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Grainne Mc Keever


  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 43 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


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 1999 2020

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social security

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

Activities 2017 2019

Litigants in person research advisory group

Grainne Mc Keever (Participant)
4 Nov 2019

Activity: Other

Civil Justice Council National Forum

Grainne Mc Keever (Speaker)
6 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

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, ...


Litigant in Person Design Group

Grainne Mc Keever (Participant)
16 Dec 2019

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

Access to Justice for Deaf People

Grainne Mc Keever (Participant)
11 Dec 2019

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