Photo of Ronan O Fathaigh, Human Rights Centre, Ghent University


Rónan graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a first-class master’s degree in law, and was vice-president of the university’s law society. He is a former legal researcher with the Irish public broadcaster (RTÉ), and a former research fellow at Columbia Law School. He has published his work in a number of law reviews, including the Journal of Media Law, European Human Rights Law Review, Hibernian Law Journal, Columbia Journal of European Law, and European Human Rights Cases, and is a regular contributor to the Strasbourg Observers blog. Rónan joined Ghent University in 2010, and is writing his doctoral dissertation on freedom of expression and the chilling effect principle, under the guidance of Professor Dirk Voorhoof.



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  • 2010 – ongoing: PhD Research Fellow, Human Rights Centre, Ghent University
  • 2014: Research Fellow, Columbia Law School, New York City
  • 2008 – 2009: Legal researcher in the legal affairs department of RTÉ, the Irish public service broadcaster, Dublin


University Degrees

  • Master of Laws, National University of Ireland, Galway, 2010
  • Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (Dlí), National University of Ireland, Galway, 2008
  • Bachelor of Laws, National University of Ireland, Galway, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, National University of Ireland, Galway, 2006


  • Doctoral scholarship, Ghent University, 2010
  • Graduated top of class in Master of Laws (Public Law) degree, National University of Ireland, Galway, 2010
  • Awarded Honorary Life Membership for services to the Society, National University of Ireland, Galway Law Society, 2008


  • Member, Global Freedom of Expression Expert Group, Columbia University.
  • Member, Human Rights Centre, Ghent University.
  • Contributor, Strasbourg Observers Blog


Journal articles

  • R. Ó Fathaigh, “Political Advertising Bans and Freedom of Expression,” 27 Greek Public Law Review 24 (2014).
  • R. Ó Fathaigh, “Article 10 and the Chilling Effect Principle,” 18 (3) European Human Rights Law Review 304 (2013).
  • R. Ó Fathaigh and D. Voorhoof, “Belpietro v. Italy: Does Parliamentary Privilege Extend to the Press?” 14 (12) European Human Rights Cases 2816 (2013).
  • R. Ó Fathaigh, “The Recognition of a Right of Reply under the European Convention,” 4 (2) Journal of Media Law 322 (2012).
  • R. Ó Fathaigh, “Anti-Abortion Protest and Freedom of Expression in Europe,” 17 Columbia Journal of European Law 47 (2011).
  • R. Ó Fathaigh, “Palomo Sánchez v. Spain,” 12 European Human Rights Cases 1794 (2011).
  • R. Ó Fathaigh, “Broadcasting Regulation in Ireland: Regulation Built on a False Premise,” 10 Hibernian Law Journal 41 (2011).

Books chapters

  • R. Ó Fathaigh and D. Voorhoof, “The European Court of Human Rights, Media Freedom and Democracy,” in M. Price, S. Verhulst, L. Morgan (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Media Law (New York: Routledge, 2012).
  • R. Ó Fathaigh, “Case law related to Article 10 of the European Convention,” in D. Voorhoof, European Media Law (Herentals: Knops Publishing, 2011).


All publications by Rónan Ó Fathaigh are listed in the ‘Ghent University Academic Bibliography’, RónanÓFathaigh@BiblioUGent.

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