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Samuel Lamire, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Samuel Lamire

Ph.D. Candidate

c/o Law School
House 39
Trinity College, Dublin 2

Ph.D. Thesis: Is the United Kingdom Moving from Devolution to Federalism?

Supervisor: Prof Aileen Kavanagh


Samuel Lemire is a Quebecer lawyer and a PhD candidate in the Law School since 2019. He investigates if the United Kingdom becomes a federal state considering the impact of devolution and the binding strength of the common law and political devices in British constitutional law. In parallel with his doctoral studies, he is a tutor in Ethics at the TCD Faculty of Medicine. He also participated in academic colloquiums in Ireland and in the United Kingdom and his submissions to participate in international conferences in Portugal and Poland (ICON Annual Conference) have been accepted subject to the possibility that they can be held.

Samuel Lemire studied Civil Law at Laval University in Québec City (Québec, Canada) and holds an LLB degree since 2017. Since the beginning of his undergraduate studies, he has been very keen on Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence. In order to gain knowledge and skills in varied contexts, he studied European Law and International Public Law at Abo Akademi (Turku, Finland) in Winter 2016, was an intern at the French Senate in Spring 2016 and took courses in Political Science, History and Economics at the summer schools at Harvard (2015) and Cambridge (2017). In 2018, after passing all the required examinations and completing a six-month internship in a medium-sized private law firm in Québec City, he became a member of the Bar of Québec.

In 2019, Samuel Lemire completed an LLM degree in Public Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. During his master studies, he deepened his understanding of many issues in Public and Comparative Law. His dissertation, made under the supervision of Dr Michael Wilkinson, was about the national margin of appreciation in European Human Rights Law with regard to issues related to secularism.

Professional Qualifications

Lawyer and member of the Bar of Québec (2018-)


  • Recipient of the Glencore Scholarship (2015)
  • Winner of the Excellence Award in the Tournoi jeunes démocrates (2014)
  • Winner of the Lieutenant-gouverneur of Québec Youth Medal (2012)

Research Interests

  • Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Constitutional Governance
  • Common Law
  • Canadian Law
  • Comparative Law


  • PhD in Law at the Trinity College Dublin (2019-Present)
  • Master in Public Law (L.L.M.) with Merit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2018-2019)
  • Preparation for the Québec Bar Exam at the École du Barreau de Québec (2017-2018)
  • Interdisciplinary studies (History, Constitutionalism, Arts and Economics) at the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (Cambridge, U.K.)(2017)
  • Law degree (L.L.B.) at Laval University (2014-2017)
  • Studies in International Public Law at Abo Akademi (Turku, Finland) (2016)
  • Studies in American Politics at Harvard Summer School - Leadership Lessons from Modern Presidential Politics (Cambridge, U.S.A.) (2015)
  • Diploma program (IB) in International Involvement and Languages at Cégep Garneau (2012-2014)


  • Tutor in Ethics and Law at the School of Medicine Trinity College Dublin (2020-)
  • Trainee in law at GBV Avocats (Quebec City) (2018)


  • Samuel Lemire, ‘The Necessary Balance between Individual and National Collective Rights in Multinational States: An Argument for a Genuine Federalist Canadian Approach to Fundamental Rights’ at the Congress of the Universidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique and the Instituto Juridico Portucalense: ‘Have Fundamental Rights Gone Too Far?’. (Pending due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • Samuel Lemire, ‘The Precarious Balance between Federalism and the Rule of Law: Some Perspectives of the Teachings of the Supreme Court of Canada’ at the ICON Annual Conference of Wroclaw, July 2021. (Accepted)
  • Samuel Lemire, ‘Narrowing of State Budgetary Initiatives: Are Legislative “Golden Rules” Better Suited than Enforceable Constitutional Rights to Securing the Enjoyment of Socio-Economic Rights?’ at the Postgraduate Research Conference of the University of Leicester’s Law School, June 16th, 2020.
  • Samuel Lemire, ‘What Is Federalism?’ at the TCD Student Colloquium, February 15th, 2020.
  • Samuel Lemire, «Une marge d’appéciation fédérale pour reconnaître la laïcité québécoise» in La Presse, 2019. [].
  • Samuel Lemire, « L’expression du libéralisme canadien par Wilfrid Laurier» in Argument (, 2018. [].
  • Samuel Lemire, « La troisième mondialisation, tombeau de l’exception culturelle?» in Argument, 2017. [].