Research Profile

Samantha Williams

Biography

Dr Samantha Morgan-Williams is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher and coordinator of the Traveller Equality & Justice Project at the Centre for Criminal Justice & Human Rights at UCC.

The TEJP, which Samantha founded during her PhD, was awarded a Rights Equality and Citizenship Award by the European Commission in 2020 ( REC Award 2021-2023). TEJP is an innovative collaborative project between a Law School and the Free Legal Advice Centre. As coordinator of TEJP, Samantha has led legal training workshops for Cork based Traveller Community organisations and has worked with Travellers of North Cork, the Traveller Visibility Group and the Cork Traveller Women’s Network. Samantha has presented and published research on the effects of the recession on provision of culturally appropriate housing at a number of international conferences, including the ‘Tenancy Law and Housing Policy in a Multi-level Europe (TENLAW)’ and ‘European Housing Law Network’ Conferences (2016 & 2017) and is considered an international expert of Traveller accommodation rights.  Samantha is coauthor of 'Traveller Law in Ireland', the first text dedicated to key areas of law which affect Travellers and their rights, which will be released in 2023 with Clarus.

Samantha's research interests lie within criminal law, minority (Traveller) rights, housing law and European human rights law, specifically interpretation of the ECHR and the role of the European Court of Human Rights in times of economic crisis. Samantha is also interested in the intersection between law and criminology, in particular with denialism and 'othering' within the fields of criminal justice and human rights. 

Samantha is a graduate of UCC (BCL German, LLM, PhD). Samantha's doctoral research project was supervised by Dr Fiona Donson and explores the 'interpretive ethic' of the ECtHR within austerity-based 'Crisis Law'. During her PhD Samantha was awarded the Aidan Synnott Travel Bursary in 2016 which fully funded a research trip to the Faculty of Law, University College London for the Autumn/Winter Term 2016. During her time in UCL Samantha was supervised by Professor Colm O' Cinneide. 

Research Interests

Samantha's research works across multidisciplinary themes but can broadly be defined as a human rights profile with criminal justice elements. This intersection of human rights and criminology is a niche field. All research interests are connected through the lens of access to justice for vulnerable or minority rights-holders, whether this is through non-discrimination, cultural or housing rights.
Samantha's has a strong interest in minority rights holders as ‘undeserving rights holders,’ e.g., the State’s framing of socially excluded individuals or collectives in allocation of resources (social, housing, education) considering how vulnerable rights holders fall foul of implementation gaps created when the State fails to uphold human rights. This research has arisen from a combination of her doctoral scholarship and work with the Traveller Community.

Ancillary to this human rights research is Samantha's consideration of the pedagogy of clinical legal education. Samantha's research is victim-informed and social justice lead. In this regard, Samantha has undertaken a PGCert and PGDip in Teaching & Learning within which she has considered the role of clinical legal education, pro-bono and social justice/public interest work as an important part of formative legal education.

Publications

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2017)Book Review: ‘East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity’ by Philippe Sands.
S. Morgan-Williams (2017) Book Review: ‘East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity’ by Philippe Sands. Book Reviews [Details]
(2016)‘Human Rights and the Criminal Justice System’.
Samantha Morgan-Williams (2016) ‘Human Rights and the Criminal Justice System’. http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/law-journal/: Book Reviews   [Details]

Blog

 YearPublication
(2018)An Analysis of Common Justifications for Prisoner Disenfranchisement.
Samantha Morgan-Williams (2018) An Analysis of Common Justifications for Prisoner Disenfranchisement. Blog [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2019)'Reality vs. Rhetoric: An Analysis of the Implementation Gap in Provision of Traveller-specific Housing in Ireland'
Samantha Morgan-Williams (2019) 'Reality vs. Rhetoric: An Analysis of the Implementation Gap in Provision of Traveller-specific Housing in Ireland' In: Vols, Michel; Schmid, Christoph U (eds). Houses, Homes and the Law: Studies in Housing Law, Vol. 3. The Hague, the Netherlands: Eleven Publishing. [Full Text] [Details]
(2016)'Justifying Acts of Denialism: The Case of Prisoner Disenfranchisement in the UK'
Morgan-Williams, Samantha (2016) 'Justifying Acts of Denialism: The Case of Prisoner Disenfranchisement in the UK' In: Nelen, Hans; Willems, Jan C.M.; Moerland, Roland (eds). Denialism and Human Rights. Belgium: Intersentia nv.   [Full Text] [Details]

Practice Guideline

 YearPublication
(2018)Know Your Rights: Responding to Discrimination in Accessing Goods & Services.
Samantha Morgan-Williams (2018) Know Your Rights: Responding to Discrimination in Accessing Goods & Services. Cork: Practice Guideline [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2014University College Cork, Law Faculty PhD Scholarship University College Cork
2019Head of Law Strategic Fund Head of Law Strategic Fund
2017UCC CBL Work Placement Award 2017 University College Cork College of Business & Law
2016Aidan Synnott Travel Bursary School of Law, UCC.

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Socio-Legal Studies Association Member01-OCT-15 / 01-OCT-17
European Network for Housing Research Member01-JAN-20 / 01-JAN-21
Human Rights Consortium Member13-NOV-16 / 12-NOV-17
Society of Legal Scholars Member03-OCT-16 / 02-OCT-17

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2017)TENLAW Conference 'Current issues of housing law and policy.',
S. Morgan -Williams (2017) Reality vs Rhetoric: Housing Rights of the Irish Traveller Community, Recent Developments,'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], TENLAW Conference 'Current issues of housing law and policy.', University of Groningen , 28-SEP-17 - 29-SEP-17. [Details]
(2017)Jean Monnet Module Closing Academic Conference, Sustainability of Socio-economic Rights in Times of Crisis, UCLan Cyprus,
Samantha Morgan-Williams (2017) ‘Tracking austerity based “crisis law” before the European Court of Human Rights: the approach of the Court to Article 1 Protocol 1 in times of financial crisis’. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Jean Monnet Module Closing Academic Conference, Sustainability of Socio-economic Rights in Times of Crisis, UCLan Cyprus, UCLan Cyprus , 02-JUL-17 - 05-JUL-17. [Details]
(2017)Housing Law Research Network 3rd Annual Housing Law Symposium,
S.Morgan-Williams (2017) Housing Rights of the Irish Traveller Community: Expectation vs. Reality. [Invited Oral Presentation], Housing Law Research Network 3rd Annual Housing Law Symposium, Malmö University, Sweden . [Details]
(2017)Law and its Boundaries Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2017,
Samantha Morgan-Williams (2017) 'Crisis Law before the European Court of Human Rights.'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Law and its Boundaries Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2017, School of Law, Edinburgh University , 19-JAN-17 - 20-JAN-17. [Details]
(2016)Human Rights Research Students’ Conference, Human Rights Consortium, University of London,
Samantha Morgan - Williams (2016) Tracking Austerity Based Law before the ECtHR: A Comparative Study.'. [Oral Presentation], Human Rights Research Students’ Conference, Human Rights Consortium, University of London, Human Rights Consortium, SOAS, University of London , 11-NOV-16 - 11-NOV-16. [Details]
(2015)Annual CCJHR PhD Symposium, Rights in Conflict: Socio-Legal and Critical Approaches to Human Rights,
Samantha Morgan - Williams (2015) “Political Denialism and the Human Rights Act: The UK’s relationship to the ECHR.”. [Oral Presentation], Annual CCJHR PhD Symposium, Rights in Conflict: Socio-Legal and Critical Approaches to Human Rights, University College Cork . [Details]
(2015)Denialism and Human Rights, Maastricht Centre for Human Rights Annual Conference,
Samantha Morgan - Williams (2015) ‘Justifications for Prisoner Disenfranchisement in the UK: A Current Example of Denialism in Action.’. [Oral Presentation], Denialism and Human Rights, Maastricht Centre for Human Rights Annual Conference, Maastricht Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University , 21-JAN-15 - 22-JAN-15. [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer18-SEP-17 / 30-MAY-20
Cork Kerry Regional Traveller Accommodation Working Group Traveller Accommodation Campaigns Worker13-MAY-19 / 14-MAY-20
Irish Journal of Legal Studies Student Copy Editor09-FEB-15 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2020University College Cork PHDEuropean Human Rights Law
2013University College Cork LLMInternational Human Rights & Public Policy
2012University College Cork BCLLaw & German

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Centre for Criminal Justice & Human Rights Board Board Member/
UCC School of Law Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team Member/
The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) Postgraduate Conference Organising Committee 2015 Committee Member/

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
English FluentFluentFluent
German FunctionalFunctionalFunctional
French FunctionalFunctionalFunctional
Spanish BasicBasicBasic

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Traveller Visibility Group
I assisted the TVG in the drafting of a complaint to the Ombudsman for Children and assisted with the legal aspects of their ongoing work with the residents of Spring Lane Halting Site. Specifically, helping to organise workshops on Traveller Discrimination with the CCJHR, School of Law, UCC and other Traveller Rights groups. This workshop was attended by Traveller Community support and rights groups from within the Munster region. I also offered guidance and supported the TVG in discrimination claims and human rights issues in a number of cases within Cork City.
Cork Traveller Women's Network
Providing legal research support, and facilitating and organising a series of events mapping Traveller experiences of discrimination within Cork City. As a result of these events, Samantha has created a discrimination guide, entitled 'Discrimination in Accessing Goods & Services: How to Respond,' the aim of which is to provide guidance to those within the Community who experience such acts of discrimination, and to support the CTWN in responding to such claims through the legal system.

Outreach Activities

 Description

The Traveller Equality and Justice Project (TEJP) at the Centre for Criminal Justice & Human Rights is a new initiative between the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) in the School of Law, UCC staff and the Cork Traveller Women’s Network (CTWN). TEJP aims to highlight ongoing levels of discrimination experienced by Travellers in Cork, by mapping such cases and by providing legal research support to the CTWN. In doing so, the TEJP will shed light on stories that indicate exclusion or inequality through highlighting inequality in treatment of Travellers, promoting respect for the Traveller Community as an ethnic minority and will assist the Cork Traveller Women’s Network to respond to such inequality in a timely and effective manner.

I published and disseminated a guide on how Travellers may represent themselves at the District Court and WRC, responding to discrimination when accessing goods and services. The guide is intended to inform members of the Travelling Community of their rights and how to defend these through the relevant legal avenues. The guide was identified as a manner through which to support and further the rights of Travellers, and the difficulties which Travellers face in accessing legal supports.

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Irish Journal Of Legal Studies Member of Editorial Board-

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests:

Human rights law, ECHR, criminal law, housing law, EU Law.

Undergraduate:

Lecturer:
LW1169 Introduction to the Legal System for Criminology
CR3010 Criminal Justice Policy
CR2015 Youth & Crime

Assistant lecturer (tutorials):

LW1153 Criminal Law
LW1001 Legal Writing
LW1101 Legal Writing and Analysis
LW1112 Constitutional and Institutional Law of the European Union
LW2102 Economic Law of the European Union

Postgraduate:

Guest lectures:

 LW6586 Human Rights Law in Practice (Clinic) on 'Regional Approaches to Human Rights: The ECHR System.'

LW6545 Penology 'Prisoner Disenfranchisement.'

LW6593 Contemporary Issues in ECHR Law'Effective Enforcement of  ECtHR Judgments'



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