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  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 44 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 Joint  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 was also an Executive Director and Chair of Law Centre (NI).

External positions

Member, Social Security Advisory Committee

2014 → …


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

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Research Output

Comparing courts and tribunals through the lens of legal participation

McKeever, G., 17 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Civil Justice Quarterly. p. NA

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  • The moral hazard of conditionality: restoring the integrity of social security law

    McKeever, G. & Walsh, T., 9 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Australian Journal of Social Issues.

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    Open Access
  • Barriers faced by people who go to court without a lawyer

    McKeever, G., Royal-Dawson, L. & McCord, J., 2019

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    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

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Activities

    Advisory Group meeting for CPAG's LEF funded project on Access to Justice and Digitalisation in UC

    Grainne Mc Keever (Participant), Mark Simpson (Participant)
    23 Jan 2020

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

    Scottish Commission on Social Security

    Grainne Mc Keever (Participant)
    30 Jan 2020

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


    Justice initiatives and support around litigants in person

    Grainne Mc Keever (Participant)
    11 Feb 2020

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