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Dr Verona Ni Drisceoil

Post:Senior Lecturer in Law (Law)

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 872895
International:+44 1273 872895

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Verona has a real passion for teaching and learning and was shortlisted for the OUP Law Teacher of the Year in 2018.

Her current research is in the area of legal education and pedagogy. Verona will be working on three projects in 2019/20 including an exploration of the role of the visual in legal education, confidence in today’s law student, and finally, an empirical based project critically examining 'who is not in the room?'. This final project will examine who takes up the opportunities to do extra-curricular legal activities and who does not, and why not.

In addition to current research in legal education and pedagogy, Verona has explored the relationship between law and language and has published on the language rights debate in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland. This research built on her PhD studies exploring the gaps between the normative justifications advanced for language rights and language legislation and the effective realisation of those rights and legislative provisions in practice.

Prior to joining Sussex in 2013, Verona worked as an Assistant Lecturer in Law at University College Cork (Ireland) and a Lecturer in Law and Social Studies in the CSN College of Further Education (Ireland). Verona has also worked as a legal researcher for the Law Reform Commission of Ireland (Lead Researcher on the Report on Defences in the Criminal Law) and the Irish Penal Reform Trust. During her PhD studies, she taught at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana (US) as part of her Fulbright Scholarship Award.

Teaching Awards:

2019: Sussex Education Award

2018: Shortlisted - OUP Law Teacher of the Year Award 2018. 

See further -

2015/2016: Innovation in Teaching Award  - £5000.

2015/2016: Sussex Teaching Award (Outstanding support for the learning experience of students)

2014/2015: Student Led Teaching Award (Outstanding support for the learning experience of students)


Senior Lecturer in Law (Education and Scholarship)

Deputy Education Lead (UG)

Year 1 Tutor

Widening Participation Convenor for Law





Community and Business

Verona is the Widening Participation Convenor for Law and is involved in the development and delivery of a range of pre-university programmes alongside her colleague Marie Hutton. For more on the Widening Participation for Law programme see here:

Verona also collaborates with Into University in the delivery of a number of pre-university sessions.