Dr Micheal O'Flynn
- Lecturer (School of Law)
telephone: +44 (0) 141 330 5873
Micheál is a Lecturer in Criminal Law. He previously worked at the University of Southampton. His research interests are broadly in the fields of criminal law and evidence, with a particular focus on the law relating to the investigation and prosecution of cybercrime.
Micheál studied law at Trinity College Dublin (LLB), the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LLM), and Queen Mary, University of London (PhD). He is also an Irish qualified Barrister and has been called to the Bar of England and Wales (Inner Temple).
He frequently speaks to practitioner audiences, and has lectured at organisations such as the Judicial College, the European Academy of Law, the Fraud Advisory Panel, the Law Commission, and (formerly) the Office of Surveillance Commissioners. He has acted as a legal consultant for the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Law Commission and Nominet.
His work for the Commonwealth Secretariat (a review of the Model law on Electronic Evidence, and leading an Expert Working Group) was presented at a meeting of all Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials in Sri Lanka 2019, and the Secretariat are now taking forward these recommendations in a second phase of the project.
In 2018, Micheál was seconded to the Law Commission and co-authored two publications ('Search Warrants: consultation paper' and 'Abusive and Offensive Online Communications: Scoping Report').
Micheál is special adviser to Jonathan Hall QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.
Micheál is particularly interested in the jurisdictional challenges generated by the Internet and cybercriminality. Recent projects (published and forthcoming) have considered the implications of jurisdictional concurrency over crime in fields such as double jeopardy law and extradition law, and he is also conducting research on offences involving cryptocurrencies and applicable legal frameworks.
Micheál has supervised a PhD student through to completion and welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral applicants in his fields of interest.
Research students under supervision
Yevhen Burmaka 'Cryptocurrencies and Financial Crime Compliance' (COSS scholarship)
Micheál is module coordinator for Criminal Law of England and Wales (level 1), and Cybercrime law (level 4) and contributes on a number of other modules across the Scots and Common law degrees, including Common law System and Method (level 1), Criminal Justice (level 3) and Criminal law: History and Theory (level 4).