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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

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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.

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



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.



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).



Funded PhD and MLitt scholarships available at the School of Law

The School of Law, Trinity College Dublin, invites applications for three prestigious European Research Council-funded scholarships for PhD and MLitt training opportunities. These scholarships will be of interest to graduates of law or the social sciences.


Just published 'Legal Cases that Changed Ireland' edited by Ivana Bacik and Mary Rogan

This unique book, published by Clarus Press, examines key legal cases which have brought about significant social change in Ireland. For further information see Clarus Press

Suryapratim Roy addresses the Plenary Session of the 22nd Annual General Meeting of the Common Core of European Private Law on 'Global Warming and Tort Law'

Due to the political and technical complexities of climate change, climate law has been left in the hands of international negotiators, scientific bodies and supranational bodies such as the European Union. The role of courts and the engagement of citizens have played a modest role. This is now changing, where conventional private law instruments are being creatively used by citizens to pursue claims in national courts. Drawing on a recent Dutch case, Suryapratim Roy, Assistant Professor in Regulatory Law, discussed the possibility of courts in European Member States to entertain climate claims at the Plenary Session of the 22nd Annual General Meeting of the Common Core of European Private Law on 'Global Warming and Tort Law'. The meeting was held in Lecce on November 10 - 12, 2016.

LLM Class Photo

LL.M students visit the Irish Aviation Authority

LL.M students of the International Aviation Law module recently participated in a lecture by Mr Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority, at their headquarters in Dublin. The excursion, organised annually by module lecturer Dr Ewa Komorek with IAA, was a resounding success. Dr Komorek will also deliver a module on EU Aviation Law in Hilary Term 2017.

Information on our LL.M programmes is available here

Dr. Desmond Ryan elected Convenor for Ireland of the Society of Legal Scholars

Dr. Desmond Ryan has been elected Convenor for Ireland of the Society of Legal Scholars (the 'SLS'), a role which was previously held by Dr. Caoimhin Mac Maolain. The SLS is a learned society with charitable status whose aim is the advancement of legal education and scholarship in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Society is legal education's principal representative body to the professional bodies and the Government.

The SLS Convenor for Ireland is an ex officio member of the Executive Committee, who also has the role of ensuring that the Society is kept informed about developments affecting legal education and scholarship in Ireland, and seeking support from the Society on these matters when appropriate and required.
For more information please see:

Law School Open Day - EVENT NOW FULL

The Law School's Annual Open Day will take place on Saturday, 15th October 2016.

The Law School, Trinity College Dublin's Annual Open Day will take place on Saturday, 15th October 2016 from 9:30 - 1:15 pm.  This event is open to fifth and sixth year students with an interest in undertaking a degree in Law at third level. Prospective mature student applicants are also welcome to attend.


The Law School Welcomes Visiting Professor Robert Bloom of Boston College

The Law School is pleased to welcome Professor Robert Bloom of Boston College Law School. Professor Bloom, a leading expert in criminal procedure, will be a visiting research fellow for the next two weeks in Trinity Long Room Hub, conducting research on whistleblowers in An Garda Síochána.

Arrival of New LLM students

Orientation week saw the arrival of 100 new LLM students. With over half the students coming from outside Ireland and 30% from outside Europe, these are truly global programmes. Fittingly enough, the welcome reception was held in Trinity's Global Room, providing an opportunity for the new students to meet one another in person (formalising their Facebook friendships) and to become acquainted with their professors. Head of School, Professor Oran Doyle, welcomed the students and encouraged them to seize the opportunities presented to them by Dublin and by Trinity. Director of the LLM programmes, Professor Blanaid Clarke, announced the introduction of a new series of LLM public lectures, the first of which will be delivered by Professor Robert Bloom of Boston College.

Ussher Assistant Professor, Andelka Phillips speaks to global news about online privacy concerns

Our newly appointed Ussher assistant professor in information technology law, Andelka Phillips, is a leading expert on online privacy. In particular, her research addresses the privacy implications of sharing genetic information with online testing companies. She recently explained some of these concerns to the Canadian website, Global News:

Visiting Professor Scott Sundby joins the Law School

The Law School is pleased to welcome Professor Scott Sundby of the University of Miami under a Fulbright scholarship, generously funded by Arthur Cox. Professor Sundby is an expert on criminal and constitutional law, with a particular focus on how juries come to impose the death penalty. Professor Sundby will deliver a module on the death penalty on the LLM programmes this semester.

British-Irish Chapter of the International Society for Public Law (ICON-S) - Constitutional Silence Symposium

On 31 August and 1 September 2016, Trinity College inaugurated the British-Irish Chapter of the International Society for Public Law (ICON-S) with a symposium dedicated to the theme of constitutional silence. Co-organised with Boston College Law School, the symposium took place on the Dublin campus of Boston College and in the Law School. The symposium engaged with the difficult questions that arise when constitutions fail to speak. Does this empower political actors to shape new constitutional norms? Does it empower judges to interpret new constitutional standards into existence?

Papers were presented by Aileen Kavanagh (Oxford), Oran Doyle (Trinity), Martin Laughlin (LSE), Gábor Halmai (EUI Florence), Mohammad Fadel (Toronto), Aileen McHarg (Strathclyde), Anna Sledzinska-Simon (Wroclaw), Laurence Claus (San Diego). Papers addressed diverse topics, such as the constitutional transition in Hungary, federalism in the United States, and the lack of constitutional rules governing Brexit. The peer-reviewed proceedings of the symposium will be published in due course.

Suryapratrim Roy, Assistant Professor in Regulatory Law contributes to the Henley Partners Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index

In a globalised world, the ability to migrate is ever more important. Some passports allow their bearers more freedom of movement than others. Our recently appointed assistant professor in regulatory law, Suryapratim Roy, has contributed the legal analysis of China and India for the Henley Partners Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index:

The School of Law is pleased to welcome three new members to its Faculty

Andelka M. Phillips, Ussher Assistant Professor in IT Law

Andelka Phillips' recent research has focussed on the regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic tests, examining the industry's use of wrap contracts (browsewrap and clickwrap). She is currently working on a book, entitled Buying Your Self on the Internet: Wrap Contracts and Personal Genomics to be published by Edinburgh University Press. Her research interests are primarily in Information Technology Law, although she is also interested in medical law, specifically the use, storage, and treatment of sequenced genomic data and wearable health monitoring devices. Her current and on-going research is concerned with a variety of issues, including: wrap contracts, consumer protection, surveillance technologies, dataveillance, cyber security, responsible innovation, and the regulation of emerging and disruptive technologies, especially the Internet of Things and smart computing systems. She is also interested in the societal impact of new and emerging technologies. She is from New Zealand and has studied and previously taught at the University of Oxford and the University of Auckland. She will be teaching courses in Information Technology at Trinity.

Kouroch Bellis, Assistant Professor in Law (French)

Kouroch Bellis comes from Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II), the heir of the Sorbonne's Law Faculty.  He has been employed there as a doctoral researcher after being the valedictorian of the General Private Law LL.M. of this university, the top LL.M. in France to become a researcher in Private Law. In addition, he successfully attended for five years to the College and School of Law, a selective degree for Assas' best students, and majored there in International and Comparative Law. He also graduated in the Legal History LL.M. Summa Cum Laude, with a master's thesis in Roman Law. He developed expertise on world cultures, with a broader view on the place of law in society. He loves the Law and writes on such diverse subjects as Legal Personality, the French principle of the Unicity of the Patrimony, Ruins of Buildings, Contracts, Quasi-Contracts, Legal Theory, etc., and he is open to work on other areas, such as Human Rights. Beyond this eclectic taste, he has got only one vision of the Law, which will be explained in his thesis on Natural Obligations.

Suryapratim Roy, Assistant Professor in Regulatory Law

Suryapratim Roy joins us as Assistant Professor in Regulatory Law. He will be lecturing Environmental Law on the LLB Programme and Law & Risk on the LLM Programme. Prior to this, has taught and written on climate law, economics of regulation and development studies at the University of Groningen.  Before joining academia, he was a researcher with the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg and practised infrastructure law in the Mumbai offices of Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. He holds a BA, LLB (Honours) from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, India and dual-masters in Law and Economics from the University of Hamburg and the University of Vienna.


Orientation Schedule for incoming Freshman students

Congratulations to those of you that have received offers to study for one of our undergraduate programmes. Details of our School specific orientation programmes is available here. Copies of the schedule will be available to collect from the Law School (House 39) from Thursday, 15th September and also from the Law Soc, FLAC and ELSA stands in Front Square during Orientation Week. Details of the full College schedule can be found here.

We look forward to welcoming you on campus on 19th September next.


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. [More]

Saturday, 16th July 2016

Trinity Law Alumni Breakfast Reception - London

We are holding an alumni breakfast reception for all our law alumni on Friday, 20th May 2016 . The reception will take place in the Notre Dame London Building, just off Trafalgar Square. We plan for this to be the first of many events organised specially for law alumni in the UK. [More]

Friday, 20th May 2016

The Value of Establishing Medical-Legal Partnerships to Serve Vulnerable Populations

Guest Speakers: Prof Jonel Newman and Melissa Swain of the University of Miami, School of Law. Medical and legal service providers working together have had demonstrable  success in reducing health inequities and preventable illnesses in children and other  vulnerable populations, including immigrants and refugees, and persons from  impoverished and isolated communities. In the United States, 292 health provider agencies, 152 civil legal aid agencies, 51 law school clinics and 71 pro bono provider agencies have established Medical-Legal Partnerships to address legal needs that adversely affect health. Recently, Canada and Australia have adopted this multidisciplinary model to address the legal needs of children and families living in poverty. [More]

Tuesday, 17th May 2016 at 4:30 pm

Inaugural Arthur Brown Lecture on Friday, 13 May 2016

The lecture entitled “Is EU Anti-Discrimination Law in Decline?” was delivered by Professor Gráinne de Búrca, Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law, New York University School of Law.


Arthur Browne, (1756-1805) was appointed to the regius professorship of civil and canon law at Trinity College Dublin in 1785.

He was elected to the Irish parliament in 1783. He was devoted to civil liberties, to the reform of parliament and to the relief of Roman Catholics from legal oppressions. Browne had a successful career at the Bar, becoming a K.C. in 1795 and a bencher of the King's Inns in 1803. He was the last holder of the office of prime serjeant in 1802.

European Takeover Regulation

On Friday 22nd April 2016, an international conference on European Takeover Regulation entitled "The Takeovers Directive: Ten Years On" was hosted by the Law School. This conference afforded participants the opportunity both to discuss current scholarship and to reflect upon the experience of eminent practitioners and regulators working with the national laws implementing the Directive. The focus of the morning session was on two of the more controversial aspects of the Directive, frustrating actions and the mandatory bid rule The afternoon session examined regulatory aspects of takeovers and involved presentations by representatives from four national supervisory authorities on topical issues including regulatory sanctions, judicial review and corporate inversions.

The presenters and Chairs were: Mr. Denis McDonald S.C., Chairman, Irish Takeover Panel; Mr. Martin Moloney, Head of Markets Policy, Central Bank of Ireland; Professor Blanaid Clarke, Trinity College Dublin; Professor Jesper Lau Hansen, University of Copenhagen; Mr. Edmund-Philipp Schuster, London School of Economics; Ms. Eugenee Mulhern, Davy Corporate Finance, Dublin; Professor Luca Enriques, University of Oxford; Professor David Kershaw, London School of Economics; Ms. Emma Armson, University of New South Wales; Professor Alan Dignam, Queen Mary, University of London; Mr. James Palmer, Herbert Smith Freehills, London; Mr. Paul Egan, Irish Takeover Panel and Mason Hayes Curran; Professor Rolf Skog, Swedish Securities Council; Mr. Charlie Crawshay, Panel on Takeovers and Mergers ( UK); Professor Martin Winner, Austrian Takeover Commission and Vienna University of Economics and Business; Mr. Miceal Ryan, Irish Takeover Panel; and Mr. David Byers, McCann FitzGerald, Dublin. The conference was organised by Professor Blanaid Clarke and kindly supported by McCann FitzGerald.


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Masters Studentship 2016/17

The Law School is delighted to announce the establishment of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Masters Studentship. The value of the studentship is a 5,000 euro contribution towards LL.M tuition fees (EU or Non-EU) in academic year 2016/17. It is funded by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin.

This studentship seeks to acknowledge the quality of entrants to our taught LL.M programmes and the on-going contribution of LL.M students to our Law School and Faculty of AHSS. It aims to support and develop gifted postgraduate students. [More]

Prison Litigation

The Irish Penal Reform Trust and the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin will co-host a conference on the topic of prison litigation.

This conference forms part of a Europe-wide project towards building a Prison Litigation Network among practitioners and researchers working to defend prisoners' rights across EU Member states. This conference will be of interest to solicitors, barristers, judiciary, academia, law students. [More]

Friday, 22th April 2016

Defamation Reform in the British Isles: A Comparative Analysis- Private Law Discussion Group


Friday, 1st April at 5:30 pm

The Law School is pleased to welcome Dr Mary Rogan as an Associate Professor

Prof. Rogan researches in the area of prison law and prison policymaking. She is the author of Prison Policy in Ireland: Politics, Penal-Welfarism and Political Imprisonment (Routledge, 2011), and Prison Law (Bloomsbury Professional, 2014). Dr. Rogan has been awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant worth €1.5million for a project entitled 'Prisons: the rule of law, accountability and rights', and has been funded by the European Commission and Irish Research Council for projects on imprisonment, pre-trial detention, and law and social change. She was appointed by Minister for Justice and Equality to chair an Implementation and Oversight Group on reforms to penal policy in February 2015.

China-EU Investment Treaty Symposium

The China-EU investment treaty is the focus of the public symposium taking place on Friday 19 February 2016 at Trinity College Dublin. In 2013, Brussels and Beijing announced the launch of negotiations for a comprehensive EU-China Investment Agreement. This treaty would be designed to replace the current legal patchwork consisting of 26 different bilateral investment treaties that individual EU member states have negotiated with China over the past 30 years. [More]

Friday, 19th February 8:45 am - 5 pm

Terrorism Today - Behind the Headlines' Forum

The Trinity Long Room Hub’s ‘Behind the Headlines’ discussion series offers background analyses to current issues by experts drawing on the long-term perspectives of Arts & Humanities research. It aims to provide a forum that deepens understanding, combats simplification and polarization and thus creates space for informed and respectful public discourse.
It would appear that terrorism in the early years of the 21st century has become a worldwide problem of tragic regularity. Terrorism is widely considered to be the greatest security challenge of our time. But as we know in Ireland terrorism is not a recent phenomenon. Nor is it isolated to one type of terrorist group or one region or country. The attacks on France in 2015 could make it easy to forget that but it has never been more important that we remember. As we face the worst humanitarian crisis since World War 2 this discussion explored some of the deep and complex causes and effects of terrorism and how we can learn to live with the threat of terrorism today.  Prof Neville Cox, will address  ‘Challenging the Global Mainstreaming of an Inherent Link between Terrorism and Islam, from a Legal Point of View’. [More]

Thursday, 18th February at 6:30 pm

Modernising Copyright in the EU Digital Single Market

The School of Law at Trinity College Dublin, together with the Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL), will host a workshop on the ongoing modernisation of copyright laws undertaken by the European Union. The workshop consists of four panel discussions on still unsettled issues of European and national copyright laws. The workshop aims at providing an up-to-date overview and an analysis of various problems Europe and its member states are facing while attempting to modernize the existing laws and make copyright fit for purpose in the Internet age. The program seeks to balance the views of practitioners, academics, industry and copyright holders.  [More]

This is event is in association with the Irish Centre for European Law

Friday, 12th February 2016 from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm


The Structure of Private Law and the Role of Primary Liabilities
Guest Lecture by Professor Ben McFarlane

Rules of contract, tort, and property are rightly seen as forming the core of private law. Such rules can be seen as recognising the primary duties that we may come under to each other. The function and justification of those rules may however depend on less prominent doctrines, often equitable in origin, that instead impose primary liabilities. The aim of the lecture is to consider the nature and role of such liabilities, by focussing on the place of unjust enrichment and estoppel in the structure of private law. [More]

Wednesday, 10th February 2016 - Thomas Ui Chadhain Theatre, Arts Building

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Mark Bell, Regius Professor of Law

On Tuesday, 26th January 2016, the inaugural lecture of the Regius Professor of Laws, Prof Mark Bell took place in the Edmund Burke Hall, Trinity College Dublin. The lecture entitled 'Mental Health and Employment in Ireland: Is Equality Law the Solution?'

Prof Bell explored the role of Equality Law in promoting inclusion in the labour market of persons with mental health problems. A wide range of research indicates that those who experience mental health problems have lower rates of participation in employment than those without disabilities. Moreover, the effects of stigma continue to shape individual experiences of looking for and seeking to remain in work. In this lecture, Professor Bell explores the contribution that Equality Law makes in seeking to create more inclusive workplaces. Notably, the Employment Equality Acts prohibit discrimination because of disability as well as imposing a duty on employers to provide reasonable accommodation. There is evidence that these rights confer important protections on individuals and can stimulate wider changes in workplace practices. Yet, given the evidence of persistent labour market disadvantage, there is a need to reflect on whether the existing legal framework can be enhanced. [More]

A podcast of his lecture and presentation is available here.

Dr Eva Barrett granted a Fulbright-Schuman award to conduct research and give guest lectures in Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment

Dr Eva Barrett has been granted a Fulbright-Schuman award to conduct research and give guest lectures in Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment (ranked the leading university for environmental law in the United States in 2016 by the U.S. News & World Report for environmental law). The Fulbright Schuman program is administered by the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Belgium and jointly financed by the U.S. State Department and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. The program funds graduate and post-graduate study, research, and lecture proposals in the field of US-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions for interested American and EU citizens. Eva is one of six European post-doctoral scholars, offered an award to research and/or lecture in the States by the Commission for Educational Exchange during 2016-2017.

While in Vermont, Eva will work on the research and course development project: ‘Developing Energy Law in the EU & Comparing Energy Markets in the US with Electricity Markets in the EU’.

Eva is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin, where she lectures Energy Law and Policy in the EU on the LLM programme and Environmental Law on the Practical Environmental Assessment module.

World Universities Comparative Law Project Launched

A reception at the office of A & L Goodbody in November 2015 marked the official publication of Ireland's chapter of the World Universities Comparative Law Project prepared by Law School students Emer Mc Entaggart, Louise Sharkey, Caoimhe Looby and Pedro Fernandez. It was an honour for the Law School to be chosen to provide the Irish contribution to this Project which is organised by Allen & Overy Global Law Intelligence Unit and A&L Goodbody. The Project, which is led by Mr. Philip Wood CBE, QC (hon) a lawyer at Allen & Over, provides a set of legal ratings of selected jurisdictions in the world and is carried out by students at leading universities in the relevant jurisdictions. The Hon. Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan launched the publication.


School of Law signs Student Exchange Agreement with University of Fudan

The School of Law is pleased to announce the signing of a new Student Exchange Agreement with one of China’s top Law Schools in the University of Fudan.
This new agreement is part of the ever-expanding partnerships of the School of Law with world-class institutions. Fudan University ranks among top three universities in mainland China, offering unrivalled academic opportunities for Trinity Law Students. Located in Shanghai, China's financial and commercial centre, Fudan Law Schools offers a range of English-taught modules in International and Chinese Business and Financial law for Trinity law students on exchange.

The student exchange will commence in September 2016.

The Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Postgraduate Scholarship has been awarded to Deirdre Ni Fhloinn, PhD Candidate at the Law School

Deirdre's research into consumer remedies for defective housing is being supported by two Enterprise Partners, Dublin City Council and the Housing Agency. Deirdre has been assigned a mentor from the Housing Agency for the duration of the scholarship, establishing an important relationship for the Law School.


Undergraduate Awards Programme Winner - Yewhoan Hong, Law and French (2015)

Congratulations to Yewhoan Hong, Law and French (2015) on the announcement of the Undergraduate Awards Programme Winner for 2015 for his paper 'Rewarping the Constitutional orbit: the Bohr Model of Contemporary Socio-Legal World'


Current Legal Challenges Facing Primary School Management

Those involved in the management of primary schools today are faced with tough challenges, requiring a good understanding of the present law.  They must seek to reduce the potential exposure of their school to legal liability, by having sound processes in place, anticipating areas of particular concern and responding appropriately to problematic situations. This conference will address all important recent legal developments that impact on the good management of primary schools.  The speakers are experts in their areas. There will be opportunity for questions from participants to the panel. [More]

Saturday, 28th November 2015

The Future of Copyright: Science Gallery Event

Digitisation of creative works and exponential growth of web-based communications have made the enjoyment of music, films, books, TV and much more, almost ubiquitous. Alongside this, fast internet and the increasingly wide use of smartphones and portable devices has enabled users to exchange and easily share these files. Yet, the body of law that has traditionally aimed to ensure an economic incentive and reward to content creators and producers - broadly defined - has suffered for more than fifteen years from an identity crisis. 

Tuesday, 24th November 2015 at 6:30 pm


The Use and Abuse of Science in the Court: Public Lecture by Dr. Itiel Dror

This lecture will address cognitive bias amongst forensic examiners, and how to minimise that bias to improve forensic analysis.

Dr. Itiel Dror obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University. He is currently the Senior Cognitive Neuroscience Researcher at University College London. Dr. Dror’s scholarship focuses on researching human performance and cognition in a number of expert domains. His findings have been featured in both Science and Nature. Dr Dror has revolutionised the forensic science domain by showing that forensic examiners are biased in their scientific work, and his procedures and best practices for minimising those biases are now implemented across the globe. [More]

Monday, 23rd November 2015 at 6:15 pm


Current Legal Challenges Facing Post-Primary School Management

This conference will address all important recent legal developments that impact on the good management of primary schools.  The speakers are experts in their areas. There will be opportunity for questions from participants to the panel. [More]

Saturday, 7th November 2015

Inaugural Lecture of the McCann FitzGerald Chair of Corporate Law, Professor Blanaid Clarke

'Corporate Governance: An Oxymoron?' on Thursday, 17th January 2013 at 5:30 pm in the Public Theatre.


News and Events Archive

  • Torts Litigation 2015: All the Recent Developments
    Saturday, 4th July 2015

  • LGBT Rights and the Law
    Friday, 10th July 2015

  • Women Changing Law, Changing Society: Seminar on women's rights and legal change. Friday, 8th May, 11am - 1pm Trinity College Dublin. To register for a place, please RSVP to: (places are limited).
  • McCann FitzGerald Company Law Essay Competition

    First prize in the Company Law essay competition was awarded to Nadege Anais Cam Serna and second prize to Sally-ann Dorgan both senior sophister students. The competition was generously sponsored by McCann FitzGerald Solicitors and the prize-giving took place in their Dublin Headquarters. The title of the essay was "The law on corporate criminal liability is in urgent need of reform in Ireland."

    Left to Right)-
    - Alan Fuller - Partner, Head of Corporate Group, McCann FitzGerald
    - Patricia Lawless - Partner, Corporate Group, McCann FitzGerald
    - Nadege Anais Cam Serna - LLB Student, Trinity College Dublin
    - Sally-ann Dorgan - LLB Student, Trinity College Dublin
    - Prof. Blanaid Clarke, McCann FitzGerald Chair of Corporate Law, Trinity College Dublin
    - Dr Peter Osborne - Consultant, Head of Legal Advisory Group, McCann FitzGerald
    - Judith Lawless - Partner, Banking & Financial Services Group, McCann FitzGerald

  • Reception for Hyman Tarlo Scholarship

The School of Law welcomed Mrs Ruth Tarlo to Trinity College Dublin on Monday 28th April. Mrs Tarlo, a history graduate of TCD, has generously established the Hyman Tarlo scholarship to support an Australian student who wishes to undertake postgraduate legal studies in Trinity College Dublin.

Pictured above, Reception for Hyman Tarlo Scholarship.Left to Right: Prof Oran Doyle, Benn Hogan, SF Law and Business student, Mrs. Ruth Tarlo, Malcom Baylis, SS Law Student, Ambassador Ruth Adler - Australian Ambassador to Ireland

The scholarship is named in memory of her late husband, Prof Hyman Tarlo. Professor Tarlo was a law student in Trinity College during the 1940s. He was elected a scholar of the College and was also Auditor of the student Law Society. [More]

  • Dr. David Kenny wins Provost's Teaching Award Winner 2014-15

    The Provost's Teaching Award Scheme is designed to recognise and reward those who have made an outstanding contribution in the pursuit of teaching excellence. The prestige of the award reflects the value which Trinity places on promoting teaching as a scholarly activity and the importance placed on enriching the learning opportunities of its students.

    "His effect on students is matched by his effect on colleagues: his contribution to the development of the School's teaching culture has been remarkable".
    Peer reviewer

    Previous recipients of this award from the School of Law include Ivana Bacik, Dr. Niamh Connolly, Dr. Neville Cox, Dr. Oran Doyle, Dr. David Prendergast and Dr. Des Ryan.

  • Public Lecture: Professor Kenneth Morgan, "The Threat to Liberty: Pre-Trial Detention in the modern United Kingdom
    Date: Thursday, 16 April 2015
    Time: 6.30 pm,
    Venue: The Swift Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.
  • School of Law signs agreement to establish dual law degree with Brazil's most prestigious Law Faculty in the University of Sao Paulo

    The new agreement sets out to establish a dual law degree at postgraduate level between TCD and USP Law School. USP Law students will have the opportunity to complete a one year LL.M. programme in Trinity College Dublin as part of their Masters of Ph.D. degree and obtain a dual law degree.

    On Saint Patrick's Day, the agreement was signed by Prof. Maristela Basso, President of the International Cooperation Committee of USP Law Faculty and Dr. Juliette Hussey, TCD Vice President for Global Relations. The signing ceremony was overseen by Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD and Ambassador of Ireland to Brazil, Brian Glynn.

    Signing Ceremony University of Sao Paulo and Trinity College Dublin

    Pictured above, Trinity College School of Law signs agreement with the University of Sao Paulo Faculty of Law

    This dual degree initiative is part of TCD Law School’s expanding network of international partnerships. It is the first agreement of its kind in South America and will promote academic collaboration with Brazil’s top Law Faculty.

  • Public Lecture: Dr Kristian McDaniel-Miccio (University of Denver) will give a lecture titled ‘Out of the Closet, Into the Courts: The Struggle for Marriage Equality in the U.S. and Ireland’. This lecture will be on the marriage equality movements in both the US and in Ireland. Dr McDaniel-Miccio has a rather unique perspective as both scholar and litigant: she and her wife were lead plaintiffs in the law suit that overturned Colorado’s marriage celebration and recognition ban. The lecture will focus on the legal and political challenges and outcomes in the struggle for equality.

    Event Details
    Date: Wednesday, 15 April 2015
    Time: 18.15
    Venue: Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub

    For further information please visit
  • Public Lecture: The Public Conscience of the Law from Thomas Hobbes to Hla Hart by Prof. David Dyzenhaus, Wednesday, 1st April at 6pm, Ui Chadhain Theatre, Arts Building
  • Front Line Defenders Annual Lecture: A Hardening Climate - Funding Human Rights in Repressive Societies by Dr. Sigrid Rausing, Monday 30th March at 6.30pm The Royal Irish Academy. Free of charge. Bookings at:
  • Changing Ireland, Changing Law: Irish Research Council awarded to TCD Law School, DIT School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences and Public Interest Law Alliance

In March 2015, Prof Ivana Bacik and Dr. Mary Rogan were awarded an 'Engaging Civic Society' award by the Irish Research Council under the 'New Foundations' grant scheme for participating in research led by Dr Mary Rogan along with the Public Interest Law Alliance, for the project 'Changing Ireland, Changing Law'. This project will involve a series of public events and will produce an edited collection through collaboration between DIT, TCD, civil society groups, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI), the National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI). The lead civil society partner is the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA). Additional funding for this project has also been obtained by Prof Bacik from the Trinity College Equality Fund, and the Arts and Social Sciences Benefaction Fund within College. [ More ]

  • Law School Open Day
    Saturday, 18th October 2014 *** THIS EVENT IS FULL ***
  • The Second Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture by computer security expert Bruce Schneier
    Monday, 6th October 2014
  • Ph.D. Researcher, Eva Barrett awarded the prestigious international Willoughby Prize for ‘outstanding article’ published in the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law in 2013

Congratulations to PhD researcher, Eva Barrett who was recently awarded the Willoughby Prize for 'article of outstanding merit' from the Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Natural Resources Law & Policy Education Trust for her article 'Through the Looking Glass: Greenhouse Gas Regulation in the EU and the US - Blood Brothers Separated at Birth Both Facing the Heat', published in the International Bar Association’s Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, 31 JERL 287 [2013].

The Willoughby Prize is an international prize awarded annually to the author(s) of an article of outstanding merit, published during the year in the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law; the winner is determined by the Trustees and Herbert Smith LLP and is in memory of Geoffrey Willoughby (1936 - 1989), one of the leading contributors to the development of energy law in the UK.

  • Professor Blanaid Clarke appointed member of EU Commission Informal Company Law Expert Group

Professor Blanaid Clarke, McCann FitzGerald Chair of Corporate Law in the School of Law has been appointed by the European Commission as a member of its Informal Company Law Expert Group (ICLEG). Professor Clarke had previously been a member of the European Commission's Reflection Group on the Future of EU Company Law in 2010/2011.

According to the Commission, "The Group will assist the Commission in the preparation of new initiatives in company law. The expertise of its members should help, in particular, to improve the mechanism of cross-border mergers and to develop initiatives on cross-border divisions and on groups of companies".

  • Two members of the School of Law, Dr. Niamh Connolly and Dr. David Prendergast are recipients of the Provost's Teaching Awards Winners 2013/2014

The Provost's Teaching Award Scheme is designed to recognise and reward those who have made an outstanding contribution in the pursuit of teaching excellence. The prestige of the award reflects the value which Trinity places on promoting teaching as a scholarly activity and the importance placed on enriching the learning opportunities of its students. The scope of the initiative is broad, covering all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment, and seeks to:

  • Provide recognition for excellent teaching
  • Reward teaching staff who are creative in their approaches to teaching and learning and who use a variety of mechanisms to achieve their learning outcomes
  • Share best practice across College and encourage teaching staff to consider other approaches to course design, delivery and assessment
  • Reaffirm that curriculum development, teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation, are important activities in College requiring high level expertise
  • Encourage teaching staff to reflect critically on their teaching practice

The third award went to Dr. Louise Gallagher of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Previous Law School winners of this prestigious award include Prof. Ivana Bacik, Prof. Neville Cox, Prof. Oran Doyle and Prof. Des Ryan.

For further information on the awards please see

  • Private Law Dicussion Group Guest Seminar: "Protection of the Weaker Party in Contract Through EU Private International Law"
    by Mr. Michael da Lozzo of Universite Toulouse 1 Capitole
    2pm, Friday 6 December. Room 4050A, Arts Building.
    All welcome.
  • School of Law and School of Education join the Long Room Hub - Special Lectures to mark the occasion
    Thursday, 28 November 2013 (6:15 pm)
  • Law School Open Day
    Saturday, 19 October 2013 (Advanced Registration is required). Please note that this event is now full and no longer accepting bookings.
  • Irish Society of Comparative Law in association with Trinity College Dublin's School of Law - public lecture on Data Protection Law
    20 March 2013
  • Damages in Tort Litigation: All the Recent Developments
    Saturday, 7 July 2012
  • Litigation Against Primary Schools: All the Recent Developments
    Saturday, 24 March 2012
  • "US Systems for Investigating, Prosecuting and Sentencing White-Collar Crime and Civil Forfeiture Mechanisms". Guest lecture by Karen Hennigan
    Thursday, 5 April 2012 (9 - 11 am)
  • Collective Redress and Competition Damages". Guest Lecture by Professor Christopher Hodges
    Monday, 16th April 2012
  • "US Systems for Investigating, Prosecuting and Sentencing White-Collar Crime and Civil Forfeiture Mechanisms". Guest lecture by Karen Hennigan
    Thursday, 5 April 2012 (9 - 11 am)
  • Dealing with Enforced Disappearances in Timor-Leste: Promoting Truth, Justice, Reparations and Reconciliation, guest lecture by Jeremy Sarkin
    Monday, 24 October 2011
  • Guest Lecture by Professor James C. Hathaway "Saving International Refugee Law", in association with the Irish Refugee Council
    13 June 2011
  • SLS Centenary Lecture delivered by Professor Alan Dignam, Queen Mary, University of London
    1 April 2011
  • "Understanding the IMF - Institutional and Legal Aspects" guest lecture by Sean Hagan, General Counsel of the International Monetary Fund
    18 March 2011
  • Criminal Law Update
    Saturday, 19 November 2011
  • Tort Litigation 2011: All the Recent Development
    26 November 2011
  • Alternatives to Litigation in a Civil Society, joint conference with the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, American Arbitration Association and the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin
    11 October 2011, The Convention Centre, Dublin
  • Litigation Against Post-Primary Schools: All the Recent Developments
    Saturday, 12 November 2011
  • Defamation and Privacy Law
    7 April 2011
  • Tort Litigation 2011: All the Recent Developments
    26 March 2011
  • Law Student Colloquium
    19 February 2011
  • Extra-Mural Course in Employment Litigation
    6 week course, commencing 20 January 2011
  • Intensive Course on Planning Law: with Particular Reference to the 2010 Act, Nama and Problems with Quarries
    13-14 January 2011
  • Medical Negligence 2010: Latest Developments for Practitioners
    20 November 2010
  • Criminal Law Update 2010 - CPD Conference
    26 June 2010
  • Law of the Sea: Current Problematic Issues in the Law of the Sea
    3-4 June 2010
  • Schools and the Law in 2010: Coping with New Challenges
    29 May 2010
  • Probate and Succession: Recent Developments Impacting on Legal Practice
    15 May 2010
  • Medical Negligence: Recent Developments Impacting on Practice
    8 May 2010
  • Restitution of Overpaid Tax (please note this conference takes place in Oxford. Please visit the conference website for further details)
    9-10 July 2010
  • Centre for Post-Conflict JusticeInaugural Lecture by Professor Kadar Asmal "Post-Conflict Justice: An Industry or Necessity"
    25 February 2010
  • Irish Jurisprudence Society Annual Public Lecture 2009 by Professor Joseph Raz (this lecture is now fully booked)
    Balliol College, Oxford University and Columbia University
    25 February 2009
  • Guest Lecture: The UN Convention on the Right of People with Disabilities: Key Issues by Professor Michael Stein
    27 January 2009


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