Diploma in Irish for Lawyers, in association with Oifig na Gaeilge Labhartha at NUI Galway.
Lucy welcomes inquiries from potential doctoral students in relation to family law, equality law and policy (including but not limited to gender and disability issues), labour law, property law, constitutional law, equity and trusts.
Grace Dalton (PhD - "Justice Through Representation? A Socio-Legal Analysis of Children's Representation in Care Proceedings and Litigation")
Avril Cryan (LLM by research - "Changing Demographics: A Comparative Study of Legal Responses to Polygamy and the Challenges Ahead for Ireland")
| Lucy specialises in family law, particularly family property and marital breakdown; equality law and policy (particularly gender equality); issues of autonomy and capacity; the legal status of prenuptial and marital agreements; labour law; sexual harassment; and the legal recognition of caring work. She has published widely on family law, family property and equality issues, and is particularly interested in socio-legal and empirical research. She is a project leader of Gender ARC and is a member of the Gender and Public Policy Cluster at the Whitaker Institute. She is also a member of the Irish Feminist Judgments Project, an international, multi-disciplinary project which builds on the Feminist Judgments Project.
|Buckley, L.A. (2014) 'Equity' In: Raymond Byrne, William Binchy (eds). Annual Review of Irish Law. Dublin: Round Hall Press. [Details]|
|O'Keeffe, S., and Buckley, L.A (Ed.). (1999) University of Limerick Law Review, volume 1. Limerick: University of Limerick. [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Buckley, L.A. (2014) 'Family law and the corporate veil: accessing company assets on marital breakdown after Prest v. Petrodel Resources Ltd'. Dublin University Law Journal, . [Details]|
|Buckley, L.A. (2013) 'Financial Provision on Relationship Breakdown in Ireland: A Constitutional Lacuna?'. Dublin University Law Journal, 36 :59-92. [Details]|
|Buckley, L.A. (2012) 'European Family Law: the Beginning of the End for Proper Provision?'. Irish Journal Of Family Law, . [ARAN Link] [Details]|
|Buckley, L. A. (2011) 'Ante-nuptial Agreements and Proper Provision: An Irish Response to Radmacher v Granatino'. Irish Journal Of Family Law, 14 (1):3-14. [ARAN Link] [Details]|
|Buckley, L. A. (2007) 'Irish Matrimonial Property Division in Practice: A Case Study'. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 21 :48-83. [ARAN Link] [Details]|
|Buckley, L. A. (2004) 'Proper Provision and Property Division: Partnership in Irish Matrimonial Property Law in the Wake of T v. T'. Irish Journal Of Family Law, (3):8-15. [ARAN Link] [Details]|
|Buckley, L. A. (2003) 'The Conveyancing Conundrum: Reviewable Dispositions and the In Camera Rule'. Irish Journal Of Family Law, (3):13-18. [ARAN Link] [Details]|
|Buckley, L. A. (2002) 'Perpetuities Reform in Ireland? The Law Reform Commission's Proposals'. Irish Jurist, 27 :143-166. [ARAN Link] [Details]|
|Buckley, L. A. (2002) 'Matrimonial Property and Irish Law: a Case for Community?'. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 53 :39-76. [ARAN Link] [Details]|
|Buckley, L. A. (2000) 'The Employment Equality Act 1998 - Ireland'. Industrial Law Journal, 29 :273-279. [ARAN Link] [Details]|
|Buckley, L. A. (1997) 'Vicarious Liability and Employment Discrimination'. Industrial Law Journal, 26 :158-166. [ARAN Link] [Details]|
|Buckley, L.A. (2014) The Constitutional Family: Using Relational Autonomy as a Tool for Addressing Disadvantage Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution - Inaugural Law and Government Conference [Details]|
|Buckley, L.A. (2014) Family Agreements and the Boundaries of Autonomy in the Supreme Court of Canada Biennial Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland [Details]|
|Buckley, L.A. (2013) Choice rhetoric and relational autonomy in Ireland and Canada: comparative approaches to financial agreements Irish Society for Comparative Law - Annual Conference [Details]|
|Buckley, L.A. (2013) Accessing company assets on marital breakdown in Ireland Irish Association of Law Teachers - Annual Conference [Details]|
|Buckley, L.A. (2012) Judicial approaches to marital financial autonomy in Ireland and Canada: a relational perspective? Irish Association of Law Teachers - Annual Conference [Details]|
|Buckley, L.A. (2011) Age discrimination - the gender connection Equality Through the Ages [Details]|
|Buckley, L.A. (2010) Engaging students with the curriculum: a case study in Equity 4th Legal Education Symposium [Details]|
|Buckley, L.A. (2006) Financial provision on divorce and separation in Ireland: a case study Family Lawyers Association - Annual Conference [Details]|
|Buckley, L.A. (2004) Proper provision and property division: partnership and matrimonial property in Irish law Irish Association of Law Teachers - Annual Conference [Details]|
|Buckley, L.A. (1999) Harassment and the law: exploring judicial perceptions Gender and Women's Studies, co-hosted by Queen's University Belfast and the University of Limerick [Details]|
|Buckley, L. A. (2003) The Family Support Agency Act 2001. Irish Current Law Statutes Annotated. Other Item [ARAN Link] [Details]|
|Buckley, L. A. (2000) Review Article: Frances Meenan, Working Within the Law: A Practical Guide for Employers and Employees. Irish Jurist. Other Item [Details]|
|Association: Irish Association of Law Teachers, Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Irish Society of Comparative Law, Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Society of Legal Scholars, Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Irish Women Lawyers Association, Function/Role: Member|
|Buckley, L.A. (2011) Gender ARC - one day seminar. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Equality Through the Ages, NUI Galway , 24-JUN-11 - 24-JUN-11.|
|Family Law; Equity; Labour Law; Equality Law; Irish Disability Law and Policy.|
Current Postgraduate Students
|Avril Cryan, Masters - Research - Master of Laws Degree - Supervisor|