School of Law
Dr Maebh Harding
School of Law
Portsmouth Business School
Dr Maebh Harding, BCL (Law with French Law), Attorney-at -Law (NY), PhD (NUI) Sol. (Ireland)
Maebh joined the School of Law at the University of Portsmouth as a Senior Lecturer in 2008 after teaching at the School of Law in University College Dublin. She completed her PhD in 2008 entitled 'The Legal Definition of Marriage in Ireland in the 21st Century: A Comparative analysis of Common Law and Civil Law’.' Her research was funded by the UCD Open Postgraduate Scholarship and the National University of Ireland EJ Phelan Fellowship in International Law (2006-2008).
Teaching and Research Interests
Maebh is currently on research sabbatical. She is an external examiner in Family Law at NUI Galway.
Maebh's research interests lie in the areas of International and Comparative Family Law, Family and Child Law, Private International Law and Legal History. Since 2010 she has served as Chair of the School of Law Research and KT committee.
M Harding, ‘The curious incident of the Marriage Act (No.2) 1537 and the Irish Statute Book’ (2012) Legal Studies (forthcoming).
M Harding, ‘A “catholic” approach to Irish nullity law’ in Orucu, E. and Mair (eds) The Place of Religion in Family Law: A Comparative Search (Intersentia Antwerp 2011), 161-183.
M Harding, ‘The harmonisation of private international law in Europe: taking the character out of family law?’ 7 Journal of Private International Law, 203-229.
See further: http://port.academia.edu/MaebhHarding
Awards and Funding
2006-2008 National University of Ireland, EJ Phelan Fellowship in International Law.
2006 Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship.
2006 Student Law Reform Essay Prize, awarded by the Law Society of Ireland.
2005 UCD Open Postgraduate Scholarship, conferred by the Office of the President.
Selected Conference Papers
‘Should Adult Relationships be freed from national protective norms?’ Kyushu University 7th Annual International Law Conference, February 11 & 12, 2012. (forthcoming)
Newnham and Harding ‘Is Shared Residence the new Black? A Pilot Study of the use of Shared Residence Orders at County Court level’ Annual SLS Conference 2011, Cambridge University .
National Reporter for Ireland at the Nuffield Foundation Workshop on National Approaches to Surrogacy in Aberdeen 30 August - 1 September 2011.
‘The public effect of marriage and the un-oustable jurisdiction of the English Matrimonial Courts over the financial consequences of marriage’ Journal of Private International Law Conference, Milan, 14 April 2011.
‘Father, the Optional Parent in Three Parent Families?’ Staffordshire University Law School. Annual Family Law Seminar, 2 April 2011.
‘The Harmonisation of Private international law in Europe: Taking the character out of Family Law?’ Journal of Private International Law Colloquium 2010, 1 October 2010, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
National Reporter for Ireland on the issue of ‘Maternity for another’, International Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law, (IACL) Washington DC in 2010.
International Surrogacy Forum, British Institution of International and Comparative Law, Irish Society of Comparative Law, Irish Society of Legal History and the Society of Legal Scholars.