Ms Kate Halpin

PhD in Law candidate

Bachelor of Commerce (NUI Galway) 2007; LLB (NUI Galway) 2009; LLM (Child & Family Law) (UCC) 2012


Kate is a graduate of NUI Galway where she was awarded Bachelor of Commerce and LL.B. degrees before graduating with an LL.M (Child & Family Law) from UCC in 2012.

Her LLM thesis was on young people in the Irish criminal justice system and their mental health needs. Her thesis has recently been referenced in the Children’s Mental Health Coalition’s report “Someone to care: the mental health needs of children and young people in the care and youth justice system”.

Subsequently, Kate worked for the Complaints & Investigations Department in the Ombudsman for Chidren’s Office, Dublin.

Kate commenced her Doctoral Fellowship in NUIG in January 2015.


Research Interests

 Kate’s other areas of interest are Family Law, Children’s Rights and Mental Health Law


Research Projects

PhD Thesis

"The Role of the Ombudsman as a Human Rights Defender"


At this initial stage, Kate’s research aims to analyse and compare differing models of Ombudsman, explore the differing methods of human rights enforcement and evaluate how effective can the Ombudsman’s (usually non-binding) recommendations be for systemic change and human rights protection.

Teaching Areas

Legal Procedure (1BCL1)