Ms Connie Healy

B. Comm, LL.B, Solicitor, CEDR Accredited Mediator

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Connie Healy is a Ph.D candidate at the School of Law. Her research into mediation and  collaborative practice in Ireland, entitled “Resolution of Conflict in Family Law Matters: An Alternative and Child-Inclusive Approach” is being funded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and is being supervised by Marie McGonagle, Senior Lecturer, NUI, Galway.

Connie graduated from NUI Galway with a B. Comm. in 1989 and an LL.B in 1991. She tutored in criminal law at NUI, Galway and lectured part-time in financial accounting at GMIT (1991-1992). She was admitted as a solicitor by The Law Society of Ireland in June 1994 and practised as solicitor, both in private practice and for the legal aid board for over fifteen years specialising in litigation and family law. She was accredited as a mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, (CEDR), London in 2005 and trained as a collaborative law practitioner in 2007.

In 2010 Connie was awarded a scholarship from the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) to attend and participate in their 11th Annual Forum in Washington D.C. She was subsequently appointed by the IACP to their Research Committee for 2011 and has published in their journal, The Collaborative Review. In 2011 she was also awarded a scholarship from the Irish Association of Law Teachers to  present a paper at their Annual Conference in Athlone.


Research Interests

Children’s rights, family law, alternative dispute resolution and the role of the legal profession in the resolution of conflict.

Research Projects

PhD Thesis

‘Resolution of Conflict in Family Law Matters: An Alternative and Child-Inclusive Approach’

Abstract: To thoroughly examine and critically assess and compare the court process and alternative settlement processes namely, mediation and collaborative practice and their potential, if any, to provide an avenue for children to participate and have their voices heard in accordance with Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The thesis also examines the issues of capacity from a life-course perspective and argues that assisting children to participate will ensure that their best interests under Article 3 are considered and that such participation will increase their resilience and competency to engage in less adversarial processes throughout their lives. 

Other Projects

Member of the Research Committee of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (2011).

Research Publications


  • Connie Healy, “The Uniform Collaborative Law Act, to Ireland and Beyond”. The Collaborative Review. (Forthcoming)
  • Connie Healy “The Child Specialist in Collaborative Practice” (2012) 12 (1) The Collaborative Review 22.
  • Connie Healy “American and Irish Perspectives on Collaborative Practice” (2011)  14 (4) Irish Journal of Family Law 98
  • Connie Healy, “The Collaborative Process, a ‘Mechanism’ to Hear the Voice of the Child?” (2010) 13 (4) Irish Journal of Family Law 102.

Conference Papers

  • Applying Norms to Relationship Breakdown: Black or White or “a spectrum of shades between the extremes?”( International Conference, The Normative Anatomy of Society – Relations between Norms and the Law in 21st Century Department of Sociology,  Lund University,  April 2012)
  • “The Uniform Collaborative Law Act: Law for the US alone or relevant to Ireland?” (Irish Society of Comparative Law Annual Conference, University College Cork, March 2012.)
  • Collaborative Practice: A Valued Added Approach to Separation and Divorce in Contemporary Ireland? (Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Athlone, November 2011).
  • Lecture on “The Role of the Financial Professional in Collaborative Practice” given to the Life and Insurance Association of Ireland, May 2011.
  • Guest Lecture as part of ADR Lecture Series held at NUI Galway “Collaborative Practice” to students and members of the Galway Bar Association. (March 2011)
  • Rethinking Family Law, Examining the Collaborative Law Process as a Means of Giving a Voice to Children in accordance with our obligations under Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on Children’s Rights”(Trinity College Dublin, February 2010.)

Teaching Areas

  • Family Law - Civil Law Students ( Semester 1- 2011/2012)
  • Seminars with LL.M Students “Children in the Courts’ System” and “The Voice of the Child in Mediation and Collaborative Practice” 
  • Tutored Criminal Law to B.A and LL.B students (1992-1993)
  • Lectured in Financial Accounting. Evening Students (1992-1993)