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Dr. James Rooney
Teaching Fellow, Law


I am a Teaching Fellow in the School of Law, and am currently taking the the Foundations of Law I, Mooting, and Clinical Legal Education modules. Alongside these, I take a dissertation group for final year students, examining comparative constitutional law. I am a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Oxford, and the Honorable Society of the Kings Inns. From 2016 - 2017, I was the Oxford Human Rights Hub Travelling Fellow, and a Research Fellow at Rhodes University in Makhanda, South Africa.

My primary area of academic research is in constitutional law, particularly examining Irish constitutional law from a comparative perspective. My doctorate researched social rights protection in Ireland and placed the Irish experience in a comparative context alongside other common law countries. For this research, I received a Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarship, as well as a postgraduate studentship from Trinity College Dublin. Alongside this, I am very interested in judicial culture, and how this can impact upon rights protection.

I am also a practising barrister, having been called to the Bar of Ireland in 2020. I specialise in public law, particularly childcare, employment, immigration, equality law, and constitutional law. From 2021 - 2022 I was the Catherine McGuinness Fellow in Children's Rights and Child Law, at the Children's Rights Alliance.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

James Rooney, TD v Minister for Education: Hard Case, Bad Law , Irish Judicial Studies Journal , 6, (3), 2022, p73- Journal Article, 2022

Housing and Minorities in, editor(s)Lorcan Sirr , Housing in Ireland: Beyond the Market, IPA, 2022, pp72 , [James Rooney and Rebecca Keatinge] Book Chapter, 2022

James Rooney, Covid-19 Lockdowns and the Right to Education in Ireland, Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review , 440, 2021, p415- Journal Article, 2021

The Minority Rights Implications of Irish Unification in, editor(s)Oran Doyle, Aileen McHarg, and Jo Murkens , Constitutions under Pressure: The Brexit Challenge for Ireland and the United Kingdom , Cambridge , Cambridge University Press, 2021, pp153 - [James Rooney] Book Chapter, 2021

James Rooney, International Human Rights as a Source of Unenumerated Rights: Lessons from the Natural Law, Dublin University Law Journal, 42, 2019, p141- Journal Article, 2019

James Rooney, Class Actions and Public Interest Standing in South Africa: Practical and Participatory Perspectives', South African Journal on Human Rights , 33, (3), 2017, p406- Journal Article, 2017