Symposium 2011

To mark the publication by Oxford University Press of Garrett Barden
and Tim Murphy, Law and Justice in Community
, the Society is
organising an international symposium in Trinity College, Dublin on
Saturday 5 February 2011. The symposium is generously supported by the
Frances E Moran Trust. A schedule for the symposium appears below.

The symposium is open to all members of the Society and other
interested people. It will run from 9am to 6.30pm. We are charging a
small fee to attend the symposium, in order to cover the cost of
coffee-breaks and lunch, which will be provided. The fee is €20, with
a discount rate of €10 for students, recent graduates and the unwaged.

Places at this symposium are strictly limited, so we strongly
encourage you to book early. You can do so by requesting a booking form from (or downloading it here) and sending it and a cheque, bank-draft, or postal order, made payable
to TCD No 1 Account, in the required amount to the Irish Jurisprudence
Society c/o Law School, House 39, Trinity College, Dublin 2.

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Irish Jurisprudence Society Symposium

Law and Justice in Community

5 February 2011

Session 1: Law

Chair: Hugh Geoghegan

Participants: Mikael Karlsson, Marc Hertogh

Session 2: Justice and entitlement

Chair: Gerard Casey

Participants: Paul Brady, Scott Fitzgibbon

Session 3: Morality, law and legislation

Chair: David Langwallner

Participants: Pat Hannon, Bebhinn Donnelly

Session 4: Legitimacy, obligation and authority

Chair: Maria Cahill

Participants: Sean Coyle, Oran Doyle


Profiles of authors, chairs and speakers

Garrett Barden is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at University College Cork in Ireland. He received his university education at Dublin, Louvain, Heythrop and Exeter College, Oxford. In the early part of his career he carried out anthropological fieldwork in Warburton, Western Australia, and taught philosophy in New York and Dublin. He then worked at the Department of Philosophy in University College Cork from 1972 until his retirement in 1999. During this time he served terms as Assistant Dean and Dean of the Arts Faculty of University College Cork. During his career he has been on several occasions a Visiting Professor (in Rennes, France; Nitra and Bratislava in Slovakia; and Reykjavik, Iceland) and he is now a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Akureyri in Iceland.

Paul Bradywas called to the Irish Bar in 2006. He has a BA in Philosophy from University College Dublin, an MA in Legal & Political Theory from University College London and an LLM from Harvard Law School. A former Fulbright Scholar, O’Reilly Foundation Scholar and recipient of the NUI Pierce Malone Award in Philosophy, he is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Balliol College, Oxford. He has given tutorials, seminars and lectures at Griffith College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin in the areas of constitutional law, jurisprudence and medico-legal ethics respectively. He is a co-author of the book Psychiatry and the Law (2nd edition, Blackhall, Dublin, 2010).

Maria Cahill is a lecturer in the Law School at University College, Cork. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin (LLB, 2003) and the European University Institute (LLM, 2004; PhD 2008). Her doctoral thesis, supervised by Prof. Neil Walker, put forward a theory of European constitutionalism. She has presented and published on the questions regarding the nature of European constitutionalism and the relationship between national and EU law. She is the Irish expert for the European-wide CRDFED project which studies the evolution of constitutional traditions, and has advised the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on European Affairs.

Gerard Casey is Associate Professor of Philosophy in University College, Dublin. He holds law degrees from the University of London and University, College, Dublin as well as a primary degree in philosophy from University College, Cork and a doctorate from Notre Dame. He was formerly Assistant Professor, The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), 1983-1986 and Adjunct Professor at the Pontifical Institute in Washington D.C., 1984-86. He has published widely in the areas of philosophy and law, with a particular interest in libertarian anarchism, Aristotle and Aquinas.

Sean Coyle is the Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Exeter and was previously Reader in Jurisprudence, University College London 2003-2009 and Lecturer in Law, University of Durham 1998-2003. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment (Edward Elgar) and the Law and Practical Reason series (Hart Publications). He is also joint General Editor of Jurisprudence: An International Journal of Legal and Political Thought. He is the winner of the SLS Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2004 (2nd Prize) and was shortlisted for the 2008 Inner Temple Book Prize. In addition, he has delivered public lectures and guest seminars at various institutions, recently including the universities of Manchester, Nottingham, UCL, LSE and Minnesota.

Bebhinn Donnelly is a Senior Lecturer in law at the University of Swansea and holds degrees from Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of Birmingham. Her particular areas of interest lie in jurisprudence and criminal law, in which areas she has published widely. She is the author of A Natural Law Approach to Normativity (Ashgate, 2007) and has published many journal articles further exploring issues of Natural Law, as well as several philosophical considerations of criminal law doctrines.

Oran Doyle is a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin where he lectures constitutional law and jurisprudence. He is the author of Constitutional Equality Law (2004), Constitutional Law: Text, Cases and Materials (2008), as well as co-editor of Committed Relationships and the Law (2007) and The Irish Constitution: Governance and Values (2008). He has written a number of articles exploring several areas of Irish constitutional law and equality law from a jurisprudential perspective. He is a practising barrister.

Scott FitzGibbon is a graduate of the Harvard Law School (J.D.), where he was an Articles Officer of the Harvard Law Review, and of Oxford University (B.C.L.), where he studied legal philosophy. He is a professor at Boston College Law School, a member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the International Society of Family Law. He is the Editor in Chief of an on-line journal, founded in 2010: the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family. He is the author of “Marriage and the Good of Obligation” (American Journal of Jurisprudence, 2002); “Marriage and the Ethics of Office” (Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy, 2004); “A City Without Duty, Fault or Shame,” in Reconceiving the Family: Critical Reflections on the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution (Robin Fretwell Wilson, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2006); “The Seduction of Lydia Bennet: Toward a General Theory of Society, Marriage and the Family,” (Ave Maria Law Review, 2006); “Procreative Justice and the Recognition of Marriage,” in FAMILY LAW IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (2007); and “’Just Like Little Dogs’: The Law Should Speak with Veracity and Respect,” in THE JURISPRUDENCE OF MARRIAGE AND OTHER INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS (Scott FitzGibbon, Lynn Wardle & A. Scott Loveless, eds., 2010).

Hugh Geoghegan is a graduate of University College, Dublin and the Honourable Society of King’s Inns, where he helped found Justice, Ireland’s first student-edited law journal. He was both Junior and Senior Counsel before being appointed to the High Court of Ireland in 1992. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ireland where he served until his retirement in 2010.

Pat Hannon is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the Pontifical University at Maynooth. He holds doctorates in Theology (Maynooth) and Law (Cambridge) and has written widely in the areas of moral philosophy, moral theology and law. His most recent publication is Right or Wrong: Essays in Moral Theology (2009). He is also the author of Church, State, Morality and Law (1992) and Moral Decision Making (2005).

Marc Hertogh is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and Chair of the Department of Legal Theory at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He studied law at Leiden University and at the London School of Economics and Political Science; and he was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (Oxford). His research focuses on public opinion about law, with a special interest in legal consciousness, legal pluralism, and administrative justice. Among his publications are “A ‘European’ Conception of Legal Consciousness: Rediscovering Eugen Ehrlich” (Journal of Law and Society 31, 2004); “What is Non-State Law? Mapping the Other Hemisphere of the Legal World” (Van Schooten & Verschuuren (eds.), International Governance and Law, 2008); and “What’s in a Handshake? Legal Equality and Legal Consciousness in the Netherlands” (Social & Legal Studies 18, 2009). Recent books include Judicial Review and Bureaucratic Impact (Cambridge University Press, 2004) (with Simon Halliday) and Living Law: Reconsidering Eugen Ehrlich ( Hart Publishing, 2009).

Mikael Karlssonis Professor of Philosophy at the University of Iceland and served as Dean of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences at the Universty of Akureyri from 2003 to 2006. He works in the philosophy of law and various other fields of philosophy, including ethics, history and philosophy of science, metaphysics, and ancient philosophy. His publications include articles on normative inference, legal interpretation and judge-made law, rational ends, moral motivation, action and passion, dance as action, and the ontology of thought and perception. The philosophers who most inspire him are Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Hume and Kant. His current projects include work on the doctrine of double effect, Aquinas’ theory of law, the “right to believe”, and the rule of law. In addition to having taught at a variety of European universities within the context of the Erasmus and Nordplus programs, he has been a visiting fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh (1988), and has also held fellowships at the Centre for Philosophy and Public Affairs in St. Andrews, Scotland, the Institute of Nordic Law in Rovaniemi, Finland, and the Center for Criminology and the Social and Philosophical Study of Law in Edinburgh (all in 1991). He has recently become a Research Associate at the Laboratoire d’Histoire des Sciences et de Philosophie, Archives Henri Poincaré (Université de Nancy 2).

David Langwallner is the Dean of Griffith College, Dublin where he lectures in jurisprudence and constitutional law, subjects that he also lectures at the Honourable Society of the King’s Inns. He holds degrees from Trinity College, Dublin, University College London and Harvard. A practising barrister, Mr Langwallner is a Tribunal Member of The Garda Disciplinary Tribunal and is involved in a training project of the Garda higher level management in Human Rights Law. He is also a member of 12 Grays Inns Square Chambers of Mark Littman QC in London.

Tim Murphyis Professor of Law at the University of Akureyri in Iceland. He studied law at University College Cork and Warwick University and received his doctorate in theology from St. Patricks College, Maynooth. He previously held law faculty positions at the University of Sheffield (1989-1991), the University of Nancy II (1991-1992), and University College Cork (1992-2005), and in 1995 he was a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the National Law School in Bangalore, India. His previous book publications are Western Jurisprudence (Editor) (2004), Ireland’s Evolving Constitution, 1937-97: Collected Essays (Co-editor with Patrick Twomey) (1998); and Rethinking the War on Drugs in Ireland (1996).