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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 has published regularly on Anti-Discrimination Law and Employment Law, particularly in relation to EU Law. He is co-editor of International and European Labour Law: A Commentary (Nomos 2018). 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 Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission's Future of Equality Law Advisory Committee. Mark is a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Centre for European Law and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law. He has conducted research for the European Commission and the International Labour Organisation, as well as non-governmental organisations. His current research examines 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
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
EU Anti-Discrimination Law: Navigating Sameness and Difference in, editor(s)Paul Craig and Gráinne de Búrca , The Evolution of EU Law, OUP, 2021, pp651 - 677, [Mark Bell], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Lisa Waddington, Mark Bell , The right to request flexible working arrangements under the Work-Life Balance Directive - a comparative perspective, European Labour Law Journal, 2021, p1 - 21, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Mark Bell, Lisa Waddington , Similar yet different: the Work-Life Balance Directive and the expanding frontiers of EU non-discrimination law, Common Market Law Review, 58, 2021, p1401 - 1432, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mark Bell , People with intellectual disabilities and labour market inclusion: What role for EU labour law?, European Labour Law Journal, 11, 2020, p3-25 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Desmond Ryan and Mark Bell, Disability, Reasonable Accommodation and the Employer's Obligations: Nano Nagle School v Daly, Modern Law Review, 83, 2020, p1059 - 1071, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Mark Bell , Bridging a Divide: A Faith-Based Perspective on Anti-Discrimination Law, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, 9, 2020, p56 - 78, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mark Bell , Fratelli Tutti: Pope Francis' Encyclical and Implications for Labour Law , 2020, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED  URL
Deirdre Ahern and Suryapratim Roy, Policy Responses to Covid-19 In Ireland: Supporting Individuals, Communities, Businesses, and the Economy, COVID-19 Legal Observatory, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, December , 2020, Notes: [Contributes to national public debate on COVID-19 and policy-making by the State.], Report, PUBLISHED  URL
EU Equality Law and Precarious Work in, editor(s)Uladzislau Belavusau and Kristin Henrard , EU Anti-Discrimination Law Beyond Gender, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2019, pp75 - 94, [Mark Bell ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Mark Bell, Definition of Key Concepts in EU Anti-Discrimination Law, Applying EU Anti-Discrimination Law, Webinar, 19 January, 2021, Academy of European Law , Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Mark Bell, Equality Law in Ireland Beyond the Pandemic, Status Check: 20 Years of the Equal Status Acts, Webinar, 22 June, 2021, Free Legal Advice Centres, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Mark Bell, Smart Law for Smart Working? The EU Work-Life Balance Directive, A New Law for a Changing Family and Society, Webinar, 17 June , 2021, University of Florence, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Mark Bell, The Promotion of Diversity and EU Social Policy Instruments , 143rd Conference of the Japan Association for Social Policy Studies, Webinar, 16 October, 2021, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Mark Bell, Fit for Flexible Working? The EU Work-Life Balance Directive , EU Law Research Cluster, Webinar, 15 September, 2021, University of Leicester, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Mark Bell, Equal Rights, European Citizens' Panel , Online, 6 November, 2021, Conference on the Future of Europe , Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Mark Bell, The Personal Scope of the Equality Acts , Equality Action: the Review of the Equality Acts, Webinar, 5 November, 2021, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and Free Legal Advice Centres, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Mark Bell , Responding to the 'Rapidification' of Working Life: the Right to Disconnect, Studies - an Irish Quarterly Review, 110, 2021, p425 - 436, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mark Bell , More Than an Afterthought? Equality Law in Ireland During the Pandemic, Exponential Inequalities: Equality Law in Times of Crisis, University of Oxford (online), 15 February, 2021, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Mark Bell, Alan Eustace, Marta Lasek-Markey, Thomas Pahlen, A Right to Disconnect: Irish and European Legal Perspectives, Dublin, Covid-19 Law and Human Rights Observatory, Trinity College Dublin, May, 2021, p1 - 33, Report, PUBLISHED


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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. He has published extensively on anti-discrimination law, employment/labour law, and EU law. His recent research on equality has focused on the rights of persons with disabilities, especially those with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities. His research on employment/labour law has been particularly concerned with non-standard forms of work, such as temporary or part-time work. His current research is focused on the relationship between religion and employment/labour law. 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.