Emer Shannon is a graduate of the School of Law and Criminology at Maynooth University where she finished top of her class receiving a BBL Bachelor of Business and Law Degree. She received a scholarship to complete her Joint LL.M in International Business Law and a French Masters in Law from Maynooth University and the Catholic University of Lyon. Emer was awarded her PhD in 2023 for her thesis entitled ‘The global problem of image-based sexual abuse considered in the Irish context: An evaluation of existing legal responses with a focus on effective enforcement in the online environment’. Emer has lectured in the School of Law and Criminology in Maynooth University and the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences at ATU Sligo. She has recently joined the Department of Law Public Service and Education at ATU Donegal.

Research & Engagement

Emer specialises in Internet andTechnology Law with particular focus on image-based sexual abuse, privacy,online governance, and the role of intermediaries and enforcement bodies. Emerwas awarded theNUI Award of Excellence for Dual Degrees receiving a French Government Medalfor her research entitled ‘Capturedin a Click: An Analysis of the Laws Governing Revenge Pornography’. In 2019,Emer received the NUIM Travel Scholarship and Maynooth UniversityCollins Kitchin Fund to conduct research in Melbourne on the effectiveness ofthe eSafety Commissioner in practice. Emer has continued her research onimage-based sexual abuse publishing in the King’s Inns Law Review and RTEBrainstorm. She is currently working on research with Dr Maria Helen Murphy onthe newly implemented Online Safety Commissioner in Ireland. Emer has spoken atconferences both nationally and globally including the Irish Law TeachersAssociation Conference and theDigital Citizens Conference in Australia. Emer is currently involved in aCollaborative Online International Learning Project with the NortheastWisconsin Technical College and her students at ATU Donegal.

Interested in working on

Emer is interested in working on research projects in the areas of online governance, online content crime, intermediary responsibility, consent, privacy, data protection, freedom of expression, and media law. Emer is particularly interested in supervising qualitative research projects.

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):