Ms Stephanie O'Flynn

BA in Legal Studies with Business (Hons), LLM


Stephanie completed a BA (Hons) in Legal Studies with Business in 2009. She then went on to complete an LL.M. in UCC in 2010. In 2011, she began her PhD studies in NUI Galway in the area of animal rights. She is the holder of a Fellowship in Law and has been a tutor in the Law of Torts since September 2011.


Research Interests

Animal rights; Animal welfare; Jurisprudence; Comparative Law

Research Projects

PhD Thesis

"The Case for the Legal Recognition of the Moral Status of Animals in Ireland"

Abstract: The quest of this work is to solve a normative dilemma - how ought we to treat animals in the law? The aim of this thesis is to develop a model regulatory framework for animal rights in Ireland. This research will examine the legal and theoretical issues involved.

Other Projects

Prior to the PhD, Stephanie completed a thesis entitled “Irish Animal Protection Laws” as part of her LL.M.

Research Publications


  • O’ Flynn, S. (2011) “Irish animal protection laws: A comparative analysis” The Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, Vol 4.
  • O’ Flynn, S (2012) “Irish animal protection laws” Irish Vegetarian Magazine, Spring Ed.

Conference Papers

  • O’ Flynn, S (2011) “The proposed Irish regulation on the protection of animals: comparative analysis” Irish Society of Comparative Law conference, University College Dublin.
  • O’ Flynn, S. (2011) “Animal protection laws in Ireland- The need for reform” The Irish Association of Law Teachers conference, Athlone.
  • O’ Flynn, S. (2012) “Animals: A case for constitutional protection?” Irish Society of Comparative Law conference, University College Cork.

Public Lecture

  •  O’ Flynn, S. (2011) “Animal protection laws” World Vegetarian Day 2011, Dublin.

Teaching Areas

  • 2011 – Present: Tutor in Tort Law