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Dr. Laura Cahillane

PhD, LLM (B), BCL (f)


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


  • 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


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