Laura Cahillane

Lecturer PhD, LLM (B), BCL (f)

 
researcher

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. 

Books

  Year Publication
2016 Drafting the Irish Free State Constitution.
Laura Cahillane (2016) Drafting the Irish Free State Constitution. UK: Manchester University Press. [Details]
2017 Constitutional Law: Ireland.
Laura Cahillane, Seán Ó Conaill (2017) Constitutional Law: Ireland. Europe: Kluwer International Publishing. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 'The Treaty: An Historical and Legal Interpretation'
Laura Cahillane and Paul Murray (2018) 'The Treaty: An Historical and Legal Interpretation' In: L Weeks & M Ó Fathartaigh (eds). The Anglo-Irish Treaty Debates of 1921. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
2018 'The Fifteenth Amendment of the Irish Constitution Act 1995'
Laura Cahillane (2018) 'The Fifteenth Amendment of the Irish Constitution Act 1995' In: E. Rackley and R. Auchmuty (eds). Women's Legal Landmarks: Celebrating 100 years of Women in Law in the UK and Ireland. London: Hart Bloomsbury. [Details]
2018 'Researching the Irish Free State Constitution: Combining Law and History'
Laura Cahillane (2018) 'Researching the Irish Free State Constitution: Combining Law and History' In: Laura Cahillane (eds). Case Studies in Legal Research Methodologies: Reflections on Theory and Practice. Dublin: Clarus Press. [Details]
2016 'The Use of History in Law: avoiding the pitfalls'
Laura Cahillane (2016) 'The Use of History in Law: avoiding the pitfalls' In: Legal Research Methods: Principles and Practicalities. Ireland: Clarus Press. [Details]
2017 'Judicial Appointments in Ireland: The Potential for Reform'
Laura Cahillane (2017) 'Judicial Appointments in Ireland: The Potential for Reform' In: Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution. UK: Manchester University Press. [Details]
2016 'Methods and Methodologies in Legal Research: Framing the Context'
Laura Cahillane, Jennifer Schweppe (2016) 'Methods and Methodologies in Legal Research: Framing the Context' In: Legal Research Methods: Principles and Practicalities. Ireland: Clarus Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2018 Case Studies in Legal Research Methodologies: Reflections on Theory and Practice
Laura Cahillane and Jennifer Schweppe (Ed.). (2018) Case Studies in Legal Research Methodologies: Reflections on Theory and Practice Dublin: Clarus Press. [Details]
2018 Special 80th Anniversary Edition Dublin University Law Journal
Laura Cahillane and David Kenny (Ed.). (2018) Special 80th Anniversary Edition Dublin University Law Journal Dublin: Clarus Press. [Details]
2017 Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution
Laura Cahillane, James Gallen, Tom Hickey (Ed.). (2017) Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution UK: Manchester University Press. [Details]
2016 Legal Research Methods: Principles and Practicalities
Laura Cahillane, Jennifer Schweppe (Ed.). (2016) Legal Research Methods: Principles and Practicalities Ireland: Clarus Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Revisiting Article 41.2'
Laura Cahillane (2018) 'Revisiting Article 41.2'. Dublin University Law Journal, [Details]
2016 'Judicial Diversity in Ireland'
Laura Cahillane (2016) 'Judicial Diversity in Ireland'. Irish Journal of Legal Studies, [ULIR Link] [Details]
2015 'Ireland’s System for Disciplining and Removing Judges'
Laura Cahillane (2015) 'Ireland’s System for Disciplining and Removing Judges'. Dublin University Law Journal, [ULIR Link] [Details]
2014 'An Insight into the Irish Free State Constitution'
Laura Cahillane (2014) 'An Insight into the Irish Free State Constitution'. American Journal of Legal History, [Details]
2013 'Need for Sentencing Guidelines in Ireland?'
Laura Cahillane (2013) 'Need for Sentencing Guidelines in Ireland?'. Irish Criminal Law Journal, [Details]
2013 'Review of Gerard Hogan's The Origins of the Irish Constitution'
Cahillane, L. (2013) 'Review of Gerard Hogan's The Origins of the Irish Constitution'. Irish Journal of Legal Studies, 3 (1) [ULIR Link] [Details]
2013 'Review of Eoin Carolan’s The Constitution of Ireland: Perspectives and Prospects'
Laura Cahillane (2013) 'Review of Eoin Carolan’s The Constitution of Ireland: Perspectives and Prospects'. Irish Jurist, [Details]
2012 'Anti-Party Politics and the Irish Free State Constitution'
Laura Cahillane (2012) 'Anti-Party Politics and the Irish Free State Constitution'. Dublin University Law Journal, [Details]
2012 'Application of the Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term Work) Act 2003'
Laura Cahillane (2012) 'Application of the Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term Work) Act 2003'. Irish Employment Law Journal, [Details]
2011 'The Influence of the Post War European Constitutions on the Constitution of the Irish Free State'
Laura Cahillane (2011) 'The Influence of the Post War European Constitutions on the Constitution of the Irish Free State'. European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance, [Details]
2010 'The Prerogative and its Survival in Ireland: Dusty Antique or Positively Useful?'
Laura Cahillane (2010) 'The Prerogative and its Survival in Ireland: Dusty Antique or Positively Useful?'. Irish Journal of Legal Studies, [ULIR Link] [Details]
2009 'Judicial Discipline: Where do we Stand? A Consideration of the Curtin Case'
Laura Cahillane (2009) 'Judicial Discipline: Where do we Stand? A Consideration of the Curtin Case'. Irish Law Times, [Details]
2009 'Disciplining Judges: The Special Position of District Court Judges'
Laura Cahillane (2009) 'Disciplining Judges: The Special Position of District Court Judges'. Irish Law Review, [Details]
2009 'Ireland's Forgotten Constitutions'
Laura Cahillane (2009) 'Ireland's Forgotten Constitutions'. Irish Law Times, [Details]
2008 'Some Comparative Aspects of Common and Civil Law'
Laura Cahillane (2008) 'Some Comparative Aspects of Common and Civil Law'. Irish Law Times, [Details]
2005 'Eire, Ireland or the Republic; What’s in a Name?'
Laura Cahillane (2005) 'Eire, Ireland or the Republic; What’s in a Name?'. Irish Law Times, [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 Supreme Court Visit to Limerick,
Laura Cahillane (2018) Members of the Supreme Court visited UL. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Supreme Court Visit to Limerick, University of Limerick [Details]
2017 The Constitution at 80,
Laura Cahillane (2017) 80th Anniversary of the Constitution. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Constitution at 80, University of Limerick [Details]
2017 Mr Justice Humphreys Guest Lecture,
Laura Cahillane (2017) Lecture on Constitutional Amendment. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Mr Justice Humphreys Guest Lecture, University of Limerick [Details]
2017 Research Methodologies Workshop,
Laura Cahillane (2017) discussions on Research Methodologies. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Research Methodologies Workshop, University of Limerick [Details]
2015 Lady Hale Agenda Setting Lecture,
Laura Cahillane (2015) AHSS lecture - Judicial Diversity. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Lady Hale Agenda Setting Lecture, University of Limerick [Details]
2015 Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference,
Laura Cahillane (2015) International conference on Comparative Law. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference, University of Limerick [Details]
2014 Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution,
Laura Cahillane (2014) interdisciplinary conference on the Constitution. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution, Dublin [Details]
2014 Justice Henchy Memorial Lecture,
Laura Cahillane (2014) Mr Justice Gerard Hogan gave lecture on legacy of the late Mr Justice Henchy. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Justice Henchy Memorial Lecture, Clare [Details]
2013 North South Criminology Conference,
Laura Cahillane (2013) interdisciplinary. [Conference Organising Committee Member], North South Criminology Conference, UCC [Details]
2013 Constitution Project Event on Seanad Referendum,
Laura Cahillane (2013) Debate involving Politicians and Academics on referendum. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Constitution Project Event on Seanad Referendum, UCC [Details]
2012 Constitution Project Event on 1922 Constitution,
Laura Cahillane (2012) Four speakers on 1922 Constitution. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Constitution Project Event on 1922 Constitution, UCC [Details]
2012 Constitution Project Event on Children Referendum,
Laura Cahillane (2012) Public Information event. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Constitution Project Event on Children Referendum, UCC [Details]
2012 CCJHR Postgraduate Conference,
Laura Cahillane (2012) Postgrad. [Conference Organising Committee Member], CCJHR Postgraduate Conference, UCC [Details]
2012 Constitution Project Event on the Referendum Process,
Laura Cahillane (2012) Investigation the effectiveness of the referendum process. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Constitution Project Event on the Referendum Process, UCC [Details]
2010 CCJHR Postgraduate Conference,
Laura Cahillane (2010) Postgrad. [Conference Organising Committee Member], CCJHR Postgraduate Conference, UCC [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2017 Judges and Sentencing Policies.
Laura Cahillane (2017) Judges and Sentencing Policies. Dublin: Blog [Details]
2017 The Resurrection of Tribunals in Ireland? Some Preliminary Thoughts on the Disclosures Tribunal.
Laura Cahillane (2017) The Resurrection of Tribunals in Ireland? Some Preliminary Thoughts on the Disclosures Tribunal. Blog [Details]
2017 Update on Judicial Appointments Row.
Laura Cahillane (2017) Update on Judicial Appointments Row. Cork: Blog [Details]
2017 Latest Controversy Demonstrates need for Transparent Judicial Appointments System.
Laura Cahillane (2017) Latest Controversy Demonstrates need for Transparent Judicial Appointments System. Cork: Blog [Details]
2016 The Judicial Appointments Saga.
Laura Cahillane (2016) The Judicial Appointments Saga. www.constitutionproject.ie: Blog [Details]
2016 The President, Public Statements and Political Controversies.
L Cahillane (2016) The President, Public Statements and Political Controversies. Blog [Details]
2015 Answers to Marriage Referendum Questions posed on RTÉ’s Prime Time.
Laura Cahillane (2015) Answers to Marriage Referendum Questions posed on RTÉ’s Prime Time. Blog [Details]
2015 The Bederev case – a careful and considered restatement of the principles and policies test.
Laura Cahillane (2015) The Bederev case – a careful and considered restatement of the principles and policies test. Blog [Details]
2015 Understanding the Constitution.
Laura Cahillane (2015) Understanding the Constitution. Blog [Details]
2014 The Demise of the One Judgment Rule.
Laura Cahillane (2014) The Demise of the One Judgment Rule. Blog [Details]
2013 The Council of State and the Referral of Bills to the Supreme Court.
Laura Cahillane (2013) The Council of State and the Referral of Bills to the Supreme Court. Blog [Details]
2013 McGowan v Labour Court and the Unconstitutionality of Registered Employment Agreements.
Laura Cahillane (2013) McGowan v Labour Court and the Unconstitutionality of Registered Employment Agreements. Blog [Details]
2013 Judicial Independence and the Current Controversy.
Laura Cahillane (2013) Judicial Independence and the Current Controversy. Blog [Details]
2013 Judicial Appointments.
Laura Cahillane (2013) Judicial Appointments. Blog [Details]
2013 Preferendum on the Seanad.
Laura Cahillane (2013) Preferendum on the Seanad. Blog [Details]
2012 Thoughts on the Irish Free State Constitution 90 Years On.
Laura Cahillane (2012) Thoughts on the Irish Free State Constitution 90 Years On. Blog [Details]
2012 Judge Heather Perrin and the question of judicial discipline and removal.
Laura Cahillane (2012) Judge Heather Perrin and the question of judicial discipline and removal. Blog [Details]
2012 Explaining the Supreme Court Ruling on the Government's Referendum Campaign.
Laura Cahillane (2012) Explaining the Supreme Court Ruling on the Government's Referendum Campaign. Blog [Details]
2012 Looking to the Past in Order to Move Forward.
Laura Cahillane (2012) Looking to the Past in Order to Move Forward. Blog [Details]
2011 Judicial Pay Referendum – Much Ado about Nothing.
Laura Cahillane (2011) Judicial Pay Referendum – Much Ado about Nothing. Blog [Details]
2010 Missed Opportunities in the Early Development of Judicial Review of Legislation in Ireland.
Laura Cahillane (2010) Missed Opportunities in the Early Development of Judicial Review of Legislation in Ireland. Blog [Details]

Invited Lectures

  Year Publication
2014 Address to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice on the Topic of Judicial Appointments.
Laura Cahillane (2014) Address to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice on the Topic of Judicial Appointments. Invited Lectures [Details]
2012 The Legacy of the Irish Free State Constitution.
Laura Cahillane (2012) The Legacy of the Irish Free State Constitution. Invited Lectures [Details]
2012 Article 46 and Amendment of the Constitution.
Laura Cahillane (2012) Article 46 and Amendment of the Constitution. Invited Lectures [Details]
2012 Reforming the Constitution.
Laura Cahillane (2012) Reforming the Constitution. Invited Lectures [Details]
2012 An Sainchumas in Éirinn.
Laura Cahillane (2012) An Sainchumas in Éirinn. Invited Lectures [Details]

Invited Seminars

  Year Publication
2012 Managing the Viva.
Laura Cahillane (2012) Managing the Viva. Invited Seminars [Details]
2010 The Politics of Property and Principle: Economic Rights in the Drafting of the Irish Free State Constitution.
Laura Cahillane (2010) The Politics of Property and Principle: Economic Rights in the Drafting of the Irish Free State Constitution. Invited Seminars [Details]

Newspaper Articles

  Year Publication
2017 The Irish Constitution has served us well for the most part.
Laura Cahillane (2017) The Irish Constitution has served us well for the most part. Dublin: Newspaper Articles [Details]
2017 We need to talk about the Women in the Home Provision.
Laura Cahillane (2017) We need to talk about the Women in the Home Provision. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2015 Questions remain about Dáil privilege despite judgment - The Irish Independent.
Laura Cahillane (2015) Questions remain about Dáil privilege despite judgment - The Irish Independent. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2015 High Court Clarification a Victory for Democracy - The Irish Examiner.
Laura Cahillane (2015) High Court Clarification a Victory for Democracy - The Irish Examiner. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2015 Parliamentary Privilege - the Irish Independent.
Laura Cahillane (2015) Parliamentary Privilege - the Irish Independent. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2014 Cameras in Court Rooms.
Laura Cahillane (2014) Cameras in Court Rooms. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2012 Q&A on Supreme Court Referendum Campaign Ruling.
Laura Cahillane (2012) Q&A on Supreme Court Referendum Campaign Ruling. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2012 Debate on Proposed Court Reform Now Required.
Laura Cahillane (2012) Debate on Proposed Court Reform Now Required. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2012 The Irish Free State Constitution – Inspired by Irish history and world democracies.
Laura Cahillane (2012) The Irish Free State Constitution – Inspired by Irish history and world democracies. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2011 The Judicial Pay Referendum is a Waste of Public Funds.
Laura Cahillane (2011) The Judicial Pay Referendum is a Waste of Public Funds. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2011 The Irish Free State Constitution: Genesis, Drafting and Legacy.
Laura Cahillane (2011) The Irish Free State Constitution: Genesis, Drafting and Legacy. Thesis [Details]
2008 Disciplining Judges in Ireland.
Laura Cahillane (2008) Disciplining Judges in Ireland. Thesis [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2014 Book Completion Grant University of Limerick
2013 Arthur Cox Foundation Grant Arthur Cox Foundation
2009 IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholar Irish Research Council
2009 Faculty of Law Scholarship University College Cork
2007 College Scholar University College Cork
2005 College Scholar University College Cork

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
American Society of Legal History member /
Irish Legal History Society member /
Irish Society of Comparative Law Member /
Constitution Project Founder /