Dr. Sorcha Uí Chonnachtaigh

Title: Lecturer in Ethics and Law
Phone: + 44 (0) 1782 734519
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Location: Chancellor’s Building CBC2.007
Role: MA in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care - Director
Law & Ethics, and Ethics in Research - Module Leader
Royal Institute of Philosophy Seminars in Healthcare Ethics and Law - Coordinator
Student Projects Ethics Committee - Chair
Contacting me: Weekly office hours are posted on my office door but you can also e-mail to make an appointment.
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I graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a BA in Philosophy and Classical Civilisations in 2003. I pursued an interest in equality and justice at the Equality Studies Centre, University College Dublin. There I completed a thesis entitled, “Social problems and punitive measures: Capital punishment and the burden on African-American men” in 2004.

My PhD in philosophy (bioethics), with the Centre of Bioethical Research & Analysis (COBRA) and the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway, examined the ethical considerations arising from embryonic stem cell research in the Irish context.

I joined the Centre for Professional Ethics (PEAK) and the School of Law as a Lecturer in September 2009.

My research interests fall into two main categories: ethics, particularly bioethics, and justice and equality.  I am interested in ethical issues around stem cell research and reproductive technologies, reproductive justice, and decision-making for and with children. I am currently examining the social regulation of sex, gender and sexuality, particularly looking at the institutions of law and medicine.

I am member of the Centre for Law, Ethics and Society (CLES) in the Humanities & Social Sciences Faculty. Within CLES, I am actively engaged with the Gender, Sexuality and Law (GSL) research group, and the Healthcare Law & Bioethics group.

I am happy to supervise postgraduate research in my areas of interest.

Selected Publications

  • Ui Chonnachtaigh S, Enright M, Conway V, Ring S, De Londras F, Donnelly M, Fletcher R, Murray C, McDonnell N, McGuinness S. 2015. Abortion Law Reform in Ireland: A Model for Change. feminists@law, vol. 5(1). link>
  • Ui Chonnachtaigh S, Enright M, Conway V, de Londras F, Donnelly M, Fletcher R, McDonnelle N, McGuinness S, Murray C, Ring S. 2015. General Scheme of Access to Abortion Bill 2015. feminists@law, vol. 5(1), Article 174. link>
  • Ui Chonnachtaigh S. 2012. The Monopoly of Moral Status in Debates on Embryonic Stem Cell Research. In Stem Cells: New Frontiers in Science and Ethics. Quigley M, Chan S, Harris J (Eds.). (10 vols.). World Scientific Publishing.
  • McGuinness S and Uí Chonnachtaigh S. 2011. Implications of recent developments in Ireland for the status of the embryo. Camb Q Healthc Ethics, vol. 20(3), 396-408. link> doi>
  • Felzmann H, Sixsmith J, O'Higgins S, Ni Chonnachtaigh S, Nic Gabhainn S. 2009. Children's Research and Ethical Review.

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Journal Articles

  • Ui Chonnachtaigh S, Enright M, Conway V, Ring S, De Londras F, Donnelly M, Fletcher R, Murray C, McDonnell N, McGuinness S. 2015. Abortion Law Reform in Ireland: A Model for Change. feminists@law, vol. 5(1). link>
  • Ui Chonnachtaigh S, Enright M, Conway V, de Londras F, Donnelly M, Fletcher R, McDonnelle N, McGuinness S, Murray C, Ring S. 2015. General Scheme of Access to Abortion Bill 2015. feminists@law, vol. 5(1), Article 174. link>
  • McGuinness S and Uí Chonnachtaigh S. 2011. Implications of recent developments in Ireland for the status of the embryo. Camb Q Healthc Ethics, vol. 20(3), 396-408. link> doi>
  • Uí Chonnachtaigh S. 2006. Women’s Reproductive Rights. Journal of Global Ethics, vol. 2(2), 218-223. doi> link>
  • Uí Chonnachtaigh S. 2006. Gordon Graham, Eight Theories of Ethics. Review. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, vol. 9(1). doi> link>

Chapters

  • Ui Chonnachtaigh S. 2012. The Monopoly of Moral Status in Debates on Embryonic Stem Cell Research. In Stem Cells: New Frontiers in Science and Ethics. Quigley M, Chan S, Harris J (Eds.). (10 vols.). World Scientific Publishing.

Other

  • Felzmann H, Sixsmith J, O'Higgins S, Ni Chonnachtaigh S, Nic Gabhainn S. 2009. Children's Research and Ethical Review.

The majority of my teaching is on ethics and law postgraduate programmes, including:

  • MA in the Ethics of Cancer and Palliative Care,
  • MA in Medical Ethics and Law
  • MA in Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy & Practice
  • MA in Human Rights, Globalisation & Justice

 

Teaching Roles:

  • Director of the MA in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care
  • Module leader for Law & Ethics undergraduate Level 5 elective
  • Module leader for Ethics in Research