Ciarán O'Kelly

Ciarán O'Kelly

School of Law

Queen's University Belfast

About me

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. I coordinate the LLM in Law and Technology. I teach Regulating Innovation; Computational Skills for Law Students; and Data, Privacy and the Law. I have also taught Company Law and Corporate Governance on our LLB programme.

My main research interests focus on normative questions around ideas of corporate accountability, whether at the individual level or at the level of the corporation itself. My current focus is on how businesses, regulators and law put the language of human rights to work in addressing the impacts that business operations have on people, societies and the environment.

I welcome PhD proposals on accountability, business and human rights, law and technology, and on organisational accountability, corruption and ethics more generally. I am increasingly interested in computation-led analyses of corporate governance, CSR etc. This website contains some links to my research.

  • PhD in Political Philosophy, 2003

    University of Reading

  • MA in Political Theory, 1996

    University College Dublin

  • BA (mod) Economics and Philosophy, 1995

    Trinity College Dublin


Senior Lecturer
Aug 2021 – Present
Specialising in business and human rights, computational legal studies, corporate governance and accountability
Jan 2007 – Jul 2021
ESRC Research Fellow
Institute of Governance, Public Policy & Social Research, Queen’s University Belfast
Sep 2005 – Jan 2007
Project code RES No 156-25-0033: Regulatory Regime Change in World Financial Markets; World economy & finance research programme
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Institute of Governance, Public Policy & Social Research, Queen’s University Belfast
Sep 2003 – Sep 2005
Lecturer in Political Theory
Department of Politics, University of Reading
Sep 2001 – Sep 2003

Recent Publications

Cyborg Accountability in the 2nd Machine Age
Naming, Shaming, and the Search for Remedy in OECD National Contact Points
Business, Remedy and Vaccine Trials: reflections on the business and human rights issues in the Irish Mother and Baby Home Report