BCL; LLM(NUI); BCL(Oxon); PhD; Solicitor

Contact Details


Law
College of Business, Public Policy and Law
NUI Galway
Galway

T: +353 91 493661
F: +353 91 494506
E: lucy-ann.buckley@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Dr Lucy-Ann Buckley is the Vice Dean for Teaching and Learning in the College of Business, Public Policy and Law. She is also the Associate Head of Teaching and Learning in the School of Law.  

Dr Buckley specialises in equality law and policy, labour law, family property law and equity. Her masters research thesis, for which she was awarded first class honours, was on the law of sexual harassment, while her doctoral research examined financial provision on marital breakdown in Ireland. She has published widely in leading national and international journals regarding equality issues in family and employment law. She is also active in international policy development, contributing to the draft Joint Statement Towards Inclusive Social Protection Systems Supporting the Full and Effective Participation of Persons With Disabilities prepared by the International Labour Organisation in 2015-2016. Most recently, in 2018, she acted as an expert advisor to the States of Guernsey in relation to the development of disability equality legislation.


Dr Buckley joined the Law School at NUI Galway in 1999, having previously held positions with the University of Warwick, the University of Limerick and Keele University. In 2012, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Warwick. She holds a BCL and LLM by research from University College Cork, a BCL (masters degree) from the University of Oxford, and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. She is also a qualified solicitor. 




Research Interests

Dr Buckley’s primary research focus to date has been on the intersections between labour, gender equality and family law. She has a particular interest in socio-legal and qualitative work. Her publications can be divided into two main categories (labour law and family property), but are united by an underlying focus on gender equality which contributes to wider societal debates and narratives. Dr Buckley has also published in the area of commercial law, particularly on the intersections between family law, corporate law and commercial transactions, and on broader issues in property law and equity. In recent years, Dr Buckley’s interest in family and gender equality has led her to focus on personal autonomy in the family agreement context, with particular reference to the effects of social and labour market pressures. She has also increasingly focused on disability equality, and forthcoming work addresses the intersections between gender and disability in employment law.  

Dr Buckley has published in a range of leading international peer-reviewed journals, including Legal Studies, the Canadian Journal of Family Law, the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, and the Industrial Law Journal. She has also published in leading national law journals, such as the Irish Jurist and the Dublin University Law Journal.  

At NUI Galway, Dr Buckley is an affiliate of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, and also a member of Gender ARC and the Gender and Public Policy Cluster at the Whitaker Institute. Externally, she is a member of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project, a multi-disciplinary project based in the University of Durham, the University of Kent and the London School of Economics. She is also a member of the
Berkeley Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Study Group, where she is a member of the Sexual Harassment Working Group and the Disability Rights Working Group.

Dr Buckley is currently supervising three funded PhD students in areas related to disability equality and labour regulation. She welcomes inquiries from potential doctoral students in relation to family law (particularly family property), equality law and policy (including but not limited to gender and disability issues), labour law, and equity and trusts. 





Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
IRC POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP 2017 SARAH HOFMAYER - WORK INTEGRATION SOCIAL ENTERPRISES - A TOOL TO FURTHER INCLUSIVE EMPLOYMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES? 01-OCT-17 30-SEP-20
MF2002 MF23 02 M LUCY ANN BUCKLEY 01-OCT-02 29-NOV-04
989 RM DIVISION OF PROPERTY ON DIVORCE 01-JUN-00 29-NOV-04

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'An analytical framework for employment regulation: investigating the regulatory space'
Inversi, C., Buckley, L.A., Dundon, T. (2017) 'An analytical framework for employment regulation: investigating the regulatory space'. Employee Relations, 39 :291-307 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Autonomy and Prenuptial Agreements in Ireland: A Relational Analysis'
Buckley, L.A. (2018) 'Autonomy and Prenuptial Agreements in Ireland: A Relational Analysis'. Legal Studies, 38 :164-186 [Details]
(2015) 'Relational theory and choice rhetoric in the Supreme Court of Canada'
Buckley, L.A. (2015) 'Relational theory and choice rhetoric in the Supreme Court of Canada'. Canadian Journal of Family Law, 29 (2):251-308 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Family law and the corporate veil: accessing company assets on marital breakdown after Prest v. Petrodel Resources Ltd'
Buckley, L.A. (2014) 'Family law and the corporate veil: accessing company assets on marital breakdown after Prest v. Petrodel Resources Ltd'. Dublin University Law Journal, 37 :231-251 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) 'Financial Provision on Relationship Breakdown in Ireland: A Constitutional Lacuna?'
Buckley, L.A. (2013) 'Financial Provision on Relationship Breakdown in Ireland: A Constitutional Lacuna?'. Dublin University Law Journal, 36 :59-92 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'European Family Law: the Beginning of the End for Proper Provision?'
Buckley, L.A. (2012) 'European Family Law: the Beginning of the End for Proper Provision?'. Irish Journal Of Family Law, 15 (2):31-38 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'Ante-nuptial Agreements and Proper Provision: An Irish Response to Radmacher v Granatino'
Buckley, L. A. (2011) 'Ante-nuptial Agreements and Proper Provision: An Irish Response to Radmacher v Granatino'. Irish Journal Of Family Law, 14 (1):3-14 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2007) 'Irish Matrimonial Property Division in Practice: A Case Study'
Buckley, L. A. (2007) 'Irish Matrimonial Property Division in Practice: A Case Study'. International Journal Of Law, Policy And The Family, 21 :48-83 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2004) 'Proper Provision and Property Division: Partnership in Irish Matrimonial Property Law in the Wake of T v. T'
Buckley, L. A. (2004) 'Proper Provision and Property Division: Partnership in Irish Matrimonial Property Law in the Wake of T v. T'. Irish Journal Of Family Law, (3):8-15 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2003) 'The Conveyancing Conundrum: Reviewable Dispositions and the In Camera Rule'
Buckley, L. A. (2003) 'The Conveyancing Conundrum: Reviewable Dispositions and the In Camera Rule'. Irish Journal Of Family Law, (3):13-18 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2002) 'Matrimonial Property and Irish Law: a Case for Community?'
Buckley, L. A. (2002) 'Matrimonial Property and Irish Law: a Case for Community?'. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 53 :39-76 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2002) 'Perpetuities Reform in Ireland? The Law Reform Commission's Proposals'
Buckley, L. A. (2002) 'Perpetuities Reform in Ireland? The Law Reform Commission's Proposals'. Irish Jurist, 27 :143-166 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2000) 'The Employment Equality Act 1998 - Ireland'
Buckley, L. A. (2000) 'The Employment Equality Act 1998 - Ireland'. Industrial Law Journal, 29 :273-279 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(1997) 'Vicarious Liability and Employment Discrimination'
Buckley, L. A. (1997) 'Vicarious Liability and Employment Discrimination'. Industrial Law Journal, 26 :158-166 [ARAN Link] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2019) 'Doing gender and Irish Employment Law'
Buckley, L.A. (2019) 'Doing gender and Irish Employment Law' In: Law and Gender in Modern Ireland: Critique and Reform. Oxford: Hart Publishing. [Details]
(2017) 'In the matter of Article 26 of the Constitution and in the matter of The Matrimonial Home Bill, 1993'
Buckley, L.A. (2017) 'In the matter of Article 26 of the Constitution and in the matter of The Matrimonial Home Bill, 1993' In: Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges’ Troubles and the Gendered Politics of Identity. Oxford: Hart Publishing. [Details]
(2017) 'Equity'
Buckley, L.A. (2017) 'Equity' In: Annual Review of Irish Law 2016. Dublin: Round Hall. [Details]
(2016) 'Equity'
Buckley, L.A. (2016) 'Equity' In: Annual Review of Irish Law 2015. Dublin: Round Hall. [Details]
(2015) 'Equity'
Buckley, L.A. (2015) 'Equity' In: Annual Review of Irish Law 2014. Dublin: Round Hall. [Details]
(2014) 'Equity'
Buckley, L.A. (2014) 'Equity' In: Annual Review of Irish Law 2013. Dublin: Round Hall. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(1999) University of Limerick Law Review, volume 1.
O'Keeffe, S., and Buckley, L.A (Ed.). (1999) University of Limerick Law Review, volume 1 University of Limerick Law Review, volume 1. Limerick: University of Limerick. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2017) Annual conference of the Socio-legal Scholars Association,
Buckley, L.A. (2017) Financial provision on marital breakdown in Ireland: increasing predictability or continuing subjectivity?. [Conference Paper], Annual conference of the Socio-legal Scholars Association, Newcastle-upon-Tyne , 04-APR-17 - 07-APR-17. [Details]
(2016) Theorising Labour Law in a Changing World: New Perspectives and Approaches,
Inversi, C.; Buckley, L.A; and Dundon, T. (2016) Beyond labour law: employment regulation within the regulatory space. [Conference Paper], Theorising Labour Law in a Changing World: New Perspectives and Approaches, Maastricht , 13-DEC-16 - 14-DEC-16. [Details]
(2016) Triennial Conference of the International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice,
Buckley, L.A. (2016) Prenuptial agreements in Ireland: balancing fairness and autonomy. [Conference Paper], Triennial Conference of the International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice, London , 06-JUL-16 - 08-JUL-16. [Details]
(2016) British Universities Industrial Relations Association Conference,
Inversi, C.; Buckley, L.A; and Dundon, T. (2016) Towards a theoretical framework for employment regulation: reassessing the concept of regulatory space. [Conference Paper], British Universities Industrial Relations Association Conference, Leeds , 29-JUN-16 - 01-JUL-16. [Details]
(2015) Irish Society for Comparative Law - Annual Conference,
Buckley, L.A. (2015) Choice rhetoric and relational autonomy in Ireland and Canada: comparative approaches to financial agreements. [Conference Paper], Irish Society for Comparative Law - Annual Conference, Galway , 27-NOV-15 - 29-NOV-15. [Details]
(2015) ADAPT/SID International Conference on the Great Transformation of Work,
Inversi, C., Buckley, L.A., and Dundon, T. (2015) Regulatory Space and the Great Transformation of Work. [Conference Paper], ADAPT/SID International Conference on the Great Transformation of Work, Bergamo , 06-NOV-15 - 07-NOV-15. [Details]
(2015) Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Law Teachers,
Buckley, L.A. (2015) Prenuptial Agreements in Ireland: Enhancing Autonomy. [Conference Paper], Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, Galway , 27-NOV-15 - 29-NOV-15. [Details]
(2015) Annual Conference, Socio-Legal Scholars Association,
Buckley, L.A. (2015) Relational autonomy and spousal agreements in the Supreme Court of Canada: How much difference does a theory make?. [Conference Paper], Annual Conference, Socio-Legal Scholars Association, University of Warwick , 31-MAR-15 - 02-APR-15. [Details]
(2014) Biennial Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland,
Buckley, L.A. (2014) Family Agreements and the Boundaries of Autonomy in the Supreme Court of Canada. [Conference Paper], Biennial Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland, Galway , 09-MAY-14 - 11-MAY-14. [Details]
(2014) Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution - Inaugural Law and Government Conference,
Buckley, L.A. (2014) ‘The Constitutional Family: Using Relational Autonomy as a Tool for Addressing Disadvantage’. [Conference Paper], Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution - Inaugural Law and Government Conference, Dublin City University , 04-SEP-14 - 04-SEP-14. [Details]
(2013) Irish Association of Law Teachers - Annual Conference,
Buckley, L.A. (2013) Accessing company assets on marital breakdown in Ireland. [Conference Paper], Irish Association of Law Teachers - Annual Conference, Belfast , 22-NOV-13 - 24-NOV-13. [Details]
(2012) Irish Association of Law Teachers - Annual Conference,
Buckley, L.A. (2012) ‘Judicial approaches to marital financial autonomy in Ireland and Canada: a relational perspective?’. [Conference Paper], Irish Association of Law Teachers - Annual Conference, Dublin , 16-NOV-12 - 18-NOV-12. [Details]
(2011) Equality Through the Ages,
Buckley, L.A. (2011) Gender ARC - one day seminar. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Equality Through the Ages, NUI Galway , 24-JUN-11 - 24-JUN-11. [Details]
(2011) Equality Through the Ages,
Buckley, L.A. (2011) Age discrimination - the gender connection. [Conference Paper], Equality Through the Ages, Galway , 24-JUN-11 - 24-JUN-11. [Details]
(2010) 4th Legal Education Symposium,
Buckley, L.A. (2010) Engaging students with the curriculum: a case study in Equity. [Conference Paper], 4th Legal Education Symposium, University of Limerick , 14-MAY-10 - 14-MAY-10. [Details]
(2006) Family Lawyers Association - Annual Conference,
Buckley, L.A. (2006) Financial provision on divorce and separation in Ireland: a case study. [Invited Lecture], Family Lawyers Association - Annual Conference, Galway , 10-NOV-06 - 10-NOV-06. [Details]
(2004) Irish Association of Law Teachers - Annual Conference,
Buckley, L.A. (2004) Proper provision and property division: partnership and matrimonial property in Irish law. [Conference Paper], Irish Association of Law Teachers - Annual Conference, Derry , 02-APR-04 - 04-APR-04. [Details]
(1999) Gender and Women's Studies, co-hosted by Queen's University Belfast and the University of Limerick,
Buckley, L.A. (1999) Harassment and the law: exploring judicial perceptions. [Conference Paper], Gender and Women's Studies, co-hosted by Queen's University Belfast and the University of Limerick, University of Limerick , 06-MAY-99 - 07-MAY-99. [Details]

Other Item

  Year Publication
(2003) The Family Support Agency Act 2001. Irish Current Law Statutes Annotated.
Buckley, L. A. (2003) The Family Support Agency Act 2001. Irish Current Law Statutes Annotated. Other Item [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2000) Review Article: Frances Meenan, Working Within the Law: A Practical Guide for Employers and Employees. Irish Jurist.
Buckley, L. A. (2000) Review Article: Frances Meenan, Working Within the Law: A Practical Guide for Employers and Employees. Irish Jurist. Other Item [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Irish Association of Law Teachers Member /
Socio-legal Scholars Association Member /
Society of Legal Scholars Member /

Teaching Interests

Dr Buckley's main teaching interests lie in Equality Law, Labour Law, Family Law and Equity, reflecting her research interests. Her masters module on Equality Law (which focuses particularly on disability equality theory and practice) is taken by students across the Law School's LLM programmes, while her undergraduate courses on Labour Law focus on a wide range of employment, equality and business issues. Dr Buckley also teaches Equity to undergraduate and LLB students. She has recently developed an original masters module on Global Issues in Contemporary Labour Law, which will be offered to masters students from September 2018.

Dr Buckley has served several times as Associate Head of Teaching and  Learning in the School of Law. In 2017 she was appointed Vice Dean of Teaching and Learning in the College of Business, Public Policy and Law.  In 2015, she was shortlisted for a President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at NUI Galway.

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2015 Avril Cryan LL.M Y

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Yeni Rosdianti Doctorate - Structured Ph.D. in the College of Business, Law & Public Policy Supervisor
Sarah Hofmayer Doctorate - Structured Ph.D. in the College of Business, Law & Public Policy Supervisor

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
Semester 2, 2017/2018 Labour Law 2 LW216
Semester 2, 2017/2018 Equity 2 LW265
Semester 1, 2017/2018 Labour Law 1 LW212
Semester 1, 2017/2018 Equality Law LW491