Dr. Fergus Ryan
Lecturer, Department of Law
Fergus Ryan, a graduate and former scholar of Trinity College (University of Dublin), is a lecturer in law at the Dublin Institute of Technology. From September 2003 to December 2009 he served as acting Head of the DIT's Department of Law, overseeing (amongst other things) the introduction of two new degree programmes and one Masters programme as well as the development of approximately 11 new legal modules.
From 2002-5, Fergus served as a visiting lecturer at the School of Law, Trinity College, Dublin, teaching Family Law. In 2011, he was a Visiting Scholar in Residence at the Child and Family Law Center at Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas. He has also served as a visiting lecturer at the Law Society of Ireland and at the Centre for Equality Studies at UCD, and has held the post of external examiner at the University of Ulster School of Law, WIT, Athlone IT, and Dublin Business School. Since 2001, Fergus has served as internship director for the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dublin summer programme.
Fergus' Ph.D. research, completed at Trinity College Dublin, 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, chapters in books and journal articles which are detailed below. His text on the Civil Partnership Act was launched by the Honorable Chief Justice Susan Denham in December 2012. Fergus has also carried out commissioned research for the Irish Human Rights Commission, the Northern Ireland Law Reform Advisory Committee, the Equality Authority and the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network.
Fergus is a former President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers (2003-4), and former Chairperson of One Family (2006-8), a national charity providing support to one-parent families. Currently Fergus is on the board of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network. A regular speaker at national and international conferences, Fergus is a frequent contributor of legal opinion on Irish radio and television, including RTÉ Radio 1 and Newstalk FM. He is also one of a number of academics who contribute to the humanrights.ie blog, www.humanrights.ie
Contact details: Phone: +353-1- 4023225
Doctoral and other supervision:
(With Dr Ben Rogaly and Dr Alan Grossman) Ph.D. Pick, Pack, Sell: Producing Horticulture in 21st Century Ireland (Dr Sally Daly) (Completed 2012)
(With Dr Alan Grossman) Ph.D. The Surrogate Nurse: Writing 'Self' and the Transnational Economy of 'Global Pinoy' (Fidel Taguinod) (Due for completion, 2013)
M.Phil. Ancillary Orders in the Circuit Family Court (Dr Carol Coulter) (Completed 2008)
Internal examiner for three Ph.D. theses - Dr Clíona Barnes (2007), Dr Anaele Diala Iroh (2008), Dr Eve Olney (2012)
Fields of Research Interest:
Family Law, Civil Partnership, Cohabitation and Marriage, Nullity and Divorce Law, Human Rights, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Law, Relational Theory, Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Gender, Equality and the Law, Sexuality and the Law
Fergus Ryan, The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (Annotation) (Round Hall 2011)
Fergus Ryan, Constitutional Law, Round Hall Nutshells, (2nd ed. Thomson Round Hall 2008)
Fergus Ryan, Contract Law, Round Hall Nutshells, (Thomson Round Hall 2006)
Dug Cubie and Fergus Ryan,, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Law in Ireland, Cases and Materials (Round Hall 2004).
Fergus Ryan, Constitutional Law, Round Hall Nutshells (Round Hall 2002).
Fergus Ryan, Constitutional Law, (Essential Law Text) (Round Hall 2001).
Commissioned (Published) Reports
ICCL/GLEN (Lead author Fergus Ryan), Know Your Rights, The Rights and Obligations of Civil Partners and other Same-sex Couples, (ICCL/GLEN, 2012) www.knowyourrights.ie
Fergus Ryan, Civil Partnership: Your Questions Answered, (GLEN 2009) www.glen.ie
Fergus Ryan and Pauline Conroy, Observations on the Scheme of the Criminal Law (Trafficking and Sexual Offences) Bill, 2006 (IHRC 2007)
Judy Walsh and Fergus Ryan, Rights of De Facto Couples, (IHRC 2006)
Fergus Ryan, Nullity of Marriage in Northern Ireland (Law Reform Advisory Committee of Northern Ireland, 2002)
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
"Are two Irish Mammies (even) Better than One? Heteronormativity, Homosexuality and the 1937 Constitution" in Eoin Carolan (ed.) The Constitution of Ireland: Perspectives and Prospects (Bloomsbury Professional, 2012)
"Out of the Shadow of the Constitution: Civil Partnership, Cohabitation and the Constitutional Family" (2012) 48 Irish Jurist 201–248
"Contract Law" in Raymond Byrne and William Binchy (eds.) Annual Review of Irish Law 2011, (Round Hall, 2012)
"Witnesses to Transformation: Three Decades of family Law Scholarship in Ireland" in Jennifer Schweppe and Thomas Mohr (eds), 30 Years of Legal Scholarship, (Round Hall 2011)
"Contract Law" in Raymond Byrne and William Binchy (eds.) Annual Review of Irish Law 2010, (Thomson Round Hall, 2011)
"'Benchmarking' Civil Partnership: Comparing Civil Partnership with Marriage and Considering the Legal Position of Children" in ICCL Seminar Series Vol. 1 “The General Scheme of the Civil Partnership Bill: Legal Consequences and Human Rights Implications” ( ICCL, 2009) www.iccl.ie
"Contract Law" in Raymond Byrne and William Binchy (eds.) Annual Review of Irish Law 2009, (Thomson Round Hall, 2010)
"21st Century Families: 19th Century Values; Modern Family Law in the Shadow of the Constitution" in Eoin Carolan and Oran Doyle, The Irish Constitution: Governance and Values (Thomson Round Hall, 2008)
"The General Scheme of the Civil Partnership Bill 2008: Brave New Dawn or Missed Opportunity?" (2008) 11(3) Irish Journal of Family Law 51
"Contract Law" in Raymond Byrne and William Binchy (eds.) Annual Review of Irish Law 2007, (Thomson Round Hall, 2008)
"From Stonewall(s) to Picket Fences: The Mainstreaming of Same-Sex Couples in Contemporary Legal Discourses" in W. Binchy and O. Doyle, (eds.) Committed Relationships and the Law, (Four Courts Press, 2007)
“Contract Law” in Raymond Byrne and William Binchy (eds.) Annual Review of Irish Law 2006, (Dublin: Thomson Round Hall, 2007)
"Recognizing Family Diversity: Children, One Parent Families and the Law "(2006) 1 Irish Journal of Family Law 3
"Sexual Orientation and the Management of a Diverse Workplace: Law and Best Practice" (2005/6) 5 Employment Law Review 86
Casenote: Ghaidan v. Godin-Mendoza in (2005) 27:3 Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 355
"Sexual Orientation Discrimination" in Cotter (ed.), Discrimination Law, (Dublin: Law Society, 2005)
"Marriage at the Boundaries of Gender: The Transsexual Dilemma Resolved"  1 Irish Journal of Family Law 15
Co-contributor to Shannon (ed.), Children and the Law, (Dublin: Round Hall, 2002)
"The Brussels II Regulation" in Shannon (ed.), The Changing Landscape of Divorce in Ireland, (Round Hall 2002)
"Disability and the Right to Education: Defining the Constitutional Child"  24 Dublin University Law Journal 96.
"Law at the Margins: The Displacement of Law as a Framework of Governance" (2001) 19 (no. 3) Dickinson Journal of International Law (Penn State Uni.) 407.
"Reversal of Fortune: Nullity Law in the Age of Divorce", (2000) 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, (Round Hall, Sweet and Maxwell, 2000).
"When Divorce is Away, Nullity's at Play: A New Ground of Annulment, its Dubious Past and its Uncertain Future", (1998) 1 Trinity College Law Review 15.
"'Queering' the Criminal Law: Some thoughts on the Aftermath of the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality", (1997) 7 Irish Criminal Law Journal 38.
"Cohabiting couples must consider financial obligations" Irish Times, 27 February 2012
"Divorce link to transgender recognition is questionable"Irish Times, 25 July 2011
"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 2008
"Comment: Proposed Amendment Raises More Questions Than it Answers", Sunday Business Post, 25 February 2007
Miscellaneous casenotes and commentaries in the Irish Journal of Family Law include: "Finance Act 2000, s. 151", "Odievre v. France", "Sinnott v. Minister for Education", and "The Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution Bill, 2001".
Miscellaneous book reviews: Doyle, Constitutional Equality Law, (2006) 41 Irish Jurist, 387; Shannon, Child Law, (2005) 27 DULJ 393; Bergin and Walls, Irish Family Legislation Handbook, (Jordan's, 1999),  1 Irish Journal of Family Law 23; Shannon (ed.), The Divorce Act in Practice, (Dublin: Round Hall, 1999), (2000) 18 (n.s.) Irish Law Times 116.
Selected Conference Papers, Presentations and Seminars
"Civil Partners, Parenting and the Law: Is Joint Adoption the Solution?" University College Cork, School of Law, Conference on the Future of Adoption Law and Practice, January 2013
"Education, Religion, and Sexual Orientation: Is there a happy medium?" Irish Association of Law Teachers, Annual Conference, Dublin (November 2012)
"Class and Cohabitation: The Financial Pitfalls of Legal Recognition for Non-marital Couples" Social Exclusion and the Law, Conference, Griffith College, Dublin (September 2012)
"The rights of children in same sex families" Dear Minister: Proposals for Child Law Reform, Symposium, Child Law Clinic, UCC School of Law, March 2012
"No Sex Please, we're Civil Partners" Irish Association of Law Teachers, Annual Conference, Athlone (November 2011)
"The Civil Partnership Bill 2009: Your Questions Answered" GLEN Information sessions in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Dundalk (September-October 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 2009; paper available at http://fearghusoriain.blogspot.com/
Briefing on Civil Partnership Bill, Northside Community Centre, March 2009 (Online at http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/civil-partnership-bill-13-march/15878120)
ICCL Briefing to Members of the Oireachtas on the Scheme of the Civil Partnership Bill 2008 (February 2009)
"The Heads of the Civil Partnership Bill and the position of children being parented by same-sex couples", GLEN/Children’s Rights Alliance Roundtable, Radisson Hotel, Dublin (September 2008)
"'Benchmarking' Civil Partnership: Comparing Civil Partnership with Marriage and Considering the Legal Position of Children"”, Irish Council of Civil Liberties, Equality Authority, Dublin (July 2008)
"Child Protection and the Criminal Law: Legislative Strategies in the Republic of Ireland" National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers Conference, Armagh City, Safeguarding Children from Sexual Abuse in Ireland (March 2008)
"Children’s Rights in the Context of LGB Parenting" L.Inc. conference – Marriage and Lesbian and Gay Families, Port Authority, Cork (March 2008)
"Children’s Rights in the Context of LGB Parenting", NLGF Conference: Full and Equal Rights: Lesbian and Gay Marriage and Partnership Rights (November 2007)
"Family Law in the Shadow of the Constitution: The Position of Non-marital Couples", UCC Student Law Society Conference, "Contemporary Challenges in Irish Constitutional Law" (November 2007)
Conroy, P. and F. Ryan, “Trafficking in Persons: A Human Rights Perspective”, European Slave Trade: Character, Causes & Challenges, Trinity College, Dublin (3rd – 5th July 2007)
"21st Century Families, 19th Century Values: Modern Family Law in the Shadow of the Constitution" ‘The Constitution at 70’, Trinity College, Dublin, (June 2007)
"Divorce and Children: 10 Years On", at One Family Conference, Divorce and Children, Law Society of Ireland, Dublin (March 2007)
"Human Rights and One-Parent Families" at launch of One Family, Human Rights and One-Parent Families, Mansion House, Dublin (November 2006)
"The Road Less Travelled: Alternative Options for a Career in Law", Legal Education Symposium, Trinity College, Dublin (September 2006)
"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 (June, 2006)
"Defamation, Discretion and the Politics of Outing" Irish Association of Law Teachers, Annual Conference, Cork (April 20060
"Immigration Law in 2006", Central Law Training Seminar, Dublin (February 2006)
"Modernising Irish Family Law - Rhetoric and Reality", Labour Party Equality Conference, Teachers Club, Dublin (November 2005)
"Refugee Law in 2005", Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin, for CLT Ireland CPD Programme (October 2005)
"From Geneva to Dublin: The Emergence of Irish Refugee Law", Keynote Speech, Irish Society for International Law Conference, Trinity College Dublin (April 2005)
"Gender, Law and Language: New Frontiers in Judicial Interpretation" Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Letterkenny Institute of TechnologyMarch 2005:
"Placing the Child at the Centre of Irish Family Law and Policy", Child of our Times, One Family Biennial Conference, Smithfield, DublinNovember 2004:
"Same-Sex Marriage", Trinity College Dublin, Green Party symposium on same-sex marriage (November 2004)
"Family Diversity and Partnership Rights: Towards New Models of Recognition" Keynote paper, Irish Council of Civil Liberties Consultation day on Partnership Rights (September 2004)
"Recent Developments in Transsexual Marriage Law" Research Paper presented at the Faculty of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway (February 2004)
"Talk About Choice: Abortion Information and the Dilemmas of Free Speech", TCD School of Law Symposium on Free Speech. (December 2003)
"One woman, two men and a baby: Gender, Marriage and the Pregnancy per alium Rule", Dept. of Social Sciences seminar series, Dublin Institute of Technology (June 2003)
"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 (October 2002)
"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 (July 2002)
"What Makes a Man Corbett v. Corbett and the Transsexual Marriage Dilemma", Irish Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland (April 2002)
"Disability and the Right to Education: Defining the Constitutional Child", Law Society Professional Course, Blackhall Place, Dublin, Ireland (December 2001) Irish Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland (October 2001)
"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. (August, 2001)
"Law at the Margins: the Displacement of Law as a Framework of Governance", Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Budapest (July 6th, 2001)
"Coercion, Marriage and the Law: Arranged Marriages in the Lion's Den", DIT Faculty of Applied Arts Research Seminars. (November 22nd, 2000)
"The Legal Construction of Family in Ireland and the U.K.: Some Recent Developments", Irish Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference, Kilkenny (April 1st, 2000)
"Protecting the Surety Wife: O'Brien and Hogan under the Microscope", Irish Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference, Dún Laoghaire. (March 1998)
"Symbolic Interaction Theory of Crime", Guest Lecture to Sophister Criminology Class, LL.B. program, Trinity College, Dublin. (November 1997 and 1998)
"Choice in Context: The Case of Arranged Marriages", Trinity College School of Law, Postgraduate Seminars. (March 1997)
"Sexual Orientation and Law in the Republic of Ireland", Critical Legal Conference, University of East London. (September 1996)