5th International Disability Law Summer School,17-22 June 2013

Lee-Ann Basser

Lee Ann Basser is an Associate Professor of Law at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia and Adjunct Faculty in the graduate program in Critical Disability Studies at York University in Canada. In 2012-2013 she was a visiting scholar in the Buchman Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University. Professor Basser researches and teaches in the areas of disability law and policy as well as family law and children’s rights. Her work is informed by a human rights approach to disability and her particular research interests are in matters at the intersection of disability and family law such legal capacity, sexual health and reproductive rights, education, access to justice and gender equality.  Professor Basser is currently completing work on a disability rights monitoring project that was part of a wider human rights auditing project funded by the Australian Research Council (for which she was a Chief Investigator). She is also working in collaboration with the Rights and Justice for Sustainable Communities research team at La Trobe University on a project evaluating innovations in the justice system as they impact on vulnerable communities including people with disabilities. Her newest project focuses on parenting with disability and the right to family life.
Professor Basser has worked with a wide range of non-governmental and community organisations and is regularly consulted by disability rights advocacy groups in Australia and overseas on issues such as sterilisation of girls and women with disabilities, supported decision making, monitoring human rights and other issues of disability discrimination. Until recently Professor Basser was a member of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council and she was a foundation member of the board of the Human Rights Law Centre. Professor Basser has published widely in the area of disability law and policy and children’s rights. She has co-edited several books of essays, most recently - Critical Perspectives on Human Rights and Disability Law (2011, Martinus Nijhoff, with M Rioux & M Jones). Other books include: Children on the Agenda: The Rights of Australia’s Children; Disability, Divers-ability and Legal Change; and Explorations on Law and Disability in Australia.

Gauthier de Beco
Gauthier de Beco holds a J.D. from the University of Leuven, an LL.M. (Master of Laws) from the University of Nottingham and a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Louvain.

He is currently post-doctoral researcher at the Leuven Institute for Human Rights and Critical Studies (LIHRICS) of the University of Leuven where he does research on national human rights institutions and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He was previously teaching assistant at the Faculty of Laws of the University of Louvain (2005-2009) and taught international human rights at the School of Public Policy of University College London (2011-2012). He also worked at the Chambers of the International Criminal Court (2004-2005), the Human Rights Unit of the Belgian Ministry of Justice (2009-2011) and the CRPD Unit of the Belgian Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (2012).

Gauthier de Beco is the author of three books as well as many articles in the field of human rights. He recently edited a book on ‘Article 33 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: National Structures for the Implementation and Monitoring of the Convention’ published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. He is also a regular consultant on Article 33 CRPD to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and several NGOs. He recently updated and completed a Study on the implementation of Article 33 in Europe commissioned by the OHCHR Regional Office for Europe.  Gauthier de Beco is on the editorial board of the Revue trimestrielle des droits de l’homme and reviews articles for several other legal journals.
Magdi Birtha
Magdi is Marie Curie Research Fellow and PhD candidate at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at National University of Ireland, Galway. Magdi’s research in the frame of the DREAM project is focusing on the National and European Monitoring of the CRPD and civil society involvement. She will be researching the process of creating a self-sustaining triangular mechanism to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the Convention by collecting promising international practices. She has a special focus on the active and effective involvement of persons with disabilities in policy and decision-making processes (Article 33.3 CRPD). She is following the implementation of the Convention at the EU level and aiming to provide recommendations by the end of her three years on ways of effective monitoring.
Previously Magdi worked on the implementation and monitoring mechanisms of the CRPD at EU level as a trainee at the Unit of Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the European Commission. In 2008-2010 she was Hungarian coordinator of the two years Grundtvig Multilateral EU project ’My Opinion My Vote’ focusing on the political participation and voting rights of persons with learning disabilities.
Magdi became dedicated to disability rights while working as a volunteer in a group home maintained by the Hungarian Down Foundation in Budapest between 2006 and 2008. Assisting the everyday life and building up personal relations with a number of persons with intellectual disabilities ensured her better understanding regarding the barriers they have to face in our society. She worked closely with a number of advocacy NGOs and DPOs raising awareness on the right to vote, organizing training sessions on citizenship and participation, and monitoring human rights in big institutions all around Hungary.

Jerome Bickenbach

Disability Policy Unit Head, Swiss Paraplegic Research Steering Committee member, ICF Research Branch of WHO Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications in German Department of Health Sciences & Health Policy at the University of Lucerne
Dr. Jerome Bickenbach is a full professor and holds the Research Chair in the Department of Philosophy and Faculties of Law and Medicine at Queen’s University. He is the author of Physical Disability and Social Policy (1993) and the co-editor of Introduction to Disability (1998), Disability and Culture: Universalism and Diversity (2000), A Seat at the Table: Persons with Disabilities and Policy Making (2001), Quality of Life and Human Difference (2003) and numerous articles and chapters in disability studies, focusing on the nature of disability and disability law and policy. He was a content editor of Sage Publications’ five 5 volume Encyclopaedia of Disability. His most recent book is Ethics, Law and Policy in the Sage Disability Resource Library. Since 1995 he has been a consultant with the World Health Organization (WHO) working on drafting, testing and implementation of the ICF, and continues to consult with WHO on international disability social policy. His research is in disability studies, using qualitative and quantitative research techniques within the paradigm of participatory action research. Most recently his research includes disability quality of life and the disability critique, disability epidemiology, universal design and inclusion, modelling disability statistics for population health surveys, the relationship between disability and wellbeing, disability and ageing issues and the application of ICF to monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As a lawyer, Prof. Bickenbach was a human rights litigator, specializing in anti-discrimination for persons with intellectual impairments and mental illness. Since 2007, he has headed the Disability Policy Unit at Swiss Paraplegic Research in Nottwil, Switzerland and is Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Lucerne.

Dragana Ciric Milovanovic
Biography TBC

Dennis Driscoll
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 Dennis Driscoll is a former Dean of the Law School at NUI Galway, where he taught International Law, International Human Rights, and Corporate Social Responsibility.  He is also a former Visiting Professor at Harvard University and at Peking University Law School, where in 2004-2005, as the Raoul Wallenberg Institute Visiting Professor of Human Rights, he became the first Professor of Human Rights in the history of China
Since the late 1990s, he has pursued his interests in Corporate Social Responsibility and in Comparative Corporate Governance.
He has given workshops on CSR or Corporate Governance to more than 500 companies in Europe and in Emerging Markets, especially in China, and, more recently, in the Middle East and Africa.
He is currently Visiting Professor of Management at Strathclyde Business School and at Koç University Business School in Istanbul.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway.

Steven Estey
Based in Canada, Steven Estey is an independent consultant on international disability rights.  For many years he was the human rights officer at Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI), an International NGO, focussing on the Human Rights of disabled people.  
Steven has travelled widely, working with Disabled Peoples’ Organizations, Governments, and UN Agencies.  Over time he has developed wide experience in the areas of international cooperation, economic development, human rights and disability.   He has testified before Parliamentary committees in Canada and spoken on Human Rights and people with disabilities at the United Nations and in many countries around the world.  
From 2003, until the successful conclusion of the negotiations in 2006, Steven was the Adviser to Canada’s official delegation to the UN, which drafted the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). At the same time he was the staff support person at DPI sharing information and assisting members to prepare for meetings of the Ad Hoc Committee.  After the CRPD was adopted by the UN General Assembly, in 2006 Steven led DPIs work to encourage UN members to both sign and ratify the treaty.  Steven left DPI in 2010 and has since worked globally on a variety of initiatives targeted at effective implementation and robust monitoring of the CRPD with UN Agencies, NGOs and National Human Rights Institutions.  

Eilionóir Flynn

Eilionóir is presently the Senior Research Fellow (with responsibility for the Research Programme) at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland Galway.
She joined the CDLP as a postdoctoral researcher for a project on National Disability Strategies. This project involved a comparative study of 11 National Disability Strategies worldwide (with a focus on Ireland’s National Disability Strategy 2004), and its key findings were a set of critical success factors which enable National Disability Strategies to become vehicles for the effective implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at domestic level. Eilionóir wrote a book based on this research for Cambridge University Press, entitled: From Rhetoric to Action: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, published in August 2011.

In May 2011, Eilionóir became the Senior Research Fellow in the CDLP and has responsibility for the Centre’s research programme and activities, as outlined in the Centre’s new Business Plan 2011-2014. Some of the research activities contained in this plan include research on legal capacity and supported decision making; independent living and individual budgets; financial independence, corporate culture and disability; and advocacy and access to justice.

Eilionóir is currently a member of the National Advocacy Service working group to develop a non-instructed advocacy policy, and is represented on the Regional Advisory Group for the Service (Region 5: West/North West). In her personal capacity, she is also an external member of the Human Rights Committee of the Brothers of Charity (Galway), which reviews any restrictions placed on the rights of people with disabilities who use these services. Eilionóir is also a member of the Academic Network of European Disability experts Working Group to develop a monitoring tool for the European Union Disability Strategy 2010-2020. She is also a regular contributor to the Human Rights in Ireland blog and is co-editing the blog with Liam Thornton until September 2011.

Gábor Gombos

Gábor Gombos is a world renowned independent disability rights defender. A person with a psychosocial disability himself, Mr Gombos has been advocating for a just and inclusive world where all persons with disabilities enjoy all their human rights without any kind of discrimination.
Mr Gombos' work and activism over the past two-decades has ranged from grassroots peer support by users and survivors of psychiatry, through national, regional and international non-governmental organizations, up to the United Nations. He chaired the Hungarian Mental Health Interest Forum, the European Network of (ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and co-chaired the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. He has been extensively consulted on the rights of persons with disabilities by the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the Council of Europe. Between 2003 and 2006 he actively contributed to the negotiations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Between 2004 and 2011 Mr Gombos was the Senior Advocacy Officer at the Mental Disability Advocacy Center.
His work in the field of disability and mental health rights has been recognized by the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2009). Mr Gombos is a Fellow of Ashoka Innovators for the Public (2001) and his activism was profiled in the Speak Truth to Power educational project by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (2000). He serves on the Advisory Board of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award.
Mr Gombos was appointed adjunct professor at NALSAR Law University in Hyderabad, India in August 2012 and at the NUI Galway, Centre for Disability Law and Policy in March 2013.
Until the end of 2012 Mr Gombos served as Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a body of independent experts, which monitors the implementation of the Disability Convention.

Nora Groce
Professor Groce is the Director and Leonard Cheshire Chair of the he Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, based at University College London.
 Professor Groce is a medical anthropologist, working in the area of global health and international development with particular emphasis on cross-cultural systems of health care and health as a human rights issue. Her research interests include issues of disability in international health and development, violence as a global public health problem, equity in access to health care in ethnic, minority and rural communities and the integration of western and traditional health care systems.
Professor Groce regularly serves as an advisor to United Nations (UN) agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNFPA and a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and disabled people’s organizations (DPOs). She has published widely on both research and policy initiatives and has serves as editor and reviewer for a number of leading journals.
Prior to coming to UCL, Professor Groce was a Research Scientist at Harvard University (1986-1990) and Associate Professor in Global Health at Yale University and Director of the Yale/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (1991-2008).

Eve Hill

Eve Hill is a nationally known disability rights advocate and expert on disability rights law.  Ms. Hill is Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she is a member of the Civil Rights Division’s leadership team and is responsible for oversight of the Division’s disability rights enforcement, as well as oversight of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices and the American Indian Working Group. Highlights of Ms. Hill’s work at the Department’s include work on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, accessibility of websites and other digital technology, Olmstead community integration requirements, and disability rights in education.
Ms. Hill was previously Of Counsel with the law firm of Brown Goldstein & Levy, where she helped lead the firm’s disability rights practice. Prior to joining Brown Goldstein & Levy, Ms. Hill was Senior Vice President of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University (in the Washington, DC office), where she was responsible for the Institute’s disability civil rights work. 
Previously, Ms. Hill was the founding Director of the Washington DC Office of Disability Rights, a Cabinet-level DC government agency dedicated to improving access for people with disabilities to government programs and making the District a model of accessibility. Prior to joining the District, Ms. Hill was Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles, which advocates for the civil rights of people with disabilities through impact civil rights litigation, special education advocacy, training and technical assistance, mediation, and other methods.  She was also a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where she taught Disability Rights Law and Special Education Law.  Ms. Hill served on the California State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness and the American Bar Association Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, and was Co-Chair of the U.S. Access Board’s Courthouse Accessibility Advisory Committee. 
Ms. Hill is the co-author of a treatise and a casebook on “Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy”.  Ms. Hill has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California School of Law and Loyola Marymount University School of Education. Ms. Hill started her disability rights work at the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Disability Rights Section, where she implemented the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Mediation Program, supervised the ADA Investigations Unit, and implemented the program for certifying state and local building codes under the ADA. Ms. Hill was also the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the Civil Rights Division. Before joining the Justice Department, Ms. Hill was an associate with the Washington, D.C. firm of Pierson Semmes & Bemis. Ms. Hill received her J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School.

Yoshikazu Ikehara
Chair of Expanding Committee on Establishing Disability Rights Tribunal in Asia & Pacific, Senior Attorney of Tokyo Advocacy Law Office, A member of Committee on Anti-Discrimination Law for Persons with Disabilities under Japan Federation of Bar Associations, A member of Task Force on Anti-Discrimination of Committee on Disability Policy under Cabinet Office, A lecture in Disability Law at Waseda Law School in Tokyo, He started his work as a lawyer from mental disability issues. After he studied independent living and legal advocacy in Berkley California in 1994 and 1995, he established Tokyo Advocacy Law Office. His work covers all fields of disability issues now.

Elizabeth Kamundia
Elizabeth Kamundia completed an LL.M in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy - National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) in November 2012. Prior to joining NUIG, she worked at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) as the Human Rights Officer on Disability. Elizabeth also worked as a researcher with the Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review that helped deliver a new Constitution for Kenya in 2010. Elizabeth is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, and also holds a Masters in Public International Law from the University of Nairobi. Currently, she is working as a consultant with Users and Survivors of Psychiatry – Kenya as well as with the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa and KNCHR on the reform of legal capacity law in Kenya. Elizabeth also trains on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities both locally and internationally.

Rosemary Kayess
Rosemary Kayess has extensive disability policy experience. She has held ministerial advisory roles with both the state and federal government on disability and carer issues and was the external expert on the Australian Government delegation to the United Nations negotiations for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Rosemary has had extensive research experience working and advising on a variety of social research projects including access to justice, human rights and disability, guardianship, young people in nursing homes.
Her research areas include Access to justice; Human rights and disability; Guardianship; Young people in nursing homes.

Victoria Lee
Biography TBC

Janet E. Lord

Janet E. Lord is an international disability rights lawyer who is currently senior research associate at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and senior partner at BlueLaw International, LLP, an international law and development firm where she directs the human rights and disability inclusive development practice.
She participated in all of the negotiating sessions during the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, serving as legal advisor to Disabled Peoples’ International, several lead governments and as technical expert to the United Nations. She has designed, managed, and implemented projects addressing disability law and policy in more than 30 countries worldwide. She consults regularly for a variety of international organizations, including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Disability Programme, UNDP, USAID, the EU, GTZ, the World Bank, CARE, Chemonics International, Disabled Peoples’ International, Handicap International France, and the International Foundation for Election Systems. She has published widely in the area of human rights, international disability law and inclusive development. She is adjunct professor of law at American University, School of International, Service, and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), George Washington University Law School and Kenyon College.

Kathleen Lynch, T.D
Kathleen Lynch is the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality and Defence with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People – Ireland. She was appointed Minister of State on 10th March 2011
Portfolio: Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality and Defence, Ireland
The Minister of State is accountable for developing and articulating Government policy on Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People. Minister Lynch is leading a fundamental Mental Health Reform Programme in Ireland (Vision for Change).
Political Career: In 1994 Minister Lynch was first elected to the Irish Parliament (Dáil Eireann) for the Labour Party. She was subsequently elected again in 2002 and has retained her seat since. In March 2011 the Labour Party formed a new coalition government with the Fine Gael Party with an agreed programme for government, including major Health Care Reform.
Occupation: Full-time Public Representative
Memberships: Joint Parliamentary Committee on Health 2007, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights 2002-2007, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Enterprise and Small Business 2002 - 2006
Family Background: Married to Bernard Lynch with 4 children

Justice John MacMenamin
Biography TBC

Charles O’Mahony 
Charles joined the School of Law, NUI Galway in September 2012 as a lecturer in Public Law. Charles previously worked as Amnesty International Ireland’s Legal Officer on its mental health campaign. He is currently completing a Ph.D at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway under the supervision of Dr. Mary Keys.  His thesis examines law and policy relating to persons with mental health problems in contact with the criminal justice system. He also worked as a legal researcher for the Law Reform Commission working on developing its Programme of Law Reform (2008-2014) and its Consultation Paper on Jury Selection (2010). He was awarded a LL.M from University College London in 2005 and a LL.M in Public Law from NUI Galway in 2006. He completed a BA in Legal Science and History in 2003 and a LL.B in 2004 at NUI Galway. He is a member of the Mental Health Law and Policy Research Group based in the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway.

Joanne O’Riordan
Biography TBC

Camilla Parker

Camilla is one of the founding partners of Just Equality – a human rights and equality consultancy based in London, UK. She is a qualified lawyer, with a Masters in Human Rights and Civil Liberties (LLM (with Distinction) 1992) and since 1997 has worked as an independent consultant, specialising in mental health, disability and human rights law and policy. She also works as a consultant for the Open Society Mental Health Initiative. Camilla is a member of the Mental Health and Disability Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales and an LLM tutor at Cardiff University, Wales. She was a Special Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights during its inquiry into the human rights of adults with learning disabilities’ (see A Life Like Any Other? Human Rights of Adults with Learning Disabilities’ 2008).
She is a member of the Advisory Council for the European Coalition for Community Living. Camilla has a particular interest in the human rights of young people in need of mental health care, which is the subject of her (part-time) doctoral research at Cardiff Law School.
Camilla’s publications include: Open Society Foundations, The European Union and the Right to Community Living: Structural Funds and the European Union’s Obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2012 (with Luke Clements) and United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Europe Regional Office, Forgotten Europeans – Forgotten Rights: The Human Rights of Persons Placed in Institutions 2011.  

Prof. Gerard Quinn
Gerard Quinn is the Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the NUI Galway School of Law. Called to the Irish Bar in 1983, he holds a masters (LL.M.) and doctorate in law (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School. 

His specialization is international and comparative disability law and policy.

He is a member of the Irish Human Rights Commission and helps co-ordinate the work of National Human Rights Institutions worldwide on disability issues.
He led the delegation of Rehabilitation International (RI) during the UN Working Group that elaborated the basis for the new Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He has worked in the European Commission (as a civil servant), and held a number of posts such as Director of Research for the Irish Government’s Law Reform Commission and Vice President of the European Committee of Social Rights (Council of Europe).  He sits on various advisory boards dealing with disability law and policy issues such as the Commonwealth Secretariat, SOROS-OSI (Washington, DC), Disability Rights Fund (Boston, MA), European Foundation Centre Consortium on Disability(Brussels), European Coalition for Community Living (London), Interights (London).

In January 2012 President Michael D. Higgins appointed Professor Quinn to the Republic of Ireland’s Council of State.

Meredith Raley
Meredith Raley received a B.A. in Political Science from the College of Charleston in 2007, and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2010. She is currently a Ph.D. Student at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Lucy Series

Lucy Series is a socio-legal researcher with an interest in legal capacity and community care law.  She is currently working at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway, on projects related to legal capacity.  Lucy recently submitted her PhD in law, entitled 'The Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Institutional Domination of People with Learning Disabilities', at the University of Exeter.  Prior to commencing her PhD in law, Lucy read Psychology with Philosophy (BA Oxford; MSc Bristol) and worked in a variety of roles in health and social care, including support worker, social inclusion worker, family worker, care co-ordinator and assistant psychologist.  Lucy also writes a blog about her research interests called The Small Places.

Martha Stickings
Martha Stickings is a social scientist with a BA from Cambridge University and a MA from the University of Vienna.
Since 2011 she has been working as part of the disability team at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). She was heavily involved in the Agency's first project in the area of disabilities, which focused on the fundamental rights of persons with intellectual disabilities and persons with mental health problems and produced reports on the right to vote, reasonable accommodation, involuntary placement and treatment, and independent living. She is currently responsible for a project developing and populating indicators on the right to political participation of persons with disabilities, as well as being part of the team for a project on targeted violence and hostility against children with disabilities.

Rannveig Traustadóttir

Rannveig Traustadóttir, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Iceland. Much of her research in Disability Studies has examined the intersection of disability and gender, as well as other categories of inequality, such as social class, ethnicity, age and sexuality, and how these create multiple layers of discrimination and social exclusion in disabled people’s lives. Her current research projects are on childhood disability, poverty, social policy and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has been one of the leaders in developing Disability Studies as a scholarly field in the Nordic countries and was the president of NNDR, The Nordic Network on Disability Research, for seven years (2000-2007). She has published 12 books and numerous articles on disability, gender, policy, family, deinstitutionalization and qualitative research methods.

Máire Whelan, SC.
Máire R Whelan SC was appointed Attorney General on 9 March 2011.
She studied Political Science in University College Galway with President Michael D. Higgins before turning to the study of law, earning the degrees of B.A. (Hons) in Political Science and LL.B. She completed her Masters degree in law at King's College, London, before her call to the Irish Bar in 1985. She continued her studies, gaining a Diploma in International Relations from the University of Vienna, and at Harvard, where she studied negotiation and conflict management with Professor Roger Fisher.
She was called to the Inner Bar in 2005, by which time she had developed an extensive practice, specializing in Chancery, Probate, Human Rights and Land Law. She is a former advisor to the Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas and served as chairperson of the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC). She was the representative of the Bar Council of Ireland on the Board of the Property Registration Authority, and also served as Vice Chairperson of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for Ireland. She is a co-author of National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) Act 2009: A Reference Guide.
Máire grew up in Kinvara, County Galway. She lives in Dublin with her husband, Bernard McCabe, and son, Niall.