Researchers at UCD


Judy Walsh


School Of Social Justice
James Joyce Library Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7167504


Judy Walsh is Director of the Equality Studies Centre at the UCD School of Social Justice.

Her publications adopt an interdisciplinary approach to interrogating the field of equality and human rights law.
Judy's most recent book Equal Status Acts 2000-2011: Discrimination in the Provision of Goods and Services was launched in October 2012. She is currently leading a major study of discrimination law in Ireland.

Judy has undertaken commissioned research for a range of domestic and international human rights bodies and acts as rapporteur for the International Law Association's Committee on Feminism and International Law. She was the Co-Chair of the
Irish Council for Civil Liberties from 2003 to 2008 and continues to collaborate with numerous human rights and social justice organisations. Judy is a board member of:

Participation and Practice of Rights Project
Healthy Food for All


Honours and Awards

Year: 2004.
Title: Visiting Research Fellowship: Gender, Sexuality and the Law
Year: 2009.
Title: Marie Curie Visiting Research Scholar


Association: International Law Association, Function/Role: Rapporteur, Committee on Feminism and International Law
Association: Irish Women Lawyers' Association, Function/Role: Committee member

Conference Contributions

Judy Walsh (2013) Equality and Human Rights. [Conference Organising Committee Member], UCD Human Rights Network International Human Rights Summer School, Dublin , 26-JUN-13 - 28-JUN-13.
Judy Walsh (2013) [Conference Organising Committee Member], The ECHR and Ireland: 60 Years and Beyond, Dublin , 29-JUN-13 - 29-JUN-13.
Judy Walsh (2013) Under-reporting of discrimination and human rights abuses. [Invited Oral Presentation], A New Departure for Equality and Human Rights, Dublin , 24-SEP-13 - 24-SEP-13.
Judy Walsh (2013) Reclaiming Human Rights. [Invited Lecture], Transitional Justice Institute Seminar Series, University of Ulster, Belfast , 13-NOV-13 - 13-NOV-13.
Judy Walsh (2013) Chair of Conference. [Other], Homeless not Voiceless, Belfast , 27-NOV-13 - 27-NOV-13.
Judy Walsh (2013) Human Rights, Equality and Older People. [Invited Oral Presentation], Human Rights and Older People Workshop, Dublin , 21-JUN-13 - 21-JUN-13.
Judy Walsh (2013) Effective integration of equality and human rights functions. [Invited Oral Presentation], The merger of the Irish Equality Authority and Human Rights Commission: Challenges and Opportunities, Trinity College Dublin , 03-MAY-13 - 03-MAY-13.
Judy Walsh (2012) Presented paper on the Irish context at the inaugural workshop for the Irish Feminist Judgment Project. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Feminist Judgments Project, University of Durham, UK , 14-SEP-12 - 14-SEP-12.
Judy Walsh (2012) NWCI Members and Friends Meeting to address the gender dimensions of the Constitutional Convention. [Invited Oral Presentation], A Constitution for All Women, Cork , 24-SEP-12 - 24-SEP-12.
Judy Walsh (2012) Launch of textbook on the Equal Status Acts 2000-2011 and a conference addressing the key themes emerging from the ICCL's ongoing Review of Anti-Discrimination Law in Ireland project. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Future of Anti-Discrimination Law in Ireland, Law Society of Ireland, Dublin , 23-OCT-12 - 23-OCT-12.
Judy Walsh (2012) Douglas Hyde Conference addressing the role of the Constitutional Convention. [Invited Oral Presentation], A Constitution for a 21st Century Republic, Roscommon , 26-OCT-12 - 26-OCT-12.
Judy Walsh; (2011) Case study on developing students' choice of assessments within a module. [Invited Oral Presentation], Engaging and Empowering Students with Assessment, University College Dublin , 20-JAN-11 - 20-JAN-11.
Judy Walsh (2011) Member of panel of experts invited to listen to and comment on testimonies of people affected by human rights violations in the field of mental health. [Invited Oral Presentation], Amnesty Mental Health and Human Rights Hearing, Law Society of Ireland, Dublin , 31-MAY-11 - 31-MAY-11.
Judy Walsh (2011) Parnell Summer School 2011. [Invited Oral Presentation], Equality Then and Now, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow , 19-AUG-11 - 19-AUG-11.
Judy Walsh; (2011) Organised an international conference which explored the relationship between feminist academic work and social change. It involved 30 speakers from Ireland, the UK, Canada and the United States and was attended by 150 people. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Creating Change: Feminism, the University and Society, University College Dublin , 11-MAR-11 - 12-MAR-11.
Judy Walsh; (2010) EM (Lebanon) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: gender discrimination and asylum claims. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars 2010, Southampton, United Kingdom , 13-SEP-10 - 16-SEP-10.



Suzanne Egan, Liam Thornton, Judy Walsh (2014) Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights. London: Bloomsbury. Available Online [Details]
Judy Walsh (2012) Equal Status Acts 2000-2011: Discrimination in the Provision of Goods and Services. Dublin: Blackhall. Available Online [Details]
John Baker, Kathleen Lynch, Sara Cantillon and Judy Walsh; (2009) Equality: From Theory to Action, second edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
Walsh, Judy and Fergus Ryan ; (2006) The Rights of De Facto Couples. Dublin: Irish Human Rights Commission. [Details]
Baker, John, Kathleen Lynch, Sara Cantillon and Judy Walsh; (2004) Equality: From Theory to Action. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan. Available Online [Details]

Book Chapters

Baker,J. Lynch, K. and Walsh, J (2014) 'Cutting back on equality' In: Rosie Meade and Fiona Dukelow, eds,(Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming) (eds). Defining Events: Power, Resistance and Identity in 21st Century Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
Judy Walsh; (2010) 'Commentary on EM (Lebanon) v Secretary of State for the Home Department' In: Rosemary Hunter, Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley (eds). Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice. Oxford; Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing. , pp.443-448 Available Online [Details]
Kathleen Lynch, John Baker, Sara Cantillon and Judy Walsh; (2009) 'Which Equalities Matter? The Place of Affective Equality in Egalitarian Theory' In: Kathleen Lynch, John Baker and Maureen Lyons (eds). Affective Equality: Love, Care and Injustice. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
Kathleen Lynch and Judy Walsh; (2009) 'Love, Care and Solidarity: What is and is not Commodifiable' In: Kathleen Lynch, John Baker and Maureen Lyons (eds). Affective Equality: Love, Care and Injustice. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
Jurgen De Wispelaere and Judy Walsh; (2008) 'Disability Rights in Ireland: Chronicle of a Missed Opportunity' In: Jurgen De Wispelaere, Cillian McBride, Shane O¿Neill (eds). Recognition, Equality and Democracy: Theoretical Perspectives on Irish Politics. London: Routledge. Available Online [Details]
Walsh, Judy ; (2004) 'Sociological Jurisprudence' In: T. Murphy (eds). Western Jurisprudence. Dublin: Thompson Round Hall. , pp.168-211 [Details]

Edited Books

Walsh, Judy (Ed.). (2006) Equality for all Families. Dublin: Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Link to full text [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Baker, Walsh, Cantillon and Lynch; (2007) 'Equality: A Continuing Dialogue'. Res Publica, 13 (2):203-207. [Details]
De Wispelaere, Jurgen and Judy Walsh; (2007) 'Disability Rights in Ireland: Chronicle of a Missed Opportunity'. Irish Political Studies, 22 (4):517-543. [Details]
Walsh, Judy ; (2006) 'Unfamiliar Inequalities'. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 57 (1):155-184. [Details]
Baker, Cantillon, Lynch and Walsh; (2006) 'Equality: Putting the Theory into Action'. Res Publica, 12 (4):411-433. [Details]

Published Reports

Judy Walsh and Catherine Conlon; (2009) The situation concerning homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in Ireland: Sociological Country Report. European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O'Connor, Deirdre, Sara Cantillon and Judy Walsh; (2008) Rights-Based Approaches to Food Poverty in Ireland. Combat Poverty Agency, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
Walsh, Judy, Catherine Conlon, Barry Fitzpatrick, Ulf Hansson; (2007) Enabling Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Individuals to Access their Rights under Equality Law. Equality Authority; Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Belfast; Dublin. Available Online [Details]

Newspaper Articles

Judy Walsh; (2006) State should seize opportunity to redefine marriage according to our current values. Dublin: Newspaper Articles [Details]


Research Interests

Current research interests span various aspects of human rights law, discrimination law, feminist and socio-legal theory. Awarded competitive research contracts by several bodies including the Irish Human Rights Commission (2006), the Equality Authority with the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (2007), the Combat Poverty Agency (2008), the Danish Institute for Human Rights (2008), the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (2011) and the Irish Research Council (2013).  


Visiting Research Fellowship in Gender, Sexuality and the Law, Keele University, Law School (June-July 2004)
Marie Curie Visiting Research Scholar, Law School, University of Kent at Canterbury (February-April, 2009)

Research Projects

Sponsor : Irish Council for Civil Liberties
Title : A Critical Review of Anti Discrimination Law in Ireland
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-11 / 31-DEC-12

Current Postgraduate Students

Lisa Phelan, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Maureen Ikeotuonye, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Katie Ridge, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor


Teaching Philosophy

Enable students to become critical, active and reflexive learners.

Modules Coordinated

201300   SSJ20080     Social Justice: Law & Social Justice Seminar 2
201300   EQUL40070     Equality Studies: Human Rights Law and Equality
201300   SSJ10010     Social Justice: Human Rights & Social Justice
201300   SSJ10040     Social Justice: Law & Social Justice Seminar 1


Internal Collaborators

As academic coordinator of the Law with Social Justice degree I collaborate with colleagues from the UCD School of Law on curriculum design and teaching and learning practice. The degree is the first of its kind in Ireland and offers students a unique opportunity to combine legal studies with interdisciplinary modules addressing human rights, global justice and a range of equality related fields of inquiry.

I am a founding member of the UCD Human Rights Network and in that capacity co-host and participate in regular events, including the Network's inaugural summer school (June 2013). With fellow Network members, Suzanne Egan and Liam Thornton, I am currently working on an edited collection entitled 'Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights', which will be published in September 2014 by Bloomsbury.  

As Director of the UCD Equality Studies Centre I lead several interdisciplinary research projects undertaken by colleagues from numerous UCD Colleges. In November 2013 the Centre was awarded a prestigious three-year Advanced Researcher Grant by the Irish Research Council to undertake work on the theme of 'Equality of Opportunity in Practice: Studies in Working, Learning and Caring'.

External Collaborators

I am a member of several international research networks, largely in the field of feminist legal theory. For example, while on a research scholarship at the University of Kent I was invited to participate in the Feminist Judgments Project, a dynamic and innovative research project in which a group of feminist socio-legal scholars have written alternative feminist judgments in a series of significant cases in English law. The feminist judgments are published in Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice. I am currently participating in the Irish Feminist Judgments Project which will generate several research outputs including a book to be published by Hart in 2016. I also act as Co-Rapporteur for the Feminism and International Law Committee of the International Law Association.