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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.

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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]


Civil Litigation Conference - Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The Private Law Group at Trinity College Dublin is holding a CPD Civil Litigation Update on Wednesday 20 June, 6pm-8pm.

The event will be chaired by the Hon. Ms Justice Mary C. Irvine, Judge of the Court of Appeal.  Details are available from the conference website.

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Tort Litigation Update - Saturday 23 June 2018

A great deal has been happening in tort litigation over recent months.  The Supreme Court has handed down several important judgments, on the duty of care, professional negligence, economic loss, and the liability of public authorities.  The Court of Appeal has been extremely busy on issues relating to the calculation of damages, occupiers’ liability, employers’ liability and defamation.  Judges of the High Court have handed down very many judgments on all aspects of practice and procedure in tort litigation as well as emerging areas of liability.  The Law School of Trinity College Dublin is holding a conference on Tort Litigation: All the Recent Developments, on the morning of Saturday, 23 June from 9.30 am to 1 pm.  The Honorable Mr. Justice Anthony Barr will be Chair.    There is a strong team of speakers and there will be opportunity for questions and discussion.  Further details are available on the conference website.


Plain Packaging of Tobacco - Seminar Tuesday, 12 June

Australia and Ireland were the first two countries in the world to introduce legislation to require standardized packing of tobacco products. There will be a seminar on this topic from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Tuesday 12 June 2018 in the Neill Lecture Theatre in the Trinity Long Room Hub. The  speakers will be Prof Matthew Rimmer (QUT) and Dr Eoin O'Dell (TCD); the seminar will be chaired by Prof Shane Allwright (TCD); and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers. The seminar is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend, but booking is essential.


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The Habitats Directive in Ireland - Thursday, 24 May 2018


There have been numerous challenges to planning and environmental decisions in recent years based on arguments that the Habitats Directive has not been property transposed or applied. This course will cover the fast changing EU and Irish law relating to Habitats, what the law is (and should be), the most common mistakes made when dealing with Habitats issues, practical problems which occur, the methodology for decision-making on Habitats and other important issues. It should be of interest to lawyers, planners, engineers, construction companies, environmental professionals and anyone involved in development in Ireland.

This one-day intensive course is organised by the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin under the directorship of Professor Emerita Yvonne Scannell.



Getting Ready for the GDPR - Wednesday, 9 May 2018

This is an evening event, which is aimed at legal practitioners, those involved in data protection compliance, as well as others who are interested in data protection and privacy. Our speakers will consider a number of topics, ranging from an update on the state of play of the GDPR, data protection damages, the new Irish Data Protection Bill and issues around privacy policies, electronic contracts, and emerging technologies. Full details are available from the conference website.

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Criminal Law: Recent Developments and Emerging Trends - Thursday 19 April 2018

The Crime and Punishment Research Group at the Law School Trinity College Dublin will host an evening conference on Criminal Law: Recent Developments and Emerging Trends on Thursday 19 April 2018 from 6pm to 8.15pm.

Chaired by Ms Justice Una Ni Raifeartaigh, the conference will present papers from legal experts on developments in four key areas of law and practice: bail, evidence under the ECHR, criminal culpability, and sentencing. A detailed programme and information about registration are available on the conference website.