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Dr. Sean Donlan

Research Interests

Comparative law, legal history, and legal theory, including (i) Mixed legalsystems and normative/legalpluralism, (ii) Normative theory in comparativeand historical perspective, and (iii) Lawand norms in the Mediterranean, especially Malta.
Law, history, the humanities, and the social sciences, including (i) Laws and norms in Spanish West Florida, c1803-1810 and (ii) The State and jurisdictional complexity in legalhistory.
Public (constitutional) law, including comparative constitutional review.
Legal education (trans-systemic and trans-temporal)

Professional Activities

Association

  • 2012 President (and Co-Founder), Juris Diversitas
  • 2011 General Secretary, World Society for Mixed-Jurisdiction Jurists
  • 2009 Vice President (and Founder), Irish Society of Comparative Law
  • 2009 Executive Council Member (previously General Secretary, 2010-12), European Society for Comparative Legal History
  • 2005 Member and Secretary (2005-2009), University of Limerick Eighteenth-Century Ireland Research Group
  • 2004 Executive Committee, Irish Legal History Society
  • 2002 Secretary, Eighteenth-century Ireland Society/Cumann Éire san Ochtú Céad Déag

Award

  • 2011 - George Sarton Medal (for legal history)
  • 2011 - Member (invited)

Education

  • 2002 Trinity College, University of Dublin - PhD
  • 1999 PM Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University -
  • 1991 University of Houston - BA

Publications

Book Chapters

2014

An Introductory Overview and Endnote to Mixed Legal Systems: Endangered, Entrenched, Blended or Muddled?
Sean Patrick Donlan, Sue Farran, and Esin Orucu
(2014) An Introductory Overview and Endnote to Mixed Legal Systems: Endangered, Entrenched, Blended or Muddled?
In A study of mixed legal systems: endangered, entrenched, or blended ; UK : Ashgate

2014

Things being various: normativity, legality, state legality
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2014) Things being various: normativity, legality, state legality
In The method and culture of comparative law: essays in honour of Mark Van Hoecke ; UK : Hart Publishing

2014

Concepts of Law: An Introduction
Sean Patrick Donlan and Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler
(2014) Concepts of Law: An Introduction
In Concepts of law: comparative, jurisprudential, and social science perspectives; UK : Ashgate

2013

The ubiquity of hybridity: norms and laws, past and present, and around the globe
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2013) The ubiquity of hybridity: norms and laws, past and present, and around the globe
In The new frontiers of comparative law; Hong Kong : Lexis-Nexus

2013

'If my labour hath been of service': translating Thomas Nugent (c1700?-1772)
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2013) 'If my labour hath been of service': translating Thomas Nugent (c1700?-1772)
In Intellectual journeys: the translation of ideas in Enlightenment England, France and Ireland; Oxford (UK) : Voltaire Foundation pp. 45-54

2012

They put to the torture all the ancient monuments: glib reflections on making eighteenth-century Irish elgal history and the proceedings of some writers on Ireland relative to that subject
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2012) They put to the torture all the ancient monuments: glib reflections on making eighteenth-century Irish elgal history and the proceedings of some writers on Ireland relative to that subject
In Making legal history; United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press

2012

Burke on law and legal theory
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2012) Burke on law and legal theory
In The Cambridge companion to Edmund Burke ; Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press

2011

The laws of Ireland, 1689-1850: a brief introduction
Michael Brown and Sean Patrick Donlan
(2011) The laws of Ireland, 1689-1850: a brief introduction
In The law and other legalities of Ireland, 1689-1850; United Kingdom : Ashgate
[ULIR]

2011

Arthur Browne's commentaries on the laws of Ireland
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2011) Arthur Browne's commentaries on the laws of Ireland
In The law and other legalities of Ireland, 1689-1850; United Kingdom : Ashgate

2010

All this together make up our Common Law: legal hybridity in England and Ireland, 1704-1804
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2010) All this together make up our Common Law: legal hybridity in England and Ireland, 1704-1804
In Mixed legal systems at new frontiers (2010); United Kingdom : Wildy

2010

Histories of hybridity: a problem, a primer, a plea, and a plan (of sorts)
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2010) Histories of hybridity: a problem, a primer, a plea, and a plan (of sorts)
In Comparative law and hybrid legal traditions ; Switzerland : Schulthess

2010

Comparative law and hybrid legal traditions: an introduction
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2010) Comparative law and hybrid legal traditions: an introduction
In Comparative Law and hybrid legal traditions; Switzerland : Shulthess

2006

The 'genuine voice of its records and monuments'?: Edmund Burke's 'interior history of Ireland'
Donlan, SP
(2006) The 'genuine voice of its records and monuments'?: Edmund Burke's 'interior history of Ireland'
In Edmund Burke's Irish Identities; pp. 69-101

2006

‘The 'genuine voice of its records and monuments'?: Edmund Burke's 'interior history of Ireland'''
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2006) ‘The 'genuine voice of its records and monuments'?: Edmund Burke's 'interior history of Ireland'''
In Edmund Burke's Irish identities; Ireland : Irish Academic Press

2006

Introduction
Sean Patrick Donaln
(2006) Introduction
In Edmund Burke's Irish identities; Ireland : Irish Academic Press

2004

Introduction
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2004) Introduction
In Francis Stoughton Sullivan, Lectures on the constitution and laws of England; United States : Lawbook Exchange
[ULIR]

Edited Books

2014


(2014)
In Concepts of law: comparative, jurisprudential, and social science perspectives; Sean Patrick Donlan and Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler(Ed.) UK : Ashgate

2014


(2014)
In A study of mixed legal systems: endangered, entrenched, or blended; Sean Patrick Donlan, Sue Farran, and Esin Orucu(Ed.) UK : Ashgate

2014


(2014)
In (2014) 2:1 Comparative Legal History; Sean Patrick Donlan(Ed.) UK : Hart

2013


(2013)
In (2013) 1:2 Comparative Legal History; Sean Patrick Donlan(Ed.) UK : Hart

2013


(2013)
In (2013) 1:1 Comparative Legal History; Sean Patrick Donlan(Ed.) UK : Hart

2012


(2012)
In Journal of Comparative Law ; Vernon Palmer and Sean Patrick Donlan(Ed.) UK : Wildy

2011


(2011)
In The law and other legalities of Ireland, 1689-1850; Michael Brown and Sean Patrick Donlan(Ed.) United Kingdom : Ashgate

2010


(2010)
In Comparative law and hybrid legal traditions; Eleanor Cashin-Ritaine, Sean Patrick Donlan, Martin Sychold(Ed.) Switzerland : Schulthess

2007


(2007)
In Edmund Burke's Irish Identities; Sean Patrick Donlan(Ed.) Irelnad : Irish Academic Press

2004


(2004)
In Francis Stoughton Sullivan, Lectures on the constitution and laws of England; Sean Patrick Donlan(Ed.) US : Lawbook Exchange

Peer Reviewed Journals

2012

‘'A happy union'?: Malta's legal hybridity'
Sean Patrick Donlan, Biagio Andò, and David Zammit
(2012) ‘'A happy union'?: Malta's legal hybridity'
In Tulane European and Civil Law Forum ; pp. 165-
[ULIR]

2012

‘Clashes and continuities: brief reflections on the 'New Louisiana Legal History'
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2012) ‘Clashes and continuities: brief reflections on the 'New Louisiana Legal History'
In Journal of Civil Law Studies ; pp. 67-
[ULIR]

2011

‘The Mediterranean Hybridity Project: at the boundaries of law and culture'
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2011) ‘The Mediterranean Hybridity Project: at the boundaries of law and culture'
In Journal of Civil Law Studies ; pp. 355-
[ULIR]

2011

‘Remembering: legal hybridity and legal history'
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2011) ‘Remembering: legal hybridity and legal history'
In Comparative Law Review ; pp. 1-
[ULIR]

2008

‘'Our laws are as mixed as our language': commentaries on the laws of England and Ireland, 1704-1804'
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2008) ‘'Our laws are as mixed as our language': commentaries on the laws of England and Ireland, 1704-1804'
In Journal of Comparative Law ; pp. 178-
[ULIR]

2006

A flood of light?: Comments on the Interpretation Act 2005
Donlan, SP; Kennedy, R
(2006) A flood of light?: Comments on the Interpretation Act 2005
In Judicial Studies Institute Journal; pp. 92-139
[ULIR]

2005

The places most fit for this purpose: Francis 'Stoughton Sullivan and legal study at the University of Dublin (1761-6)
Donlan, SP
(2005) The places most fit for this purpose: Francis 'Stoughton Sullivan and legal study at the University of Dublin (1761-6)
In Eighteenth Century Ireland; pp. 122-142

2005

‘Law and lawyers in Edmund Burke's Scottish enlightenment'
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2005) ‘Law and lawyers in Edmund Burke's Scottish enlightenment'
In Studies in Burke and His Time ; pp. 38-

2003

'Language is the eye of Society": Edmund Burke on the origins of the polite and the civil'"
Donlan, SP
(2003) 'Language is the eye of Society": Edmund Burke on the origins of the polite and the civil'"
In Eighteenth Century Ireland; pp. 80-97

2003

'"A thing without cohesion of parts": the professional and pedagogical contribution of mixed jurisdictions'. Review article of VV Palmer (ed.), Mixed jurisdictions worldwide: the third legal family an....
Donlan, SP
(2003) '"A thing without cohesion of parts": the professional and pedagogical contribution of mixed jurisdictions'. Review article of VV Palmer (ed.), Mixed jurisdictions worldwide: the third legal family an....
In Irish Jurist ; pp. 383-392

2003

'Little Better than Cannibals": Property and Progress in Sir John Davies and Edmund Burke'"
Donlan, SP
(2003) 'Little Better than Cannibals": Property and Progress in Sir John Davies and Edmund Burke'"
In Northers Ireland Legal Quarterly; pp. 1-25
[ULIR]

2003

'The jury and the common law': Review article of JW Cairns and G MacLeod (eds), The dearest birth right of the people of England: the jury in the history of the common law
Donlan, SP
(2003) 'The jury and the common law': Review article of JW Cairns and G MacLeod (eds), The dearest birth right of the people of England: the jury in the history of the common law
In Dublin University Law Journal; pp. 277-287
[ULIR]

2003

'A very mixed and heterogeneous mass: Edmund Burke and English jurisprudence, 1757-62'
Donlan, SP
(2003) 'A very mixed and heterogeneous mass: Edmund Burke and English jurisprudence, 1757-62'
In University Of Limerick Law Review; pp. 79-88

2001

Beneficence Acting by a Rule: Edmund Burke on Law, History, and Manners
Donlan, SP
(2001) Beneficence Acting by a Rule: Edmund Burke on Law, History, and Manners
In Irish Jurist ; pp. 227-264

1999

Virtue and vigour: The federalist and American civic republicanism
Donlan, SP
(1999) Virtue and vigour: The federalist and American civic republicanism
In Dublin University Law Journal; pp. 90-107

Other Journals

2013

Mixed and mixing systems worldwide: an introduction
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2013) Mixed and mixing systems worldwide: an introduction
In European Journal of Comparative Law & Governance; The Netherlands : Brill
DOI: 10.1163/22134514-45060004

2012

"The law touches us but here and there, and now and then': Edmund Burke, law, and legal theory
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2012) "The law touches us but here and there, and now and then': Edmund Burke, law, and legal theory
In Sartonia; pp. 47-
[ULIR]

2010

‘Writing history with lightning: notes on comparative legal history'
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2010) ‘Writing history with lightning: notes on comparative legal history'
In Id-Dritt ; pp. 227-

2009

The debt is forgotten: a compendious view of Arthur Browne, 1756?-1805
Donlan, SP
(2009) The debt is forgotten: a compendious view of Arthur Browne, 1756?-1805
In Electronic Journal of Comparative Law; pp. N/A-N/A

2004

Seanad errant? [printed as 'Seanad plan fails to deliver on promise of radical reform']
Donlan, SP
(2004) Seanad errant? [printed as 'Seanad plan fails to deliver on promise of radical reform']
In The Examiner;

2004

The Reformer?: Edmund Burke, 'scorned loyalty, and rejected Allegiance'
Donlan, SP
(2004) The Reformer?: Edmund Burke, 'scorned loyalty, and rejected Allegiance'
In History-Ireland; pp. 21-25

2003

An Active Intelligent People: Edmund Burkes Scottish Enlightenment
Donlan, SP
(2003) An Active Intelligent People: Edmund Burkes Scottish Enlightenment
In History-Scotland; pp. 32-38

2002

The Poverty of Satisfaction: Communitarianism, Social Partnership, and the Responsible Republic
Donlan, SP
(2002) The Poverty of Satisfaction: Communitarianism, Social Partnership, and the Responsible Republic
In Studies; pp. 38-45

2001

‘Legal rites: substance and shibboleth in American constitutional jurisprudence'
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2001) ‘Legal rites: substance and shibboleth in American constitutional jurisprudence'
In Trinity College Law Review; pp. 125-

Other Publications

2013

The People have Mumbled: What was it They Said?
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2013) The People have Mumbled: What was it They Said?
In The Irish Politics Forum;

2013

A Republic of Equals? Seanad abolition is the only real reform of an irredeemable institution
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2013) A Republic of Equals? Seanad abolition is the only real reform of an irredeemable institution
In (2013) 4 History and Policy Opinion Series on The History Hub;

2013

Self-sufficiency of Law: A Critical-Institutional Theory of Social Order
Donlan, SP
(2013) Self-sufficiency of Law: A Critical-Institutional Theory of Social Order
In Law & Society Review; pp. 988-990
DOI: 10.1111/lasr.12052

2013

Democracy and other matters
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2013) Democracy and other matters
In The Irish Politics Forum;

2013

A Schiavone, The invention of law in the West (2013)
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2013) A Schiavone, The invention of law in the West (2013)
In Comparative Legal History;

2012

Mixed and mixing systems worldwide: a preface
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2012) Mixed and mixing systems worldwide: a preface
In Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal (also European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance);

2012

E Melissaris, Ubiquitous law: legal theory and the space for legal pluralism (2009)
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2012) E Melissaris, Ubiquitous law: legal theory and the space for legal pluralism (2009)
In Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence; pp. 177-

2011

R Lesaffer, European legal history: a cultural and political perspective (2009)
Sean Patrick Donlan
(2011) R Lesaffer, European legal history: a cultural and political perspective (2009)
In American Journal of Legal History ; pp. 393-

2011

D Von Daniels, The Concept of Law from a Transnational Perspective
Donlan, SP
(2011) D Von Daniels, The Concept of Law from a Transnational Perspective
pp. 1095-1096
DOI: 10.1017/S0020589311000509

2008

FP Lock, Edmund Burke, Volume II, 1784-1797 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)
Donlan, SP
(2008) FP Lock, Edmund Burke, Volume II, 1784-1797 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)
In Irish Historical Studies; pp. 568-570

2007

Edmund Burke, vol 2, 1784-1797
Donlan, SP
(2007) Edmund Burke, vol 2, 1784-1797
In Irish Historical Studies; pp. 568-569

2005

T Murphy, Western jurisprudence (Dublin: Thompson Round Hall, 2004).
Donlan, SP
(2005) T Murphy, Western jurisprudence (Dublin: Thompson Round Hall, 2004).
In Irish Law Times; pp. 176-176

2005

H Burke, Riotous performances: the struggle for hegemony in the Irish theatre, 1712-1784 (2003)
Donlan, SP
(2005) H Burke, Riotous performances: the struggle for hegemony in the Irish theatre, 1712-1784 (2003)
In Eighteenth Century Ireland; pp. 198-199

2005

I Crowe (ed.), An imaginative whig: reassessing the life and work of Edmund Burke (2005)
Donlan, SP
(2005) I Crowe (ed.), An imaginative whig: reassessing the life and work of Edmund Burke (2005)
In Eighteenth Century Ireland; pp. 199-200

2005

A Lewis and M Lobban (eds), Law and History: Current legal issues 2003 � volume 6 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).
Donlan, SP
(2005) A Lewis and M Lobban (eds), Law and History: Current legal issues 2003 � volume 6 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).
In Irish Jurist ;

2003

P Stein, Roman Law in European History (1999)
Donlan, SP
(2003) P Stein, Roman Law in European History (1999)
In Dublin University Law Journal; pp. 309-310

2002

DS Greer and NM Dawson (eds), Mysteries and solutions: Irish Legal History Society discourses and other papers, 1996-1999 (2001)
Donlan, SP
(2002) DS Greer and NM Dawson (eds), Mysteries and solutions: Irish Legal History Society discourses and other papers, 1996-1999 (2001)
In University Of Limerick Law Review; pp. 125-127

2002

M Brown, Francis Hutcheson in Dublin, 1719-30: the crucible of his thought (2002).
Donlan, SP
(2002) M Brown, Francis Hutcheson in Dublin, 1719-30: the crucible of his thought (2002).

2002

C Handy, The elephant and the flea: looking backwards to the future (2001).
Donlan, SP
(2002) C Handy, The elephant and the flea: looking backwards to the future (2001).

2002

D Keogh and K Whelan (eds), Acts of Union: the causes, contexts, and consequences of the Act of Union (2002)
Donlan, SP
(2002) D Keogh and K Whelan (eds), Acts of Union: the causes, contexts, and consequences of the Act of Union (2002)

2001

A Etzioni, The monochrome society (2001).
Donlan, SP
(2001) A Etzioni, The monochrome society (2001).

2000

AR Hart, A history of the king¡¦s serjeants at law in Ireland: honour rather than advantage?
Donlan, SP
(2000) AR Hart, A history of the king¡¦s serjeants at law in Ireland: honour rather than advantage?
In Dublin University Law Journal; pp. 120-121