Three Doctoral candidates awarded Irish Research Council Scholarships

(L to R) Rachel Claire Brady, Jamie McLoughlin, Alison Coyne

Congratulations to Rachel Claire Brady, Jamie Mc Loughlin and Alison Coyne on their scholarship awards from the Irish Research Council. Rachel Claire Brady and Jamie McLoughlin were both awarded Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarships and Alison Coyne, the Employment-Based Postgraduate Scholarship.

Rachel Claire Brady’s PhD research is supervised by Dr Cliona Kelly and examines the role of morality in the regulation of patents and trademarks in Europe. This project takes a novel approach to this issue, applying social science methodology and stakeholder engagement.

Rachel completed her Undergraduate degree in Dublin City University followed by an LLM in Intellectual Property Law in UCD.  She then qualified and practised as an Irish and EU Trademark Attorney in Ireland’s biggest intellectual property law firm. Upon completing her PhD, Rachel hopes to marry her practical experience with her academic training to continue researching and addressing problems in the practice of Intellectual Property law in Europe.

Jamie McLoughlin’s research is supervised by Dr Suzanne Egan and explores the right to life in Irish constitutional law from a comparative constitutional and human rights perspective. His research focuses, in particular, on the potential meaning(s) of the concept of ‘life’ protected by the right to life.

Jamie obtained his undergraduate law degree from UCD Sutherland School of Law and his master’s degree in human rights law and constitutional theory from the University of Oxford. He has previously worked in the Office of the Attorney General of Ireland as a legal researcher where he assisted in the preparation of legal advice for Government departments and the drafting of legislation. After finishing his PhD, Jamie wishes to research and teach as a lecturer in the areas of human rights and constitutional law.

Alison Coyne’s PhD research is supervised by Professor Ian O’Donnell and assesses whether the needs of young adult offenders, who transition from the Irish Youth Justice Service to custodial and non-custodial settings, are being met in Ireland. The project uses Kern’s EPOCH Measure of Adolescent Well-being to assess the needs of young adult offenders through semi-structured interviews.

Alison graduated from BCL Law with Politics in UCD in 2016 and LLM Criminology and Criminal Justice in UCD in 2018. She has completed the first 2 years of her PhD research on a part-time basis while working in A&L Goodbody. This employment-based scholarship has afforded Alison the opportunity to continue her research on a full-time basis in conjunction with Tallaght Probation Project. Upon completion of her PhD, Alison hopes to gain a position within an NGO or Governmental Department informing on youth justice and advocating for the rights of young adult offenders as a distinct cohort.