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Dr. Stephen Brittain

Biography

Dr Stephen Brittain is a Teaching Assistant in law at UL. He is a first class honours graduate of Trinity College Dublin (LL.B, 2010, PhD, 2015). After completing his undergraduate studies he undertook a doctorate in Trinity under the supervision of Professor Catherine Donnelly, which was entitled ‘The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: an Originalist Analysis,' and for which he was awarded an IRC Government of Ireland Scholarship. Stephen taught in Trinity College Dublin before joining the School of Law in the University of Limerick.

Between 2013 and 2016 Stephen was Judicial Assistant to Mr. Justice David Keane of the High Court of Ireland, where he worked primarily in the areas of family law, chancery, company law, and commercial law. He also provided research support to the editors of De Smith's Judicial Review (7th edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2013). Stephen's primary research interests lie in EU law, constitutional law, human rights law, administrative law, and comparative law, and he has published nationally and internationally in these areas.

Research Interests

Stephen's primary research interests lie in EU law, constitutional law, human rights law, administrative law, and comparative law, and he has published nationally and internationally in these areas.

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2015 Trinity College Dublin - PhD
  • 2010 Trinity College Dublin - LL.B.

Award

  • 2011 - Government of Ireland (IRC) Postgraduate Scholarship
  • 2010 - Frances E. Moran Studentship
  • 2010 - Desmond and Maud O'Connor Prize for Best Undergraduate Dissertation

Language

  • Gaeilge

Committee

  • Irish Society of European Law,

Employment

  • High Court of Ireland - Judicial Assistant (Clerk) to Mr. Justice David Keane 2013-2016

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2016

'Justifying the Teleological Approach of the European Court of Justice: a Rebuttal'
Stephen Brittain
(2016) 'Justifying the Teleological Approach of the European Court of Justice: a Rebuttal'
In Irish Jurist ; pp. 134-165

2015

The Relationship Between the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights: an Originalist Analysis
Stephen Brittain
(2015) The Relationship Between the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights: an Originalist Analysis
In European Constitutional Law Review; pp. 482-511

2013

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Member States: an Originalist Analysis
Stephen Brittain
(2013) The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Member States: an Originalist Analysis
In Dublin University Law Journal; pp. 277-310

Other Journals

2012

Multilingual Treaty Interpretation in the European Union
Stephen Brittain
(2012) Multilingual Treaty Interpretation in the European Union
In University College Dublin Law Review; pp. 110-134

2010

The Case For an Originalist Approach to Constitutional Interpretation in Ireland
Stephen Brittain
(2010) The Case For an Originalist Approach to Constitutional Interpretation in Ireland
In Trinity College Law Review; pp. 71-93

Conference Publications

2016

Justifying the Teleological Methodology of the European Court of Justice: a Rebuttal
Stephen Brittain
(2016) Justifying the Teleological Methodology of the European Court of Justice: a Rebuttal

2013

Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference, National University of Ireland Galway
Stephen Brittain
(2013) Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference, National University of Ireland Galway

2012

Law Student Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin
Stephen Brittain
(2012) Law Student Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin

2012

International Human Rights Law and Policy Conference, Griffith College Cork
Stephen Brittain
(2012) International Human Rights Law and Policy Conference, Griffith College Cork

2012

Political Studies Association of Ireland Postgraduate Conference, NUI Maynooth
Stephen Brittain
(2012) Political Studies Association of Ireland Postgraduate Conference, NUI Maynooth

2010

Law Student Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin
Stephen Brittain
(2010) Law Student Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin

Published Reports

2016

FIDE National Report - 'Division of competences and regulatory powers between the EU and the Member States'
Stephen Brittain & Julien Sterck
(2016) FIDE National Report - 'Division of competences and regulatory powers between the EU and the Member States'
Budapest : FIDE

2012

The Protection of the Fundamental Rights Post-Lisbon: The Interaction between the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the European Convention on Human Rights and National Constitutions
Stephen Brittain, Catherine Donnelly, Francis Kieran
(2012) The Protection of the Fundamental Rights Post-Lisbon: The Interaction between the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the European Convention on Human Rights and National Constitutions
Tallinn : FIDE