Law Study Abroad Ireland

Phone: 412-396-6186
Robin Connors
Coordinator of Student Organizations
412-396-6186
connorsr@duq.edu
Professor Tara Willke
412-396-4637
willket@duq.edu

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Faculty and Staff

Professor Bernadette Rainey

Bernadette Rainey

Lecturer, University of Cardiff, Faculty of Law

Bernadette Rainey is a lecturer at Cardiff Law School. She teaches human rights law and criminal law, and is the Director of the Cardiff Law School Centre for Human Rights and Public law. Her research interests include human rights and equality law, refugee law and public law. She has published on several areas of human rights law including the right to education, equality duties, and sexual offenders. Bernadette graduated in law from Queen's University, Belfast in 1993. Following this, she was awarded a PhD in refugee law at Queen's University, Belfast in 2003. Whilst completing her PhD, she was employed as a researcher on several human rights projects based in the School of Law at Queen's. Subsequently, Bernadette took up the post of Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. In 2003, she was employed by the School of Law at Swansea University as a researcher. From 2005-2006, Bernadette was a lecturer at Queen's University, Belfast, before taking up the post of lecturer at Cardiff law School in September 2006.

Professor Brian Hutchinson

Brian Hutchinson

Senior Lecturer, University College Dublin, Faculty of Law

Brian Hutchinson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law (University College Dublin) where he has been a member of staff since 1991. A specialist in the fields of Commercial Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, he has researched and written on Arbitration and ADR, Online Dispute Resolution, Company Law, Commercial Law, Contract Law and Agency, and Information Technology. He is Editor of the Commercial Law Practitioner Law Journal (ISSN 0791-895X), former Editor of Irish Business Law Journal (ISSN 1393-6220), and he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Irish Jurist. (ISSN 0021-1273)

Professor Gavin Barrett

Gavin Barrett

Senior Lecturer, University College Dublin, Faculty of Law

Dr. Gavin Barrett is a barrister and senior lecturer in European law in the School of Law in University College Dublin, where he is also the Director of Doctoral Studies. Dr. Barrett specialises in European law, with a particular interest in the employment law and constitutional law fields. He also has a strong interest in employment law. He is the editor of several books (including National Parliaments and the European Union: The Constitutional Challenge for the Oireachtas and Other Member State Legislatures (Clarus Press, 2008)), the author of numerous book chapters and of articles in a wide range of journals including the Common Market Law Review, the European Law Review (including one article cited by the German Federal Supreme Court in its 2009 Lisbon ruling), the Yearbook of European Law, the European Law Journal, the European Constitutional Law Review, the Industrial Law Journal, the Dublin University Law Journal and the Irish Law Times and the Commercial Law Practitioner.

Professor Ciaran Mac Murchaidh

Ciarán Mac Murchaidh

Lecturer in Irish Language, St. Patrick's College, Dublin City University

Dr. Mac Murchaidh's research interests are in the teaching of Irish grammar and 18th century religious literature. He was awarded a Ph.D. by National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He has edited numerous publications, including a collection of essays on the current state of the Irish language. Cois Life published his Irish grammar Cruinnscriobh na Gaeilge in 2002, a second and enlarged edition of which appeared in 2004. His most recent publication is a bilingual anthology of spiritual poetry from the early Irish to the Modern Irish periods, Lón Anama: Poems for Prayer from the Irish Tradition (Cois Life, Dublin 2005).

Tara Willke

Assistant Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law

Professor at Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania,Tara Willke is an assistant professor of legal research and writing. She also co-created and team-teaches Writing in Law Practice. Additionally, she co-directs Duquesne's summer program in Ireland and serves as faculty advisor to the Military Law Society and Juris; her committee work includes serving on the Curriculum and Technology Committees. She earned her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected for membership in the Order of the Coif. After graduating from law school, Professor Willke was a litigation associate, where her practice included commercial, construction and environmental litigation, as well as other types of complex litigation matters.

Professor Kirk Junker

Kirk W. Junker

Coordinator of International Programs for Duquesne University School of Law

Kirk W. Junker is a Professor of Law at the University of Cologne, Germany, where he holds the Chair in US American Law. At Cologne, he is also Director of the International Master of Environmental Science Program. He acts as Coordinator of International Programs for Duquesne University School of Law. Prior to joining Cologne, he was Associate Professor of Law and Director of International Programs at Duquesne University School of Law. His previous academic career includes teaching both at the Open University and the Queen's University of Belfast in the United Kingdom and Dublin City University in the Republic of Ireland. He was an Assistant Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, and clerked for the Honorable James E. Rowley of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University, a J.D. from Duquesne University, a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Justice Ministry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He teaches International Environmental Law, Comparative Environmental Law, German Environmental Law, Federal Evidence, US Constitutional Law, Federal Civil Procedure, and Torts.

Robin Connors

 Robin Connors

Coordinator of Student Organizations, Duquesne University School of Law

Robin Connors is the Coordinator of Student Organizations for Duquesne University School of Law. She has been with Duquesne University since 2007. Prior to joining the law school in 2011, she worked in the Student Accounts Office for three years. She earned her bachelor's degree in Business and Communications from Duquesne and is currently studying to complete her Masters in Liberal Studies. Ms. Connors facilitates all study abroad inquiries, requests and applications. Her participation in the program last year lends firsthand knowledge and personal experience to share with students. Her experience from working in Student Accounts affords her the knowledge to guide students through the financial aid processes and answer any questions. She is committed to ensuring that the registration process is seamless for all participants.