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TCD Students visit Google's Dublin Office

On Tuesday 13th of June a group of Trinity College LLM and LLB students, led by Dr Giuseppe Mazziotti, visited Google's Dublin office to meet and have an informal talk with Erin Simon, a legal counsel based in Google's Paris office, and  Ryan Meade, a public policy manager based in Dublin. The talk focused mostly on intellectual property and information technology issues, from both a political and legal perspective. Erin and Ryan placed special emphasis on the new challenges 'Digital Single Market' policies which are being developed in Europe, pose to Internet companies and how Google is reacting to judicial and extra-judicial initiatives aimed at enforcing subjective rights such as the right to be forgotten and copyright. It was a unique opportunities for TCD students to understand how Google handles its huge legal and policy work across multiple jurisdictions and how, in particular, the company seeks to preserve its values by influencing policy- and law-makers in Europe, North America and around the world. 

International Society of Public Law

ICON-S British and Irish Chapter Inaugural Conference – September 2017

Trinity College Dublin's Law School to host inaugural conference of ICON-S British and Irish Chapter – September 2017.  

The Britain and Ireland Chapter of the International Society of Public Law  will host its inaugural conference in Trinity College Dublin in September 2017. The conference will bring scholars from the UK, Ireland and beyond together to discuss themes and trends in international and comparative constitutional law. Details of the conference and call for papers are available on the Chapter website:

Men in Lycra - Fundraising Campaign

Men in Lycra - Wicklow 200 Fundraising event

On June 11, Prof John Gilmer (School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science), Prof Gerard McHugh (Trinity Business School) and Prof Neville Cox (School of Law and Dean of Graduate Studies) will cycle the wicklow 200 event (torture on wheels). They are doing this on a sponsored basis in order to raise funds for a PhD student in financial need.  If you would like to sponsor them please visit their fundraising site here.

Ireland and the Apple Decision

Ireland and the Apple Decision

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 17:30 to 20:00 - the Science Gallery, Piccar Theatre

State aid, national tax policies and the future of European integration in digital markets: the 2016 'Apple' decision and beyond 

The Law & Technology research group at the School of Law at TCD will host a roundtable discussion on the future of national tax policies in the high-tech sector. 

The roundtable discussion will be targeted at the general public and aims at explaining, in simple terms, why the European Commission ended up issuing a 13-billion Euro decision against Ireland for illegal tax benefits granted to Apple since 1991. The decision, against which an appeal is pending, is of utmost importance since it comes at a time when European institutions seem to be willing to consider certain national tax privileges as State aid. Experts will debate on the possible impact of the Apple case on the Irish and European economy and on the strategies of US tech giants, also with regard to so-called patent or 'knowledge' boxes (i.e. taxation on profits coming from intellectual property rights and the like). 

The discussion will help understand whether the current race to the bottom among EU countries to grant the best tax law treatment to high-tech companies still has a foreseeable future in light of the European Commission's plan to harmonize national tax laws for the creation of a proper 'Digital Single Market'.  Representatives of European institutions and of the Irish government have been invited to contribute to the event. 

Speakers: Federica Iorio (College of Europe Alumni Association),  Dr Emer Hunt (UCD, Sutherland School of Law), Diarmuid Rossa Phelan (TCD, School of Law)

Chairperson: Dr Giuseppe Mazziotti (TCD, School of Law, Law & Technology group)

Video of the event are available here

Photo Credit: Alejandro Amador


McCann FitzGerald Essay Prize Winners

McCann FitzGerald Essay Prize Winners

The McCann FitzGerald Company Law Essay prize 2017 was awarded this month to Hazel Bergin (Senior Sophister) with second prize to Tobias Gumpp (Visiting on Erasmus). In the picture with Hazel and Tobias at the Award Ceremony in McCann FitzGerald Dublin Office are Judith Lawless and Claire Lenny, partners in McCann FitzGerald and Professor Blanaid Clarke, McCann FitzGerald Chair in Corporate Law in Trinity College Dublin.

Frances moran

The Frances E. Moran Lecture will be delivered by Paul Gallagher, SC, former Attorney General of Ireland

Title: ‘Challenges to the Rule of Law in 21st Century Ireland’

Date and time: Thursday, 27th April at 6:30 pm

Venue: in the Edmund Burke Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

To attend please see or email

Niamh Connolly

Private Law Discussion Group - Guest Seminar by Dr. Niamh Connolly - 'The Future of Restitution in Ireland'

Date and time: Thursday, 30 March, 2 - 3:30 pm

Venue: TRISS Seminar Room, 6th floor, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

To attend: If you would like to attend, please register on Eventbrite.

All are welcome, particularly those with a research interest in private law, Unjust Enrichment and Restitution.

Dr Niamh Connolly is a lecturer at University College London, where she moved from Trinity College Dublin in 2016. Her principal research and teaching interest is in unjust enrichment law. She is interested in how Irish private law compares to that of England and Wales, and in differences in legal culture that affect the substantive law in these jurisdictions. Her paper will seek to interpret the sparse Irish case law on unjust enrichment in light of this wider question about the specificity of Irish law. In particular, Niamh will ask whether Irish legal culture is less formalist than that of England and Wales, and if so, how that affects Irish restitution law. Niamh hopes that the seminar will provide an opportunity to hear the views of other Irish jurists as to the possible distinctiveness of Irish judicial approaches in private law.

The Private Law Discussion Group is a Research group of the TCD Law School, which invites collaboration and engagement nationally and internationally on private law, including property law, tort, contract, and unjust enrichment.

law review

The Editorial Board of the Trinity College Law Review launched Volume XX on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 at 6 – 7 pm

This milestone twentieth volume of the TCLR will be launched by the Hon Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne, Dr John Temple Lang and Mr. Brian O'Gorman.

Venue: The Long Room, Old Library 

With thanks to our patron, Arthur Cox

Pan-European Seal

Paid traineeships at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO)

In October 2016 the School of Law at Trinity College Dublin became a strategic partner of the ‘Pan-European Seal’ Professional Traineeship Program after having signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

The Pan-European Seal offers 100 traineeship posts every year, administered by both Offices (number of posts offered by each Office will be determined annually). This scheme gives young university graduates a unique first-hand experience of the European Union in general and the Office in particular. It is also an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired during their studies, in particular in their specific areas of competence. In addition, it helps them understand the objectives and procedures relating to the European Union trade mark and Community design system, as well as to IP infringement and enforcement matters.

Applications are invited from students undertaking the LL.M (International and European Intellectual Property Law) degree and the LL.B module on Intellectual Property Law.

Fellowship 2017/2018

Kader Asmal Fellowship 2017/2018

Applications for the 2017/18 Kader Asmal Fellowship for the LL.M (International and Comparative Law) degree are now being accepted by Canon Collins Trust, who administer the application process on behalf of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC).

Tort Litigation

Key Recent Developments in Tort Litigation

The courts have handed down a huge number of highly important decisions, on such matters as the duty of care of public authorities, the use of certificates by architects and engineers in construction projects, the calculation of damages in wrongful death claims, professional negligence claims against lawyers and doctors, the role of juries in defamation proceedings and the obligations of employers at common law and under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.