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Dr Sinead Conneely has been teaching in SETU, for over 20 years. She has a keen interest in family law, and family mediation, with a focus on family law reform. Working closely with her research partner and former PhD student, Dr Roisin O'Shea, of Arc Mediation, they have engaged in interesting and important research in these fields and work towards a better user experience for everyone experiencing relationship breakdown or family conflict. 

Research Interests

Sinead has a clear research focus on family mediation since her groundbreaking PhD in the area. In addition, she has been involved in empirical research to investigate family caselaw in the District Court, as a 'bone fide family law researcher'. She also co-supervises postgraduate projects in other areas of law and across other disciplines. 


Sinead is an experienced teacher who has been engaged in education at every academic level from level 6 to level 10. She has taught on law and criminal justice programmes but also on other, non-law programmes such as early childhood care and education, social care and arts as law modules are to be found across the whole University. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelors Degree, BA, National University of Ireland, Galway

Bachelors Degree, LL.B, National University of Ireland, Galway

PhD, PhD, Trinity College Dublin

Masters Degree, LL.M in Commercial Law , University of Cambridge


  • K Law (General)


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