Grainne McKeever

Grainne McKeever


  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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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, Journal of Law & Society, Public Law and the Journal of Social Security Law. She has been awarded over £0.6million in grant income from the Nuffield Foundation, the British Academy and Leverhulme Foundation and other funders, predominantly for empirical research on access to justice. She is the Joint  Editor for the Journal of Social Security Law, Vice-Chair 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).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Vice-Chair, Social Security Advisory Committee

1 Aug 2023 → …

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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