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Professor Mark Bell

Regius Professor of Law (Law)

Mark Bell is Regius Professor of Laws (a Chair founded in 1668) and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He was Head of the School of Law (2018-2021). Prior to his 2015 appointment at Trinity, he was a professor at the School of Law, University of Leicester, where he was also Head of the School of Law (2011-2014). Mark is co-Director of the Disability Rights Working Group of the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Centre for European Law; the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law; and the Advisory Board of the University of Bergen project 'Life and Work in Balance: Legal Responses to Working Life in Times of Change and Crisis'. Previously, he was a member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission's Future of Equality Law Advisory Committee and the European Commission's Network of Legal Experts on Non-Discrimination. Mark has published extensively on Anti-Discrimination Law and Labour/Employment Law, particularly in relation to EU Law. He is the author of three monographs: Catholic Social Teaching and Labour Law: An Ethical Perspective on Work (OUP 2023); Racism and Equality in the European Union (OUP 2009); Anti-Discrimination Law and the European Union (OUP 2002). He is also co-editor of International and European Labour Law: A Commentary (Nomos 2018) and Cases, Materials and Text on National, Supranational and International Non-Discrimination Law (Hart Publishing 2007). His current research focuses on the relationship between religion and labour law. See further:
  Employment and Labour Law   employment equality law   Equality law   eu employment law   eu equality law   labour migration   precarious work
 The Employment Equality Directive and Supporting People with Psychosocial Disabilities in the Workplace
 Don't knock on the wrong door: Charter Click
 European Network of Legal Experts in Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination
 Promoting Diversity and Inclusion Through Workplace Adjustments: A Practical Guide
 Analysis of Comparative Review of Equality Data Collection Practices in the EU

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Employment Law Association of Ireland 2015
Society of Legal Scholars 2005
Discrimination Law Association
Irish Association of Law Teachers 2018
Ireland in, editor(s)Luca Ratti, Elisabeth Brameshuber and Vincenzo Pietrogiovanni , The EU Directive on Adequate Minimum Wages: Context, Commentary and Trajectories, Hart Publishing, 2024, [Alan Eustace and Mark Bell], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS  TARA - Full Text  URL  Other
Equal Treatment in, editor(s)Teun Jaspers, Frans Pennings, and Saskia Peters , European Labour Law, Cambridge, Intersentia, 2024, pp253 - 326, [Mark Bell and Ann Numhauser-Henning], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Mark Bell, Religious Ordination Requirement and Mliitary Chaplains in Ireland, International Labor Rights Case Law, 10, 2024, p67 - 71, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mark Bell, Catholic Social Teaching and Labour Law: An Ethical Perspective on Work, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2023, 1 - 240pp, Book, PUBLISHED  URL
More than an Afterthought? Equality Law in Ireland during the Pandemic in, editor(s)Shreya Atrey and Sandra Fredman , Exponential Inequalities: Equality Law in Times of Crisis, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2023, pp145 - 160, [Mark Bell], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Mental Health, Discrimination and Employment Law in, editor(s)Brendan D Kelly and Mary Donnelly , Routledge Handbook of Mental Health Law, Routledge, 2023, pp403 - 420, [Mark Bell], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, 23, 1, (2023), 4 - 180p, Mark Bell and Laverne Jacobs, [eds.], Notes: [Theme: Inclusive Post-Secondary Education and Persons with Disabilities], Journal, PUBLISHED
Non-Discrimination Religion/Belief, Oxford Encyclopedia of EU Law, Online, Oxford University Press, 2022, pp1-12 , [Mark Bell ], Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, PUBLISHED  URL
Non-Discrimination Sexual Orientation, Oxford Encyclopedia of EU Law, Online, Oxford University Press, 2022, pp1-16 , [Mark Bell], Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, PUBLISHED  URL
Article 20 - Equality Before the Law in, editor(s)Steve Peers, Tamara Hervey, Jeff Kenner, Angela Ward , The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights , Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2021, pp597 - 612, [Mark Bell], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED

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Mark Bell, Dignity Amid Digitalization: Bringing Catholic Social Teaching to the Platform Economy, European Academy of Religion Annual Conference, Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose, Palermo, 20 May, 2024, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Mark Bell, Religious Discrimination at the Workplace and Recent CJEU Case-Law, EU Equality Law Seminar, Belfast, 19 February, 2024, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Mark Bell, Ireland, Care as a Constitutional Value, TriCON webinar, 28 February , 2024, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Mark Bell, Unleashing Potential: Reasonable Accommodations at Work, ILO Global Business and Disability Network Webinar, Online, 17 April, 2024, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Mark Bell, Achieving Work-life Balance for Carers of Persons with Disabilities - Rights for Carers in EU and National Law, Life and Work in Balance: Legal responses to working life in times of change and crisis, Norway, 26 October, 2023, University of Bergen, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Mark Bell, Definition of Key Concepts in EU Gender Equality Law, EU Gender Equality Law, Vienna, 9 November, 2023, Academy of European Law (ERA), Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Mark Bell , The Enduring Relevance of Catholic Social Teaching, Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, 112, 2023, p394 - 402, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mark Bell, An Interactive Relationship: Equality, Ireland, and EU Law, 2023, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Mark Bell , Ethics of Work, Trinity Arts and Humanities Research Festival, Trinity College Dublin, 27 September, 2023, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Mark Bell , The right to request flexible working arrangements under the Work-Life Balance Directive, Current Reflections on EU Gender Equality Law, Trier, 5 December, 2022, Conference Paper, PRESENTED


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Award Date
Jean Monnet Fellowship, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute 2004
European University Institute Law Prize for doctoral thesis 1999/2000
Mark's research interests lie primarily in the areas of equality and work. His current research is focused on the relationship between religion and employment/labour law, including analysis of the contribution that religious beliefs can bring to ethical reflection on justice in working life. He has published extensively on anti-discrimination law, employment/labour law, and EU law. Recent research on equality has explored the rights of persons with disabilities, especially those with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities. In relation to employment/labour law, his recent research has focused on work-life balance and the extent to which employers should make adjustments for workers' personal situations and identities. His research has also addresses the legal regulation of non-standard forms of work, such as temporary or part-time work. Mark welcomes inquiries from potential research students in areas broadly related to anti-discrimination law and employment/labour law. He has experience of supervising doctoral research in these fields dealing with domestic law, comparative law, and EU law.