Catherine McGuinness Fellowship


In 2015, the Children's Rights Alliance established a prestigious one-year Fellowship Programme for newly-qualified barristers to work as part of our Legal and Policy Team on law and policy reform for children in the area of children's rights and child law. The Fellowship is entitled the Catherine McGuinness Fellowship in honour of one of Ireland's greatest children's champions. This programme has been developed in partnership with The Bar of Ireland and with the support of the Family Lawyers' Association of Ireland. The Fellowship has been hugely successful, providing us with the dedicated in-house expertise of a barrister as well as providing the Fellow with a unique developmental opportunity, enhancing their reputation and future employability. Fellows can become champions for children's rights and become better able to advocate to protect, promote and fulfil children's rights in their work.

Aisling Mulligan BL. is in her fifth year of practice at the Bar of Ireland, having been called in 2013. Aisling practices in healthcare law, medical negligence and child protection. She has represented children in the District, Circuit and High Court. She has a particular interest in healthcare decision making for minors, vulnerable adults and women.

Aisling has been a case processor for the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service since July 2015 and is responsible for assessing private and family life rights to remain in the State pursuant to Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Aisling graduated with a BCL degree from University College Dublin in 2011 with a minor in Philosophy. Thereafter Aisling completed her Barrister-at-Law degree in 2013. Aisling has continued her education in the Royal College of Surgeons where she is completing an MSC in Healthcare Ethics and Law.

During her time in University she was an active competitor in many mooting competitions and was a semi-finalist and finalist in the UCD Brian Lavery moot. She was also a semi-finalist in the Thomas A Finlay International moot court competition. While studying at the Honourable Society of Kings Inns, she was a finalist in the Brian Walsh moot court competition.

Aisling is also an Irish Times Debating semi-finalist. Aisling is committed to equality and to protecting and advocating for the rights of society's most vulnerable persons.