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Constitutional Law Update

About the course

Date of Event: Saturday, 13 July 2019
Time: 9.15 am - 12.45 pm
CPD Hours/Points: 3
Venue: Joly Theatre, Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin

The constitutional governance research group at the Law School in Trinity College Dublin is holding a morning conference on Saturday 13 July, entitled Constitutional Law update. The last 12 months have seen significant developments in constitutional law, both inside and outside courts. The team of speakers, all expert in constitutional law, will outline and provide critical analysis of these developments, as well as assessing the likely future developments of the Constitution. The conference will of interest not only to legal practitioners but also to public servants, political representatives, and those working with NGOs.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Oireachtas committees in light of the Kerins and O’Brien judgments;
  • Ireland’s new laws for the termination of pregnancy and the constitutional issues that arise;
  • Developments in fair procedures in civil and criminal contexts;
  • Remedies for breach of constitutional rights;
  • Money messages and the Government-Dáil relationship.


9.15 Registration
9.45 The Separation of Powers and the Work of Oireachtas Committees - Tom Hickey
10.15 Developments in Fair Procedures - Oran Doyle
10.45 Money Messages and Government - Dáil Relationships in the New Politics - David Kenny
11.15 Tea/Coffee Break
11.45 Remedies for Breaches of Constitutional Rights: Suspended Declarations, Retrospectivity and Damages - Robert Noonan
12.15 The Implementation of the New Laws for Termination of Pregnancy: Constitutional Issues - Andrea Mulligan

The right to substitute lecturers/lectures is reserved.

Conference Panel

Oran Doyle is Associate Professor of law at Trinity College Dublin, where he was Head of School from 2014 to 2018. He is the author of The Constitution of Ireland: A Contextual Analysis (Hart, 2018) and co-author of Constitutional Law: Text, Cases and Materials (2nd ed, Clarus Press, 2019). He has published widely on issues of Irish and comparative constitutional law and was a member of the Expert Advisory Group advising the Citizens’ Assembly in relation to abortion and other issues.

Dr Tom Hickey is a lecturer at the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. He is the co-author of Constitutional Law: Texts, Cases and Materials (2nd ed, Clarus Press, 2019), and co-author with Eoin Daly of The Political Theory of the Irish Constitution: Republicanism and the Basic Law (MUP, 2015). He has published extensively in the areas of judicial power and the separation of powers and is a regular commentator in the national media on constitutional developments.

Dr. David Kenny is an Assistant Professor of Law in Trinity Law School. He is co-author of the recent 5th edition of Kelly: the Irish Constitution, the leading treatise on Irish Constitutional Law, as well as many peer-reviewed articles in leading national and international journals on topics such as proportionality, constitutional silence, referendums, and executive branch legal advisors. Dr Kenny has given expert evidence to the Citizens’ Assembly and to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Defence.

Dr Andrea Mulligan is a practising barrister and an Assistant Professor of Law in Trinity Law School, where she teaches and researches in the field of Torts, Medical Law and Bioethics. She is the co-author of Medical Law in Ireland (3rd ed, Bloomsbury, 2017) and has published widely on the legal regulation of human reproductive technologies, ranging from IVF, surrogacy to technologies such as gene editing and human enhancement. She also researches in the area of reproductive ethics, encompassing work on abortion ethics and regulation.

Dr Robert Noonan is the Deputy Director of Research in the Law Reform Commission. He was recently awarded a PhD from Trinity College Dublin for his work comparing the Irish courts’ approach to declarations of unconstitutionality with that taken in Canada, India, South Africa, and the United States. He has published on Irish constitutional law in the Irish Jurist, as well as more broadly on issues of comparative constitutional law and legal theory. He was a principal legal researcher for the Law Reform Commission’s Report on Regulatory Powers and Corporate Offences.

The right to substitute lecturers/lectures is reserved.

Reservations and Fees

  • Fees:
    • €150 for 1
  • Group Rates:
    • €270 for 2; €380 for 3; €480 for 4 and €560 for 5.
  • Reduced Rates:
    • €125 for TCD Alumni or members of the TCD Law School CPD programme; €135 for members of the Bar called within the past 5 years.

    Fees are inclusive of tea/coffee break and conference papers.


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