Program Schedule and Course Information - Summer 2015

Calendar and Important Dates

Sunday, May 24 Dormitory rooms available at 2 p.m. Orientation Program, 7 p.m., in the Trinity Law School Building
Monday, May 25 Classes begin 8:30 a.m. Classes will be held every weekday, Monday through Friday, from May 25 - June 22.
Monday, June 1 Bank holiday; no classes
Monday, June 22 Last day of classes
Tuesday, June 23 Examinations: Introduction to the Irish Legal System (9 a.m.) and International Human Rights (noon)
Wednesday, June 24 Examination: Comparative National Security (9 a.m.)


Daily Course Schedule
8:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. -- Introduction to the Irish Legal System
10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. -- International Human Rights
11:30 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. -- Comparative National Security

Courses of Study
Introduction to the Irish Legal System
(Professor John Ahern)
This course is designed as an introduction to the Irish legal system and Irish law, particularly Irish constitutional law. The first part of the course will trace the evolution of the Irish legal system including a brief look at Brehon law and the arrival of the common law in Ireland and will enumerate the various sources of Irish law. Next, we will look at the various branches of government, particularly the judicial branch and examine the roles of the various actors in the Irish legal system. The second part of the course will focus on Irish constitutional law. It will trace the history of Irish constitutionalism, concentrating on the background to the present Constitution. The general approach of the Irish courts to this instrument will be examined, particularly the various doctrines of constitutional interpretation used by the courts. In addition, the jurisprudence of a number of the substantive rights conferred by the Constitution including the right to property, freedom of expression and equality will be analyzed and placed in a comparative context.

Comparative National Security
(Professor William Dunlap)
This comparative survey course introduces the student to a variety of legal issues relating to national security and counterterrorism in the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Topics may include the constitutional allocation of war-making powers, judicial review of national security issues, international and regional security organizations, control and oversight of intelligence gathering and covert operations, investigating and prosecuting terrorism, the use of the military in domestic counterterrorism, the rights of suspects and defendants in times of emergency, and restraints on accessing and disclosing information. Case studies will compare the British and Irish responses to the IRA bombings with the United States response to al Qaeda since September 11, 2001.

International Human Rights
(Professor Neville Cox)
This course considers human rights under various international agreements and documents, including the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the European Human Rights Convention.  Students will also study investigations of violations of these human rights.

Student Performance and Grading
Students are expected to prepare for class, to attend class regularly, and to participate in class discussions. Ordinarily, grades are based on a written examination. The grading scale is from A to F.

Professor William Dunlap will serve as the on-site director of the program. Professor Robert Farrell is the permanent director of the Summer Program at Trinity College.

Dr. Neville Cox is a senior lecturer in the Law School of Trinity College where he is director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning and where he has been a recipient of the Provost's award for outstanding teaching. He is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and a practicing barrister. He is the author of Blasphemy and the Law (2000), Sport and the Law (2004) and Defamation Law (2007) as well as numerous chapters in books and articles in law journals. In 2006, he was the International Scholar in Residence in Washington and Lee Law School in Virginia.

William Dunlap teaches American constitutional law, criminal law, national security law, and a variety of courses on international law.  He holds a B.A. from the New School for Social Research, an M. Phil. In Polar Studies from Cambridge University's Scott Polar Research Institute, and J.D. from Yale University and has been teaching at the law school since 1983.

He has written papers and delivered lectures on constitutional law, the Patriot Act, national security law, international criminal law, the law of the sea, and international humanitarian law. He has published in Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie, the Virginia Journal of International Law, The Boundary, and Security Bulletin, and the International Journal of Maritime and Coastal Law, among others. He has published a monograph on the internationalization of the Russian arctic straits and is co-editor of International Humanitarian Law: Origins, Challenges, Prospects, a three-volume collection of essays on the laws of war, humanitarian law, and international criminal courts, from Transnational Publishers (now Martinus Nijhoff).  He is a former chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on International Law and of the Section on Admiralty and Maritime Law.  He is a fellow of the royal Geographical Society and the Cambridge Philosophical Society.

Professor Dunlap has taught undergraduate courses in journalism, constitutional rights, and first amendment law at Yale, Long Island University, and Southern Connecticut State University. He studied at the National Security Law Institute at the University of Virginia and the Parker School for Foreign and Comparative Law at Columbia Law School. He has been a visiting scholar at Yale Law School and the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies in the University of London. Before teaching, he practiced first amendment law and international commercial litigation and arbitration at the Coudert Brothers law firm in New York and before that was a newspaper editor and a public radio host and producer in New York.

John Ahern is a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin. He holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. from Trinity College. His dissertation was on "The Choice of Law in Torts" under the supervision of Prof. William Binchy.  At Trinity, he is coordinator of the Senior Freshman Mooting Programme and lectures on Conflict of Laws in the LL.B. degree program and on Private International Law in the LL.M. program. His research and teaching interests include private international law, tort and European law. His doctoral research focuses on the Choice of Law in Tort at a European level and its interaction with existent common law regimes. He is the Irish editor for and is co-editor (with William Binchy) of The Rome II Regulation on the Law Applicable to Non-Contractual Obligations: A New International Litigation Regime (Martinus Nijhoff, 2009.)

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