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College Photo Name Doyle, Oran Joseph
Main Department Law
College Title Associate Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 3872
Oran Doyle's principal areas of interest are jurisprudence, constitutional law and constitutional theory. He is a founding member of the Irish Jurisprudence Society and convenes the constitutional law and policy group within the Law School. He lectures Constitutional Law I, Jurisprudence and Legal Philosophy on the LLB programme and in 2014 will teach a new LLM module on Comparative Constitutional Law and Theory. He is editor of the Dublin University Law Journal and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family. He was elected a Fellow of Trinity College in 2010. He is the author of Constitutional Equality Law and Constitutional Law: Text, Cases and Materials.
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Dr Doyle is co-editor of the Dublin University Law Journal.
Dr Doyle is a member of the Board of Advisers of the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family. 2010
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Irish Bar 2012 Present
Irish Jurisprudence Society 2007 Present
Awards and Honours
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
Description of Research Interests
Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Constitutional Theory
Research Interests
Administrative Law Constitutional Law Jurisprudence
Research Projects
Project title Measures on Access to Justice in Environmental Matters
Summary Dr Doyle prepared the Irish report for a European Union project on the extent to which the laws of each Member State complied with Article 9(3) of the Aarhus Convention.
Funding Agency European Commission
Type of Project
Date from 01/01/2007
Date to 12/07/2007
Person Months

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Oran Doyle, Direct Discrimination, Indirect Discrimination and Autonomy, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 27, 2007, p537 - 553
Notes: [Western liberal democracies tend to impose duties on public and private bodies that are often formulated as an obligation not to discriminate. For instance, the European Union prohibits direct and indirect discrimination on certain grounds in certain contexts. Under this model, indirect discrimination involves a measure that, although it does not directly (i.e. explicitly) discriminate on the basis of a proscribed ground, produces a disparate impact that correlates with such a proscribed ground. Indirect discrimination is generally viewed, both conceptually and politically, as subordinate to direct discrimination. Professor John Gardner has argued that anti-discrimination law is justified on the basis of duties to respect other people's autonomy. On the base of this analysis, he argues that indirect discrimination is a secondary concept to the paradigm wrong of direct discrimination. I contend in this article that, if one adopts Gardner's autonomy-based analysis of anti-discrimination law, indirect discrimination is not a secondary concept to direct discrimination. Further, I argue that autonomy does not provide a convincing justification for the prohibition of either direct or indirect discrimination. I tentatively suggest, however, that the widespread impact of certain types of discrimination (alluded to by Gardner) may support an equality-based justification for the prohibition of both direct and indirect discrimination.]
Oran Doyle, Legal Positivism, Natural Law and the Constitution, Dublin University Law Journal, 31, (1), 2009, p206 - 227
Oran Doyle, The Legitimate Authority of the Living Law, Jurisprudence, 3, (1), 2012, p113 - 133
Oran Doyle, Legal Validity – Reflections on the Constitution, Dublin University Law Journal, 25, 2003
Non Peer Reviewed
Oran Doyle, Constitutional Equality Law, Dublin, Thomson Roundhall, 2004
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