Research Profile

Patrick O'Callaghan


I am a lecturer in the School of Law, where I teach jurisprudence and tort law. 


I studied law and German at University College Cork and the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. I began my academic career in 2004 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 as a member of staff in 2014, I spent almost seven years at Newcastle University's School of Law, first as a lecturer and later as a senior lecturer.

Research Interests

I am especially interested in 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 received Irish Research Council and Enterprise Ireland grants to support this work. I am also interested in the field of law and humanities and I maintain an interest in the scholarship of tort law and general jurisprudence.

Recent publications include:

'Introduction to a Comparative Study of the Right to Freedom of Thought' (2021) 8 (2/3) European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance 107-111 (co-authored with B. Shiner) 

'The Right to Freedom of Thought in the European Convention on Human Rights' (2021) 8 (2/3) European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance 112-145 (co-authored with B. Shiner) 

'Between Pragmatism and Perfectionism in Legal Translation' in B. Akkermans & A. Berlee (eds) Sjef-Sache: Essays in Honour of Prof J.H.M van Erp (The Hague: Eleven International Publishing, 2021)

'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) 

Civic Engagement

I am co-director (with Maria Cahill and Luke Noonan) of the Irish Legal Information Initiative (IRLII). We are currently collaborating with a team of almost 50 undergraduate and postgraduate students in making Irish legal materials freely available to the public. In 2020, we received the President's Award for Enhancing the Student Experience for our work in this area. You can follow this work on Twitter @irishlawcases

I was a member of the Board of Trustees of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) from 2015 to 2021 and am currently a member of the Board of Management of Glasheen Boys' Primary School.

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