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Gemma O'Farrell, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Gemma O'Farrell

Adjunct Assistant Professor

School of Law
Trinity College, Dublin 2
Fax: (01) 677 0449
Email: gofarre at

Areas of Interest

Intellectual Property, Privacy, Sports, Chancery and Commercial law.


Gemma O’Farrell is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Law, where she teaches EU Trade Mark and Design Law on the LL.M programme. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a LL.B in 2006, and obtained an LL.M in Intellectual Property at the University of London in 2007. She graduated from the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns in 2009 and was called to the bar where she practiced for five years. She holds a PhD from Trinity College on Trade Marks and Unfair Competition Law. Her research areas are primarily in intellectual property and privacy law. In addition to her academic work, Gemma practices as legal counsel for an international telecoms company.

Professional Qualifications

Barrister-at-Law, Honorable Society of the Kings Inns, 2009
Law Society, 2015

Awards and Honours

Trinity College Entrance Exhibition 2006
Arthur Cox Fellow 2012

Education Details

LL.B, (Dub) 2006
LL.M (Intellectual Property) University of London, 2007
Barrister-at-Law, Honorable Society of the Kings Inns, 2009
Ph.D, (Dub), 2010-2015

Employment Details

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin

Memberships /Associations

• Committee Member, British and Irish Commercial Bar Association
• Irish Delegate, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Newport Beach, California (2013)
• Irish Delegate, Four Jurisdictions conference, Dublin presenting the paper entitled “The establishment of an independent judicial commission - Lessons to be learned from Canada”. (2013)
• Delegate, John Marshall Law School Trial Advocacy Programme, Chicago, Illinois (2009)


  • “Copyright in Letters” (2020) E.I.P.R, 42(5), 281-285
  • “Genuine use—the battle of the Mac”, (2019), Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 2019, 14(12), 938-941
  • “The Right to be forgotten –a decision of the Irish Circuit Court”, (2017), P. & D.P., 17(3), 13-15
  • “The position of internet service providers after EMI v UPC” [2011] E.I.P.R  33(10), 655-659
  • “One Small Step or One Giant Leap Towards Access to Medicines for All?” (2008) E.I.P.R. 211
  • Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • “An Independent Judicial Commission – Lessons to be Learned from Canada” (2013) 18(4) BR 71


Gemma previously acted as a Research Assistant to the Copyright Review Group which examined proposed changes to the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000. Gemma acted as a researcher for the Bar Council of Ireland in relation to the Legal Services Regulation Bill.