Bruce Carolan


Bruce Carolan

Head of Law Department

Bruce Carolan is an attorney at law, eligible to practice in the State of California, USA.

Mr. Carolan is the past president (1999-2000) of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, and has served on the Executive Committee of the U.K. Society of Public Teachers of Law, now known as the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS).  He has been chair of the Section on International Legal Exchange of the Association of American Law Schools, and was a founder member of the Law as Literature Discussion Group of the Modern Language Association.

Mr. Carolan has been a Visiting Professor at Stetson University College of Law, at Washburn University College of Law, and at the University of Florida College of Business.

He holds degrees in law and economics from the United States, and a Masters in European Law (LLM), with distinction, from the University College, Dublin.  He also holds a M.Sc. in Tourism Management, and has designed, directed and/or taught on study-abroad programmes for U.S. law schools in Dublin, Belgium, Geneva, Buenos Aires and Granada, Spain.

Research interests

Mr. Carolan's primary area of academic and research interest is the Law of the European Union. He has published widely in European Union law in Irish, British and US law journals. His teaching interests include International Trade Regulation and International Business Law.

Mr. Carolan is the author of EU Law for Students in Ireland 2d ed. (Gill and Macmillan 2009) and Series Editor of a series of textbooks in the 'core' areas of law, written by DIT staff and others and published by Roundhall Press, Sweet and Maxwell.

Publications (selected)


Carolan, B., EU Law for Students in Ireland 2d ed. (Gill and Macmillan 2009).

The Birth of the European Union: US and UK Roles in the Creation of a Unified European Community
Tulsa Journal of Comparative & International Law, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2008

The Amended Proposal for a Directive on Services in the Internal Market and its Potential Impact on the Irish Tourism Industry  International Travel Law Journal, No.1, 2007

Judicial Impediments to Legislating Equality for Same-Sex Couples in the European Union
Tulsa Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 3, 2005

The Search for Coherence in the Use of Foreign Court Judgements by the Supreme Court of Ireland
Tulsa Journal of Comparative & International Law, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2004

Winning Isn't Everything: National Judicial Protection of Rights under European Community Law
Tulsa Journal of Comparative & International Law, Vol. 5, No. 1, 1997

An Army of Lovers? Queering the Ministry of Defense Report of the Homosexual Policy Assessment Team
Tulsa Law Journal, Vol. 34, No. 3, Spring 1999

Rights of Sexual Minorities In Ireland and Europe: Rhetoric Versus Reality
Penn State International Law Review, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2001

"New Superior Court Rules on Disclosure of Expert Reports in Personal Injury Actions - A Sea Change in Irish Law," 3 (1) Irish Insurance Law Review 3 (1999).

"P. v. S. and Cornwall County Council: The European Court of Justice, the Equal Treatment Directive, and Transsexuality," 16 Irish Law Times 136 (1998).

"US Supreme Court Confronts 'Right to Die,'" 66 Medico-Legal Journal 65 (1998).

"US Supreme Court Rules: No Constitutional Right to Physician-Assisted Suicide," 3(2) Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland 43 (1997).

"The Implications of the Right to Privacy under the European Convention on Human Rights for Irish personal injury claims," 4 Irish Journal of European Law 161 (1995).

"Mandatory Disclosure of Medical Reports in Personal Injuries Actions: Irish, English and US Law Compared," 1 Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland 105 (1995).

"Economic Analysis and the Law: An Introduction," 14 Irish Law Times 162 (1995).

"Medical Exams in Personal Injury Actions: A Critique and Suggested Reform," 12 Irish Law Times 184 (1994).

"The European Convention on Human Rights and Irish Discovery Practices: An American Lawyer's View," 4 Irish Student Law Review 45 (1994).

Conference papers (selected)

‘Criminalizing Corporate Killing: The Irish Experience,’ Conference: Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Richmond, Virginia. August 2010.

‘Maximizing Cultural Interchange in Exchange Programs – Theoretical Models of Intercultural Competence,’ Conference: Association of American Law Schools. January 2008.

 ‘The Perils of Harmonization.’  Conference: Association of American Law Schools. Panel: Section on Antitrust Law.  Washington, D.C., January 2003.

 ‘Conceptualizing Equality for Sexual Minorities: The EU Framework Directive and “Comparability.”’ Conference: Law and Society Association. Vancouver, Canada, 29 May - 2 June 2003.

"The search for coherence in use of foreign court judgements by the Irish Supreme Court", Symposium on International law and the 2003-2004 Supreme Court Term, October 28/29, 2004, University of Tulsa College of Law.

"Recent developments in European employment discrimination law", Academy of Legal Studies in Business, August 20, 2004, Ottawa, Canada.

"Foreign host perceptions of administration and accreditation issues in study abroad programmes", Association of American Law Schools, Atlanta, Georgia, January 2004.

Conceptualising equality for sexual minorities", Law and Society Associaiton, Vancouver, Canada, June 2003.

"Rights of Sexual Minorities under Irish and European Law: Rhetoric versus Reality," Law and Society Association, Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary, July 3-7, 2001.

"National Judicial Protection of Rights under European Community law," Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, August 11, 2000.

A 'Literary' Critique of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense Report of the Homosexual Policy Assessment Team," Law and Society Association, Annual Conference, Miami Beach, Florida, May 28, 2000.

"Homosexuals, Transsexuals and European Community Law Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, August 3 - 7, 1999.

"P v. S. and Lisa Grant v. Southwest Train," Socio-Legal Studies Association, Annual Conference, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, April 1999.

"Straight Acting/Straight Appearing: Narrative Construction in a Minority Discourse," International Conference on Law and Cultural Studies, Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati, Spain, September 1998.

"Incorporating EC Competition Law into Irish National Law," Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Annual Conference, San Diego, California, August 1998.

"Discrimination against Homosexuals and Transsexuals under European Community Law: Choice of Comparator and Judicial Sleight of Hand," International Conference on Gender, Sexuality and Law, Keele University, United Kingdom, June 20, 1998.

"Transgender Discrimination under European Community Law," The Sociology of European Community Law, Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati, Spain, September 25 - 26, 1997.

"The UK Ministry of Defense Report of the Homosexual Policy Assessment Team: Queering the Difference," In the Wake of the Law, Critical Legal Studies Conference, University College, Dublin, September 7 - 9, 1997.

"Curriculum Design for the Teaching of European Community law," Joint Conference of UK Association of Law Teachers and Irish Association of Law Teachers, Galway, Ireland, March 23, 1997.

"Construction of Identity in a Legal Discourse," Pembroke College Seminar Series on Selfhood and Identity, Pembroke College, Oxford University, January 22, 1997.

"Course Content in the Teaching of EC Law," Society of Public Teachers of Law, Annual Conference, Queens' College, Cambridge University, September 11, 1996.

"Winning Isn't Everything -Judicial Remedies and Bloomer v. Law Society of Ireland," EC Law Section Meeting, Society of Public Teachers of Law, London School of Economics, April 26, 1996.

"The Implications of the Right to Privacy for Irish Personal Injury Claims," Joint Conference on European Convention on Human Rights, sponsored by the Council of Europe and University College, Cork, February 4, 1995.

Contact:
Tel: +353 1 402 3016
Email: bruce.carolan@dit.ie


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