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Planning Course

Intensive Course on Planning Law - 25-26 October 2018

Planning law is widely recognized as being extraordinarily complex and inaccessible. This intensive course will introduce practitioners to some of the more difficult areas of planning control, including the Planning Act 2018 and the new Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2018 while highlighting areas where planning practices are particularly complicated and vulnerable to legal challenges.

Gradlink Mentoring Programme

Gradlink Mentoring Programme - Call for Mentors

The School of Law would like to invite alumni to consider participating in our GradLink Mentoring Programme for Law 2018-19. The programme aims to develop current students’ knowledge of the labour market and career paths, through supportive career learning relationships with alumni mentors working in a range of career areas. Students benefit enormously from the exchange of ideas with alumni and the programme also helps to develop their confidence and social skills. 

Scales of Justice

Consent in Criminal Law - Roundtable, Saturday, 13 October

Modern liberal legal systems place remarkable weight on consent when it comes to the permissibility or criminality of interpersonal action. Consent is the vehicle by which autonomy is exercised and respected. Its presence or absence decides whether an act is a serious crime or something benign or neutral. This emphasis on consent contrasts sharply with certain traditional or non-liberal societies where factors apart the immediate choice or attitudes of the parties determine the permissibility or non-permissibility of interactions and sexual relations in particular. Consent, and its so-called transformative power, however, has come under increasing scrutiny lately not from conservative quarters but rather from within liberal theory and from new lines of feminist enquiry.

The Trinity Crime and Punishment Research Group’s Roundtable on Consent in Criminal law showcases contemporary rethinking of the centrality of consent in criminal law with the follow papers:

Shane Kilcommins

Victims, the Public Interest, and the Criminal Process - Public Lecture, Tuesday, 2 October 2018

The Crime and Punishment Research Group is pleased to announce a public lecture, "Victims, the Public Interest and the Criminal Process", by Prof Shane Kilcommins, University of Limerick.   

The lecture will take place in the Long Room Hub on Tuesday, 2 October at 6:30 pm

Professor Shane Kilcommins is Professor of Law and Head of School at the University of Limerick School of Law. His is a graduate of the University of Limerick (BA in Law and European Studies, 1994), the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (PhD, 1999) and University College Cork (MA in Teaching and Learning, 2007). He joined the School of Law at the University of Limerick in 2014 after lecturing at University College Cork for 13 years. His areas of specialisation include criminal law, jurisprudence and penology and he has published books, peer reviewed articles and reports on a wide range of criminal justice issues including the needs of victims of crime.

To attend please email lawevent [at]


Necessary Evil - Guest Seminar; Friday, 20 July 2018

The Corporate Law, Governance and Capital Market's Research Group will be hosting a seminar with Professor David Kinley from the University of Sydney School of Law on Friday, 20 July at 1 pm. Professor Kinley will be speaking about his recent book on human rights law and corporate finance -  ‘Necessary Evil’ – OUP, 2018.  It promises to be a very stimulating discussion. Hope you can make it along!

Professor David Kinley holds the Chair in Human Rights Law at the University of Sydney Law School. He is also an Academic Panel member of Doughty Street Chambers in London, a member of the Australian Council for Human Rights, and was a founding member of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. He is currently on the Faculty of Oxford/George Washington Universities’ International Human Rights Law Summer School and has previously held teaching positions at Cambridge University, ANU, University of New South Wales, Washington College of Law, American University, and Paris 1 (La Sorbonne). He was also the founding Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University (2000-2005). David was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in 2004, based in Washington DC, and the Herbert Smith Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge in 2008. He has also held visiting positions at the universities of Edinburgh, Geneva, Pretoria, Queen’s University Belfast, Sciences Po, Paris and the South Pacific (Vanuatu), and has been invited to lecture at leading law schools worldwide, including the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Columbia, Copenhagen, Duke, Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard, Hong Kong University, Humboldt, the LSE, the Max Planck Institute, McGill, NYU, New Delhi, Nottingham, Osgoode Hall, Oxford, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Sheffield, Stanford, Tilburg, Toronto, Trinity College Dublin, Tulane, Tsinghua, UCLA, Virginia and Yale. He has written and edited eleven books and more than 100 articles, book chapters, reports and papers.

Venue: Room 11, House 39