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Dr. Oran Doyle

Associate Professor (Law)

Oran Doyle is Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin, where he was Head of School from 2014 to 2018. He has held visiting positions at the Academia Sinica Taipei, Bocconi University Milan, and Keio University Tokyo. Prof Doyle is an expert in comparative constitutional law, his recent work being published in the International Journal of Constitutional Law and Global Constitutionalism as well as a number of other journals and edited collections. He has just published 'The Irish Constitution: A Contextual Account' for Hart's Constitutional Systems of the World series. Currently supervising Robbie Noonan's work on declarations of unconstitutionality, Li-Kung Chen's work on the continuity of states, Alex Layden's work on the judicial use of foreign constitutional law, and Juan Diego Galaz's work on constitutional rights of resistance in Latin America, Prof Doyle welcomes applications for supervision from students broadly in the area of constitutional theory. Prof Doyle is the co-chair of the British-Irish Chapter of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S). He is also a mentor to the recently established Nigerian Chapter of ICON-S and serves on a working group that reviews applications for the establishment of new chapters. He co-convened an ICON-S symposium on constitutional silence in 2016 and the inaugural conference of the British-Irish chapter in 2017. The Chapter's next conference, organised around the theme of the UK's Departure from the European Union, will be held in Strathclyde in April 2019. The recipient of a Provost's Teaching Award in 2008, Prof Doyle has lectured constitutional law 1 and jurisprudence to undergraduate students, and comparative constitutional law and theory to postgraduate students. He currently lectures Foundations of Law to first year undergraduate students and leads a final year research project group on democratic decay. Prof Doyle is a regular contributor to public debates on issues of constitutional law in Ireland. He has published articles in the Irish Times on both the Children's Rights Referendum and the Marriage Equality Referendum. In 2016-17, he was a constitutional law advisor to the Citizens' Assembly considering the pro-life provision in the Irish Constitution.
  Comparative Constitutional Law   Constitutional Law   Jurisprudence
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Constitutional Law Advisor to Ireland's Citizens' Assembly 2016-2018
Co-Chair of the British-Irish Chapter of the International Society of Public Law 2017-present
Member of the International Society of Public Law Working Group on New Chapters 2018-present
Guest Editor special volume of the German Law Journal on Populism and Constitutionalism 2019
Global Associate Professor, Keio University, Tokyo 2018
Visiting Research Fellow, Bocconi University Milan 2017
Visiting research fellow at the Institutuum Jurisprudentiae of the Academia Sinica in Taipei. 2015
Member of the editorial board of the Dublin University Law Journal. 2009-present
Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Constitutional Studies.
External Examiner, NUI Galway 2015-2019
External Examiner, Honorable Society of King's Inns 2007-2012
External Examiner, Griffith College Dublin 2008-2012
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French Medium Basic Basic
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Irish Jurisprudence Society 2007 Present
International Society of Public Law 2015 Present
Law and Society Association 2016 2017
Unearthing the 'Constitutional' in Quasi-Constitutionality in, editor(s)Richard Albert and Joel Colon Rios , Quasi-Constitutionality and Constitutional Statutes: Forms, Functions and Applications , Routledge, 2019, pp89 - 93, [Oran Doyle], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Order from Chaos? Typologies and Models of Constitutional Change in, editor(s)Xenophon Contiades and Alkmene Fotiadou , Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Change, Abingdon on Thames, Routledge, 2019, [Oran Doyle], Book Chapter, APPROVED
The Use of Foreign Law in Irish Constitutional Adjudication in, editor(s)Giuseppe Ferrari , Judicial Cosmopolitanism: The Use of Foreign Law in Contemporary Constitutional Systems, Brill, 2019, pp69 - 93, [Oran Doyle and Tom Hickey], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Philosophical Foundations of Natural Rights, Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum, Max Planck Encylopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law, Heidelberg, Oxford University Press, 2019, [Oran Doyle and John Martin Gillroy], Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, Erik Longo, Andrea Pin, Populism: A Health Check for Constitutional Democracy, German Law Journal, 20, (3), 2019, p401 - 407, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, Clearing the Legal Decks for the Abortion Referendum: The Supreme Court, Constitutional Precedent and Legal Certainty, Irish Supreme Court Review, 1, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, The Constitution of Ireland: A Contextual Analysis, 1st, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2018, 0 - 230pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Interpretation: The Unrealizable Ideal of judicial Constraint in, editor(s)Eoin Carolan , Judicial Power in Ireland, Dublin, Institute of Public Administration, 2018, pp110 - 125, [Oran Doyle], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, The Silent Constitution of Territory, International Journal of Constitutional Law, 17, 2018, p887 - 903, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Constitutional Change and Interest Group Politics: Ireland's Children's Rights Amendment in, editor(s)Richard Albert, Xenophon Contiades, Alkmene Fotiadou , The Foundations and Tradition of Constitutional Amendment, Hart Publishing, 2017, pp199 - 218, [Oran Doyle and David Kenny], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Oran Doyle, Constitutional Beginnings: Taiwan and Ireland, World Congress of Taiwan Studies, Taipei, 7 September, 2018, Academia Sinica Taipei, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, Approaches to Comparative Constitutional Law, Seminar on Comparative Constitutional Law, Hiroshima, 27 July, 2018, Law Faculty University of Hiroshima, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, Populism and Democratic Theory, Congress of International Academy of Comparative Law, Fukuoka, 25 July, 2018, International Academy of Comparative Law, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, Constitutional Change in Ireland, Faculty Workshop, Tokyo, 10 July , 2018, Keio University Law School, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, The Constitutional Implications of Brexit, UK Italian Constitutional Law Conversation, London, 7 June, 2018, UK Constitutional Law Association and Italian Devolution Club, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, アイルランドの憲法変動, 法学セミナー, 467, 2018, p46 - 54, Notes: [Translated by Satoshi Yokodaido and Kodai Zukeyama], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, Constitutional Beginnings, Annual Conference of the International Society of Public Law, Hong Kong, 26 June, 2018, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, Constitutional Change and Intergenerational Disagreement, Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, Athlone, 25 November, 2018, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Oran Doyle, Andrea Mulligan and Mary Rogan, Graduate Attributes, Curriculum Reform, and Pedagogical Innovation, LERU Law Schools Conference - The Future of Legal Pedagogy, Lund, 14 November 2018, 2018, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Constitutional Law in, editor(s)Raymond Byrne and William Binchy , Annual Review of Irish Law 2015, Dublin, Round Hall, 2017, [Oran Doyle and Estelle Feldman], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
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
Prof Doyle is a leading expert on comparative constitutional law and theory, with a particular focus on foundational questions of constitutionalism: how are constitutions made? How do constitutions relate to a particular people and territory, particularly in contested cases of secession and territorial conflict? How are constitutions changed? He has just published a monograph, 'The Constitution of Ireland: A Contextual Analysis' for Hart's series on Constitutional Systems of the World. This book provides the first analysis, richly informed by comparative study, of how the Irish Constitution as a whole operates in practice. The International Journal of Constitutional Law has just published an article that advances a ground-breaking theory of legal territoriality, drawing on a newly compiled dataset of how all currently in-force constitutions address territory. Prof Doyle shows how the general silence of constitutions on the scope of their national territory operates against the background of unwritten conventions that limit the geographical application of laws in a legal system. Prof Doyle's next research project will further develop this theory to provide a new toolkit for responding to secessionist claims and territorial conflict. Prof Doyle's current research explores constitution-making authority, arguing that constitutions need not be made by 'a people' but a constitution must serve the needs of those subject to it. This in turn supports his broader exploration of how constitutions relate to physical space. Prof Doyle is the co-editor of a forthcoming volume of the German Law Journal on 'Populism and Constitutionalism', for which he has written a paper that explores the links between political populism and contemporary theoretical accounts of the people's constituent power. Other recently published work explores various aspects of constitutional change, including informal change, constraints on amendment powers, interest-group politics, constitutional transitions, deliberative democracy, and typologies of constitutional change.