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2019 Law School Colloquium

Saturday, 9 February 2019, 9:30am – 7:30pm

The tenth annual law student colloquium organised by Trinity School of Law. 

About the colloquium 
The Trinity College Dublin Law Student Colloquium is an annual conference started in 2009 at which undergraduate and postgraduate law students, recent graduates and young lawyers present their research to their peers. Submissions by undergraduate students are especially encouraged. Students from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe come each year to present their papers. The colloquium will be followed by the Brian Lenihan Memorial Lecture and reception in  the Graduate Memorial Building Chamber.

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9.30 Registration
Reception, Long Room Hub

10.00 Session One

Panel 1 Technology and Privacy Law
Chair: Dr Eoin O’Dell
Room: Neil Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub

Eduardo Celeste PhD Candidate University College Dublin
‘The Court of Justice and bulk data retention: interpretative strategy and future scenarios’

Arca Kahraman LL.M. University of Leeds
‘Compatibility of the GDPR’s Concept of Consent and Internet of Things: The Case of Healthcare Wearables’

Ricardo Rodrigues de Oliveira PhD Candidate European University Institute
‘The Hidden Life of Data Protection: is data protection outshining privacy in the online world?’

Sam Wrigley PhD Candidate University of Helsinki
‘Bots, AI and the GDPR: Asking the Right Questions’

Panel 2 Labour, Citizens and Self-Determination
Chair: Dáire McCormack-George
Room: Galbraith Seminar Room, Long Room Hub

Patrick Lavelle LLM Graduate Trinity College Dublin
‘The Future of Self-Determination in the European Union’

Aura Kostiainen PhD Candidate University of Helsinki
‘The Future of Citizenship’

Fanny Bodin LL.B. Law and French Law University College London
‘Les Gilets Jaunes and the fundamental change of the right to protest in French law’

Doris Winkler Master in Business Law, Vienna University of Economics and Business
‘Austria’s Zero Strike Rate and the Labor Law behind it’

Panel 3 International Human Rights
Chair: Dr Thamil Ananthavinayagan
Room: Room 1.1 House 39

Victor Vargas LL.M. Candidate University of Cambridge ‘Apartheid beyond South Africa: the case of the Dominican Republic’

James Rooney Ph.D. Candidate Trinity College Dublin ‘International Human Rights as a Source of Unenumerated Rights: Lessons from the Natural Law’

Samuel White PhD Candidate University of Dundee
‘Is incorporation necessary for international human rights to be given full effect? Lessons from a Dualist System’

June Ong LL.B. University of Warwick
‘The Supposed Universality of Human Rights’

12.00 Lunch 
Hoey Ideas Space, 3rd Floor, Long Room Hub

13.00 Session Two
Panel 1 Constitutional  Law
Chair: Dr Alan Brady BL
Room: Neil Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub

Conor Casey Ph.D. Candidate Trinity College Dublin
‘Pre-Enactment Review of Legislation’

Julien Mieral PhD Candidate University of Cambridge
‘The Amendment Of The French Constitution: A Never-Ending Story’

Eoin Jackson LL.B. Law and French Trinity College Dublin ‘The ‘Gay Bakery’ cases and what they mean for LGBT rights’

Panel 2 Contemporary Issues in Irish Law
Chair: Róisín A Costello
Room: Galbraith Seminar Room, Long Room Hub

Kevin Flood LL.B. Graduate Trinity College Dublin
‘Protection for Graffiti under Irish Copyright Law: Is the Writing on the Wall?’

Erin Nic an Bhaird BCL Law with Politics University College Dublin
‘The Regulation of Sex Work in Legislation: Lessons from Sweden and New Zealand’

Sheila Donovan PhD Candidate NUI Galway
‘Sharenting and the protection of children online’

Panel 3 Corporate Law and Governance
Chair:  Dr Alexandros Seretakis
Room: Room 1.1 House 39

Dimitrious Kafteranis PhD Candidate University of Luxembourg
‘Whistle-blowers in Financial Services in the European Union’

Daniela Weerasinghe LLB Trinity College Dublin ‘Understanding the Complex Nexus Between Corporate Social Performance and Corporate Financial Performance’

Michael James Boland PhD Candidate University College Dublin
‘The Boundaries Of Corporate Wrongdoing And Justification: Using Gender to Reimagine Corporate Purpose’
14.30 Tea break and Presentation of the Best Paper Prize 
Hoey Ideas Space, 3rd Floor, Long Room Hub

15.00 Session Three
Panel 1 EU Law
Chair: Dr Stephen Brittain BL
Room: Neil Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub

Adrianto Dwi Nugroho Ph.D. Candidate University of Helsinki
‘The salad days of the EU Digital Services Tax’

Neza Subic PhD Candidate University College Dublin ‘Normative Content Of The Principle Of Mutual Trust In The Area Of Freedom, Security And Justice’

Tone Sverresdotter Knapstad PhD Candidate University of Helsinki
‘Competition and Big Data in Article 102 TFEU’

Daniel Wyatt LL.D. Candidate University of Helsinki
‘Access To Information In The EU’

Panel 2 Tort Law
Chair: Dr Sarah Hamill
Room: Galbraith Seminar Room, Long Room Hub

Eunice Collins LLB Trinity College Dublin
‘Damages in Wrongful birth cases in jurisdictions with legal abortion’

Paul McDonagh-Forde LL.M. Graduate University of Edinburgh ‘Protecting the Human Personality Through Tort Law: Lessons for Ireland from Germany and South Africa’

Cian McGoldrick LLB Trinity College Dublin
‘New Territory In Informed Consent To Medical Treatment – Medical Law In Ireland & The UK Post Montgomery’

Aaron Gan Law Tripos University of Cambridge
‘The Role Of Assumption Of Responsibility In The Tort Of Negligence’

Panel 3 Private Law
Chair: TBC
Room: Room 1.1 House 39

Clíodhna Ní Ghadhra LL.M. Candidate Kings College London  ‘The Quality of Confidence: Remedies Under the Trade Secrets Directive’

Bessy Xinye Zhu LL.B. Trinity College Dublin
‘China’s Foreign Investment Law’

Thanapat Chatinakrob Ph.D. Candidate University of Manchester
'Applying the Theory of Legal Argumentation as a Legitimate Reasoning for Treaty Interpretation in the ICJ proceedings'

17.30 Brian Lenihan Memorial Address
The Chamber, Graduates Memorial Building Front Square
Brian Lenihan
(1959 — 2011)
The Brian Lenihan Memorial Address is held annually and marks Mr. Lenihan's substantial contribution to Irish public life as well as his longstanding connection to the Law School as a student, scholar and later as a lecturer.

The Hon Ms Justice Mary Laffoy
Ms Justice Laffoy is a retired Supreme Court Judge. She attended University College Dublin and King’s Inn. Called to the Bar in 1971, she was regarded as the leading expert on conveyancing. She was appointed to the High Court in 1995, overseeing the Chancery List. She was nominated to the Supreme Court in 2013. She chaired the Citizens’ Assembly 2016-2018. She retired from the Supreme Court in 2017

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Conferences, Lectures and Seminars, Student events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is required)
Contact Name: Darragh McDonagh

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