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Key Contemporary Legal Challenges for Post-Primary Schools Management: Bullying, Pupils' Welfare and Employment Issues

Date: Saturday, 11 May 2013

The Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin


About the Conference

The key challenges facing school management in 2013 are in some respects new – cyber-bullying, controls on the use of social media, and racism, for example - but others are new instances of perennial problems: how can schools best protect the rights and welfare of their pupils, encourage independence and open minds, while at the same time maintaining a safe and orderly  working environment? New laws apply and others are on the way. How are school management to balance the potentially competing duties and interests?

The School of Law of Trinity College Dublin is holding a conference in Trinity on the morning of Saturday, 11 May, from 9.30am to 1:00 pm. Its team of speakers is very strong, with great expertise in their specialised areas. Our keynote speaker is Professor Mona O'Moore of Trinity's Anti-Bullying Centre. All other speakers are legal experts.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.




WILLIAM BINCHY is a practising barrister. He is co-author with the Hon. Mr. Justice Bryan McMahon of Irish Law of Torts, the fourth edition (forthcoming).

PROFESSOR NEVILLE COX BL LL.B., Ph.D., (Dub.), Barrister, is Associate Professor and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He is author of, amongst other books, Defamation Law (2008), and co-author of Employment Law in Ireland (2009). He is Director of the Master of Laws degree programmes at Trinity.

DR. DYMPNA GLENDENNING BL is a practising barrister and a former primary school teacher and principal. She is author of Religion, Education and the Law (Tottel, 2008), Education and the Law, 2nd ed, Bloomsbury, 2012 and co-editor (with William Binchy) of Litigation against Schools: Implications for School Management (Firstlaw, 2006).

PROFESSOR MONA O'MOORE, M.A. (Child and Educational Psychology, University of Nottingham), Ph.D. from Edinburgh University, is a Fellow of Trinity College. Professor O’Moore was formerly the Head of School of Education and is the founder and co-ordinator of the Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Unit at Trinity College Dublin. She was the Rapporteur of the first European seminar on school bullying, writing up the Report for the Council of Europe, 1987. She was a member of the Ministerial working party which drew up the National Guidelines in Countering Bullying in Primary and Post Primary Schools in Ireland in 1993. Since then she conducted the first Nationwide Study of School bullying and Workplace bullying in Ireland. She has been a member of ten European research partnerships, one of which has been the COST Action on Cyber-bullying (COST IS 0801) which had 27 European countries working together on the theme together with Israel and Australia. She is currently a member of the European project on racial bullying (ARBAX) and one on countering workplace bullying for people with intellectual difficulties (Let me be Me). She has published widely, in particular in the area of school bullying. She is co-author of “Dealing with Bullying In Schools: A Training Manual for Teachers, Parents and Other Professionals” (2004, Paul Chapman Publishing) and author of “Understanding School Bullying: A Guide for Parents and Teachers” (Veritas, 2010). She has been also one of the main authors of the Cost Action “Guidelines on Preventing Cyber-bullying in the School Environment”.

DR. DES RYAN BL is a practising barrister specialising in Employment Law and a Lecturer in Employment Law at Trinity College Dublin. Co-author of Employment Law in Ireland (2009), he has published widely on Employment Law in a number of journals, including the Irish Employment Law Journal, and is the Employment Law correspondent for the Thomson Round Hall Annual Review of Irish Law. He advises on all aspects of employment litigation.

PROFESSOR GERRY WHYTE is Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin.  He is author of Social Inclusion and the Legal System: Public Interest Law in Ireland, published by the Institute of Public Administration in 2002, co-author of Irish Trade Union Law and co-editor of the fourth edition of John Kelly's The Irish Constitution.  He is also actively involved with various NGOs targeting social exclusion.


The right to rearrange and substitute lectures and lecturers is reserved







Bullying in Schools: New Approaches to the Problem
Professor Mona O'Moore



Bullying, Discipline and Duty of Care to Pupils: Preventive and Responsive Legal Strategies
Professor Neville Cox BL



Key Employment Issues Facing School Management in 2013
Professor Des Ryan BL



Tea/Coffee Break



Homophobia, Racism and Students with Special Needs: What does the Equality Legislation Require of School Management?
Professor Gerry Whyte



The Teaching of Religion in Schools Today: New Legal Issues
Dr. Dympna Glendenning BL



Discussion and Questions



Conference Ends




Reservation and Fees

If you would like further information on this course please contact:

Soraya Sobrevía

CPD Conference Programmes, School of Law, House 39, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 Telephone (01) 896 2772;

Fax (01) 677 0449; Email: lawevent at

To reserve your place, please complete and return this form to the address/email above.

Fees:* €120 per person
Group Rates:

€215 for 2; €310 for 3;
€385 for 4 and €450 for 5

*Cheques should be made payable to TCD NO 1 Account