Lecturer in Law
School of Humanities - Applied Arts
C115 Convent Building
Ella has completed a BCL, LLM and PhD at University College Cork. Her LLM dissertation focused on the duty of care owed to children in schools from the perspective of the law of negligence. Her PhD examined the application of public order and morality exclusions in European patent law. In 2008 her essay based on the application of patent law to transgenic animals in Europe was awarded second place in the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research of Intellectual Property Essay Competition (http://www.atrip.org/Essays). In 2012 an article examining the law relating to the patentability of human embryonic stem cells in Australia and Europe was awarded first place in the Australian Intellectual Property Journal Essay Competition.
Ella's research centres on Intellectual Property law and the application of ethical concerns in the context of granting patent protection for biotechnological inventions. She is also currently expanding her LLM research on the duty of care owed to children in schools.
PhD Thesis Title: Reconciling restrictive traditions with broadening horizons: The evolution of the ordre public and morality exclusion in relation to biotechnological inventions in European patent law
Ella has been teaching law for 11 years and in 2013 completed a PG Cert in Teaching and Learning. She maintains a blog on teaching at https://thestudymap.wordpress.com/. Over the years she has taught Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, Contract Law, Company Law, Succession Law, HRM and Legislative Studies, Family Law and Commercial Law.
Ella is currently programme director of the Higher Certificate in Arts in Legal Studies. Previously, she has worked as a researcher and lecturer at UCC (2005-2011) and Griffith College Cork (2013). She has also worked at the Central Statistics Office (2014-2015).
“International Stem Cell Corporation v. Comptroller General of Patents: The debate regarding the definition of the human embryo continues” (2014) 36 European Intellectual Property Review 155
“The patentability of human embryonic stem cells in Australia and Europe: Section 18(2) reconsidered in light of Oliver Brüstle v Greenpeace eV” (2013) 24 Australian Intellectual Property Journal 18
“Is Article 53(a) EPC still of narrow interpretation?”  Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 680
"Brüstle v. Greenpeace: An inventive interpretation of the human embryo in the CJEU"  Irish Law Times 161
“Gene Patents and Industrial Application: Human Genome Sciences Inc. v. Eli Lilly & Co.”  Commercial Law Practitioner 161
“Article 53(a) EPC and the patentability of animals: The effect of Rule 23d(d) on ordre public and morality evaluations in the European Patent Office” (2008) available at http://www.atrip.org/Essays