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Dr. David Fennelly

Assistant Professor (Law)

I am a legal scholar and practitioner with an interest in the law in its European and international context and in the interaction between the study of law and legal practice. In the Law School, I currently teach Public International Law and Foundations of Law II (focused on international and EU law) on the LLB programme. I also co-teach an LLM course on Data Protection: Law, Policy and Practice and an LLM course on Human Rights Law. Previously, I was responsible for the Clinical Legal Education programme which works in partnership with a wide range of leading legal practice settings across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. My research interests are primarily in the field of public law in its European and international dimensions, with particular interest in human rights, equality, data protection and foreign affairs. I am also interested in more general issues relating to the legal system (particularly access to justice), the legal profession and legal education. In addition to my academic work, I am a practising barrister in the Law Library, Dublin. Drawing on my academic expertise, I have a special interest in EU and international law, particularly in the fields of human rights, equality and data protection, and regularly appear in proceedings before the Irish superior courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union. I am also a member of the Council of the Free Legal Advice Centres, a human rights NGO which promotes access to justice for all. Earlier in my career, I worked as a law clerk to members of the International Court of Justice in The Hague and as a judicial fellow in the High Court in Dublin. I also worked at the International Law Commission, the European Commission Legal Service and the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, New York.
  Data Protection Law   Equality law   EU Law   International Law   Legal Education   Legal Profession, The
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Member, Government Data Forum 2015 - present
National Expert - Free Movement, FreSsco (European Commission Network of Experts on Free Movement and Social Security Coordination) 2014 to prsent
Editorial Board, Irish Journal of European Law
Co-Editor, Dublin University Law Journal 2016
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Member, Irish Centre for European Law
Member and former Secretary, Irish Fulbright Alumni Association 2008
Member, European Network for Clinical Legal Education 2014
The Protocol in Irish Law in, editor(s)McCrudden, C. , The Law and Practice of the Ireland-Northern Ireland Protocol, Cambridge University Press, 2022, [Fennelly, D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Fennelly, D. and Murphy, C., Racial Discrimination and Nationality and Migration Exceptions: Reconciling CERD and the Race Equality Directive , Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 39, (4), 2021, p308 - 328, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Fennelly, D (with Barry E, Lord, S. and Byrne A.), The Public Sector Duty in the Irish Justice System , Dublin, 2021, Report, SUBMITTED
Data Retention in Ireland in, editor(s)Zubik, Podkowik and Rybski , European Constitutional Courts towards Data Retention Laws , Germany, Springer International , 2020, pp137 - 154, [Fennelly, D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Murphy C and Fennelly D, Racial Discrimination and Citizenship and Migration Exceptions: Reconciling EU and International Human Rights Law, VU Amsterdam, 19-20 November 2020, 2020, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
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, p1 - 108, Notes: [Contributes to national public debate on COVID-19 and policy-making by the State.], Report, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Fennelly D, Equality Litigation and its Challenges: the Case of Ireland, Equality Law in Europe: A New Generation Conference, European University Institute, Florence, 11 October 2019, 2019, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Fennelly, D., The Public Sector Duty: the Irish Context and Potential Implications, Conference on the legal implications of the public sector duty in Irish law, Dublin, 19 October 2018, edited by FLAC , 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Fennelly, D., Data Retention: the Life, Death and Afterlife of a Directive , ERA Forum, 2018, p1 - 20, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Article 26, ICCPR in, editor(s)Prof. Dr. Eduardo Ales, Prof. Dr. Mark Bell, Prof. Dr. Olaf Deinert, Prof. Dr. Sophie Robin-Olivier, , International and European Labour Law: A Commentary, Baden-Baden, Nomos / CH Beck / Hart , 2017, [Fennelly D], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS

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Data Protection in the Field of Criminal Justice in, editor(s)Heffernan, L. , Criminal Law and Justice in the European Union, Dublin, Clarus Press, 2022, [Fennelly, D.], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Fennelly, The Status of the Brexit Agreements in Irish Law, Irish Centre for European Law / Queen's University Belfast Seminar Series on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, 23 March 2021, 2021, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Fennelly, D., Protecting Personal Data in the Field of Criminal Justice: Recent Developments, Academy of European Law Annual Conference on Criminal Justice, Dublin Castle, 11 November 2021, 2021, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Fennelly, D., The Evolution of EU Criminal Law post-Brexit: Implications for Ireland, Director of Public Prosecutions - Annual Prosecutors' Conference, Convention Centre Dublin, 16 October 2021, 2021, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Fennelly, D. , Contact Tracing Applications: the Irish Experience, Data Protection and COVID-19 Pandemic, Dublin, 2021, p39 - 58, Notes: [], Report, PUBLISHED
Fennelly D, Protecting Personal Data in the Field of Criminal Justice, Academy of European Law Annual Conference on Criminal Justice, Trier, 12 November 2020, 2020, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Fennelly D, The German Federal Constitutional Court's Ruling in the BVerfG Judgment of 5 May 2020, Trinity College Law School, Trinity Centre for Constitutional Governance (TriCON) and Irish Centre for European Law Covid 19 and EU Law Seminar Series, Webinar, 18 June 2020, 2020, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Fennelly, D., Transnational Climate Change Litigation, PILNet Global Forum 2020, Panel on Climate Change, Human Rights, and Public Interest Law, 20 October 2020, 2020, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Fennelly, D., Access to Justice: the European Dimension, FLAC@50 Access to Justice Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 17 May 2019 , 2019, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Fennelly, D., The Irish Legal System and Irish Legal Profession, Boston College, Dublin, Dublin, 15 January 2019, 2019, Boston College , Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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Visiting Scholar, Trinity Trust Travel Grantee, Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, 2008 2008
TCD Broad Curriculum Studentship 2007-8
NYU Global Public Interest Fellowship 2005-6
NYU International Law and Human Rights Fellow 2005
NYU Merit Scholar 2004-5
Fulbright Scholar 2004-5
Non-Foundation Scholar 2002-3
Government of Ireland Easter Week Commemoration Patrick Pearse Scholar 2000
Law Research Fund Grant 2014
European Network of Clinical Legal Education/Open Society Initiative Grant 2014
National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism Fellowship 2014
International Law; European Union Law; Constitutional Law Clinical Legal Education; Legal Profession; Law Reform