Research Profile

Patrick O'Callaghan

Biography

I teach jurisprudence and tort law at UCC School of Law. I am also principal investigator in the Law and the Inner Self Project (2022–2026), funded by an Irish Research Council (Consolidator) Laureate Grant.

I joined UCC in 2014, having previously lectured at Newcastle University, UK (2007–2014). Before that, I was a researcher at the Centre for European Law and Politics (ZERP), Universität Bremen, Germany (2004–2007).

Research Interests

My background is in the legal protection of personality rights, as that field is conceptualised in the civilian legal tradition. This has led to an interest in theories of selfhood and questions about the role personality rights can play in safeguarding the opacity of the self and creating breathing space for personal development. In this research, I draw on the methodologies of the field of law and humanities.

Here is a list of recent publications and presentations:

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2024)'The Right to Freedom of Thought: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the UN Special Rapporteur’s Report on Freedom of Thought'
O’Callaghan, P., Cronin, O., Kelly, B. D., Shiner, B., Walmsley, J., & McCarthy-Jones, S. (2024) 'The Right to Freedom of Thought: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the UN Special Rapporteur’s Report on Freedom of Thought'. The International Journal of Human Rights, 28 (1):1-23 [DOI] [Details]
(2023)'Enlightened Remembering and the Paradox of Forgetting: From Dante to Data Privacy'
O'Callaghan, P. (2023) 'Enlightened Remembering and the Paradox of Forgetting: From Dante to Data Privacy'. Law and Humanities, 17 (2):210-227 [DOI] [Details]
(2021)'The Right to Freedom of Thought in the European Convention on Human Rights'
O’Callaghan, P. & Shiner, B. (2021) 'The Right to Freedom of Thought in the European Convention on Human Rights'. European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance, 8 (2/3):112-145 [DOI] [Details]
(2021)'Introduction to a Comparative Study of the Right to Freedom of Thought'
Shiner, B. & O'Callaghan, P. (2021) 'Introduction to a Comparative Study of the Right to Freedom of Thought'. European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance, 8 (2/3):107-111 [DOI] [Details]

Editorship

 YearPublication
(2021)Special Double Issue: Comparative Study of the Right to Freedom of Thought.
Shiner, B. & O'Callaghan, P. (2021) Special Double Issue: Comparative Study of the Right to Freedom of Thought. European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance: Editorship   [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2023)'Reenchanting Practice: Stanley Fish and the Challenge of Virtue Ethics'
Cahill, M. & O'Callaghan, P. (2023) 'Reenchanting Practice: Stanley Fish and the Challenge of Virtue Ethics' In: Martin, M. & Bustamante, T (eds). New Essays on the Fish-Dworkin Debate. Oxford: Hart Publishing. [Details]
(2021)'Between Pragmatism and Perfectionism in Legal Translation'
O'Callaghan, P. (2021) 'Between Pragmatism and Perfectionism in Legal Translation' In: B. Akkermans & A. Berlee (eds). Sjef-Sache. The Hague: Eleven International Publishing. [Details]
(2020)'Internal Coherence and the Possibility of Judicial Integrity'
O'Callaghan, P. (2020) 'Internal Coherence and the Possibility of Judicial Integrity' In: M. Nicolini et al (eds). Law and Imagination in Troubled Times. London: Routledge. [DOI] [Details]
(2020)'Reflections on the Root Causes of Outrage Discourse on Social Media'
O'Callaghan, P. (2020) 'Reflections on the Root Causes of Outrage Discourse on Social Media' In: M. Navin & R. Nunn (eds). Democracy, Populism and Truth. New York: Springer. [DOI] [Details]
(2020)'The Right to be Forgotten in Ireland'
O'Callaghan, P. (2020) 'The Right to be Forgotten in Ireland' In: F. Werro (eds). The Right to be Forgotten. Berlin and New York: Springer. [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2024)Freedom of Thought Academic Network,
O’Callaghan, P., Benziger, F. & Deibel, T. (2024) Law and the Inner Self. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Freedom of Thought Academic Network, Zoom , 08-FEB-24 - 08-FEB-24. [Details]
(2023)Annual Conference of the Netherlands Institute for Law and Governance,
O'Callaghan, P. (2023) The Right to Freedom of Thought: Using Common Law Principles to Answer the Threshold Question. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Annual Conference of the Netherlands Institute for Law and Governance, University of Groningen , 15-SEP-23 - 15-SEP-23. [Details]
(2023)Annual Law and Humanities Roundtable,
O'Callaghan, P. (2023) Law and the Inner Self: Reflecting on the Roots of Intellectual Property Law. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Annual Law and Humanities Roundtable, University of Verona , 12-JUL-23 - 12-JUL-23. [Details]
(2023)Law and Society Association Annual Conference,
O'Callaghan, P. (2023) Law and the Inner Self: Understanding Harm in the Context of Socio-Technological Transformations. [Oral Presentation], Law and Society Association Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico , 02-JUN-23 - 02-JUN-23. [Details]
(2023)Hannah Arendt Center Seminar Series,
O'Callaghan, P. (2023) Law and the Inner Self. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Hannah Arendt Center Seminar Series, University of Verona , 25-MAY-23 - 25-MAY-23. [Details]
(2023)Symposium on Privacy in the Digital Generation,
O'Callaghan, P. (2023) The Evolution of Privacy Law: From Privacy 1.0 to Privacy 6.0. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Symposium on Privacy in the Digital Generation, University of Manchester , 09-MAY-23 - 09-MAY-23. [Details]
(2022)The Right to Freedom of Thought: An International Symposium,
O'Callaghan, Patrick (2022) Introduction and Concluding Remarks. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Right to Freedom of Thought: An International Symposium, University College Cork & Middlesex University , 23-NOV-22 - 23-NOV-22. [Details]
(2022)Law and Humanities Roundtable,
O'Callaghan, P. (2022) How Law Forgets. [Oral Presentation], Law and Humanities Roundtable, University of Southampton , 07-JUL-22 - 07-JUL-22. [Details]
(2022)Workshop on the Right to Freedom of Thought in the 21st Century,
O'Callaghan, P. (2022) Co-Organised by Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. [Other], Workshop on the Right to Freedom of Thought in the 21st Century, Zoom , 31-JAN-22 - 31-JAN-22. [Details]
(2021)Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference,
O'Callaghan, P. & Noonan, L. (2021) 'The Irish Legal Information Initiative: Cultivating Key Graduate Attributes Beyond the Classroom'. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Cork , 24-NOV-21 - 24-NOV-21. [Details]
(2020)Seminar on the Regulation of Political Advertising,
O'Callaghan, P. (2020) Discussant. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Seminar on the Regulation of Political Advertising, Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, University of London , 17-SEP-20 - 17-SEP-20. [Details]
(2020)Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, 23rd Annual Conference,
O'Callaghan, P. (2020) ‘The Right to Freedom of Thought: A Law and Humanities-Based Perspective’. [Oral Presentation], Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, 23rd Annual Conference, Quinnipiac University, North Haven, Connecticut , 07-MAR-20 - 07-MAR-20. [Details]

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