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Dr Ciara Kennefick

Career Development Fellow in Law


I am from Cork in Ireland and as an undergraduate, I studied law and French literature at University College Cork, the University of California, Berkeley and Université Montpellier I. I came to Oxford for postgraduate study in law and read for the BCL, MPhil and DPhil. Before coming to Queen’s as Career Development Fellow in Law, I was a Stipendiary Lecturer in Law at Pembroke College, Oxford for two years.


This year, I am teaching tort and trusts. I have also taught contract and land law at Oxford. In 2013/ 2014, I was also an invited lecturer at Université Paris II (Pantheon-Assas).


English private law, French private law, legal history and comparative law are my primary research interests. Studying law in four jurisdictions has contributed to my deep interest in comparative private law. I am particularly interested in the dialogue between English and French law since the nineteenth century when many of the current principles and rules in each system were developed. My doctoral thesis was a comparative and historical examination of the question of unfair prices in contracts in English and French law.