Michael Mullan

SJD Graduate

Michael Mullan, an SJD graduate at American University Washington College of Law, worked on his dissertation titled, "Equal treatment of defendants with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities and calls for the abolition of the insanity defense."

Mr. Mullan, originally from Ireland, spent the past number of years living in Boston, USA. His legal education began at Trinity College, Dublin where Michael graduated with a first-class honors in Law & Business. Michael’s legal interests and passion were at the intersection of in criminal law and disability. Michael aspired to create meaningful legal change through his academic work. Upon leaving Trinity College, Michael worked for a year as a legal research assistant to a solicitor and barrister in Dublin, working on a wide variety of cases, including some Supreme Court work. Michael then succeeded in getting admitted to Harvard Law School’s LL.M program, as well as receiving numerous scholarships such the JFK Fund scholarship and a Cancer for College scholarship. At Harvard Law School, Michael specialized in criminal law and justice, and disability law and human rights jurisprudence. He received the graduate student’s humanitarian award for his voluntary work with Harvard’s Project on Disability and Harvard’s Prisoners Legal Assistance Fund. He was also an editor with Harvard’s Journal of Human Rights law. He also worked as a research assistant to criminal law professor Jeannie Suk and disability law professor Michael Stein at Harvard Law School. Michael’s work is widely published in Ireland on a variety of criminal law and justice topics, as well as a forthcoming publication in the Mississippi Law Journal.

Degrees & Universities

S.J.D., American University Washington College of Law, D.C., U.S.
Masters in Law, LL.M, Harvard Law School, MA, U.S.
Bachelor of Law & Business, LL.B (Bus), Trinity College University of Dublin, Ireland


Criminal law
Criminal Justice
Disability law
Mental health law
Human rights law


Mullan M., “How Should Mental Illness Be Relevant to Sentencing” (2018) Volume 88 Mississippi Law Journal (Forthcoming)
Mullan M., “Victimisation Experience for Victims with Disabilities: Tertiary Victimisation”  (2015) 3 Sociolegal Review.
Mullan M., “Classism and the Irish Prison System: An Abolitionist Approach” (2015) Volume XXIII The Social and Political Review.
Mullan M., “Outside Inside: Unique Concerns for LGBT Prisoners in Ireland”, Irish Postgraduate Criminology Conference (Dublin Institute of Technology 2015)
Mullan M., “LGBT Prisoners: A Comparative Approach”,  Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference (University of Limerick, 2015)
Mullan M., “‘Tertiary Victimisation’: the Real Life Experiences of Victims with Disabilities in their Interaction with the Criminal Justice System”, Trinity College Law Colloquium (TCD, 2014)
Mullan M., Cohen, R. “Forensic Science Reform”, Documentary film, (HLS Criminal Justice Policy Program & Rebecca Cohen, 2017)


Scholarship for SJD at American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., U.S. (2018)
Full scholarship for LL.M, at Harvard Law School,, MA, U.S. (2016)
J.F.K Scholarship (2016)
Cancer for College Scholarship (2016, 2018)