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Launch of the European Survey on Prison Oversight Bodies (ESPO)

The European Survey on Prison Oversight Bodies (ESPO) is the first cross-national survey on prison oversight bodies. Its main objective is to gather updated and comparable information on the structures for dealing with the inspection of prisons across the European Union. The survey is directed by Dr Mary Rogan and Dr Eva Aizpurua, at Trinity College Dublin, as part of the PRILA project.

The European Survey on Prison Oversight Bodies opens on Monday, 28 January, and will be available for 60 days. 


Reputation as Property: Perspectives from Tort and Property, Friday, 18 January 2019

How can tort law account for the harm of defamation?  One answer to this question is to argue that our reputation is or is like property.  While this analogy may make sense to tort theorists, particularly those seeking to give an internal account of tort law, it may not make sense to property theorists.  In addition, it is not clear whether this approach fits with the case law. Whether or not thinking about reputation as property makes sense raises the question of whether tort law theory understands property differently than property theory does. It also raises the question of whether the theory of the tort of defamation fits the case law.  In what ways does it make sense to think about reputation as property, and in what ways does it not? In this workshop, we seek to bring together property and torts scholars to discuss both theoretical and doctrinal approaches to the question of whether reputation is property or not.

We are interested in examining the contexts in which reputation as property already exists as an accepted doctrine – such as corporate and commercial law, where it takes the form of goodwill – and whether this understanding can be transferred to other areas of law, such as privacy and data protection law, and whether ‘property’ is the right term for the value of reputation.  Our goal is to think through new understandings of reputation and how harm to reputation can be accounted for by law and how (or if) these can to lend coherence across different areas of law.

Constitutional law symposium

Ireland’s Constitution: Past, Present and Future - 17 January 2019

A symposium organised by Trinity Centre for New Irish Studies and supported by the School of Law,  Trinity Long Room Hub, and Trinity Research in Social Sciences.  The event will take place on Thursday, 17 January next from 1.30 - 5.30 pm.

The Constitution of 1937 is the cornerstone of political and social life in Ireland. It defines the identity of the Irish people, establishes the Irish political system and protects a charter of fundamental rights and values. Compared to other constitutions, the Irish Constitution ranks highly for longevity, democratic stability and protection of civil and political rights.

In recent years, constitutional change through referendum has seen the Constitution has become decidedly less nationalistic and less influenced by Roman Catholic social teaching. At the same time, the Government has become more powerful as the courts have limited their interventions into political decisions. As Irish society further diversifies and as the 1998 Northern Ireland settlement is threatened by Brexit, the Constitution faces new challenges.

In The Constitution of Ireland: A Contextual Analysis (Hart, 2018), Oran Doyle provides a critical analysis of how the Constitution has developed and how it might respond to challenges to its most fundamental assumptions about Irishness.

In this public symposium, academic experts from different disciplines and with different perspectives will reflect on these trends and challenges, prompted by a reading of the book. The author will then respond to the speakers.

MSc Law and Finance

MSc Law and Finance - New Interdisciplinary Master's Degree Commencing 2019/20

The School of Law and Trinity Business School are delighted to offer new interdisciplinary master's degree, MSc Law and Finance, commencing academic year 2019/20.  

Interdisciplinary study at the postgraduate level is widely recognised as a highly desirable attribute for employers. The MSc in Law and Finance offers an advanced qualification to graduates in business, economics or law.  This programme will develop the students’ skills to apply theory to practice, solve business problems and help organisations to continuously grow and improve their performance across these disciplines. It is structured to include the foundational and advanced material needed to build students’ knowledge and understanding of law and finance, provide students with the capacity to embrace current and future changes such as financial regulation, EU law and financial innovation, and develop both students’ technical skills in understanding financial and legal concepts and analytic skills to apply these skills.

The MSc in Law and Finance will ensure that graduates are particularly well placed to tackle business challenges with an understanding of both the legal and financial aspects, which is crucially important to organisations operating in an increasingly dynamic and complex world. It will be beneficial for lawyers working in corporate law, corporate finance, funds, securities, financial regulation as well as those working in the financial services industry. Many of those employed in corporate finance in investment banks have a background in law, making the programme a popular choice for those working in banking, asset management or regulation. It will provide individuals with the necessary skills and ways of thinking needed to succeed in areas of law and financial services.


Course Structure

The MSc Law and Finance is taught full-time over one academic year and comprises 60 ECTS of taught modules and a 30 ECTS research dissertation, 90 ECTS in total.  Of the 60 ECTS taught credits, there will be five mandatory modules worth 30 ECTS and elective modules worth 30 ECTS. Mandatory modules such as Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance, Business Ethics, Investment Theory and EU Financial Services Law will allow students to master the fundamentals of law and finance. Elective modules which include Financial Econometrics, Regulation of Alternative Investment Funds, International Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions will further enhance students’ knowledge.


Admission Requirements

Applications are invited from graduates who hold an undergraduate honours bachelor degree of II.1 grade or higher in Business, Economics or Law.

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the University’s English Language Proficiency requirements.  For further information on language and visa requirements, please visit


The Application Process

The 2019/20 application process is now open.

Applicants for the 2019/10 academic year should complete an online application form and submit ALL required supporting documentation listed below no later than 31st May 2019. We advise students to apply for this programme as early as possible as admission to the course will be very competitive. The programme is subject to early closure as a result.

All applications for the MSc Law and Finance must be submitted online.

Applicants to the MSc Law and Finance must complete the online application form and upload the following supporting documentation:

  • Certified Academic transcript(s) for all completed and current academic and professional courses.
  • Certified copy of degree certificate(s) for all completed academic and professional courses.
  • Two Academic References.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • A recognised certificate of English Language Competency if English is not your first language 

Further application guidelines are available from the College website.


Further information is available on request from


Kelly's Irish Constitution, 5th Edition - Launch

The School of Law is delighted to announce the recent launch of the 5th edition of Kelly's Irish Constitution, published by Bloomsbury Professional.  This authoritative tome, written by Professor Gerry Whyte, former colleague, Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan now Advocate General to the European Court of Justice, Dr. Rachael Walsh and Dr. David Kenny was launched by Seamus Woulfe, Attorney General.  Congratulations to all involved.

College Awareness

College Awareness Week for Mature Students

Experience a day as a mature student in Trinity by taking real lectures, meeting other matures, talking to academics and touring the campus. We have a wonderful programme available FREE during College Awareness Week. 

From Monday 19 - Thursday 22 November, you can join our students on a learning journey in subjects as diverse as Medicine, Social Work, Law, Politics, Economics, History, Classics, Art and Architecture, and English Literature.  See the Mature Student Office website for further details and how to register.

Central Bank

Culture, Diversity and the Way Forward in Ireland’s Financial Sector

A conference, jointly hosted by the School of Law, under the directorship of Professor Blanaid Clarke, McCann FitzGerald Chair in Corporate Law and the Central Bank was held in Trinity College Dublin on 25 October last.

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe the conference which examined the Central Bank’s ‘Review of Behaviour and Culture of the Irish Retail Banks’ and considered the lessons to be drawn from it for all firms in the financial services sector.


Brown J of Supreme Court of Canada to launch Palles Society for Private Law in Trinity

The Honourable Russell Brown, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, will deliver a keynote lecture at 6:30pm on Thursday 22 November 2018 in Trinity, on the topic of "Indeterminacy in the Duty of Care Analysis", to launch the Palles Society for Private Law. All are welcome to attend, but registration is required via

More information about the Society and the launch is available at

Planning Course

Intensive Course on Planning Law - 25-26 October 2018

Planning law is widely recognized as being extraordinarily complex and inaccessible. This intensive course will introduce practitioners to some of the more difficult areas of planning control, including the Planning Act 2018 and the new Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2018 while highlighting areas where planning practices are particularly complicated and vulnerable to legal challenges.