IALT Annual Conference 2010

26th November 2010

The Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Law Teachers was held on the weekend of 26th November 2010 in the Strand Hotel, Limerick City.

As is traditional, the conference had a strong academic tone, with a series of keynote and plenary sessions, alongside parallel sessions on discrete areas of law. The theme for the conference was “Thirty Years of Irish Scholarship: Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future”. The Friday night speech was given by The Honorable Justice Mr Bryan McMahon, who was also conferred with Honorary Membership at the Conference. Honaray Membership was also conferred on Prof Kevin Boyle, who has since sadly passed away.

The Saturday Plenary session featured Prof Imelda Maher (UCD), Prof Dermot Walsh (UL) and Dr John Stannard (QUB). The speakers discussed the changes that have occurred, and the new challenges that have come about, in the areas of teaching and research in the Law School over the past 30 years.

A special session on Research Metrics for the Law School was also convened, an issue in relation to which the Association will return in the coming months.

That said, the conference is also traditionally a social event, and this year was no exception with a cultural outing on Saturday evening, a conference dinner on Saturday night and plenty of opportunities for networking and establishing contacts with colleagues researching and teaching in institutions other than one’s own.

Book Prize

The short list for the first IALT Book Prize was also announced at the conference. The winner will be announced at the IALT Spring Seminar in April 2011. The shortlist is as follows:


Dr Eoin Carolan The New Separation of Powers: A Theory for the Modern State
Tom O’Malley Criminal Process.
Geoffrey Shannon Child Law
Deirdre Ahern Director’s Duties: Law and Practice.
Professor Brice Dickson The European Convention on Human Rights and the Conflict in Northern Ireland.
Dr Hakeem Yusef Transitional Justice, Judicial Accountability and the Rule of Law.



30th Anniversary 2010, Limerick


Friday 26 November


7.30pm                                 Welcome Reception and Buffet Dinner

                                              Harris Suite

Followed by Keynote Address:


The Honorable Mr Justice Bryan McMahon (Founding Member IALT)

Introduced by

Professor Paul McCutcheon (President IALT, 1993-1994)


Saturday 27 November


9.30-11.00am:                      Parallel Sessions 1*


11.00-11.30am:                    Tea/Coffee

                                                Venue: Sixth Floor Foyer


11.30-1.00:                            Parallel Sessions 2*


1.00-2.00pm:                        Lunch

                                                Kindly Sponsored by Clarus Press

                                                Venue: Restaurant Ground Floor Strand Hotel


2.00-3.30pm:                        Plenary Session

“Thirty Years of Irish Scholarship and Education”

                                                Venue: Harris Suite

                                                Chair: Jennifer Schweppe

Speakers:       Professor Imelda Maher

                                                                        Dr John Stannard

                                                                        Professor Dermot Walsh


3.30-4.00pm:                        Poster Presentations

                                                Venue: Sixth Floor Foyer


4.00-6.30pm:                        Social Programme: Hunt Museum/Angela’s Ashes Tour OR Trip to Thomond Park Stadium

                                                Congregate in Downstairs Lobby at 4pm sharp


4.00-5.00pm:                        Round Table Discussion on Research Metrics     

Facilitated by Sinead Eaton, Head of School of Law, University of Limerick     

Venue: Wogan Suite



7.30pm:                                 Annual Gala Dinner preceded by Wine Reception

                                                Kindly Sponsored by Thomson Round Hall

                                                            Shortlist of IALT Book Prize Announced

                                                            Awarding of Honorary Memberships


Sunday 28 November


10.00-11.30:                          Parallel Sessions 3*


11.30-11.45:                          Tea/Coffee    

                                                Venue: Sixth Floor Foyer


11.45.-1.00:                           Parallel Sessions 4*


1.00-1.15:                              President’s Closing Address

                                                Venue: Harris Suite


1.15-2.00:                              Lunch

                                                Venue: Sixth Floor Foyer


2.00-3.00:                              IALT Annual General Meeting        

                                                Venue: Wogan Suite




Details of Parallel Sessions


Saturday 9.30-11.00: Parallel Session 1


Session A – Ireland’s ‘New’ Families: Rights and Challenges

Venue: Henihan Suite

Chair: Una Woods, University of Limerick


1.      Patricia Brazil, Trinity College Dublin “The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010: Radical New Departure in Irish Family Law”

2.      Dr Fergus W Ryan, Dublin Institute of Technology: “’ Till Death (or Gender Reassignment) Do Us Part: Recognising the Acquired Gender of Spouses”

3.      Professor John Mee, University College Cork: “Reform of the Property Rights of Cohabitants in Ireland: An Assessment of the 2010 Scheme”


Session B – Innovations in Legal Education

Venue: O’Brien Suite

Chair: Dr Michael Doherty, Council Member, IALT


1.      Larry Donnelly, Public Interest Law Alliance: “Lawyers for Others: Toward a Practical, Public Interest Curriculum in Irish Law Schools”

2.      Dr Maebh Harding, University of Portsmouth: “Video Killed the Problem Question: Is the Use of Video Footage as a Teaching Tool the Way Forward for Student Engagement?”

3.      Andrew Hemming, Charles Darwin University: “Online Tests and Exams: Lower Standards or Improved Learning?”


Session C – International Law: The Public and Private Spheres

Venue: Wogan Suite

Chair: Dr Deirdre Ahern, Council Member, IALT


1.      Dr Ronagh McQuigg, Queen’s University Belfast: “Human Rights Law and Victims of Domestic Violence”

2.      Dr Bilun Mueller, Trinity College Dublin: “Public Participation in EU Law”

3.      Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, University College Dublin: “Legitimacy of consensus argument in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights”


Saturday 11.30-1.00: Parallel Session 2


Session A – Private Law in a Comparative Context

Venue: O’Brien Suite

Chair: Eddie Keane, University of Limerick


1.      Professor Francis McManus, Edinburgh Napier University: “Planning Law, Nuisance and Human Rights”

2.      Dr Jack Anderson, Queen’s University Belfast: “Recent Developments in the Law of Torts in Northern Ireland: Lessons from Britain and Examples for Ireland?”

3.      Una Woods, University of Limerick: “Resolving Boundary Disputes – Adverse Possession and Other Remedies at Home and Abroad”


Session B – Restitution: Current Controversies

Venue: Henihan Suite

Chair: Dr Noel McGrath, Council Member, IALT


1.      Niamh Cleary, Trinity College Dublin “Restitution from Public Authorities”

2.      Dr Niamh Connolly, Trinity College Dublin: “Unjust Enrichment Law: The grounds for restitution of payments unlawfully exacted by the State – an Irish perspective on the rationale for recovery and defences”

3.      Professor Steve Hedley and Dr Fiona Donson, University College Cork: “Overpaid University Allowances”


Session C – Criminal Law: Contemporary Enquiries

Venue: Wogan Suite

Chair: Dr Maria Cahill, Council Member, IALT


1.      Stephen King, University of Limerick “Imposing Order over Doctrine: Hercules and the Puzzle of Consent”

2.      Sinéad Ring, National University of Ireland, Galway: “Trauma and Justice: How ‘Trauma’ Facilitates Child Sexual Abuse Prosecutions”

3.      Dr Eimear Spain, University of Limerick: “Emotions and Voluntariness: Implications for Criminal Law Defences”


Sunday 10-11.30: Parallel Session 3


Session A – The Irish Constitution: A Living Breathing Animal?

Venue: Wogan Suite

Chair: Dr Fergus Ryan, Council Member, IALT


1.      Dr Brenda Daly, Dublin City University: “Time for Change? How will Ireland’s membership of the Council of Europe impact Irish Abortion Law”

2.      Veronica McInerney, University of Limerick: “Artificial Reproductive Technology and the Significance of the Italian Law 40/2004 from an Irish Context”

3.      Dr Fiona de Londras, University College Dublin: “Constitutional Revolution: Imagination in a Time of Rupture”


Session B – Information in a Commercial World

Venue: Henihan Suite

Chair: Laura Donnellan, University of Limerick


1.      Dr Cliona Kelly, National University of Ireland, Galway: “Freedom of Information and Consumer Information Rights”

2.   David O’Dwyer, University of Limerick: “Ireland’s DNA Database: Where’s the Debate!”

3.   Professor Michael P Malloy, University of the Pacific: “Wounded Tigers: Responses to Financial Crisis in a Permeable World”


Session C – Alternative Tribunals

Venue: O’Brien Suite

Chair: Dr Niamh Howlin, Council Member, IALT


1.      Thomas John O’Dowd, University College Dublin: “The Power of Parliamentary Inquiry in Ireland”

2.      Marian O’Neill, Waterford Institute of Technology: “An Overview of the Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal”

3.      Charles O’Mahony, National University of Ireland, Galway: “A Critical Consideration of Mental Health Courts”


Sunday 11.45-1.00: Parallel Session 4


Session A – Current Themes in Employment Law

Venue: Henihan Suite

Chair: Val Corbett, Council Member, IALT


1.      Dr Elaine Dewhurst, Dublin City University: “In and Out: Thirty Years of Migration Law in Ireland”

2.      Eddie Keane, University of Limerick: “The Potential for Achieving Flexicurity in the Irish Workforce”


Session B – Criminal Justice: Past and Present

Venue: O’Brien Suite

Chair: Dr Eimear Spain, University of Limerick


1.      Mark Coen, Trinity College Dublin: “Time to Embrace the Change: Interference with Jurors in Ireland”

2.      Dr Vicky Conway, Queen’s University Belfast: “When is Justice not Justice? The Irish Courts’ Approach to Defining Miscarriages of Justice”

3.      Dr Niamh Howlin, Queen’s University Belfast: “Fenians and Foreigners: The Mixed Jury in Ireland”


Session C – Politics, Language and the Law

Venue: Wogan Suite

Chair: Dr Edel Hughes, Council Member, IALT


1.      Dr Noelle Higgins, Dublin City University: “The Legal Protection of the Irish Language”

2.      Jennifer Kavanagh, Waterford Institute of Technology: “The Legacy of Broadcasting Restrictions on the Legal Regulation of Political Speech in Ireland”

3.      Dr Mary Rogan, Dublin Institute of Technology: “Law Students Learning with Communities”



Poster Presentations

Venue: Sixth Floor Foyer, Saturday 3.30-4pm


Gerald Byrne, Trinity College Dublin: “Product Liability Law: The Example of Pharmacists’ Liability”


Aisling de Paor, National University of Ireland, Galway: “Genetic Discrimination by Employers and Insurance Companies – the Need for Regulation”


Magdalena Duggan, University of Limerick: “Diversity, Mobility and Legal Education in Ireland from the Perspective of a ‘Continental’ Law Teacher: A Struggle with a Happy End”


Shaun Elder, University of Limerick: “The Criminal Justice System and Financial Regulation Paradigms: Exemplars of the Marriage of Theory and Practice – An Irish Perspective”


Paul Lambert, Trinity College Dublin: “TCB Effects: Eye Tracking and Camera Distraction in Court”


Yvonne Mitchell, University of Limerick: “Sentencing Law and Policy: Mandatory Minimum Sentences in Ireland”


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