Research Profile

Patrick O'Callaghan


Background, Teaching and Research Interests

Patrick O’Callaghan is a graduate of University College Cork (BCL (Law and German), LLM) and the University of Bremen (Dr iur). From 2004 to 2007 he was a researcher (wissenschaflicher Mitarbeiter) at the Centre for European Law and Politics (ZERP), University of Bremen. He moved to Newcastle University in 2007 where he was a lecturer and then a senior lecturer in law. He joined the staff of the UCC School of Law in 2014. At UCC, Dr O'Callaghan teaches Tort I (LW1106) and Jurisprudence (LW3367). He is also currently the Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Law.

Dr O’Callaghan’s current research focus is on connections between law and theories of memory and forgetting. He is particularly interested in the idea of a ‘right to be forgotten’ and has received funding from the Irish Research Council (New Horizons 2016 Grant) to support his research in this area. He also maintains research interests in privacy law and tort law. Dr O’Callaghan is a member of the advisory board of the European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance and is a trustee director of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII). He has also been a visiting lecturer at the Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2014.

Recent publications include:
  • 'The Right to be Forgotten in Ireland' (2018) Report for the Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law [Link]
  • 'The Chance to Melt into the Shadows of Obscurity: Developing a Right to be Forgotten in the United States' in A. Cudd & M. Navin (eds) Core Concepts and Contemporary Issues in Privacy (New York: Springer, 2018) [Link]
  • 'Review of D. Wright & P. de Hert (eds) Enforcing Privacy: Regulatory, Legal and Technological Approaches' (2017) 25(4) International Journal of Law and Information Technology 336-338 [Link]
  • 'Privacy and Search Engines: Forgetting or Contextualizing?' (2016) 43(2) Journal of Law and Society 257-284 (co-authored with S. de Mars) [Link]
  • 'Narratives about Privacy and Forgetting in English Law' (2016) 30 (1-2) International Review of Law, Computers and Technology 42-56 (co-authored with S. de Mars) [Link]

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