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Dr Sarah Fulham-Mcquillan


Sarah Fulham-Mcquillan

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
UCD Sutherland School of Law
01 716 4138
University College Dublin, UCD Sutherland School of Law


Sarah Fulham-McQuillan is an Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law in Sutherland School of Law. She researches and lectures in Constitutional Law, English Public Law, and Tort Law, and has created the new Medical Law module running in Sutherland School of Law for the first time in Spring 2020. Sarah is Deputy Director of the UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies and joint Staff Editor of the UCD Law Review. A former Government of Ireland Scholar, she completed her undergraduate and doctoral studies at Trinity College Dublin. Sarah also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning obtained from University College Dublin. Sarah's monograph, entitled, "Redefining the Medical Negligence Action: A Doctor's Duty to Take Care", is forthcoming with Hart Publishing, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, having been accepted into Hart's distinguished Private Law Series. It is the first and only monograph in the UK and Ireland to focus on a doctor's duty of care in medical negligence law. It provides a novel analysis of the medical negligence action, drawing on theoretical concepts, negligence norms, and jurisdictional norms such as constitutional rights protection in Ireland and human rights protection in the UK, to create a new perspective on existing case law. Sarah has been awarded an NUI Publication Grant in respect of this monograph. Sarah is an emerging scholar in the field of obligations, holding an extensive international network on the subject and through her work on the public law/private law divide. She has presented her research at more than 22 conferences nationally and internationally, most recently including the Obligations IX 2018 Conference at the University of Melbourne, at the Public Law Conference, University of Cambridge and the Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Washington DC, 2019, for which she was awarded funding from the Sutherland School of Law Individual Research Competition. She has published her work at home and abroad. Sarah has been an invited guest speaker at Harvard Law School on the Project on the Foundations of Private Law, at the Obligations Discussion Group at the University of Oxford, and at Fordham University in New York. Prior to joining UCD in September 2018 as the McCann FitzGerald Assistant Professor in Law and Business, Sarah taught at Maynooth University and Trinity College Dublin. She was recently elected by the Council of the Society of Legal Scholars in the UK and Ireland to sit on the SLS Executive Committee. Sarah is also a former elected council member of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, and a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association in the UK and the Law and Society Association in the US. Sarah's research includes tort law, constitutional law, the public law/private law divide, medical law and bioethics, philosophical foundations of common law obligations, public health law and safeguarding vulnerable adults. She welcomes enquiries from potential doctoral candidates wishing to undertake research in these areas.


  • External Examiner (Law)
    Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland2 Sep 2019


  • Llb
    Trinity College Dublin
  • PhD
    Trinity College Dublin


  • Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning
    University College Dublin