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Dr Laura Cahillane

PhD, LLM (B), BCL (f)

Biography

Laura is a lecturer in the School of Law, University of Limerick.
She is a first class honours graduate of UCC (BCL (Law and French) 2007, LLM (by Research) 2008, PhD 2012, PGCTHLE 2013).
She was awarded the title of “College Scholar” twice during her undergraduate studies and spent her third year studying in the Université Robert Schumann, Strasbourg and working part time as a Research Assistant in the European Parliament. Her Research Masters examined the topic of disciplining judges and her PhD, for which she was awarded an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholarship, considered the drafting of the 1922 Irish Free State Constitution.
Laura undertook a Post Doctoral Fellowship in UCC and held lectureships in UCC and DCU before joining the School of Law at UL. Her research interests lie in the areas of Constitutional Law, Legal History, Judicial Politics and Comparative Law and she has published nationally and internationally in these areas. Her monograph on the 1922 Constitution was published by Manchester University Press in 2016.
She is a frequent contributor to the media on legal and constitutional issues and has advised the Oireachtas on law reform on a number of occasions. Her work has been cited several times in the Dáil and the Seanad and also by the Irish Supreme Court. She is editor-in-chief of the Irish Judicial Studies Journal.

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2014 - Book Completion Grant
  • 2013 - Arthur Cox Foundation Grant
  • 2009 - Faculty of Law Scholarship
  • 2009 - IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholar
  • 2007 - College Scholar
  • 2005 - College Scholar

Association

  • member, American Society of Legal History
  • member, Irish Legal History Society
  • Member, Irish Society of Comparative Law
  • Founder, Constitution Project

Publications

Book

2017

Constitutional Law: Ireland
Laura Cahillane, Seán Ó Conaill

Book Chapter

2019

Researching Law and Legal Research: Introducing the Case Studies Approach
Laura Cahillane
Case Studies in Legal Research Methodologies: Reflections on Theory and Practice

2019

Researching the Irish Free State Constitution: Combining Law and History
Laura Cahillane
Case Studies in Legal Research Methodologies: Reflections on Theory and Practice

2018

The Treaty: An Historical and Legal Interpretation
Laura Cahillane and Paul Murray
The Anglo-Irish Treaty Debates of 1921

2018

The Fifteenth Amendment of the Irish Constitution Act 1995
Laura Cahillane
Women's Legal Landmarks: Celebrating 100 years of Women in Law in the UK and Ireland

2017

Judicial Appointments in Ireland: The Potential for Reform
Laura Cahillane
Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution

2016

Methods and Methodologies in Legal Research: Framing the Context
Laura Cahillane, Jennifer Schweppe
Legal Research Methods: Principles and Practicalities

2016

The Use of History in Law: avoiding the pitfalls
Laura Cahillane
Legal Research Methods: Principles and Practicalities

Conference Contribution

2018
2018
2017

The Constitution at 80
Laura Cahillane

2017
2017
2017

The Constitution at 80
Laura Cahillane

2017
2016
2015
2014

Brehon Law Conference
Laura Cahillane

2014
2014
2013
2013
2012
2012

ISCL Conference
Laura Cahillane

2012

The Burren Law School
Laura Cahillane

2011

ISCL Conference
Laura Cahillane

2010

Edited Book

Other Publication

2017
2016
2015
2014

Cameras in Court Rooms
Laura Cahillane

2013

Judicial Appointments
Laura Cahillane

2013

Preferendum on the Seanad
Laura Cahillane

2012
2012

An Sainchumas in Éirinn
Laura Cahillane

2008

Peer Reviewed Journal

2018

Revisiting Article 41.2
Laura Cahillane
Dublin University Law Journal

2016

Judicial Diversity in Ireland
Laura Cahillane
Irish Journal of Legal Studies

2015

Ireland’s System for Disciplining and Removing Judges
Laura Cahillane
Dublin University Law Journal

2014

An Insight into the Irish Free State Constitution
Laura Cahillane
American Journal of Legal History

2013

Review of Gerard Hogan's The Origins of the Irish Constitution
Cahillane, L.
Irish Journal of Legal Studies

2013

Need for Sentencing Guidelines in Ireland?
Laura Cahillane
Irish Criminal Law Journal

2012
2012

Anti-Party Politics and the Irish Free State Constitution
Laura Cahillane
Dublin University Law Journal

2011

The Influence of the Post War European Constitutions on the Constitution of the Irish Free State
Laura Cahillane
European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance

2009

Ireland's Forgotten Constitutions
Laura Cahillane
Irish Law Times

2008

Some Comparative Aspects of Common and Civil Law
Laura Cahillane
Irish Law Times

2005

Eire, Ireland or the Republic; What’s in a Name?
Laura Cahillane
Irish Law Times