Research Profile

Patrick O'Callaghan


I studied law and German at University College Cork and the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. I began my academic career as a researcher at the Centre for European Law and Politics (ZERP), Universität Bremen, where I also completed a doctorate in comparative tort law under the supervision of Professor Gert Brüggemeier. Before joining UCC School of Law in 2014, I spent almost seven years at Newcastle University's School of Law, first as a lecturer and later as a senior lecturer.

I teach tort law and jurisprudence at UCC. I was Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Law from 2014 to 2018, having previously held the same position at Newcastle Law School. I am currently Director of Graduate Studies in the School, responsible for the management of our research degrees.

My main area of research focuses on the legal protection of personality rights (as that concept is understood in the civilian legal tradition). My most recent work has focused on two such rights: the right to be forgotten and the right to freedom of thought.

I have been a member of the Board of Trustees of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) since 2015. BAILII is a prominent member of the Free Access to the Law Movement (FALM), an international movement of lawyers exercising an important civic function in making legal materials freely available to the public online.  I am also co-director (with Professor Maria Cahill and Luke Noonan) of the Irish Legal Information Institute (IRLII). We are currently collaborating with a team of undergraduate and postgraduate students on the IRLII project which provides a keyword searchable database of Irish legal materials. You can follow our work on Twitter @irishlawcases

Selected Publications

'Internal Coherence and the Possibility of Judicial Integrity' in M. Nicolini et al (eds) Law and Imagination in Troubled Times (London: Routledge, 2020)

'The Right to be Forgotten in Ireland' in F. Werro (ed) The Right to be Forgotten: A Comparative Study of the Emergent Right's Evolution and Application in Europe, The Americas, and Asia (Berlin and New York: Springer, 2020) 

'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) 

'Privacy and Search Engines: Forgetting or Contextualizing?' (2016) 43(2) Journal of Law and Society 257-284 (co-authored with S. de Mars) 

Updates of ‘Defamation: Part I', 'Defamation: Part II' & Malicious Falsehood’ in K. Oliphant (ed) The Law of Tort (3rd edn) (Butterworths Common Law Library) (London: LexisNexis, 2014) pp 1405-1543 [chapters in first and second edition authored by A. Mullis]

‘Monologic Thinking and the Eurozone Crisis’ in F. Allen, E. Carletti and J. Gray (eds) Political, Fiscal and Banking Union in the Eurozone? (Philadelphia: Wharton Financial Institutions Center Press, 2013) pp 181-190

‘False Privacy and Information Games’ (2013) 4 (3) Journal of European Tort Law 282–305

‘Collective Memory in Law and Policy: The Problem of the Sovereign Debt Crisis’ (2012) 32(4) Legal Studies 642-660

Refining Privacy in Tort Law (Berlin and New York: Springer, 2012) 169 pp 

Personality Rights in European Tort Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) 640 pp (with G. Brüggemeier & A. Colombi Ciacchi (eds))

‘Privacy in Pursuit of a Purpose?’ (2009) 17(2) Tort Law Review 100-113 

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