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Dr Fergus Ryan

Dr Fergus Ryan

Cert. Fr. (University of Dublin, Trinity College)

LL.B. (Hons.) (University of Dublin, Trinity College)
PhD (University of Dublin, Trinity College)

P: +353-1-4023225
E: fergus.ryan@dit.ie
Campus: Aungier Street

Fergus Ryan is a Lecturer in Law at DIT, a post he has held since 1998. From 2003-2009 he served as Head of DIT's Department of Law. Fergus served as a visiting lecturer at the School of Law, Trinity College, Dublin, teaching Family Law. From 2001-2006 he was also a visiting lecturer at the Centre for Equality Studies, UCD, teaching on the MA in Equality. In Spring 2007 he was granted a faculty sabbatical to conduct research on Family Reunification in the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice. He is currently a visiting lecturer at the Law Society of Ireland and is an external examiner at the University of Ulster, Waterford Institute of Technology and the Dublin Business School. Additionally, since 2001, he has served as internship director for the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dublin summer programme. Fergus’ Ph.D. research concerned the application of relational contract theories to contract law and family law, with particular reference to legal doctrines of consent. He is the author of several books and chapters in books including Constitutional Law (Thomson Round Hall, 2001) and Contract Law, (Thomson Round Hall, 2006), and has published in several leading academic journals. He is co-author (with Dug Cubie) of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Law in Ireland, Cases and Materials (Thomson Round Hall, 2004) and was a co-contributor to Shannon (ed.) Family Law Practitioner, (Round Hall, 2000). Additionally, Fergus is the co-author (with Judy Walsh) of The Rights of De Facto Couples (2006) and (with Dr Pauline Conroy) of Observations on Scheme of the Criminal Law (Trafficking and Sexual Offences) Bill, 2006 (2007), both reports having been commissioned by the Irish Human Rights Commission. In 2002, he also authored a report on the Nullity of Marriage in Northern Ireland for the Northern Ireland Law Reform Advisory Committee. A former President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, and a former Chairperson of One Family, Fergus is actively involved in legal and social advocacy. A regular speaker at national and international conferences. Fergus is a frequent contributor of legal opinion on Irish radio and television, including RTE Radio 1, Ireland AM and Newstalk FM.

Doctoral supervision areas include the ethical recruitment of migrant nurses, migrant rights, adolescent to parent abuse and family courts. Fields of research interest: Family Law, Cohabitation and Marriage, Nullity and Divorce Law, Human Rights, Trafficking of Human Persons, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Law, Relational Theory, Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Gender, Equality and the Law, Sexuality and the Law.

Selected Books

2008
Constitutional Law, Round Hall Nutshells, 2nd ed. (Dublin: Thomson Round Hall, 2008).

2006
Contract Law, Round Hall Nutshells, Dublin: Thomson Round Hall.

2004
Cubie, D. and Ryan, F., Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Law in Ireland, Cases and Materials, Dublin: Round Hall.

2002
Constitutional Law, Round Hall Nutshells, Dublin: Round Hall.

2001
Constitutional Law
, (Essential Law Text), Dublin: Round Hall.

Commissioned Reports

2009
Ryan, F., 'Civil Partnership: Your Questions Answered' (Dublin: GLEN, 2009).

2007
Conroy, P. and F. Ryan, 'Analysis of the Human Rights Issues Raised by the General Scheme of the Criminal Law' (Trafficking in Persons and Sexual Offences) Bill 2006” (Dublin: IHRC) www.ihrc.ie

2006
Walsh, J. and Ryan, F., The Rights of De Facto Couples, Dublin: Irish Human Rights Commission www.ihrc.ie

2002
The Nullity of Marriage in Northern Ireland, for the Northern Ireland Law Reform Advisory Committee, July.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

2009
'"Benchmarking"Civil Partnership: Comparing Civil Partnership with Marriage and Considering the Legal Position of Children', ICCL Seminar Series Vol. 1 The General Scheme of the Civil Partnership Bill: Legal Consequences and Human Rights Implications (Dublin: ICCL) www.iccl.ie

2008
'Contract Law’ in R. Byrne and W. Binchy. Annual Review of Irish Law 2007, Dublin: Thomson Round Hall.

‘The General Scheme of the Civil Partnership Bill 2008: Brave New Dawn or Missed Opportunity?’ 11(3) Irish Journal of Family Law.

‘21st Century Families: 19th Century Values; Modern Family Law in the Shadow of the Constitution’ in Carolan and Doyle, The Irish Constitution: Governance and Values. Dublin: Thomson Round Hall.

2007
‘Contract Law’ in R. Byrne and W. Binchy. Annual Review of Irish Law 2006, Dublin: Thomson Round Hall.

(In Press) ‘Talk about Choice: Abortion Information and the Dilemmas of Free Speech’ in E. O’Dell, (ed.) Freedom of Expression, (Ashgate).

‘From Stonewall(s) to Picket Fences: The Mainstreaming of Same-Sex Couples in Contemporary Legal Discourse’ in W. Binchy and O. Doyle, (eds.) Committed Relationships and the Law, Dublin: Four Courts Press.

'Comment: Proposed Amendment Raises More Questions Than Its Answers', Sunday Business Post, February 25, 2007.

2006
‘Recognizing Family Diversity: Children, One Parent Families and the Law’, 1, Irish Journal of Family Law 3.

‘Sexual Orientation and the Management of a Diverse Workplace: Law and Best Practice’, 5, Employment Law Review 86.

2005
‘Casenote: Ghaidan v. Godin-Mendoza’, 27:3, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 355.

‘Sexual Orientation Discrimination’ in Cotter (ed.), Discrimination Law, Dublin: Law Society.

2004
‘Marriage at the Boundaries of Gender: The “Transsexual Dilemma” Resolved?’ 1 Irish Journal of Family Law 15.

2002
Co-contributor to Shannon (ed.), Children and the Law, Dublin: Round Hall.

‘The Brussels II Regulation’ in Shannon (ed.), The Changing Landscape of Divorce in Ireland, Dublin: Round Hall.

‘Disability and the Right to Education: Defining the Constitutional Child’, 24 Dublin University Law Journal 96.

2001
‘Law at the Margins: The Displacement of Law as a Framework of Governance’, 19: 3, Dickinson Journal of International Law (Penn State Uni.) 407.

2000
‘Reversal of Fortune: Nullity Law in the Age of Divorce’, 22 Dublin University Law Journal 224.

‘Sexuality, Ideology and the Legal Construction of ‘Family’; Fitzpatrick Sterling Housing Association”, 3 Irish Journal of Family Law 2.

‘The Fundamentals of Marriage’ Division A, and co-contributor of ‘Children and the Law’ Division I, in Shannon, (ed.), Family Law Practitioner, Dublin: Round Hall, Sweet and Maxwell.

Other Publications

2008
'Securing Equality', Rights News, Issue 8, Winter 2008-9, (Dublin: Irish Council of Civil Liberties, 2008).

'New Regime to Oversee Handling of Complaints about Lawyers' (2008). Public Affairs Ireland.

'The Heads Up' (on the Heads of the Civil Partnership Bill 2008) GCN, August.

2007
'Comment: Proposed Amendment Raises More Questions Than it Answers', Sunday Business Post, 25 February.

Selected Conference Papers and Seminars

2010
'Same-sex marriage: Radical or Conformist?' Lesbian Lives Conference, UCD, February 2010-03-08.

2009
'Que(e)rying’ the "Pink Euro": Mapping Legal Barriers to Wealth Formation and Transmission in Emerging LGBT Families', Columbia College Chicago/Dublin Institute of Technology Virtual Symposium, April, http://fearghusoriain.blogspot.com/

Briefing on Civil Partnership Bill, Northside Community Centre, March. http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/civil-partnership-bill-13-march/15878120

2008
‘The Heads of the Civil Partnership Bill and the Position of Children being Parented by Same-sex Couples’, Glen/Children’s Rights Alliance Round Table, 23 September, Radisson Hotel, Dublin.

‘Benchmarking’ Civil Partnership: Comparing Civil Partnership with Marriage and Considering the Place of Children’. Presentation for the Irish Council of Civil Liberties, July, Equality Authority, Clonmel Street, Dublin.

‘Children’s Rights in the Context of LGB Parenting’, LINC conference – Marriage and Lesbian and Gay Families Port Authority, Cork, March 7.

2007
‘Children’s Rights in the Context of LGB Parenting’, NLGF Conference: Full and Equal Rights: Lesbian and Gay Marriage and Partnerhsip Rights , November.

‘Family Law in the Shadow of the Constitution: The Position of Non-Marital Couples’, UCC, 7th Annual law Society Conference, Contemporary Challenges in Irish Constitutional Law, November.

(With Dr. Pauline Conroy) ‘Trafficking in Persons: A Human Rights Perspective”, at “European Slave Trade: Character, Causes & Challenges” conference, Trinity College, Dublin, July.

‘21st Century Families, 19th Century Values: Modern Family Law in the Shadow of the Constitution’, ‘The Constitution at 70’ conference, Trinity College Dublin, 2007.

'Divorce and Children: Ten Years On', One Family Divorce Seminar, Law Society of Ireland, Dublin.

2006
‘Human Rights and One-Parent Families’ at launch of One Family, Human Rights and One-Parent Families, Mansion House, Dublin.

‘The Road Less Travelled’: Alternative Options for a Career in Law’ Legal Education Symposium, Trinity College, Dublin.

‘From Stonewall(s) to Picket Fences: The Mainstreaming of Same-Sex Couples in Contemporary Legal Discourses’, Association for Legal and Social Philosophy, Annual Conference, Dublin.

‘Defamation, Discretion and the Politics of ‘Outing’”, Irish Association of Law Teachers, Annual Conference, Cork.

‘Immigration Law in 2006’, Central Law Training Seminar, Dublin.

2005
‘Modernising Irish Family Law - Rhetoric and Reality’, Labour Party Equality Conference, Teachers’ Club, Dublin.

‘Refugee Law in 2005’, Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin, for CLT Ireland CPD Programme.

‘From Geneva to Dublin: The Emergence of Irish Refugee Law’, Keynote Speech, Irish Society for International Law Conference, Trinity College Dublin.

‘Gender, Law and Language: New Frontiers in Judicial Interpretation’, Irish Association of Law Teachers’ Annual Conference, Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

2004
‘Placing the Child at the Centre of Irish Family Law and Policy’ for ‘Child of our Times’, One Family Biennial Conference, Smithfield, Dublin.

‘Same-Sex Marriage’, Trinity College Dublin, Green Party symposium on same-sex marriage.

‘Family Diversity and Partnership Rights: Towards New Models of Recognition’ Keynote paper, Irish Council of Civil Liberties Consultation day on Partnership Rights.

‘Recent Developments in Transsexual Marriage Law’. Research Paper presented at the Faculty of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway.

2003
’Talk About Choice: Abortion Information and the Dilemmas of Free Speech’, TCD School of Law Symposium on Free Speech.

‘One Woman, Two Men and a Baby: Gender, Marriage and the Pregnancy Per alium Rule’, Dept. of Social Sciences Seminar Series, DIT.

2002
’Legal Rhetoric, Social Reality: Towards a New Legal Concept of Family for the Twenty-First Century’, Keynote speech to Cherish Biennial Conference on Family Diversity, Royal Dublin Hotel, Dublin.

‘God vs. Mammon: A Comparative View of Prayer as Consideration in Irish and U.S. Law’ Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada and November, 2002 at Irish Association of Law Teachers’ Mid-Year Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

‘What Makes a Man? Corbett v. Corbett and the Transsexual Marriage “Dilemma”’, Irish Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

2001
‘Disability and the Right to Education: Defining the Constitutional Child’. Law Society Professional Course, Blackhall Place, Dublin, Ireland and October, 2001, Irish Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

‘From the Individual to the Familial: Sexual Minorities and Alternative ‘Family Values’ in Ireland, Europe and the North America: A Comparative Analysis’, Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

‘Law at the Margins: the Displacement of Law as a Framework of Governance’, Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Budapest.

2000
’Coercion, Marriage and the Law: Arranged Marriages in the Lion’s Den’, DIT Faculty of Applied Arts Research Seminars.

‘The Legal Construction of Family in Ireland and the U.K.: Some Recent Developments’, Irish Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference, Kilkenny.

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