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Joanne Blennerhassett

College Lecturer

School Of Law
Sutherland School of Law
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7164138
Email: joanne.blennerhassett@ucd.ie

Biography

Joanne has been lecturing on UCD's School of Law degree programmes to undergraduate students and to Masters' students since 2003.  She lectures on all aspects of domestic, European and international environmental law and also lectures in tort law and dispute resolution to both undergraduates and postgraduates. She has previously lectured in European Law as well as on Irish law and procedure on the Diploma in Arbitration.  She is the Alumni Relations Director for the School of Law and has previously acted as Examinations Officer and LLM Director.


Joanne recently completed her Doctoral Studies with her thesis "Multi-Party Actions as a Route to Collective Redress for Mass Harm, having particular Regard to Environmental Mass Harm',under the supervision of Dr. Owen McIntyre at University College Cork.  Publication of this work is pending in collabration with Prof. Chris Hodges of Oxford University. Joanne has presented research papers at numerous law conferences internationally and in Ireland on both collective redress and on environmental.  Most recently she presented a paper as keynote speaker at the Class Actions in Ireland seminar- the Benefits  & Detriments of Multi-Party Litigation Solutions, in November 2014.  She presented a paper on Collective Redress at the EU Consumer Day, Dublin May 2013. In November 2012 in Brussels  she presented a paper class actions for mass environmental harm at the Conference on Collective Redress: Increasing Access to Justice through Class Actions. In March 2011 in Canada at Windsor University on Class Actions and  Access to Justice.  Other conferences at which she has presented papers include Beijing, China at the International Forum on Environmental Law and Sustainable Development the Environment & regularly at the Environment and the Law conference at UCC.   She has a strong interest in environmental issues and recently chaired a forum on climate change at the Irish Society for European Law with Commissioner Stavros Dimas, of the European Commission. She has lectured on international environmental law at New York's Fordham University Summer School 2006 in collaboration with UCD and Queen's University Belfast. She has been a visiting lecturer at De Paul University, Chicago.  She is a member of the review panel for the research project on Access to Information, Participation and Justice in Environmental Decision- Making, Centre for Sustainability at Sligo Institute of Technology.  She is the Environmental Law Editor for the Martindale Hubbell Legal Digest.  Joanne is a Member of the UCD Earth Institute.  She is an external examiner at CIT- Cork Institute of Technology.

Joanne's current research is focused on her Doctoral research which examines multi-party actions and collective actions as a route to justice for mass harm, particularly environmental harm.  Joanne's research interests extend from environmental law, to European law, tort law, competition law and commercial law, dispute resolution, arbitration and mediation to international law and comparative law. She is a supervisor of dissertations of a number of Masters and undergraduate students at UCD and students of the Law Society of Ireland.

Joanne graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1998, with an honours degree in law, a year of which was spent at Assas, Paris II, La Sorbonne, specialising in European competition and international law. She holds a Master's degree in European Law from UCD. Joanne trained as a solicitor and worked with Arthur Cox- specialising in commercial law, corporate finance, commercial litigation and insolvency. She was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in May 2002. Joanne is also an arbitrator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and holds a Diploma in Arbitration and a Diploma in International Arbitration. She is also an accredited mediator and holds a Diploma in Commercial and Civil Mediation from Friary Law and ADR Groups' mediation training.  She is an active member of the Irish Environmental Law Association and also the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is proficient in legal French and German.  Joanne is a Fellow of the Earth Institute of UCD.


Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: Fellow of UCD Earth Institute
Year: 2011.
Title: Accredited Mediator
Year: 2002.
Title: Solicitor
Year: 2002.
Title: Arbitrator

Associations

Association: Law Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: Chartered Institute of Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Environmental Law Association, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Association of Law Teachers, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Dr. Joanne Blennerhassett (2012) Environmental Class Actions. [Invited Lecture], American Bar Association Conference: Increasing Access to Justice Through Class Actions: A Conference for Litigators and Policy-Makers, Panel on Class Actions for Environmental Harm, European Parliament,Brussels November 2012, Brussels , 12-MAY-13 - 12-MAY-13.
Dr. Joanne Blennerhassett (2013) Collective Redress in Ireland. [Chaired Session], European Competition and Consumer Day Competition Policy and Consumer Protection: Challenges and Choices May 2013, Dublin Castle, Moderator of panel on Collective Redress, Dublin Castle , 05-NOV-13 - 05-NOV-13.
Dr. Joanne Blennerhassett (2014) Multi-Party Actions as a Route to Collective Redress for Mass Harm. [Keynote Address], Benefits and Detriments of Multi-Party Litigation Solutions- Class Actions in Ireland Seminar, Mansion House, Dublin , 26-NOV-14 - 26-NOV-14.
Joanne Blennerhassett; (2011) Mass harm redress in Ireland. [International Refereed Conference], Access to Justice, Windsor University, Canada , 28-MAR-11 - 29-MAR-11.
Joanne Blennerhassett; (2006) Annual conference on law and the environment- paper presented on MOX Plant Dispute. [Invited Lecture], Law and the Environment 2006, UCC Cork , 20-APR-06 - 20-APR-06.
Blennerhassett, J.; (2005) European and Irish Water Pollution. [International Refereed Conference], International Forum on Environmental Law & Sustainable Development (IFELSD), Beijing , 01-JAN-05.
Blennerhassett, J.; (2004) Lake Pollution in Ireland. [National Refereed Conference Paper], UCC- Law and the Environment, UCC , 01-JAN-04.
 

Employment

Employer: Philip Lee Solicitors
Position: Associate
Employer: Griffith College Dublin
Position: Lecturer
Employer: Author Cox
Position: Solicitor

Education

Year 2014 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1996 Institution: Paris II
Qualification: Subject: European and International Law
Year 1998 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: LLB Subject:
Year 1999 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: LLM Subject:
Year 2001 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: Dip.Int.Arb Subject: International Arbitration
Year 2002 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: Dip.Arb Subject: Arbitration Law and Procedure

Languages

French:
German:
Irish:

Consultancy

Client: CIT Cork Institute of Technology
Client: Centre for Sustainability, Sligo Institute of Technology
Client: Lexis Nexis- Environmental Law Editor Martindale Hubbell Digest
     

Publications

Books

Blennerhassett, J. (2013) Environmental enforcement in Ireland: The need to get a piece of the multi-party action. : Taylor and Francis. [DOI] [Details]
Blennerhassett, J (2016) A Comparative Examination of Multi- Party Actions: The Case of Environmental Mass Harm. UK: Hart Publishing. [Details]

Book Chapters

Blennerhassett J; (2012) 'Environmental Enforcement in Ireland-the Need to get a Piece of the Multi-Party Action' In: Blennerhassett J; (eds). European Perspectives on Environmental Law and Governance. London: Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
General Editor: Jasminka Kalajdzic (2011) 'Is It Time to Get the Multi-Party Started? Exploring the Spectrum of Mass Harm Redress in Ireland' In: Jasminka Kalajdzic (eds). Accessing Justice: Appraising Class Actions. Canada: LexisNexis. , pp.347-383 [Details]
Blennerhassett J; (2012) 'Irish Mass Environmental Harm Redress' In: Blennerhassett J; (eds). European Perspectives on Environmental Law and Governance. London: Routledge. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Joanne Blennerhassett (2018) 'Mass Harm Litigation in Ireland, Multi-Party Actions and Routes to Collective Redress'. Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice, 10 (1):35-56. [Details]
Joanne Blennerhassett (2017) 'Mass environmental harm- massive challenges and novel potential solutions'. Environmental Liability, 24 (5):150-164. [Details]
Joanne Blennerhassett and FU Jiangyuan (2015) 'Is Article 5.7 of the SPS Agreement an Application of the Precautionary Principle?'. Frontiers of Law in China, 10 (2). [Details]
Blennerhassett, J. (2008) 'Water Services Act 2007'. Irish Current Law Statutes Annotated, . [Details]
Blennerhassett, J. (2006) 'Toxic Torts and the Irish Courts'. Quarterly Review of Tort Law, . [Details]
Blennerhassett, J. (2008) 'Water Services Act 2007 - Water regulation now nicely bottled'. Irish Planning and Environmental Law Journal, . [Details]
Blennerhassett, J; (2007) 'Mox Plant Dispute- A Jurisdictional Odyssey'. Environmental Liability, 15 (4):175-185. [Details]
Blennerhassett J; (2011) 'Canadian Supreme Court Law Review- Is it time to get the Multi-Party Started? Mass Harm Redress in Ireland'. Supreme Court Law Review (Canada), 53 (pending). [Details]

Other Journals

Blennerhassett, J; (2006) 'Book Review- review of Toxic Torts, Carl F. Cranor Carl F. Cranor, Toxic Torts: Science, Law and the Possibility of Justice' Irish Jurist Vol XLI :142-143. [Details]
Blennerhassett J; (2005) 'Book Review- Environmental & Land Use Law' Irish Jurist :370-371. [Details]

Conference Publications

Joanne Blennerhassett (2017) Mass Environmental Harm- In Principle Law and the Environment 2017: Environmental Principles- between Flexibility and Opacity in Environmental Law [Details]
Dr. Joanne Blennerhassett (2012) Access to Environmental Justice- Is it time to get the Multi-Party Started in Ireland? UCC Law and the Environment Conference, March 2012 [Details]
Dr. Joanne Blennerhassett (2013) Collective Redress in Ireland European Competition and Consumer Day Competition Policy and Consumer Protection: Challenges and Choices May 2013, Dublin Castle, Moderator of panel on Collective Redress [Details]
Dr. Joanne Blennerhassett (2014) Multi-Party Actions as a Route to Collective Redress Benefits and Detriments of Multi-Party Litigation Solutions- Class Actions in Ireland Seminar [Details]
Blennerhassett J (2005) European and Irish Water Pollution International Forum on Environmental Law & Sustainable Development (IFELSD), Beijing , 21 November, 2005 [Details]
Blennerhassett J (2005) Lake Pollution in Ireland - what lies beneath? Law and the Environment Conference University College Cork [Details]
Blennerhassett J (2007) The MOX plant case and its implications Law and the Environment Conference, University College Cork [Details]
Blennerhassett J (2012) Environmental Mass Harm and Collective Redress American Bar Association Conference: Increasing Access to Justice Through Class Actions: A Conference for Litigators and Policy-Makers, Panel on Class Actions for Environmental Harm, European Parliament,Brussels November 2012 [Details]
(2012) Access to Environmental Justice- Getting the Multi-Party started in Ireland UCC Law and the Environment Conference, March 2012 [Details]
Blennerhassett, J; (2011) Is it time to get the Multi-Party Started- Mass Harm Redress in Ireland Access to Justice- Class Actions, Windsor, Canada 2011 [Details]
         

Encyclopedia Entry

Joanne Blennerhassett; (2008) Environmental and Planning Law- Martindale Hubbell Digest Lexis Nexis. Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
                                                                                                                           

Research

Research Interests

Joanne's research interests include collective redress, particularly the use of class actions, collective actions and multi-party actions as a route to justice for mass harm, particularly environmental harm.  She also researches in Environmental Law;Tort Law;  European Law; International Law and comparative law; Commercial Law; Competition law; Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Mediation.
 

Recent Postgraduates

 

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

European environmental Law LLM
Foundations in environmental Law (previously Environmental Law undergrad)
Current challenges in environmental law (previously  Substantive environmental law undergrad )
Law of tort undergrad

Dispute Resolutions
 

Enhancement of Teaching

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Developing as a Teacher

Innovation & Leadership