Ciarán O'Kelly


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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am especially interested in discussing doctoral proposals in the following areas: the social impact and presence of new technologies; business and human rights; corporate governance and accountability; computational legal studies


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research Statement

My work intersect legal studies, governance and philosophy. I am particularly interested in how organisations articulate ideas of accountability how these ideas are to be understood in the context of law and regulation. I am also interested in the application of computational methods to the study of law.

Research Interests

My current research lies within both business and human rights and in governance more generally. I also work on the interface of law and technology and especially on the impact of algorithmic decision-making on the idea of accountable governance and administration.


LLM Law and Technology Coordinator

I am coordinator of the LLM in Law and Technology, an innovative programme that addresses both Law's role in regulating new technologies and the impact that computational methods and processes have on the practice of law. I am very happy to answer any queries you might have about the programme.

I am also a member of the core management team for the interdisciplinary LINAS Doctoral Training Programme, focused on the impacts that AI, data processing and new technologies have on law and society and the ways that they are shaped by law and society in turn. I am an associate fellow of the Institute for Electronics, Communications and Information Technology.


Current Teaching

  • Law and Technology
  • Company Law
  • Regulating innovation
  • Computational Methods and Skills
  • Data, Privacy and the Law

Past Teaching

  • Company Law and Corporate Governance
  • Governing the Firm
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Approaches to Legal Research

Ongoing Primary PGR Supervisions (with funding source)

  • Rachael Goss (PhD, Belfast City Council): Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Belfast's Smart City Framework
  • Shania Kirk (PhD, Linas): Programming equality safeguards in AI as part of corporate human rights due diligence
  • Anna Montgomery (PhD, Linas): The Smart Home as a Site of Control: Analysing the Impact on Victim-Survivors of Domestic Abuse
  • Adam Kirk-Smith (PhD, Linas): Emerging algorithmic technologies in legal practice and the representation of legal knowledge

Completed Primary PGR Supervisions

  • Samantha Hopkins (PhD, DfE): How do acknowledgement and denial in corporate reporting operate as devices in constructing corporate attitudes towards their own conduct?
  • Zahra'a Al Andaleeb (PhD): How Corporate Governance Shapes and Manages Relationships Between the State, State-Owned Enterprises, and the Latter's Constituencies
  • Madeline Kanuka (JD): Prescription bias, US law, & anti-epilepsy drugs


Athena Swan

I am a member of the School of Law's Athena Swan committee. The School received a bronze Athena Swan award in October 2018.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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