Dr Micheal O'Flynn
- Senior Lecturer (School of Law)
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 UNODC, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Law Commission and Nominet.
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').
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.
He is currently a UNODC expert, working on a review of the Model Law on Mutual Legal Assistance.
Micheál has a range of interests across the areas of criminal law and evidence but he is particularly interested in questions of jurisdiction generated by the Internet and information technology. Recent research projects, including for national and international organisations, have addressed various elements of substantive cybercrime law, investigative jurisdiction, and electronic evidence law.
Micheál has supervised a PhD student through to completion and welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral applicants in his fields of interest.
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), Foundations of Evidence Law (level 2), Criminal Justice (level 3) and Criminal law: Theory and Doctrine (level 4).