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Defamation and Privacy Law: Latest Developments For Practitioners

Defamation and Privacy Law POSTPONED

Date: Thursday, 7th April 2011

Venue: Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

About the Conference

This year has witnessed important legal developments in relation to defamation and privacy law. The Defamation Act 2009, which introduces vital changes in the law and practice of defamation litigation, came into effect on 1 January 2010. The courts have begun to address how the new rules should operate. Significant decisions have been handed down, in Ireland, (North and South), Britain and in other jurisdictions, on the scope of legal remedies for infringement of the right to privacy. The School of Law, of Trinity College Dublin is holding a evening conference on Thursday, 7th April from 5:45 8:45 pm. (This conference was originally scheduled for 2nd December but was postponed due to the weather.)

All the recent cases of any significance will be analysed. A strong team of lecturers, with wide experience, has been assembled.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.


5:45 pm


Dr. Neville Cox BL

The New Defences: Impact on Practice


Hugh Mohan SC

The Impact on Practice of the New Defamation Act
7:00 Tea/Coffee Break


Ray Ryan BL

he New Remedies Created by the Act: How Are They Working Out in Practice


Dr Eoin Carola BL

Recent Developments in Courts in Ireland and Abroad on the Right to Privacy

8:15 – 8:45

Questions and Discussion

The right to substitute and rearrange lecture(rs)s is reserved.


Eoin Carolan, Ph.D., LL.M., LL.B. is a barrister and lecturer in Law at University College Dublin. He is author of The New Separation of Powers (OUP, 2009), co-author of The Right to Privacy and co-editor of The Irish Constitution: Governance and Values.

Neville Cox, LL.B., Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer in Law and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and a practising barrister. He is the author of Defamation Law (2008) and Blasphemy and the Law (2000) and co-author of Sport and the Law (2004) and Employment Law in Ireland (2009). He is Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) and Director of the LL.M. degree programme.

Hugh Mohan is a Senior Counsel. He was Chairman of the Legal Advisory Group on Defamation, appointed by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and is a former chairman of the Bar Council.

Ray Ryan, LL.B., LL.M. is a practising barrister. He has lectured in tort law and has published widely on the subject. He has considerable experience in defamation litigation.


Reservations and Fees


€150 per person

Group Rates: €270 for 2; €380 for 3; €480 for 4 and €560 for 5 Reduced Rate:** : €120

Members Rates:***

€110 - Individuals; €75 Asssociates;

Corporate Group Rates: €200 for 2; €285 for 3; €360 for 4 and €560 for 5

Attending More than One Conference If you would like to attend the Torts Litigation and or Civil Partnership Act, please apply the group rates.

All Cheques should be made payable to TCD No. 1 Account and returned to the address below


Please complete the booking form and return to:

CPD Conference Programmes, School of Law,
House 39, Trinity College, Dublin 2

Contacts: Conference Reservations: Telephone Catherine or Kelley at +353 1 896 2367 / +353 1 896 2772;
Fax Number: (01) 677 0449; Email:

CPD Hours/Points

2.5 hours/points Certificates of attendance will be forwarded after the conference.


* this rate also applies if you would like to attend two currently scheduled conferences.

** for barristers or five years standing or less and trainee solicitors

*** for members of the TCD CPD Conference Programme.