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Reception for Hyman Tarlo Scholarship

The School of Law welcomed Mrs Ruth Tarlo to Trinity College Dublin on Monday 28th April. Mrs Tarlo, a history graduate of TCD, has generously established the Hyman Tarlo scholarship to support an Australian student who wishes to undertake postgraduate legal studies in Trinity College Dublin.

Group photography Hyman Tarlo Scholarship reception

Pictured above, Reception for Hyman Tarlo Scholarship.Left to Right: Prof Oran Doyle, Benn Hogan, SF Law and Business student, Mrs. Ruth Tarlo, Malcom Baylis, SS Law Student, Ambassador Ruth Adler - Australian Ambassador to Ireland


The scholarship is named in memory of her late husband, Prof Hyman Tarlo. Professor Tarlo was a law student in Trinity College during the 1940s. He was elected a scholar of the College and was also Auditor of the student Law Society. For more details visit: Hyman Tarlo Scholarship


Changing Ireland, Changing Law: Irish Research Council awarded to TCD Law School, DIT School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences and Public Interest Law Alliance

In March 2015, Prof Ivana Bacik was awarded an 'Engaging Civic Society' award by the Irish Research Council under the 'New Foundations' grant scheme for participating in research led by Dr Mary Rogan of Dublin Institute of Technology, along with the Public Interest Law Allianc,, for the project 'Changing Ireland, Changing Law'. This project will involve a series of public events and will produce an edited collection through collaboration between DIT, TCD, civil society groups, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI), the National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI). The lead civil society partner is the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA). Additional funding for this project has also been obtained by Prof Bacik from the Trinity College Equality Fund, and the Arts and Social Sciences Benefaction Fund within College.

The research project will entail:

  • Hosting four seminars in Trinity College Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology on: the position of women in Irish law and society; strategic litigation as a tool of social change: lessons from practice; sexual identity, law and social change in Ireland; immigration, asylum and legal change in Ireland. PILA is a public interest law network that seeks to engage the legal community and civil society in using the law to advance social change.
  • Each seminar will involve speakers from civil society organisations, academics, lawyers and individuals affected by the issues and who have been involved in law reform and advocacy, and politicians, discussing their reflections on the use of law as a tool of social change, and on how legal change has or has not kept apace with societal developments.
  • A seminar with legislators in the Oireachtas on barriers to accessing justice and promoting law reform in Ireland.
  • The creation of an edited collection (edited by Dr Rogan and Prof Bacik) of papers on these themes. A special focus in the collection will be on individuals involved in taking cases which prompted major political and social change. The collection will also include contributions from civil society groups engaged in reform processes.

    See also the announcement of the award on the DIT Law


School of Law signs agreement to establish dual law degree with Brazil's most prestigious Law Faculty in the University of Sao Paulo

The new agreement sets out to establish a dual law degree at postgraduate level between TCD and USP Law School. USP Law students will have the opportunity to complete a one year LL.M. programme in Trinity College Dublin as part of their Masters of Ph.D. degree and obtain a dual law degree.

On Saint Patrick's Day, the agreement was signed by Prof. Maristela Basso, President of the International Cooperation Committee of USP Law Faculty and Dr. Juliette Hussey, TCD Vice President for Global Relations. The signing ceremony was overseen by Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD and Ambassador of Ireland to Brazil, Brian Glynn.

Signing Ceremony University of Sao Paulo and Trinity College Dublin

Pictured above, Trinity College School of Law signs agreement with the University of Sao Paulo Faculty of Law

This dual degree initiative is part of TCD Law School’s expanding network of international partnerships. It is the first agreement of its kind in South America and will promote academic collaboration with Brazil’s top Law Faculty.


TCD Eagle

Eva barrett

Pictured above, Eva Barrett, Winner of Willoughby Prize 2014



Blanaid Clarke
Pictured above, Professor Blanaid Clarke, McCann FitzGerald Chair of Corporate Law




Niamh Connolly


David Prendergast

Pictured above, Provost Dr. Patrick Prendergast and Dr. Niamh Connolly and Provost Dr. Patrick Prendergast and Dr. David Prendergast at the recent announcement of the Provost's Teaching Awards 2013/14


signed student exchange agreement with HKU

Pictured above, Prof Alex Schuster, Dr. Felix Chan, Prof. Jane Ohlmeyer and Prof. Jolene Lin signing new student exchange agreement between the Law Schools of TCD and HKU














2013 UG Awards

Pictured above, Rian Derrig, overall winner of the 2013 Undergraduate Award for Law.




Pictured above Doireann Nic Mathuna and Professor Steve Hedley at the Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference

TCD Law Students launch the Eagle Gazette

The first issue of the Eagle Gazette was recently launched. This gazette aims to showcase all that is great about the School - its students, staff, alumni and the many events and activities organised by the student legal societies and the School. The first issue is available to download here. There are a limited number of copies still available from House 39.



Ph.D. Researcher, Eva Barrett awarded the prestigious international Willoughby Prize for ‘outstanding article’ published in the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law in 2013.

Congratulations to PhD researcher, Eva Barrett who was recently awarded the Willoughby Prize for 'article of outstanding merit' from the Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Natural Resources Law & Policy Education Trust for her article 'Through the Looking Glass: Greenhouse Gas Regulation in the EU and the US - Blood Brothers Separated at Birth Both Facing the Heat', published in the International Bar Association’s Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, 31 JERL 287 [2013].

The Willoughby Prize is an international prize awarded annually to the author(s) of an article of outstanding merit, published during the year in the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law; the winner is determined by the Trustees and Herbert Smith LLP and is in memory of Geoffrey Willoughby (1936 - 1989), one of the leading contributors to the development of energy law in the UK.

Professor Blanaid Clarke appointed member of EU Commission Informal Company Law Expert Group

Professor Blanaid Clarke, McCann FitzGerald Chair of Corporate Law in the School of Law has been appointed by the European Commission as a member of its Informal Company Law Expert Group (ICLEG). Professor Clarke had previously been a member of the European Commission's Reflection Group on the Future of EU Company Law in 2010/2011.


According to the Commission, "The Group will assist the Commission in the preparation of new initiatives in company law. The expertise of its members should help, in particular, to improve the mechanism of cross-border mergers and to develop initiatives on cross-border divisions and on groups of companies".


Two members of the School of Law, Dr. Niamh Connolly and Dr. David Prendergast are recipients of the Provost's Teaching Awards Winners 2013/2014

The Provost's Teaching Award Scheme is designed to recognise and reward those who have made an outstanding contribution in the pursuit of teaching excellence. The prestige of the award reflects the value which Trinity places on promoting teaching as a scholarly activity and the importance placed on enriching the learning opportunities of its students. The scope of the initiative is broad, covering all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment, and seeks to:

  • Provide recognition for excellent teaching
  • Reward teaching staff who are creative in their approaches to teaching and learning and who use a variety of mechanisms to achieve their learning outcomes
  • Share best practice across College and encourage teaching staff to consider other approaches to course design, delivery and assessment
  • Reaffirm that curriculum development, teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation, are important activities in College requiring high level expertise
  • Encourage teaching staff to reflect critically on their teaching practice

The third award went to Dr. Louise Gallagher of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Previous Law School winners of this prestigious award include Prof. Ivana Bacik, Prof. Neville Cox, Prof. Oran Doyle and Prof. Des Ryan.

For further information on the awards please


Law School Signs Student Exchange Agreement with Prestigious University of Hong Kong



Trinity College Dublin launches a New Clinical Legal Education Module

Pictured above staff and students at the Launch of the Clinical Legal Education programme in October.



Trinity College Dublin Law and Political Science student, Rian Derrig announced Irish Winner and Overall Winner of the Irish and International Section for Law in the 2013 Undergraduate Awards

Congratulations to Rian Tuathal Derrig, Law and Political Science class of 2013. Rian was the Irish winner and the Overall winner of the Irish and International sections in the Law category for his legal philosophy essay: "Law's Normativity: Legal Validity and Authoritative Legitimacy".

Special mention also to Lewis Mooney, Grace O'Reilly and Glen Rogers whose work made the "Highly Commended" shortlist.

See also



Senior Freshman Law student, Doireann Nic Mathuna received a prize for her contribution to the Fifth Annual Irish Society of Comparative Law conference

Congratulations to Doireann Nic Mathuna (SF Law) presented with a prize by the President of the Irish Society of Comparative Law, Professor Steve Hedley, in recognition of her excellent contribution to the Fifth Annual ISCL Conference hosted by the School of Law, NUI Galway on 24-25 May 2013.

Doireann's conference paper was entitled, "The Supremacy of the Constitution: The Democratic Paradox."


Arthur Cox Visiting Research Fellowship - closing date for applications 31 August 2013


TCD Law students win the ELSA Council of Europe Moot Competition

Pictured above (left - right) Brian O'Beirne, Rian Derrig, Hannah Hassell, Eileen Scollan and Laura Twomey ELSA/ Council of Europe moot team.

Congratulations to Rian Derrig, Hannah Hassell, Eileen Scollan, Laura Twomey and coach Brian O'Beirne for their tremendous achievement in winning the European Court of Human Right Moot Court competition in Strasbourg on 27 February. The Law School is absolutely delighted with the team's success and is very proud of them!

This Moot Court competition, which is organised by the European Law Students Association in association with the Council of Europe, provides students with an opportunity to gain practical experience in the area of the law relating to European Convention on Human Rights and simulates the procedure of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights. 120 teams in total competed this year from all over Europe and 16 teams from 13 countries were selected to compete in the final in Strasbourg. The team from Trinity College, Dublin also won the prize for the best written submissions. The winning team was awarded "the Council of Europe Prize" which is a traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg for a period of one month.



Pictured above (left - right) Eileen Scollan, Rian Derrig, Hannah Hassell and Laura Twomey winners of the ELSA/ Council of Europe Moot Competition.

Press Release

Irish Times article



Senior Sophister Law and Political Science student, Liam Brophy on winning team of the Irish Times Debating competition.

Two other Law students were also in the finals. Brian O'Beirne was on the runners-up team and Rian Derrig also made it to the final rounds. Congratulations to all concerned.


Inaugural Lecture of the Professor of Public Law, Professor Hilary Biehler

took place on Tuesday, 26 February 2013.

Junior Sophister Law Students on winning team in Trinity College Dublin vs. Yale University Debate

Debating teams from Trinity College Dublin and Yale University recently took part in the Trinity Student Economic Review (SER) debate chaired by the Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast. Debating for the motion, that "This House Believes that Taxation is Theft", the Trinity team narrowly defeated their Yale rivals in the overall debate which also saw Trinity’s Ruth Keating win the Best Speaker Gold Medal.

TCD Yale debate

TCD v Yale Debate

Back row, L-R: Stacey Chen, Yale, Max Dovala, Yale, and Rebecca Keating, TCD. Front row, L-R: Andrew Connery, Yale, TCD Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast, Hannah Cogan, TCD and Ruth Keating, TCD.

The debate, which was hosted by the College Philosophical Society, featured an esteemed panel of judges which included Aine Lawlor, RTE's Morning Ireland, Catherine Woods, former Trinity Scholar and current AIB board member, Carmel Crimmins, Senior Financial journalist Reuters, Michael O'Higgins, former Treasurer Historical Society and currently Chair UK Pensions Regulator, and John Kelly, Guggenheim Partners Europe.

During the debate the Trinity side, made up of Rebecca Keating, a Junior Sophister Law student, Hannah Cogan, a Postgraduate student in Economics, and Ruth Keating, a Junior Sophister Law student, argued that while taxation is enforced it does fund the functioning of the society upon which private property can be accumulated and protected. The Yale team of Stacy Chen, Andrew Connery and Max Dovala, argued that no matter how worthy the uses to which taxation is put, it is still theft by the state and against natural law. Ruth received the best speaker medal.

Further information is available here.


Inaugural Lecture by Professor Blanaid Clarke, McCann FitzGerald Professor of Corporate Law, School of Law

took place on Thursday, 17th January in the Public Theatre.


Law School Signs Student Exchange Agreement with Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington

IU Agreement

The Law School is delighted to announce a new Student Exchange Agreement with Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington. This partnership will offer significant opportunities for Trinity Law students to study overseas in a prestigious US law school of the highest academic calibre, situated in the beautiful campus of Bloomington. 

The Agreement, commencing in 2013/14 will facilitate the exchange of students on a semester or full academic year basis. Exchange students from Maurer School of Law will have the opportunity to spend a full year in Trinity and read for an LL.M. degree as part of their J.D. programme in Indiana University. 

Pictured above
Front Row (l-r) Executive Vice President Lauren Robel (IU, Bloomington) and Provost Patrick Prendergast, (Trinity College Dublin

Back Row (l - r) Interim Dean Hannah Buxbaum (Maurer School of Law, IU), and Prof. Neville Cox (School of Law, TCD)


Arthur Cox Studentships Announcements

On Wednesday, 21st November last the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin and Arthur Cox announced the recipients of the Arthur Cox Studentship for 2012/13. The studentships were awarded to Cathal Curran, Gerard Downey, Joel Hanisek, Joseph Harrington, Brian O'Beirne and Gemma O'Farrell

Arthur Cox

Pictured in the main photo left to right are:

Front Row: Clare McGrade (Arthur Cox), Gemma O'Farrell, Kevin Langford (Arthur Cox), Prof Yvonne Scannell (TCD), Prof Hilary Biehler (TCD), Rachael Hussey (Arthur Cox), Cathal Curran
Back Row: Brian O'Beirne, Joseph Harrington, Colm Duggan (Arthur Cox), Brian O'Gorman (Arthur Cox), Joel Hanisek


Dean Martha Minow's Visit

Dean Martha Minow, Harvard Law School was welcomed to Trinity College Dublin on 13th November to address the Historical Society. Pictured below are (left to right) Dean Minow, Professor John Singer (Harvard Law School), Hilary Biehler and David Kenny both of the Law School, Trinity College Dublin)




Maples Student Business Lawyer of the Year Competition

Congratulations to John Fitzsimons (1st Place), Clodagh Rochford (2nd Place) and Thomas Timlin (joint 3rd Place).

Maples Competition

The final of the Maples Student Business Lawyer of the Year took place on Wednesday, 17th October last. Over 300 entries were narrowed down to four finalists, William McEvoy (UCD), Thomas Timlin, John Fitzsimons and Clodagh Rochford from Trinity College Dublin. The School of Law is delighted to announce that John Fitzsimons took first place, Clodagh second and Thomas took joint third. Congratulations to all three and William McEvoy from University College Dublin.


Pictured above left to right, John Kennedy (Barrister-at-Law), William McEvoy (UCD), Thomas Timlin, John Fitzsimons, Clodagh Rochford, The Hon. Mr. Justice Peter Kelly, Professor Yvonne Scannell, Professor William Binchy and Dudley Solan, (Maples and Calder)



House 39 - Closure

Due to the essential maintenance and renovation works being carried out in House 39, the Law School will remain closed from Tuesday, 7th August until Friday 10th August (inclusive). 

The office telephone lines and email addresses will be monitored but there will be no access to the building nor can requests for transcripts, references etc be processed during this period. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.


Arthur Cox Visiting Research Fellowship

The School of Law, Trinity College Dublin and Arthur Cox are delighted to announce the establishment of the Arthur Cox Visiting Research Fellowship. This fellowship, which is wholly funded by Arthur Cox, will be tenable for one semester and will support the research of a visiting academic, specialist practitioner or judge. [ MORE ]


Arthur Cox Studentships

The School of Law, Trinity College Dublin and Arthur Cox are delighted to announce the establishment of the Arthur Cox Studentships. These six studentships, which are wholly funded by Arthur Cox, will provide financial support for postgraduate research students and allow those students to gain valuable teaching experience associated with large undergraduate modules (The Irish Legal System, Private Law Remedies, Legislation and Regulation and Company Law). All registered postgraduate students in the Law School entering their second, third or fourth year of Ph.D. studies are eligible to apply for the Arthur Cox Studentships. [ MORE ] (local access only)



Trinity College Law and French Student receives Fulbright Award

Andrew Flynn, a Senior Sophister Law and French student was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright awards. Fulbright scholarships give Irish and American students, scholars and professionals the opportunity to study, lecture and research at top universities and institutions in Ireland and the US respectively. The awards are jointly funded by the Irish and US governments under the Ireland-United States (Fulbright) Commission for Educational Exchange.

Andrew recently completed the LLB degree program in Law and French at Trinity College Dublin with first class honors. He is currently engaged in research on Irish and UK animal cruelty law under a grant from the Animal Legal and Historical Centre. He will undertake an LLM at Harvard Law School where he will focus on constitutional and equality law.

Andree Flynn

Trinity College had eight recipients, representing the highest number of awards for any Irish institution. The successful Trinity recipients have been accepted at leading institutions across the US including NASA, Harvard, Berklee College of Music and UCLA. A Trinity student also received one of the 13 Fulbright-Schuman awards which are open to citizens across 27 EU member states. This category promotes US-EU relations and is funded through the US State Department and the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. [ MORE ]



Professor Blanaid Clarke has been appointed to the new position of McCann FitzGerald Chair of Corporate Law

McCann FitzGerald

Trinity College Dublin and leading Irish law firm, McCann FitzGerald appoint Professor Blanaid Clarke to the new position of McCann FitzGerald Chair of Corporate Law.





American Arbitration Association awards Trinity Law Student the Rory Brady Prize for Excellence in International Conflict Management

The American Arbitration Association has awarded the annual Rory Brady Prize for Excellence in International Conflict Management to Trinity Ph.D. Student Brian Barry. Brian, who is completing his Ph.D. in the School of Law under the supervision of Dr. Desmond Ryan, has been awarded the prize for his essay entitled “Creating a Template for Analysis and Reform of a Conflict Resolution System – The Reform of Institutional Structures of Employment Dispute Resolution in Ireland”.
Brian Barry

Pictured above Brian Barry

This prize seeks to recognise a student who has made an outstanding contribution to the study of conflict resolution and is in the amount of US$5,000. The prize is established in memory of Rory Brady S.C., who was a former Attorney General from 2002-2007. He played a leading role in the reform of Irish mediation and arbitration law and in the promotion of mediation by lawyers.


LL.M. Students complete the Calcutta Run, 26 May 2012

This year a team of LL.M. students, Tommy Timlin, Claire O'Loughlin, Beatrice Vance, Michael Dyulgerov, Ruth Donnellan, Senan Kemp and Remi Ribas ran the annual Calcultta Run in aid of The Peter McVerry Trust and Goal.

The Peter McVerry Trust provides hostels, care and assistance for homeless and deprived children and young adults in Dublin. Proceeds from the Calcutta Run have assisted them with one of their largest projects to date, the purchase, refurbishment and staffing of a house outside Dublin for use as a detox centre. It is next to impossible for addicts to come off drugs in an inner-city hostel and they cannot cater for drug users in their other hostels. The staff includes a registered nurse, a psychologist, a counselor and a number of project workers. Unfortunately, this project does not receive any government funding and it is reliant almost exclusively on fundraising projects such as the Calcutta Run.

GOAL has been actively helping the poorest of the poor in the third world for 35 years. In Calcutta, GOAL quite literally takes children off the streets and gives them food, care, education and most importantly, a sense of love and worth. GOAL is supporting the provision of basic education and healthcare services to a number of desperately poor, semi-permanent squatter communities that live alongside the railway tracks on the fringes of Calcutta.

Calcutta Run

Well done Tommy, Claire, Beatriec, Michael, Ruth, Senan and Remi.


Trinity College Dublin Hosts 1st Dublin Vis Pre-Moot: 9 - 10 March 2012

Trinity College Dublin is hosting their first pre-moot for the 19th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot on the 9th and 10th of March 2012. This is an excellent opportunity for the Trinity College team to prepare for the final rounds of the Vis Moot. So far, teams from the University of Wurzburg and the University of Turino have confirmed they will be participating.

The members of the 2012 TCD Vis Moot team are Rémi Ribas, Dónall Breen, Laura Keogh, Nessa McHugh, Beatrice Vance and Elodie Vilchez.

If there are any solicitors or barristers with an interest in or experience of dispute resolution who would be interested in assisting as an arbitrator, please email Joe Garvey at jgarvey at or Maria Hewson at hewsonm at for more details.

Registration for the moot is free and open to all, but places will fill up quick. More information on the Willem C. Vis Moot can be found here <> .

Rory Brady Prize for Excellence in International Conflict Management

A new prize, established by the American Arbitration Association, will be awarded annually between 2011 and 2015 to the Trinity College Dublin undergraduate or postgraduate student who has made an outstanding contribution to the study of dispute resolution. Worth US$5,000 annually, students are invited to submit an essay on any aspect of conflict resolution for a chance to win the newly established Rory Brady Prize for Excellence in International Conflict Management.

Rory Brady Prize

Rory Brady SC was former Attorney General from 2002-2007. He played a leading role in the reform of Irish mediation and arbitration law and in the promotion of mediation by lawyers. Interested students must submit an essay on any aspect of conflict resolution to the School of Law by 4pm on Friday January 20th 2012. The winner will be chosen by Prize Committee made up of four individuals from Trinity’s School of Law, two members of the Irish Bar and a representative of the American Arbitration Association.

Pictured above at the announcement of the American Arbitration Association Annual Rory Brady Prize for Excellence in International Conflict Management are William K. Slate III, President and CEO of the American Arbitration Association; Mrs Siobhan Brady; Professor Gerry Whyte of Trinity’s School of Law, and Mark Appel, Senior Vice-President of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.

Maples Student Business Lawyer of the Year Awarded to TCD Law Student

Maples Award

(L-R) Judge Peter Kelly, Raphael Clancy, Trinity College Dublin and Andrew Doyle, Managing Partner, Maples and Calder Dublin.

The final of the Maples Student Business Lawyer of the Year Award took place last Wednesday, 5 October, in the National Gallery of Ireland. This is the inaugural year of the Award, which Maples have designed to identify and acknowledge the student believed to display excellence in the skills and capabilities which are essential to success as a business lawyer. This year's winner is Raphael Clancy (Senior Sophister Law). The runner up is Ben Mitchell (Senior Sophister Law)

The four finalists had beaten stiff competition to get to the Final. The Award runs in conjunction with our Summer Internship programme for which several hundred students were considered. Just over 5% of these were interviewed from which 10 were selected for the internship. 4 were selected for the final by a team of Maples partners and mentors who assessed on their ability to display excellence in applying the law to complex business situations in a way which is innovative, creative and optimal from a client's perspective.

On the night of the final, the students' skills of persuasion were assessed by our judges - Judge Peter Kelly, Barrister John Kennedy and Maples' Head of Litigation Dudley Solan - as they argued for and against an agreed topic using the format of a Moot Court. The winner, Raphael Clancy of Trinity College Dublin, impressed the judges with his structured approach to the case and quick thinking ability during his rebuttal argument. Raphael's prize was a gold medal, a cheque for €2,000 and a further three week internship in either our Hong Kong or Cayman Islands office.  The runner up in the competition was Ben Mitchell, also a Law student in Trinity.”

The Law School is saddened by the recent deaths of Brian Lenihan and Dr. Kader Asmal, former colleagues of the Law School.


Brian Lenihan, TD. sadly passed away on 10 June 2011. Brian was a graduate and former lecturer in Law at Trinity College Dublin.

Kader AsmalDr. Kader Asmal (pictured left) who was a lecturer in the School of Law at Trinity College Dublin from 1963 until 1990, passed away on 22 June 2011.

Kader Asmal was one of a number of Law School staff - William Duncan, Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese being three others - who combined their academic careers with a commitment to social and political reform and this has influenced the way many of the staff at the Law School teach law, with one eye on how legal developments affect contemporary political and social issues.

Kader was against all forms of discrimination and this belief informed many of his lectures on International law. He was a lively, engaging and entertaining lecturer (with a great sense of humour and a marked propensity for devilment) and his lectures in International law were regarded in a sense as performances. His lectures were always passionate, he was an inspirational teacher and brought his subjects alive for all the students. Kader himself had a superb command of English, which was mainly attributable to the fact that he listened to the BBC World Service on the radio as a young boy. He brought an international perspective into the Law School, and his healthy irreverance for College traditions had an influence on staff and students alike. He infused the Law School with a cosmopolitan character which took it outside its Irish and British roots.

Kader was one of the most well read of his colleagues and he would frequently reinforce the points he made (in lectures, at Law School Committee meetings and during his six year sojourn as Dean of Arts (Humanities) ) with references to both English and world literature. He loved the music of Sean O'Riada, Mise Eire, in particular. He was a great host and he and Louise and threw some highly entertaining parties in their house in Leopardstown. Kader introduced Labour law as a subject in the Law School and this course counter-balanced some of the more commercially-oriented subjects on offer available to students. It was course in which he emphasised that worker protection is just as important as the rights enjoyed by entrepreneurs and industrialists. There is also no doubt that Kader's strong social conscience had an impact on many of his students in the Law School and a number of them were inspired to pursue postgraduate study at LSE because of Kader's classes in Labour law. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and friends in the Law School.

Both will be greatly missed by friends and colleagues at the Law School.


Provost's Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dr. Desmond Ryan who was honoured a Provost's Teaching Award, 2011 on 31st May. Recipients of this award are nominated by students and/or colleagues and winners must demonstrate evidence of sustained commitment to teaching excellence, and that the scholarship of the nominee has been inspirational and/or influential among academic colleagues within or beyond the institution”.


Dr. Eoin O'Dell is appointed Chair of New Copyright Review Committee by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton [more]

Angelina Cox, Law and Political Science and Eugene Reavey, Law are both selected for Internships on Washington Ireland Programme [more]


Ivana Bacik, Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology (below) is re-elected to the Seanad on 28 April 2011.

Ivana Bacik



Congratulations to fourth year law students Bridget English and Rebecca Russell-Carroll who were awarded the title of Overall Winning Team at the final of The Advocate - McCann FitzGerald's All-Ireland Business Law Challenge in the Four Courts on 11 March 2011.


Law Student Colloquium

The third annual Trinity College Law student colloquium took place on 19th February 2011, titled ‘Rethinking Law’. The event, which was chaired by the Honourable Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, provided a unique forum for law students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level to present their research, speak on legal topics and to engage in discourse on original and innovative approaches to law. The colloquium featured 10 panels covering topics such as ‘Medicine, Ethics and the Law’ and ‘Judges and Jurors’. Fresh perspectives were also offered in areas such as Criminal Law, Jurisprudence, Human Rights Law and Company Law. Over 120 people attended the colloquium which featured 35 speakers from Ireland, the UK and futher afield. This year saw a record number of oversees applications, highlighting the growing reputation of the colloquium internationally.




Pictured right at the Law Student Colloquium (l-r) Mark Coen (Trinity College Dublin), the Hon. Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan and Dr. Neville Cox (Trinity College Dublin).

Student Colloquium 2011






Trinity College Dublin to participate in the prestigious Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

As one of the most prestigious international moot court competitions, the Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot gathers the best student advocates from universities around the world to compete and meet other students and professionals in the field of arbitration law. Now in its 18th year, the Willem Vis Moot 2011 will take place in Vienna, Austria, from the 14th to the 21st April. The Moot is designed to foster an increased awareness of commercial and arbitration issues through the preparation of memorandum for both a claimant and respondent, culminating in oral arguments before experienced arbitrators, lawyers and judges. The issues in this year's Moot range from discussion of the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration 1985, the 2010 Rules of the Milan Chamber of Arbitration, to the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods 1980. Trinity College Dublin will be sending six students to take part: Maria Hewson (LLM), Thomas Weierer (stud. jur.), Patrick Schultes (stud. jur.), Donall Breen (LLB), Peter Burca (LLM) and Joseph Garvey (LLM), along with their coach Emma Reynolds.

The Trinity College Moot team would like to thank their sponsors for their support: Frank Ward & Co and the Chartered Institute of Arbitration Irish Branch. Frank Ward & Company Solicitors is a boutique litigation firm with offices located next to the Four Courts, specialising in private client services. The CIArb Irish Branch is an authority on the regulation, administration, training and promotion of Arbitration in Ireland with over 750 members. The multi-disciplinary membership includes practitioners in law, construction, finance, and accountancy among others.


Law Society Student Wins Irish Times Debate

TCD’s Law Society student, Mark Thuillier, was named overall winner in the individual category at the annual Irish Times debating championship, and was awarded with the Christina Murphy Memorial Trophy. Debating for the motion that ‘This House would Default” Thuillier argued that “Brussels created its own moral hazard at the outset” and that Ireland’s debt is “a European problem that needs a European solution”. Read more...

Gerard Hogan

Dr. Gerard Hogan SC (above) nominated to the High Court

Dr. Gerard Hogan SC nominated to the High Court

On 21 September 2010, the Government nominated Dr Gerard Hogan to the High Court. Gerard Hogan was a lecturer in the Law School from 1982 to 2007, lecturing subjects as diverse as constitutional law, competition law and torts law. He was a Fellow of the College, internationally renowned academic and inspirational teacher. Along with Professor Gerry Whyte, he is the co-author of the seminal treatise on Irish constitutional law, Kelly: The Irish Constitution (4th ed). Along with Professor David Gwynn Morgan, he is the co-author of the seminal treatise on Irish administrative law, the fourth edition of which is about to be published: Hogan and Morgan, Administrative Law in Ireland. He is also the author of countless law journal articles and other scholarly contributions. He was called to the Inner Bar in 1997 and appeared in many (if not most) of the leading constitutional cases of the past two decades, bringing his academic erudition to bear on practical matters. The Law School offers its warmest congratulations to Gerard and his family on this most deserved appointment.


African Human Rights Judgments Database

For the past two years, William Binchy and the School of Law has engaged in a project Globalisation, Human Rights and the Judiciary in Africa: A Comprehensive Identification, Location and Comparative Law Analysis of the Judgments relating to Human Rights in Sixteen African States, funded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). This project recently launched a database of judgments of African courts on the protection of human rights. 

John A Boland

pictured above John Kurkjian, Brian Barry, Dr. Des Ryan, Ann Boland and John Pearson

Brian Barry is awarded the John A. Boland Memorial Scholarship (Law) on 17 June 2010. The prize in memory of John Boland (LL.B., M.A., Barrister-at-Law, 1954) is awarded annually to a new incoming research postgraduate student in Law.

Employment Launch

pictured above (l-r) Dr. Des Ryan, The Hon. Miss Justice Mary Laffoy, Dr. Neville Cox and Mr. Val Corbett

'Employment Law in Ireland' by Dr. Neville Cox, Dr. Des Ryan and Mr. Val Corbett and published by Firstlaw is launched by The Hon. Miss Justice Mary Laffoy in the Long Room on 13 May 2010.


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