Research Profile

Rachel Hanly


Rachel Hanly graduated from UCC with a B.C.L. (Hons) in 2008 and a First Class Honours LL.M. degree in 2009. 

She is currently completing her PhD under the supervision of Dr Áine Ryall. Rachel was awarded an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Scholarship in 2011 to fund her research.  In 2012, she was awarded the Aidan Synnott Graduate Study Travel Bursary to undertake a research visit in the Faculty of Laws, University College London. 

She is currently a teaching assistant in the Law of Torts and a researcher for the Child Law Clinic in the Faculty of Law.  Rachel was Editor-in-Chief of the eighth edition (2008/2009) and House Style Editor of the tenth edition (2010/2011) of the Cork Online Law Review.

Research Interests

My primary research interests lie in tort and medical law, with particular focus on regulation in healthcare, patient safety and alternative dispute resolution methods in the medical context. I also engage in research on child law and children's rights through my work with the Child Law Clinic in UCC.

My thesis considers the challenges healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) pose to the healthcare and legal systems, providing a microcosm for examining the reform of the medico-legal framework and regulatory structures in the Irish healthcare system. 



Peer Reviewed Journals

(2010)'Hospital-Acquired Infection: The Challenges for the Law of Negligence'
Rachel Hanly (2010) 'Hospital-Acquired Infection: The Challenges for the Law of Negligence' [Details]

Conference Contributions

(2010)British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Conference 2010,
Rachel Hanly (with Teresa Graham and Anne Grace) (2010) Sign on the Dotted Line: Medical Power, Lay Compliance. [Oral Presentation], British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Conference 2010, Durham University , 02-SEP-10 - 02-SEP-10
(2011)Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference,
Rachel Hanly (2011) Direct Liability of Hospitals in Hospital-Acquired Infection Actions in Ireland and the UK. [Oral Presentation], Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University Of Sussex , 12-APR-11 - 14-APR-11
(2012)CCJHR Postgraduate Conference 2012,
Rachel Hanly (2012) Transformation and Reform: Structures and Mechanisms for Rights-Based Protections. [Conference Organising Committee Member], CCJHR Postgraduate Conference 2012, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, UCC , 26-APR-12 - 26-APR-12

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2013Visiting Research Scholar at Faculty of Laws, University College London University College London
2010Faculty of Law PhD Scholarship Faculty of Law, UCC
2010Ronan Daly Jermyn Scholarship Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors
2011Government of Ireland Scholarship Irish Research Council
2012Aidan Synnott Graduate Study Travel Bursary Faculty of Law, UCC


2009University College Cork LLMLaw
2008University College Cork BCL - UCCLaw

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Teaching Assistant in the Law of Torts (LW1102)
October 2010-April 2011
October 2012-December 2012

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