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T. John O'Dowd

BCL, Barrister at Law

Tel 353-1-716 8776 (UCD)
Fax 353-1-269 2655

john.odowdSYMBOL: @ucd.ie

About Me

I have lectured in the UCD School of Law since 1991. I am also a DPhil student at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, and a member of Wolfson College. My main academic interests are Irish constitutional law and comparative constitutional law, with special reference to the subject of my doctoral thesis, Indian constitutional law.

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As part of my interest in the Romanian Language, I have maintained a site on Romanian and Moldavian Law. That site is suspended for the time being (as of February 2009).

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I teach Constitutional Law (LAW 10050 and LAW 10060), for students in Level 1 of the undergraduate programmes offered by the Law School, and  Media Law with students at Level 3 of the undergraduate programmes (LAW 30190) and at postgraduate level (LAW 40230.)

Some of my research interests

I am completing a D Phil at Oxford University.

Head of the River Oxford

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The River Thames, Oxford (from Folly Bridge)

The main subject  is a comparison of Irish and Indian constitutional law in relation to the judicial recognition and enforcement of so-called "socio-economic" constitutional rights, such as the right to medical care or shelter and the like.

I am currently participing in a research project co-ordinated by the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, entitled: "Comparative Constitutional Traditions in South Asia".

My specific research interests - other than the subject of my D Phil and those, such as defamation or State liability in tort, that are integral parts of the three subjects I teach - include:

  •  Electoral Law
  •  Political Parties and the Law
  •  The Legislative Process
  • Pornography and Censorship

  • Recommended Links

    Here, in no particular order, are a few links I've found interesting or useful.
    • IrishLaw The home page for the IrishLaw E-Mail discussion list, which I warmly recommend to anyone interested in Ireland and the law. Maintained by Darius Whelan, Faculty of Law, University College Cork.
    • High Court of Australia The Web Home Page for the High Court of Australia. An example of best practice for courts everywhere.
    • You might also be interested in the official home page for the Supreme Court of Canada: Supreme Court of Canada and the similar page maintained by the Faculty of Law at the University of Witwatersland in relation to the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
    • Tasmanian Government Tasmanian Government information, including a summary of the Tasmanian electoral system which, most unusually, closely resembles ours here in Ireland.

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