Dr Maria O'Neill

Senior Lecturer

School Dundee Business School

Department Division of Law

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8421

Biography

I am a dual-qualified solicitor - in both the Republic of Ireland and in England and Wales - with significant experience of providing expert legal advice and consultancy in relation to EU justice, European affairs and the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ).

My PhD - which I completed at the University of Edinburgh – examined the European Union’s legal relationship with the World Trade Organization through the medium of agriculture. 

I’m particularly interested in the transnational criminal law, the external relations of the EU in the AFSJ, counter-terrorism and human trafficking and was called on to provide evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee when it was scrutinising the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill 2015.

I am involved in giving consultancy advice under different EU consultancy contracts, and for four years, I led an Abertay-based research team which was appointed to provide consultancy advice to the EU's Committee of the Regions in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. 

I have been the coordinator of the Policing and European Studies interdisciplinary research network from 2010 to 2016 and a founding member of the Scottish Institute of Policing Research. In 2017/18 I held a visiting research fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London.

Academic Qualifications

BCL, University College Cork, Rep. of Ireland,

LLM, European and International Law, University of Exeter, UK,

M.Ed. - Lifelong Learning, Open University, UK,

PhD Edinburgh University, UK. Thesis entitled: European Union's legal relationship with the World Trade Organisation through the Medium of Agriculture.

Professional Qualifications

Solicitor, Republic of Ireland.

Solicitor, England and Wales.

Undergraduate 2018/19.

First Semester

LAW330 coordinator and supervisor of many reserach projects.

 

Second Semester

LAW428 Competition Law

ECN411 World Trade and Exporting

ELE017 co-ordinator You and Your Legal Rights

 

 

Postgradaute

PhD supervision.

Transnational Criminal Law, and EU Justice and Home Affairs law, in particular the external relations of the EU in the AFSJ (to include, post Brexit, with the UK), counter-terrorism and trafficking in human beings.

 

Book

O'Neill M.: The Evolving EU Counter-terrorism Legal Framework, Routledge 2011, ISBN: 978-0-415-55758-0 http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415557580/

Book co-edited

1. O’Neill, Swinton and Winter; New Challenges for the EU Internal Security Policy, Cambridge Scholars, 2013, ISBN (10): 1-4438-4477-2, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-4477-2 . https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Challenges-Internal-Security-Strategy/dp/1443844772  .

2. O'Neill and Swinton; Challenges and Critiques of the EU Internal Security Strategy: Rights, power and security, Cambridge Scholars, 2017, ISBN: (10) 1-4438-9165-7; (13) 978-1-4438-9165-3. http://www.cambridgescholars.com/challenges-and-critiques-of-the-eu-internal-security-strategy.

Peer review Journal Articles

1. O'Neill, M. International Business Encounters Orgaized Crime: The Case of Trafficking in Human Beings, (2018) German Law Journal, Vol. 19 No. 5. p. 1125 - 1147, http://www.germanlawjournal.com/ .

2. O'Neill, M. "The European Investigation Order, a new era in cross border law enforcement?" EJPS (European Journal in Police Studies) Vol, 4. Issue 1, pages 87-102.

3. O'Neill, M. "Constructivism, Constitutionalism and the EU's Area of Freedom Security and Justice Post-Lisbon," (2016) 41 E.L.Rev., Issue 3, pp. 412-423, and republished in (2016) European Current Law, Issue 12, 1219 - 1228.

4. O'Neill, M. "The development of the external dimensions of the AFSJ - new challenges of the EU legal and policy framework," (2016) European Politics and Society, pages 1-15,  . http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/23745118.2016.1120997  

5. O'Neill, M. "Security cooperation, counterterrorism, and EU-North Africa cross-border security relations, a legal perspective," European Security, Volume 24, Issue 3, 2015,  438-453, (available online).

6. O'Neill, M. "The protection of fundamental rights and the external dimension of the EU's fight against terrorism: current and future challenges ahead of the EU accession to the ECHR," in Herlin-Karnell E. and Matera C. (eds) External Dimension of the EU Counter Terrorism Policy, CLEER Working Papers 2014/2.  http://www.asser.nl/cleer/publications/cleer-papers/cleer-wp-20142-herlin-karnell-matera-eds/ )    

7. O'Neill, M.: "The EU Legal Framework on Trafficking in Human Beings: Where to from here - the UK Perspective," Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER) Vol.7. Number 4, 2011. http://www.jcer.net/index.php/jcer/issue/view/23/showToc

8. O’Neill, M.: “A Europe that protects: moving to the next stage of cross border law enforcement cooperation”, The Police Journal, 2011, Vol. 84 Number 2, 2011.

9. O’Neill, M.: “The issue of data protection and data security in the third pillar, Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER), Vol 6, No 2 (2010). http://www.jcer.net/index.php/jcer/issue/view/17

10. O’Neill, M.: “EU Cross-Border Policing Provisions, the View from One of the Schengen Opt out Member Sates”; European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2010, pp. 73-89(17). http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/15718174/18/1

11. O’Neill, M.:  “A critical analysis of the EU legal provisions on Terrorism”, Terrorism and Political Violence, 20:1-23, 2008.

12. O'Neill M.: “On the boundary clash between EC commercial law and WTO law”, LIEI, 32(2), 2005, 65-86.

13. O'Neill M.: “Agricultural Commodities: Fortress Europe after Doha?” (2004) 15 EBLR 129-3-4 Number 2.

14. O'Neill M.: "The winds of change blow again: the World Trade Organisation's impact on the European Community's Common Agricultural Policy"; Liv.L.R, vol. 24, Issue 3, 2002, pp. 181-208.

15. O'Neill M.: "A Critical Examination of the Legislative Processes and Practices Applied in the Implementation of Directive 91/308/EEC on Money Laundering and Regulation 3677/90 on Psychotropic Substances in the Republic of Ireland", EJLR Vol. 3, Issue 4, 2002.

16. O'Neill M.: "Agriculture, the EC and the WTO; a legal critical analysis of the concepts of sustainability and multifunctionality"; Env. L. Rev. 4 (2002) 144-155.

17. O'Neill M.: "When European Integration meets Corporate Harmonisation", The Company Lawyer, Vol. 21. Number 6, June 2000, p 173-178.

18. O'Neill M.: “The Brussels Convention: a still born child?” Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, N.I.L.Q. 1999, 50(2), 243-253.

19. O'Neill M.: "Contracts for the International Sale of Goods - The Significance of "Fundamental Breach" in the Vienna Convention, 1980", Irish Business Law, Ir. BL 1999 2(3), 82-87.

Book Chapters

1. O'Neill M.; "The Legal reach of Police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters (PJCCM) measures across EU Borders: Extraterritoriality, Territorial Extension and the "Brussels Effect", pages 139 to 156, in Bossong and Carrapico (eds); EU Borders and Shifting Internal Security: Technology, Externalization and Accountability, Springer 2016. http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783319175591  

2. O’Neill M.; “A first mapping of the potential impact of the justice developments on the Area of Freedom Security and Justice,” chapter 2 in O’Neill and Swinton; Challenges and Critiques of the EU Internal Security Strategy: Rights, power and security, Cambridge Scholars, 2015, (forthcoming).

        3. O’Neill M.; Trafficking in Human Beings and the European Neighbourhood Policy: New Challenges for the EU Justice and Law Enforcement Framework, chapter 8 in O’Neill, Swinton and Winter; New Challenges for the EU Internal Security Policy, Cambridge Scholars, 2013, ISBN (10): 1-4438-4477-2, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-4477-2 .

4. O'Neill M.:  EU North African Relations in Cross Border Law Enforcement: New Legal Challenges for the EU in the post-Lisbon and post-Stockholm era, chapter 12 in Cardwell P.J. EU External Relations Law and Policy in the post Lisbon era, Asser/Springer, 2012, pps 241-264   http://www.springer.com/law/international/book/978-90-6704-822-4

5.  O'Neill M.: “From Cork to GATT and beyond: an analysis of the legal framework and constraints of the evolving European Rural Policy”, Dalton G, Bryden J. Shucksmith M. and Thompson K; European Public Policy at the Crossroads; Selected Conference Papers, the Arkleton Centre for Rural Development and Research, 2003 ISBN: 0 902604988.

6. O'Neill M.: "Multi-level Governance in the EC", a legal paper published as a chapter in (in Russian) (A. Malyi, J. Campbell and M. O'Neill: "Institutes of the European Union", Arkhangelsk 2002).

7. O'Neill M.: “Who is in the driving seat? The Influence of three small countries in the "cockpit of Europe" on European Union Integration", a legal paper published as a chapter in “Essays on Politics, Language and Society in Luxembourg”, edited by Gerald Newton, Edwin Mellen Press, 1999

Other Journal Articles

1. The transnational crime of human trafficking: taking the Canadian human security approach, Amicus Curiae Issue 109 Spring 2017.

2. Trafficking in Human Beings; An ongoing problem for the EU’s law enforcement community, SIAK Journal 1/2012, pages 43 – 54. (Seitschrift für Polizeiwissenschaft und Polizeiliche Praxis, Bundesministerium für Inneres, Republik Österreich. (Publised in their International Edition for 2013.) http://www.bmi.gv.at/cms/BMI_SIAK/4/2/1/start.aspx

3. So, you have a go ahead commercial client? SLG Vol. 74, 2006, page 106 – 108

4. The Changing Face of Agricultural Law in Scotland, SLG, Vol. 72, No. 6, 2004, page 160.

5. CAP reform; the Scottish Perspective, paper published in the Bulletin of the Agricultural law Association – Summer 2004 edition

6. WTO and its effect on CAP, report from the Table Ronde, CEDR Congress – Almería, October 2003, paper published in the Bulletin of the Agricultural law Association – Winter 2003/4 edition

7. "The Impact of accession to the World Trade Organization on the EC's Common Agricultural Policy, and the potential impact of the renewed WTO negotiations"; paper published in the Bulletin of the Agricultural Law Association - Winter 2002 edition

More Information

Funding

£500 from the Society of Legal Scholars Research Activities Fund towards the costs of research being conducted in London into human trafficking/ modern slavery, awarded April 2016, with work being undertaken September/ October 2017.

Lead co-ordinator to a University of Abertay based team who were appointed contractor to the Committee of the Regions, third choice, after an open and competitive tendering process under Committee of the Regions Multiple Framework Service Contract CDR/ETU/52/2001, Area of Freedom Security and Justice (contract signed November 2011, for one year, and renewed thereafter for three more years).

£5,000 paid over 3 years, for UACES funding to set up a research network entitled "Policing and European Studies" to be based at Abertay, March 09.

Scottish Institute for Policing Research PhD Studentship, full time over three years, for a project entitled “Scottish Based Anti-money laundering operations: Inter-agency Co-operation across jurisdictions”, awarded April 2008, to commence September 2008, £60,000 over three years

Esteem

Maria acted as consultant to RAND Europe's consultancy contract with the European Parliament "The Cost of Non-Europe in the Fight against Terrorism", Many 2017 to January 2018.

Maria has acted as external evaluator to the European Commission's DG Justice's JPEN and JCIV funding calls in 2012 and 2013.

Maria's submission to the House of Lords consultation on a potential UK opt-out from the EU's AFSJ measures was extensively referenced in the House of Lords European Union Committee inquiry into EU police and criminal justice measures: The UK’s 2014 opt-out decision (13th Report of Session 2012-13, HL Paper 159). This is available at  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201213/ldselect/ldeucom/159/159.pdf .


National reports

1.The Irish National Report under the Grotius Programme 2000/GR/109; National means of implementation of third pillar instruments, (for the European Commission), on the the Implementation of Directive 91/308/EEC on Money Laundering and Regulation 3677/90 on Psychotropic Substances in the Republic of Ireland.

2. The UK National Report on “Répercussions de L’OMC sur la PAC et sur le droit rural national, notamment en vue de L’Agriculture Écologique”, as the Agricultural Law Association's (UK) delegate to the CEDR (European Council for Agricultural Law) Congress 2003 in Almeria, Spain.


PhD students

Maria is currently supervising one post graduate research student.

Four of her PhD students have been awarded their PhDs.

Her first PhD supervisee addressed comparative contract law. He graduated with his PhD in Summer 2010.

Her second PhD supervisee addressed the "Legal challenges for Developing Countries Exports of Agricultural Food products to the EU". She graduated in Summer 2013.

Her third PhD supervisee addressed the issue of "Scottish based anti-money laundering operations: police inter-agency co-operation across jurisdictions". This was a hybrid law/ criminology PhD, and was funded by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (http://www.sipr.ac.uk). This student graduated in Summer 2013.

Her fourth PhD supervisee addressed the issue of forced labour in Saudi Arabia and the UK/ EU. This student graduated in Summer 2016.

Her continuing PhD student is covering "The principle of subsidiarity and police and judicial cooperation in the fight against sexual exploitation: prostitution in a diverse EU common market". This student is being co-supervised by Dr. Michelle Weldon Johns.

A further student has been awarded an LLM by research for a thesis on "EU environmental crime and punishment", and another, conducted at another University, undertook research on the title "European Institutions: a target for espionage".

 

Knowledge Exchange

Recent Knowledge Exchange includes: 

1. “Combating Human Trafficking with Reflexive Law”, December 4, 2018, Volume 11, Issue 56 Global –E Journal,  http://www.21global.ucsb.edu/global-e/december-2018/combatting-human-trafficking-reflexive-law

2.  “The transnational crime of human trafficking: taking the Canadian human security approach”, Amicus Curiae, Issue 109, Spring 2017 (published May 2018), pp.20-24.

3. “Trafficking in Human Beings; An ongoing problem for the EU’s law enforcement community,” SIAK Journal 1/2012, pages 43 – 54. (Seitschrift für Polizeiwissenschaft und Polizeiliche Praxis, Bundesministerium für Inneres, Republik Österreich. (Also publised in their International Edition for 2013.)

Outreach

Maria's submission to the House of Lords consultation on a potential UK opt-out from the EU's AFSJ measures was extensively referenced in the House of Lords European Union Committee inquiry into EU police and criminal justice measures: The UK’s 2014 opt-out decision (13th Report of Session 2012-13, HL Paper 159). This is available at  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201213/ldselect/ldeucom/159/159.pdf .

Maria also gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee when they were examining the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill 2015 (on the 10th March 2015) http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/84356.aspx.  

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