Biography

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.

Research and scholarship

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.

Teaching

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

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. 2016. Ethical Commentary— A Necessarily Feminist Critique of the Judgments. In Ethical judgements: re-writing medical law. Smith SW, Coggon J, Hobson C, Huxtable R, McGuinness S, Miola J, Neal M (Eds.). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Ui Chonnachtaigh S, Enright M, Conway V, de Londras F, Donnelly M, Fletcher R, McDonnelle N, McGuinness S, Murray C, Ring S. 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>

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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. 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. 2016. Ethical Commentary— A Necessarily Feminist Critique of the Judgments. In Ethical judgements: re-writing medical law. Smith SW, Coggon J, Hobson C, Huxtable R, McGuinness S, Miola J, Neal M (Eds.). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • 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.