Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Trinity Menu Trinity Search

David Fennelly, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

David Fennelly

Assistant Professor (part-time)
Clinical Legal Education Coordinator

School of Law
House 39
Trinity College, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 896 1109
Fax: (01) 677 0449
Email: david.fennelly at

Areas of Interest



David Fennelly is an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Legal Education in the law School. He is also a practising barrister. In 2013-2014, David will be teaching the Clinical Legal Education Module and a seminar on Current Issues in the Legal Profession. He will also be teaching EU External Relations Law on the LL.M. programme.



Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.D.(Dub), 2011

  • B.L.(King’s Inns), 2007

  • LL.M.(NYU), 2005

  • LL.B.(Ling.Franc.)(Dub), 2004



  • Member of Editorial Board, Irish Journal of European Law

Administrative Functions

  • Director of Clinical Legal Education
  • Academic Liaison Officer


Awards and Honors

  • Visiting Scholar, Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, 2008

  • TCD Broad Curriculum Studentship, 2007-8

  • NYU Global Public Interest Fellowship, 2005-6

  • NYU International Law and Human Rights Fellow, 2005

  • NYU Merit Scholar, 2004

  • Fulbright Scholar, 2004

  • Non-Foundation Scholarship, Trinity College Dublin, 2002

  • Government of Ireland Easter Week Commemoration Patrick Pearse Scholarship, 2000


Education Details

David studied law and French in Trinity, spending a year at the University of Paris II (Pantheon-Assas) in 2002-3. He then completed an LL.M. in International Legal Studies at New York University School of Law. He undertook the degree of Barrister-at-Law at the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns and was called to the Bar in 2007. In 2011, David was awarded a Ph.D. for his thesis entitled “The Implementation of International Law in the Irish Legal System: the Effect of European Union Membership”.


Employment Details

  • "Barrister, Law Library, Dublin, 2011-

  • Trainee, European Commission Legal Service (External Relations Team), Brussels, March to July 2011

  • Adviser, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, New York, September to December 2010

  • Judicial Fellow, Chancery List (Ms. Justice Laffoy), High Court, Dublin, 2008-2010 

  • Lecturer-in-law (part-time) and Coordinator of the Senior Freshman Mooting Programme, Law School, Trinity College Dublin, 2007-8 

  • Seminarist in Contract Law, Law School, Trinity College Dublin, 2006-7 

  • Assistant to Judges Elaraby and Keith, International Court of Justice, The Hague, 2005-6

  • Assistant to Prof. Alain Pellet, International Law Commission, United Nations, Geneva, Summer 2005


Memberships /Associations

  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Irish Centre for European Law
  • Irish Society of European Law


Selected Publications

  • International Law in the Irish Legal System (Thomson Round Hall, 2014)

  • "Selected Issues in Irish Equality Case Law 2008-2011 (Equality Authority, 2012), available online at

  • Crotty’s Long Shadow: the European Union, the United Nations and the Changing Framework of Ireland’s International Relations” in Carolan (ed), The Irish Constitution: Perspectives and Prospects (Bloomsbury Professional, 2012).

  • Commitment to court of justice a historic step, Irish Times, 12 January 2012.

  • Review of Andenas and Usher (eds), The Treaty of Nice and Beyond (2005) 24 Yearbook of European Law 619.


  • “Learning How to Learn from Experience: Exploring the Educational Added Value of Clinical Legal Education”, Developing Clinical Legal Education in Ireland Conference, NUI Galway, 26th April 2013.
  • “Ireland’s Changing Constitution”, Department of An Taoiseach, Lunchtime Lecture Series, 2nd July 2012.