Ms Tatiana V. Kelly

PhD in Law candidate

B. Ling (Hons), CTA, Dip. LS (1st Class Hons), LLB (1st Class Hons), ACIArb


Tatiana Kelly holds an honours degree in Linguistics, a first class honours Diploma in Law and LLB. She is currently a PhD candidate in Law at the National University of Ireland Galway. The area of her doctorate thesis focuses on sanctioning financial individual and corporate offenders. She is also an Affiliate of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Tax Consultant with a number of years of experience in national and international companies, specialising in compliance and advisory for individuals and corporate clients. Tatiana was involved as a researcher and an editor with a number of Irish organizations such as CRIMSOC: Journal of Social Criminology, SAFE Ireland and Immigrant Council of Ireland and has a track record of presentations at the national and international conferences and in publications of her articles in the area of criminal law, corporate law and sentencing. She was also a successful participant in a number of national and international court mooting, negotiation and mediation competitions.

Professional Associations

  • Society of Legal Scholars, Function/Role: Member
  • Irish Association of Law Teachers, Function/Role: Member
  • Irish Taxation Institute, Function/Role: Associate
  • Irish Corporate Law Forum, Function/Role: Member
  • Institute of Chartered Arbitrators Ireland, Function/Role:  Affiliate
  • Irish Penal Reform Trust, Function/Role: Member
  • Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development (ACJRD), Function/Role: Member of the Working Group on White Collar Crime
  • National White Collar Crime Center, Function/Role: Member of the White Collar Crime Research Consortium


Research Interests

Company Law, Revenue Law, Criminal Law, Sentencing, Criminology, Criminal Justice


Research Projects

PhD Thesis

“Privilege or Punish: Exploring Principles for Sanctioning Individual and Corporate  Financial Criminals in Ireland”


Research Publications


  • “Societal and Legislative Attitudes Towards Social Housing Tenants in Ireland: CriticalEvaluation of Housing Law and Policy, Statistics, Case Law and Literature” (2013) 5(8) Student Pulse
  • “Defense of Insanity in Ireland: Present Law and Its Application to Psychopaths” (2012) 4(6) Student Pulse
  • “Analyzing the Criminalization of Sex Purchasers and the Provision of Immunity in Ireland” (2012) 4(9) Student Pulse

Book reviews

  • Book Review of “Prison Policy in Ireland: Politics, Penal-Welfarism and Political Imprisonment” by Mary Rogan (2011) Routledge, Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies 14 (1), Art 1.
  • Book Review of “Inside: Ireland’s Women’s Prisons Past and Present” by Christina M. Quinlan (2011) Dublin: Irish Academic Press, CRIMSOC: The Journal of Social Criminology.

Conference Papers

  • “Is Tax Evader a Criminal: Historical Analysis and Contemporary Review of the Financial Crime of Tax Evasion in Ireland”, Annual British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Liverpool, Liverpool (10-12 July 2014)
  • “Sentencing White-Collar Individual and Corporate Offenders in Ireland: Current Problems and Search for New Approach to Fair and Just Punishment”, The 8th Annual International Graduate Legal Research Conference, King’s College, London (14-15 April 2014).
  • Presentation of the PhD Research, First Student Talks Conference, NUI Galway (26 March 2014).
  • “Privilege or Punish: Exploring Principles for Sanctioning Corporate and White-Collar Criminals in Ireland”, The Law Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin (14 February 2014).
  • “What the Literature is saying about Crime and Prisons: The Challenges to Penology and Criminology”, 1st Irish Penology Symposium, Law Faculty, Griffith College Cork (18 November 2011).
  • “Social Housing Provisions in Modern Ireland: Societal Perceptions, Legislative Barriers, Inequality and Second-Class Treatment of Tenants”, 9th Annual North-South Criminology Conference, University College Cork (20-21st June 2013).


Teaching Areas

  • Company Law
  • Equity and Law of Trusts
  • Contract Law
  • White Collar Crime & Sentencing
  • Law Module (NUIG Youth Academy)