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Des Ryan, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Des Ryan

Ailbhe O'Neill

Lecturer in Law

Director of Teaching and Learning (Undergraduate)

School of Law
Room 24, House 39
Trinity College, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 896 8572
Fax: (01) 677 0449
Email: desmond.ryan at tcd.ie

Areas of Interest

Tort, Employment Law, The Irish Legal System

 

Biography

Dr. Desmond Ryan LL.B., B.C.L., M.A. (Oxon.), Ph.D., Barrister-at-Law (King’s Inns) is a Lecturer in Law at Trinity College Dublin and a practising Barrister specialising in Employment Law. He lectures in Tort Law, Employment Law (LL.B.) and Employment Litigation (LL.M.). andhis research interests are primarily in the areas of Employment Law and Tort Law. Having graduated with First Class Honours and a Gold Medal in Law from Trinity College Dublin (LL.B.), he pursued graduate studies in Law at the University of Oxford, where he obtained the degree of Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.), graduating with Distinction, and the degree of Master of Arts (M.A.). He received an Ussher scholarship at Trinity College Dublin to pursue his Ph.D. thesis, completed in 2009 and for which he was awarded his Doctorate. He also studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, and at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin.. He was previously a Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Law. Desmond Ryan has published work in a number of international peer-reviewed journals, including The Cambridge Law Journal, The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, and the Dublin University Law Journal. He is co-author of Employment Law in Ireland (2009) and co-editor of the Dublin University Law Journal and has contributed book chapters to a number of books. He also contributes regularly to the Quarterly Review of Tort Law and is the Employment Law Correspondent for the Thomson Round Hall Annual Review of Irish Law. Dr. Ryan was awarded the Provost’s Teaching Award in 2011. He is a College Tutor.

Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (Dubl.), 2010
  • M.A. (Oxon.), 2008
  • Barrister-at-Law (Hon. Society of King’s Inns), 2006
  • B.C.L., (Oxon.), 2005
  • LL.B. (Dubl.), 2004

Representations

Co-Editor, Employment Law Review (quarterly publication dedicated to analysing developments in Irish and European employment law)

Course Director, Trinity College Dublin LL.M. Extra-Mural Course in Employment Litigation (Extra-Mural course attended by practising Solicitors, Junior and Senior Counsel and employment professionals now in its fifth year running)

Founding Member, Employment Law Association of Ireland

Member, Employment Bar Association, Dublin

Member, European Employment Lawyers' Association (EELA)

Lecturer, Law Society of Ireland, Diploma in Employment Law

National Reporter for Employment and Labour Law, International Academy of Comparative Law

Committee Member, St. James’s Hospital -AMNCH Research Ethics Committee (St James’s/Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin Incorporating the National Children's Hospital)

Lecturer and Course Committee Member, Trinity College Dublin M.Sc. in Medical Imaging (Radiation Safety)

Lecturer, Medico-Legal Issues, Radiographers’ Training Programme, St James’s Hospital

Committee Member, Senior Common Room Committee, Trinity College Dublin

Law School Representative, Academic Appeals Committee, Trinity College Dublin

Expert Panelist, Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC)

Law Expert Panel Interviewer, Irish Public Appointments Service

Administrative Functions

Registrar of the Law School (2009-11)

Director (Law), Law and Political Science Degree Programme (2009/10 - present)

Member of the Law School Executive (2008-11)

Director,  Law School Junior Freshman Legal Skills Module (2009/10 - present)

College Tutor

Academic Referee

Committee Member, LL.B. Sub-Committee, Law School

Law School Representative, Academic Appeals Committee, Trinity College

 

Awards and Honours

Provost's Teaching Award, 2011

Legal Irish Scholarship Prize, Honorable Society of King’s Inns (2006)

Ussher Scholarship, Trinity College Dublin (2005)

Gold Medal, Trinity College Dublin (2004)

Henry Hamilton Hunter Prize, Trinity College Dublin (2004)

Elected a Foundation Scholar, Trinity College Dublin (2002)

Butterworths Law Prize, Trinity College Dublin (2001)

Government of Ireland Easter Week Commemoration Scholar (2000)

 

Education Details

Desmond Ryan studied law at Trinity College Dublin (LL.B., Ph.D.), the University of Oxford (B.C.L., M.A.), Osgoode Hall Law School Toronto (Exchange programme), and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns (Barrister-at-Law degree).

Employment Details

Desmond Ryan is a Lecturer in Law at Trinity College Dublin and a practising barrister specialising in Employment Law. He lectures in Employment Law (LL.B.) and Employment Litigation (LL.M.), as well as the Junior Freshman LL.B. module The Irish Legal System. He is co-author of Employment Law in Ireland (2009) and co-editor of the Employment Law Review (published quarterly). He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Memberships /Associations

 

Selected Publications

Books

Neville Cox, Des Ryan and Val Corbett, Employment Law in Ireland, Dublin, Clarus Press, 2009, 1-892

Book Chapters

(with Michael Doherty) "Report on Ireland" in The Prohibition of Age Discrimination in Labour Relations, (2011) Germany, Nomos, 293-308.

"The Report "Bullying, Harassment and Stress at Work", Maeve Regan, Employment Law, Dublin, Tottel Publishing, 2009, 231-264

"Vicarious Liability ", Maeve Regan, Employment Law, Dublin, Tottel Publishing, 2009, 265-280

"Part-time Workers ", Maeve Regan, Employment Law, Dublin, Tottel Publishing, 2009, 281-303

"Fixed-Term Workers ", Maeve Regan, Employment Law, Dublin, Tottel Publishing, 2009, 2305-334

"Employment Law", William Binchy and Raymond Byrne, Annual Review of Irish Law 2008, Thomson Round Hall, 2009, 311-324

"Employment Law", William Binchy and Raymond Byrne, Annual Review of Irish Law 2007, Thomson Round Hall, 2008, 257-279

“Recent Judicial Approaches to Loss of Chance in Medical Negligence Litigation", Professor William Binchy and Dr. Ciarán Craven (eds), Medical Negligence Litigation: Emerging Issues, First Law, Dublin, 2008, 24-55*

“The Exception (Im)proves the Rule: Reforming the Irish Law of Hearsay” and “The Road Not Taken: Reforming the Irish Law of Provocation” (chapters in Law and Practice: Essays on Reform, eds. Eoin O’Dell and Geoffrey Shannon, Clarus Press, 2007)*

Articles

Connections without Consensus: Recent Approaches to Vicarious Liability in the Irish Supreme Court", Dublin University Law Journal (2009) 31, 1, 457-472.

“Making Connections: New Approaches to Vicarious Liability in Comparative Perspective” (2008) 30, 1, Dublin University Law Journal (2008) 41-70.

“Practice and Procedure in Defamation: Recent Judicial Developments” (2008) 3(1) Quarterly Review of Tort Law Clarus Press*

Des Ryan and Marguerite Bolger, "The Mutual Duty of Fidelity in the Contract of Employment: Significant Recent Developments", Irish Employment Law Journal, 2007, 112, 120

“Liability in tort for inducing a breach of contract” Quarterly Review of Tort Law 7* (2007)

“Asbestos litigation and the requirements of the negligence action: new developments in Irish and English law” (2007) 2(3) Quarterly Review of Tort Law 10*

“Bonus Points: The Exercise of Employers’ Discretion in relation to Bonus Payments” (2007) 14 Commercial Law Practitioner 166*

MRSA Litigation: New Questions for Tort Law”(2007) 2(2) Quarterly Review of Tort Law 12*

“Vicarious Liability of Employers: Emerging Themes and Trends and their Potential Implications for Irish Employment Law” (2007) 4 Irish Employment Law Journal 3*

“Claims by trespassers and recreational users under the Occupiers Liability Act 1995: Recent Developments” (2007) 2(1) Quarterly Review of Tort Law 15*

Royal Brunei Dishonesty: A Clear Welcome for Barlow Clowes” [2007] The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 168

“Intoxicated Guests, Third Parties and the Law of Negligence” (2007) 58 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 108*

“Defamation: Recent Developments in Relation to the Reynolds Case” (2006) 24 Irish Law Times 311*

“Mareva injunctions, third parties and the law of negligence” (2006) 13 Commercial Law Practitioner 253*

“Pleading Contributory Negligence: Recent Developments” (2006) 1(4) Quarterly Review of Tort Law 7*

“Liability for Negligent Misstatement: The Supreme Court Decision in Wildgust” (2006) 1(3) Quarterly Review of Tort Law 13*

“Damage in Negligence: Getting the Gist?” (2006) 1(2) Quarterly Review of Tort Law 20*

Royal Brunei Dishonesty: Clarity at Last?” [2006] The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 188

“Conditional Fee Agreements: Strutting Their Stuff Around a Circle that Cannot be Squared?” (2006) 26 Civil Justice Quarterly 20

“The Position in Tort of Public Authorities after Beatty” (2006) 1(1) Quarterly Review of Tort Law 12

“Confessions in the House of Lords: Watch this SPACE” [2005] Cambridge Law Journal 320*

“Resolving the Duress Dilemma: Guidance from the House of Lords” [2005] Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 421*

“A Bar to Recovery? Barristers, Public Policy and Immunity from Suit” (2005) 10 Bar Review 209*

“A Lost Cause?” Causation in Negligence Cases: Recent Developments Part I” (2006) 24 Irish Law Times 91*

“A Cause Wrapped up in a Duty: Causation and Informed Consent to Medical Treatment” (2005) 27 Dublin University Law Journal 260*

“Assessing Proportionality in Damages for Defamation” (2005) 23 Irish Law Times 220*

“Trespassers (and Recreational Users) Beware: The Supreme Court decision in Weir-Rodgers v S.F. Trust” (2005) 23 Irish Law Times 59*

“Recklessness, Subjectivity and the Criminal Law” (2004) 22 Irish Law Times 90*

“Causation and Informed Consent to Medical Treatment” (2003) 21 Irish Law Times 256*

 

Conference Papers & Presentations (Selection)

“Stress Claims in the context of Schools: New Approaches in the Courts”, (Paper delivered at Trinity College Dublin, 1st March 2008)*

Suing Public Authorities: New Approaches by the Courts (Paper delivered at Trinity College Dublin, 24th November 2007) *

Recent Developments in Relation to Causation in Medical Negligence and Informed Consent to Treatment (Paper delivered at Trinity College Dublin, 13th October 2007) *

“The Influence of Human Rights Law on the Tortious Liability of Public Authorities” (Paper delivered at Law and Society Conference, Humboldt University, Berlin, 25th July 2007)

“The Mutual Duty of Fidelity in the Contract of Employment: Significant Recent Developments” (co-authored with Marguerite Bolger BL), Four Courts, Dublin, 19th May 2007

“Exemplary Damages after Shortt: Some Key Questions” (paper delivered at conference held at Trinity College, Dublin, 2nd May 2007)*

“Tort Law, Public Authorities, and Rights” (Presentation at conference held at King’s College, London, 13th April 2007)

“Tort Law, Public Authorities, Rights and Wrongs” (Presentation and paper delivered at Dublin Legal Workshop, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin, 4th April 2007)

“Claims by Recreational Users and Trespassers: Some Crucial Questions” (paper delivered at Occupiers’ Liability conference held at Trinity College, Dublin, 28th February 2007)*

“Suing Public Authorities in Tort: Recent Developments” (paper delivered at a Tort Law conference held at Trinity College, Dublin, 20th May 2006)*

“Recent Developments Relating to Causation and Medical Negligence: New Ideas in the Supreme Court and the House of Lords” (paper delivered at Medical Negligence conference held at Trinity College, Dublin, 26th April 2006)*

“Litigation Against Employers: Issues of Causation and Proof” (paper delivered at Employment Law Conference held at Trinity College, Dublin, 10th December 2005)*

  • “Information and Consultation of Employees: New Developments in Comparative Perspective” (paper delivered at a conference held at Venice InternationalUniversity, Venice, 13th March 2005)

    * with Raymond Ryan BL

     

Postgraduate Research Students

Desmond Ryan supervises research at all levels up to and including Doctoral students. He welcomes applications for supervision from students in the areas of Employment Law, Tort Law, and related fields.

 

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