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Professor Oonagh Breen

Professor

Oonagh Breen

Professor
UCD Sutherland School of Law
01 716 4144
University College Dublin, UCD Sutherland School of Law, Sutherland School of Law Belfield Dublin 4

BIO

Dr. Oonagh B. Breen is a Professor of Law at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin where she researches NGO Law, Governance, and Social Change, teaching both in this field and in the area of Equity and the Law of Trusts. Oonagh has worked with the nonprofit sector, charity regulators and policymakers in a number of jurisdictions (including Ireland, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada). She specialises in the area of comparative charity regulation and nonprofit-state collaboration in public policy formation and development. A graduate of the Faculty of Law, University College Dublin (BCL ’92, LLM (by research) ’95) and of Yale Law School (LLM ’04, JSD ’06), where her doctoral work focused on comparative perspectives on the legal regulation of charities and the role of state-nonprofit partnership in public policy development, Oonagh was called to the Irish Bar in 1997. Oonagh is the current Chair of the International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), and President Elect of the International Society for Third Sector Research. A regular international speaker on comparative charity regulation matters, she has published extensively and is a co-editor (along with Dr Alison Dunn and Professor Mark Sidel) of Regulatory Waves: Comparative Perspectives on State Regulation and Self-Regulation Policies in the Nonprofit Sector (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Oonagh was awarded a Tutorial Scholarship by UCD in 1992 and the Society of King’s Inns Exhibition Prize and a Bar Council Bursary in 1997. She has been a Fulbright Scholar (‘03) and a Government of Ireland Research Fellow (’03), while Yale Law School named her as a Lillian Goldman Scholar (2003-06). The National University of Ireland awarded her a Travelling Studentship Award (’04-’06). In 2009, Oonagh served as a Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and in 2016, she was named a Potter Foundation Fellow at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) at QUT, Brisbane. Oonagh has also held visiting appointments at De Paul Law School, Chicago, University Missouri Kansas City, University of California, Davis, Brooklyn Law School, and Southern Illinois University. Oonagh was recognised as an Emerging Scholar by ARNOVA in 2006 and was awarded a University President's Award for Teaching & Learning by UCD in 2007. In 2008, she received a Distinguished Research Award from ICNL/CORDAID for her work on the European regulation of nonprofit entities. She has been the external examiner for the Law Society of Ireland's Final Examinations Part 1 in Equity since 2001 and the Irish Rapporteur for the United States International Grantmaking Project since 2005.

DEGREES

  • BCL
    University College Dublin
  • LLM
    University College Dublin
  • Barrister-at-Law
    -
  • J.S.D.
    Yale University CT
  • LLM
    Yale University CT