About us

We are a group of researchers who want to encourage cooperation in the field of Law and Politics. Law is a product of the political process and a change or fault in law often causes political discussion. It would, therefore, be unwise to look at either field without embracing the other. With a background either in law or in government, we decided to create a platform whereby sharing and knowledge exchange is encouraged and possible. This platform encourages young researchers to engage in discussion and cooperate with each other to reach more understanding of each other’s and thereby our own fields.

Chair and Co-founder: (Annelieke) Anne Marieke Mooij

Annelieke has co-founded the platform and is now active as an editor. Annelieke holds an LLB in Dutch Jurisprudence and International and European Law from Tilburg University and has graduated Cum Laude in Jurisprudence accent Private law and Constitutional and Administrative law masters from Tilburg University. She is writing her PhD in the field of Law at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University. The topic of her dissertation is the mandate of the European Central Bank post-euro-crisis.
Next, to her academic pursuits, Annelieke works as legal counsel for a development company.

Deputy Chair Podcast: Ramesh Ganohariti

Ramesh is a PhD student at the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University, Ireland. His research focuses on the intersection between citizenship and contested statehood in post-Soviet de facto states. Ramesh holds an MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy (Leiden University), prior to which he graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Culture Studies and Languages (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University). Before starting his PhD, he worked as a tutor for the Bachelor of Security Studies program at Leiden University. 

Treasurer: Richard Boateng

My name is Richard Nana Boateng, a Chartered Accountant and a first year PhD student from Ghana, West Africa. I am a recipient of the DCU Post Graduate Research Scholarship for 2020. I obtained both of my Bachelor and Master of Commerce (Accounting) degrees from the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana in 2008 and 2014 respectively. Prior to joining DCU in October 2020 on full time, I was a lecturer at the Department of Accounting Studies University of Education, Winneba, Ghana (currently on study leave).

As an academic, I have participated and presented in several international conferences across the globe including the United States, Germany, Ghana and Ireland. My most recent conference presentation was at the “Universities, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development in Africa – International Conference” in Germany (February 2020), where I co-presented two papers with a colleague. We presented on the titles, “Factor inhibiting entrepreneurial activities: Fear of failure in sub-Saharan Africa versus South America” and “Intention of sole proprietors to switch to limited liability companies: Evidence from Ghana”.

My research interests are broadly in the areas of corporate governance, strategic management and entrepreneurship. Currently, my PhD research focuses on the role and influence of returnee board executives on corporate accounting culture in Africa.

Deputy Chair Events: Nitika Singh

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Nitika Singh is currently pursuing her M.A in International Security and Conflict Studies from DCU. Prior to this, she holds a master’s degree in Political Science. In her last employment as a content coordinator, she oversaw the entire content development process of the organization. She also has experience of working with state government and media agencies in India. She takes special interest in community volunteering and is a certified yoga instructor.

Deputy Chair Conference: Havva Yesil

Havva Yesil is a PhD candidate at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University. Having a background in Human Rights Law, she worked as a qualified lawyer in  Turkey in the area of immigration law, as well as in the fields of foreign policy and international human rights. Her doctoral research investigates the EU-Turkey Agreement in light of international refugee law and European human rights law.

She did her masters on Applied Human Rights at Sheffield Hallam University in 2018. For her dissertation, she was given a chance to study the Syrian refugee crisis under the supervision of Dr Miroslav Baros. During her study in Sheffield, she worked as a volunteer researcher for the African Commission at the International Human Rights Clinic. She also volunteered for Family Reunion Project at Sheffield Hallam University Law Clinic. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Law of Istanbul University in 2016.

Managing Editor Journal: Caoimhe Kiernan

Caoimhe Kiernan is a second year PhD student and part-time tutor with the Law Department in the Technological University Dublin. Her doctoral research investigates the impact that the introduction of female judges has had on the development of Irish jurisprudence. Her research interests include feminist legal theory, the judiciary, gender studies, constitutional law, human rights law, and Irish jurisprudence. She conducts her research from the Environmental, Sustainability and Health Institute within TU Dublin and is supervised by Dr Brian Barry.

She holds an LLB Clinical from Maynooth University and her final year thesis focussed on the responsibility of online moderators in the European Union to combat online hate speech. She has previously presented at the 2020 SLS Annual Conference, the SLSA Gender Gap Seminar in 2020, and has had her work displayed by the SLSA. She is a research assistant with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Directorate in TU Dublin, working under Professor Yvonne Galligan.

Event Officer: Katie Mallon

Katie Mallon- a second year law student at DCU- interests in areas of company and contract law- interests outside of college include athletics and golf

Podcast Officer: Shauna Ward

My name is Shauna, I’m twenty-two, and I am a Master student in Journalism. I graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an L.L.B. degree earlier this year. I founded an award-winning youth publishing business which promoted science for young children. I am also a journalist focused on climate change, politics and law. I host a radio show called ‘Coping with the Climate Crisis’ on DCUfm, I am the editor of the publication E&A and a podcaster for Dublin Law and Politics Review Podcast.