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Grainne Mc Keever


  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 42 Citations
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Personal profile


Gráinne McKeever is a Professor of Law and Social Justice, and Co-Director of the Ulster University Law Clinic. She was awarded her LLB and MPhil from Queen’s University Belfast, and her PhD from Ulster University. Gráinne’s research and teaching interests are in social justice, focused in particular on social security law, access to justice and administrative justice, and the development of a theoretical framework of legal participation. Her research has examined the interplay between social justice and administrative justice, focusing on participation in, and structural reform of, tribunal processes; the overlaps between the social security and criminal justice systems in a niche area of research examining social security fraud and associated social security sanctions; and comparative processes of legal decision making in administrative and public law systems and the access to justice implications that arise, particularly for litigants in person.Gráinne has published extensively in peer reviewed journals including the Modern Law Review, Public Law and the British Journal of Criminology. She has been awarded over £400,000 in grant income from the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation and other funders, predominantly for empirical research on access to justice. She is the Assistant Editor for the Journal of Social Security Law, a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee, a member of the UK Administrative Justice Institute and a member of the Administratice Justice Council's Academic Panel. Gráinne is also an Executive Director and former Chair of Law Centre (NI).

External positions


2014 → …


  • K Law (General)
  • social security
  • access to justice
  • administrative justice
  • participation
  • litigants in person
  • tribunal users
  • social justice

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social security Social Sciences
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welfare Social Sciences
reform Social Sciences
credit Social Sciences
human being Social Sciences

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Research Output 1999 2020

Conditionality, discretion and TH Marshall’s ‘right to welfare’

Fitzpatrick, C., McKeever, G. & Simpson, M., 4 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 41, 4, p. 445-462 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social rights
social security
welfare state
welfare economics

From principles to practice: social security in the Scottish laboratory of democracy

Simpson, M., McKeever, G. & Gray, A., 12 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Social Security Law. 26, 1, p. 13-31 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social security

Access to justice for litigants in person

McKeever, G., Royal-Dawson, L., McCord, J. & Kirk, E., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

A model of procedural advice

McKeever, G., Royal-Dawson, L., Kirk, E. & McCord, J., Sep 2018, 10 p.

Research output: Other contribution

civil court
family court
human being

Activities 2017 2019

  • 8 Invited talk
  • 4 Oral presentation
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...

Delivering Public Good, Building Public Trust

Grainne Mc Keever (Participant)
16 May 201931 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Universal credit in Northern Ireland: stakeholder engagement event

Mark Simpson (Organiser), Grainne McKeever (Chair), Ruth Patrick (Participant), Megan Millar (Organiser)
31 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...


Understanding the right to participate in legal proceedings

Grainne Mc Keever (Speaker)
Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Social security law in Northern Ireland: challenges now and in the future

Grainne Mc Keever (Speaker)
24 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Access to justice for litigants in person

Grainne Mc Keever (Speaker)
2018 → …

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation