Ciara is a lecturer in Law with research interests in the governance of medical research, particularly new and emerging technologies. She received a BCL and a LLM (Public Law) from the National University of Ireland, Galway after which she worked as a legal researcher at the Law Reform Commission of Ireland. She returned to NUI Galway to complete her PhD for which she was awarded an Irish Research Council scholarship (2010-2013). During this time she was a visiting researcher at the Hastings Centre in New York. Prior to joining Middlesex, she completed her post-doctoral research at Stellenbosch University in South Africa where she also co-ordinated the Advancing Research Ethics in Southern Africa program.
Learning & Teaching Interests
Research Outputs & Interests
C Staunton “Is a pan-African approach to biobanking in Africa possible? Lessons to be learned from Europe in Africa’s search for a harmonised governance framework” Contemporary Issues in Law (2016) in press
C Staunton, K Moodley, “Data mining and biological sample exportation from South Africa – a new wave of bio-exploitation under the guise of clinical care?” (2016) 106(2) South Africa Medical Journal 136
C Staunton “Informed Consent for HIV cure research in South Africa: Issues to Consider” (2015) BMC Medical Ethics 16:3
C Staunton & K Moodley “Challenges in biobank governance in Sub-Saharan Africa” BMC Medical Ethics 2013, 14:35
C Staunton “Brustle v Greenpeace, Embryonic Stem Cell Research and the European Court of Justice’s New Found Morality”  Medical Law Review 21 (2): 310-319
C Staunton “As Easy as A, B and C: Will A, B and C v. Ireland Be Ireland’s Wake-up Call for Abortion Rights?” (2011) 18 European Journal of Health Law 205-219
C Staunton “Protecting the patient and embryos in vitro: the need for embryonic stem cell research regulations in Ireland” in M Donnelly & C Murray Ethical and legal debates in Irish healthcare: confronting complexities (Manchester University Press, 2016)
C Staunton “Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act, 2013” in Clark (ed.) Irish Current Law Statutes Annotated 2013 (Thomson Round Hall, 2014)
“Challenges facing a harmonised framework for genomic and biobanking research in Africa” 13th World Congress of Bioethics, Scotland, 16 June 2016
“Perspectives on developing guidelines for a localised biobank” 13th World Congress of Bioethics, Scotland, 16 June 2016
“Data and sample sharing across borders” 4th Annual Bioethics Seminar, Cape Town, South Africa, 20 May 2016
“Effective Strategies for Engaging with Communities around Biomedical Research” National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland, 14 October 2015
de Vries, Jantina and Nchangwi Munung, Syntia and Alice, Matimba and Sheryl, McCrudy and Missi Oukem-Boyer, Odile and Staunton, Ciara and Aminu, Yakubu and Tindana, Paulina (2017) Regulation of genomic and biobanking research in Africa: a content analysis of ethics guidelines, policies and procedures from 22 African countries. BMC Medical Ethics, 18 . ISSN 1472-6939
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
Ciara was co-investigator on the NIH funded H3Africa ELSI grant Community Engagement for H3Africa Biobanking Research: The Tygerberg Model that is currently ongoing at the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Stellenbosch University.
Engagement & Impact
In January 2013, Ciara was invited to appear before the Irish Joint Oireachtas (government) Health Committee on the implementation of ABC v Ireland into Irish law.
Member of the H3Africa Ethics and Regulatory Issues Working Group
Member of the H3Africa Community Engagement Working Group