Promoting the Study of Jurisprudence in Ireland

IJS events to date (most recent first)

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27 June 2012 – Public Lecture – Professor Philip Pettit, Princeton University: ‘The Rights and Responsibilities of Organisations.’ Chair: Dr Iseult Honohan

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10 May 2012 – Workshop - Dr Padraig McAuliffe, Law School, University of Dundee:
‘Parallel Conversations: Why Peace-Builders and Transitional Justice Practitioners Mean Different Things When they Talk about the Rule of Law.’ Chair: Dr James Gallen

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26 April 2012 – Workshop – Brian O’Beirne, PhD Candidate, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin: ‘On the vanity of normative legal positivism’ Chair: Brian Flanagan

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12 April 2012 – WorkshopDr Alan DP Brady, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin: ‘Honesty is the Best Policy: Human Rights Norms, Epistemological Uncertainty and Political Choices in Adjudication’ Chair: David Kenny

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29 March 2012 – Workshop – Dr Shane Glackin, School of Social
Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin: ‘Back to Bundles: Deflating Property Rights, Again’ Chair: Garrett Barden

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15 December 2011 – Workshop -  Mr Ronan Sheehan, writer and lawyer:
‘Downloading the Book of Kells: a view of Irish Copyright’ Chair: David Prendergast

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1 December 2011 – WorkshopMr David Prendergast, Lecturer and PhD candidate, Trinity College Dublin:

‘The Judicial Role in Constitutional Change’ Chair: Dr Maria Cahill

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17 November 2011 – WorkshopDr Eoin Daly,  Lecturer in Law, DCU:

‘Austerity as a source of stability in republican theory: autarky and affective
constitutionalism in Rousseau’s Constitutional Project for CorsicaChair: David Prendergast

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3 November 2011 – WorkshopMr David Kenny, Lecturer and PhD candidate, Trinity College Dublin: ‘The Theoretical Foundations of Standards of Review for Rights Limitations’ Chair: Dr Alan Brady

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26 May 2011 – Workshop – Mr Cathal Curran, PhD Candidate, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin: “Does Dworkin’s ‘Rights Conception’ of The Rule of Law Amount to a Persuasive Substantive Reading of the Ideal?” Chair: John Kenny

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19 May 2011 - Workshop - Ms Maria Oleinik, PhD Candidate, Trinity College Dublin: ‘Integrity as coherence and why it is not a coherent method of adjudication’ Chair: David Kenny

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14 April 2011 – Workshop –  Dr Eoin Daly, Lecturer in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, “The ambiguous reach of constitutional secularism in republican thought: revisiting the idea of laïcité and political liberalism as alternatives” Chair: Professor Gerry Whyte

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31 March 2011 – Workshop – Professor Desmond M Clarke: ‘Judicial Reasoning: Logic, Authority, and the Rule of Law’ Chair: Professor Garrett Barden

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3 March 2011 – Workshop – Dr Roslyn Fuller: “Democracy: Straightening the Circular Logic of an Undefined Legal Term” Chair: Dr Tom Hickey

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5 February 2011 – Symposium - Symposium in Trinity College Dublin on Law and Justice in Community:  Garrett Barden and Tim Murphy, Law and Justice in Community (Oxford University Press 2010). Chair: Mr Justice Hugh Geoghegan. The full schedule for the symposium is available here.

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9 December 2010 – Workshop –  Mr David Langwallner, Dean of Law, GCD,
“Jerome Frank: The Elephant in the Room that Conventional Jurisprudence Ignores” Chair: Brian Flanagan

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25 November 2010 – WorkshopDr Seán Patrick Donlan, University of Limerick, “Edmund Burke: Law and Legal Theory” Chair: John Kenny

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11 November 2010 – Workshop – Professor Garrett Barden, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, UCC:
“Aristotle’s Discussion of Particular Justice in the Nicomachean Ethics” Chair: Professor Gerard Casey

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28 October 2010 – Workshop – Thomas Finegan, PhD Candidate, TCD: “Neither Dualism nor Monism: Holism and the Relationship Between Municipal and International Human Rights Law” Chair: Diarmuid Rossa Phelan

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14 October 2010 -  Public LectureProfessor William Twining, Emeritus Quain Professor of Jurisprudence, UCL: ‘Globalisation and Legal Scholarship’ Chair: David Langwallner

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6 May 2010 – WorkshopRachael Walsh, Trinity College, Dublin: ‘A Thomistic Reading of Article 43 of the Irish Constitution‘ Chair: Professor Garrett Barden

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17 April 2010 – Symposium – Symposium on Jurisprudence and Legal Theory at University College Cork. Venue: Rm 22-23 Cavanagh Pharmacy Building, UCC

Panel 1   10.00-11.50  “Rights, Democracy and the Role of the Judge”

Chair: Mr. David Prendergast; Discussant: Prof. Garrett Barden

Dr. Shane Kilcommins: “The Security State and Constitutional Justice: the dangers of
ignoring a ‘rights-based conception of the Rule of Law’ that ensures
that ‘the majority cannot travel as fast or as far as it would like’”

Dr. Darren O’Donovan: “The Role of Rights in Furthering Democratic Decision-Making: The Fruitful Conflict between Deliberative Democrats and Critical Race Theorists”

Panel 2   13.30-15.10 “New Departures in Analytical Legal Philosophy”

Chair: Dr. Darren O’Donovan; Discussant: Dr. Maria Cahill

Dr. Seán Patrick Donlan: ‘“The drunkenness of things being various”: legal theory in historical
and comparative perspective’

Dr. Oran Doyle: “True Morality and the No Necessary Connection Thesis.”

Panel 3   15.20-17.20 “Political Questions”

Chair: Mr. Donal Coffey; Discussants: Ms. Laura Cahillane & Prof Desmond Clarke

Mr. Thomas Patrick Murray: “The Politics of Property and Principle: Economic Rights in the
Drafting of the Irish Free State Constitution.”

Mr. Eoin Daly: “Non-domination as a primary good: re-thinking the frontiers of the ‘political’ in
Rawls’s political liberalism”

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1 April 2000 – Workshop –  Mr Patrick O’Brien, St. John’s College, Oxford: “The Democratic Objection to Judicial Review: Problems with Waldron’s Account.” Chair: Professor Desmond M Clarke

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10 December 2009 – Workshop – Donal Coffey, UCD: “Distributive Justice and the Separation of Powers” Chair: John Kenny

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26 November 2009 – WorkshopDr William Phelan, TCD: “The Practical Irrelevance of National Constitutional Law Fundamental Rights to the application of European Community law in the National Legal Orders” Chair: Diarmuid Rossa Phelan

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12 November 2009 – Workshop – Eoin Daly, UCC: “Religious liberty and the Rawlsian idea of legitimacy: the French laïcité project between comprehensive and political liberalisms” Chair: Tom Hickey

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29 October 2009 – WorkshopBrian Flanagan, UCD: “Abstract Legislative Intentions: A Positivist Cure for the Semantic Sting?” Chair: James Gallen

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25 May 2009 – LectureProfessor Robert Moffat, Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy at University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law: “Hitler, Hart, and Fuller: The Challenges of Doing Evil Lawfully” Chair: Oran Doyle

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30 April 2009 - WorkshopProfessor Gerard Casey, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University College Dublin: “Constitutions of No Authority: Spoonerian Reflections” Chair: Des Clarke

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16 April 2009 – Workshop - Dr Maria Cahill, Lecturer in Law, University College Cork:“Searching for the Meaning of Constitutional Endeavour” Chair: John Kenny

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2 April 2009 – Workshop – Frank Dunlop, PhD Candidate, Trinity College Dublin: “Moral Considerations and the Content of Irish Law: A Razian Perspective” Chair: Maria Cahill

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19 March 2009 – Workshop – James Gallen, PhD Candidate, Trinity College Dublin: “Outreach: Justice seen to be done” Chair: Des Ryan

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25 February 2009 – Public LectureJoseph Raz, Research Professor and an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford and Professor of Law, Columbia University: Innovative InterpretationChair: Des Clarke

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4 December 2008 – Workshop - Mr Paul Brady, DPhil candidate, Balliol, Oxford ‘Evaluation and Legal Theory: Can jurisprudence insulate itself from questions of moral philosophy?‘ Chair: Diarmuid Rossa Phelan

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27 November 2008 – Workshop - Professor Garrett Barden, ‘The Nature and Function of Civil Law (ius civile)‘ Chair: Paul Brady

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13 November 2008 – WorkshopMr Brian Flanagan, ‘The Rule as Point of Reference: Defeasibility and Intention‘ Chair: Oran Doyle

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25 October 2008 – The Irish Jurisprudence Society/NUI Galway Law School ‘Symposium on Constitutionalism and Legal Theory’ Convenor: Tom Hickey, Chair: Conor Hanly

Session 1: Mr Tom Hickey,‘Freedom as Non-Domination; making space for the cultural outsider?’ Dr Maria Cahill, Lecturer in Law, UCC ‘The Connection between Freedom and Constitutionalism’; Session 1 Discussant: David Prendergast

Session 2: Mr John Danaher, PhD Candidate, UCC ‘Reconstructing Leviathan: Hobbes’s Political and Legal Philosophy from a Modern Perspective’; Session 2 Discussant: Benarji Chakka

Session 3: Mr Peter Malone, Competition Lawyer, Brussels ‘Critical Legal Studies and Article 45 of the Irish Constitution’; Dr Oran Doyle, Lecturer in Law, TCD: ‘Natural Law, the Constitution and Legal Positivism: The Unenumerated Rights Doctrine’; Session 3 Discussant: Donal Coffey

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16 October 2008 - Workshop - Professor Desmond Clarke, ‘Causality, Common Sense and the Law‘ Chair: William Binchy

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1 May 2008 – Workshop - Dr Oran Doyle, Lecturer in Law, TCD “Dworkin: Adjudication, Value, Indeterminacy” Chair: Diarmuid Rossa Phelan

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24 April 2008 – WorkshopProf Gerard Quinn, Lecturer, NUI Galway “Nazi Legality Revisited” Chair: Oran Doyle

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10 April 2008 - WorkshopDr Bebhinn Donnelly, Lecturer, Swansea University
“The ‘Special’ Nature of Morality in Judicial Reasoning” Chair: Cliona Kelly

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6 March 2008 - Workshop - Mr Tom Hickey, PhD Candidate, NUI Galway
“Natural Law and the Accommodation of Diversity in a Pluralist Society” Chair: Donal Coffey

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21 February 2008 – WorkshopDr William Phelan, Lecturer in Political Science, TCD
“Can Ireland Legislate Contrary to European Community Law?” Chair: David Prendergast

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6 December 2007 - WorkshopMr David Langwallner “The Absurdity of Historicism and Originalism in Irish Constitutional Interpretation” Chair: Oran Doyle

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22 November 2007 - Workshop – Mr David PrendergastNormative Positivism” Chair: David Langwallner

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9 November 2007 - WorkshopDr Brian FoleyJurisprudence and Constitutional Interpretation” Chair: Paul O’Connell

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25 October 2007 - Workshop – Mr Donal Coffey “Hart’s Rule of Recognition: The Vagaries of Constitutional Foundation” Chair: Des Ryan

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11 October 2007 – Workshop – Dr Diarmuid Rossa PhelanThe hypocrisy of complexity in substantive law and practice” Chair: Oran Doyle