Roisin O'Shea


Roisin O’Shea is an award-winning former Irish Research Council scholar and mediator, who was awarded a PhD in 2014 for her doctoral research in family law. She is a partner in Arc Mediation and has significant experience as a family mediator, completing hundreds of cases since 2009. She has been a board member of the Mediators Institute of Ireland since 2015 and a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts International Committee headed up by Teresa Williams of CAFCASS. Roisin is the Principal Investigator for WIT’s Family Mediation Project and is also carrying out empirical research attending family law sittings with ministerial consent in the District Court in Ireland. Roisin was a keynote speaker in February 2018, speaking on ‘Modern families, modern family justice’, a St George’s House European Consultation at Windsor Castle. Later that year she was invited by the Legal Aid Board to join the working group for the establishment of the Mediation Council of Ireland. In March 2019 she was invited as a family law and mediation expert to attend a meeting of the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality, and to make a submission and present her views on the topic of ‘Reform of the Family Law System’, including the use of mediation. In May 2019 she was also appointed as an external independent evaluator for the revalidation of a Certificate in Mediation by Griffith College Dublin.