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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. 


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.