Verona O'Driscoll

Verona O’ Driscoll (Ní Dhrisceoil) is a Fulbright Teaching Scholar and Phd exchange student at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, for the Spring Semester 2010. Verona is a native of Oileán Chléire, Co. Cork. She graduated from the National University of Ireland, Cork with a Law and Irish Degree in 2004 and an LLM in Criminal Justice (First Class Honors) in 2005. Since then Verona has combined her interests in law and language, through teaching and research. In 2007/2008, she worked with the Law Reform Commission of Ireland and is the principal researcher of the Commission’s Report on Defences in Criminal Law. In 2008, she was awarded a Higher Education Authority (HEA) Scholarship to carry out research in the area of Law and Irish language rights. During this time, she is pursuing a doctoral study in this area under the supervision of Dr. Siobhan Mullally and while in Notre Dame, under the supervision of Prof. Brian Ó Conchubhair. The current working title of her thesis is “Exploring language rights and the role of law in the future of the Irish language”.