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Dr. Oran Doyle

Associate Professor (Law)
HOUSE 39, COLLEGE

Head of School (School Office - Law)


I am an associate professor and Head of the School of Law in Trinity College Dublin. I was elected a Fellow of the College in 2010 and received the Provost's Teaching Award in 2008. I also worked for nine years as a barrister, mostly practising public law cases at the Four Courts in Dublin. I am the author of Constitutional Equality Law (2004) and Constitutional Law: Text, Cases and Materials (2008). My principal research interest lies at the intersection of constitutional law and legal theory, increasingly informed by a comparative perspective. I welcome supervision applications in this area. I lecture Irish constitutional law to undergraduate students. I regularly make contributions to public debates on issues of constitutional law, most recently providing legal analysis of the marriage equality referendum in Ireland. I have previously lectured in all my areas of research interest to both undergraduates and masters students.
  Comparative Constitutional Law   Constitutional Law   Jurisprudence
 Measures on Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

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I am a visiting research fellow at the Institutuum Jurisprudentiae of the Academia Sinica in Taipei.
I am a member of the editorial board of the Dublin University Law Journal.
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Irish Jurisprudence Society 2007 Present
International Society of Public Law
Oran Doyle, Foreign Law, Constitutional Cases and Theoretical Authority, Global Constitutionalism, 5, 2016, p85 - 108, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, Constitutional Transitions, Abusive Constitutionalism and Conventional Constraint, National Journal of Constitutional Law, 35, 2016, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Administrative Action, the Rule of Law and Unconstitutional Vagueness in, editor(s)Laura Cahillane, Tom Hickey and James Gallen , Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2016, [Oran Doyle], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED  TARA - Full Text
Oran Doyle, Conventional Constitutional Law, Dublin University Law Journal, 38, 2015, p311 - 330, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Oran Doyle, Judicial Scrutiny of Legislative Classification, Irish Jurist, 47, (1), 2012, p175 - 184, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, The Legitimate Authority of the Living Law, Jurisprudence, 3, (1), 2012, p113 - 133, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, Desmond Ryan, Judicial Interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003: Reflections and Analysis, Dublin University Law Journal, 33, 2011, p369 - 392, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Oran Doyle, Elusive Quarries: A Failure of Regulation, Dublin University Law Journal, 34, 2011, p180 - 207, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Oran Doyle, Family Autonomy and Children's Best Interests: Ireland, Bentham and the Natural Law, International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family, 1, 2010, p55 - 76, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Oran Doyle, Legal Positivism, Natural Law and the Constitution, Dublin University Law Journal, 31, (1), 2009, p206 - 227, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
  

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Ireland in, editor(s)Detlef Merten and Hans-Jurgen Papier , Handbuch der Grundrechte in Deutschland und Europa, Heidelberg, CF Muller GmbH, 2016, [Oran Doyle], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Oran Doyle, Constraints on Powers of Constitutional Amendment, Workshop on Comparative Constitutional Amendment, Boston College, 19 May 2015, 2015, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Oran Doyle, Territorial Constitutionalism: Where are the People, Public Law in an Uncertain World, New York University, 1-3 July 2015, 2015, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Oran Doyle, Conventional Constitutional Law, Conventional Constitutionalism, Dublin, 2014, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Oran Doyle, Administrative Action, the Rule of Law and Unconstitutional Vagueness, Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution, Dublin City University, 2014, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Constitutional Law in, editor(s)Raymond Byrne and William Binchy , Annual Review of Irish Law 2013, Dublin, Round Hall, 2014, pp110 - 207, [Oran Doyle], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Constitutional Law in, editor(s)Raymond Byrne and William Binchy , Annual Review of Irish Law 2012, Dublin, Round Hall Press, 2013, pp117 - 202, [Oran Doyle], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, Law and Justice in Community: the Significance of the Living Law, Nordicum-Mediterraneum: Icelandic E-Journal of Nordic and Mediterranean Studies, 6, (2), 2011, p19 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Sisterly Love: the Importance of Explicitly Assumed Commitment in the Legal Recognition of Personal Relationships in, editor(s)Lynn Wardle, Scott Fitzgibbon, A Scott Loveless , The Jurisprudence of Marriage and Other Intimate Relationships, USA, WS Hein & Co, 2010, pp329 - 351, [Oran Doyle], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, The Dynamics of Constitutional Change, Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, 102, (2), 2013, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

  

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Elected to Fellowship of the College 2010
Provost's Teaching Award 2008
Brookes Scholar, the Honourable Society of King's Inns 2002
Awarded Gold Medal in LLB Degree 1999
Scholar of Trinity College Dublin 1997
My primary areas of interest are comparative constitutional law, constitutional theory, jurisprudence and Irish constitutional law. I am currently writing a monograph, 'The Constitution of Ireland: A Contextual Account' for Hart's series on Constitutions of the World. In my other work, I try to achieve a better understanding of problems in constitutional theory by locating comparative examples in a broadly legal-positivist framework. In particular, I employ jurisprudential understandings of authority and convention to unpick constitutional phenomena. Global constitutionalism will shortly publish an article on the use of foreign law in constitutional cases while the Dublin University Law Journal will publish an article on conventional constitutional law. I also have three articles under review that explore very different aspects of constitutional change. I have supervised five PhDs to completion on these topics and have just begun supervision of Robbie Noonan's thesis on declarations of unconstitutionality. I upload completed and draft papers at https://tcd.academia.edu/OranDoyle and http://ssrn.com/author=867538