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Judicial Review, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Judicial Review

Date: Saturday, 11th February 2012

Venue: The Davis Theatre, ArtsBuilding, Trinity CollegeDublin

Judicial review litigation continues to play a dominant role in the courts today. This conference will provide practitioners, academics, researchers and others with an interest in public law with a review of recent important developments in judicial review. The emphasis will be on giving participants a practical update on current themes and emerging trends based on analysis of recent cases, legislation and the recent reform of Order 84. A panel of expert speakers will address relevant subjects including an overview of the new Order 84, recent developments in relation to the grounds for judicial review, as well as a specific focus on developments in judicial review in the areas of asylum and immigration law, planning law and criminal law.






Dr Catherine Donnelly

Recent developments in relation to the grounds for judicial review


Professor Hilary Biehler

The Rules of the Superior Courts (Judicial Review) 2011 – The Amended Order 84


Nuala Butler SC

Recent developments in relation to planning judicial review


Questions and Discussion


Tea/Coffee Break 


Patricia Brazil

Recent developments in relation to asylum and immigration judicial review



Shane Costelloe


Recent developments in relation to criminal judicial review


12:40 – 1:00 Questions and Discussion



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



Hilary Biehler (Delany) was called to the Irish Bar in 1988 and practised as a barrister for a number of years. Since 1991, she has lectured in the Law School and has taught courses in equity, civil procedure, constitutional law II and administrative law. She was a Commissioner with the Law Reform Commission from 1997 - 2005 and chaired Working Group on Reform of Judicial Review Procedure which was set up by the Commission. She was Editor of the Irish Law Reports Monthly from 1993-2008, is the author of a number of books and has written extensively in the fields of civil procedure, administrative law and equity and the law of trust. The new edition of Civil Procedure in the Superior Courts, of which she is co-author with Declan McGrath, is due out in February 2012.

Patricia Brazil LL.B., M.Litt., Barrister-at-Law is the Averil Deverell Lecturer in Law at Trinity College Dublin where she teaches refugee and immigration law, family law and child law. Patricia is a practising barrister who has specialised in asylum and immigration law for eight years. She is editor of the Irish Law Reports Monthly and co-author of the chapter on asylum and immigration law for the Annual Review of Irish Law.

Nuala Butler S.C., B.C.L., LL.M., has practiced as a barrister for 25 years. She practices mainly in the public and administrative law area and has extensive experience of planning and environmental law judicial review.

Shane Costelloe B.C.L., M.Litt., BL has been a practicing barrister in Dublin for over 10 years. His areas of expertise include criminal law, with a special interest in the areas of proceeds of crime and seizure of assets as well as 'white-collar' crime. He also practices extensively in the area of child-care law. Mr Costelloe lectures on the law of on the seizure of criminal assets on the LL.M. degree programme.

Dr Catherine Donnelly is a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin and a practising barrister. She is also a member of Blackstone Chambers in London. She has an LL.B. from Trinity College, where she was a Scholar of the University; she also has a B.C.L. and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. Dr Donnelly practised as a litigation attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York from 1999 to 2001 and was a tenured Tutorial Fellow of Wadham College and University Lecturer at the University of Oxford from 2005-2007. She currently publishes and practises in the areas of administrative law, European Union law, human rights law and public procurement law. She is editor of De Smith’s Judicial Review (Sweet and Maxwell, 2007 and 2009); author of Delegation of Governmental Power to Private Parties: A Comparative Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2007); and a contributor to A Lester, D Pannick and J Herberg, Human Rights: Law and Practice (Butterworths LexisNexis, 2010).

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


Reservations and Fees

150 euro per person

Group Rates (Euro): 270 for 2; 380 for 3; 480 for 4 and 560 for 5

Reduced Rates (Euro)*: 120


Members Rates (Euro)**:

Individuals - 110
Associates - 75
Corporate Group Rates: 200 for 2; 285 for 3; 360 for 4 and 560 for 5.


Fees include tea/coffee and lecture materials

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

** for members of the TCD CPD Conference Programme.


Payment Details:

All cheques must be made payable to TCD No. 1 Account.



Please complete the form on the back page and return it to the address below.


Reservations: Please complete the booking form and return to:

CPD Conferences, School of Law, House 39, Trinity College, Dublin 2

Telephone Catherine or Kelley at (01) 896 2367 / 896 2772;
Fax Number: (01) 677 0449; Email:


CPD Hours/Points

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