Dr. Fergus Ryan
Lecturer, Department of Law
Fergus Ryan, a graduate and former scholar of Trinity College, 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 and 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. He has also served as a visiting lecturer at the Law Society of Ireland and at the Centre for Equality Studies at UCD, and is an external examiner at WIT and Dublin Business School. Additionally, 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 and chapters in books including Constitutional Law (Thomson Round Hall, 2008), now in its second edition, 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 of two reports commissioned by the Irish Human Rights Commission: Walsh and Ryan, The Rights of De Facto Couples (2006) and Ryan and Conroy, Observations on the Criminal Law (Trafficking and Sexual Offences) Bill 2006 (2007). In 2002, he also authored a report on the Nullity of Marriage in Northern Ireland for the Northern Ireland Law Reform Advisory Committee. Recently, he completed a report for the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network entitled Civil Partnership: Your Questions Answered (GLEN, 2009)
A former President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, Fergus is currently Chairperson of One Family, a national charity providing support to one-parent families. 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 and Newstalk FM.
Doctoral and other supervision:
Ph.D. Ethical Recruitment of Nurses (Fidel Taguinod), From Farm to Fork (Sally Daly)
M.Phil. - Family Courts (Carol Coulter) (Completed 2008)
Fields of Research Interest:
Family Law, 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
Ryan, F., Constitutional Law, Round Hall Nutshells, (Dublin: Thomson Round Hall, 2008)
Ryan, F., Contract Law, Round Hall Nutshells, (Dublin: Thomson Round Hall, 2006)
Cubie, D. and Ryan, F., Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Law in Ireland, Cases and Materials (Dublin: Round Hall, 2004).
Ryan, F., Constitutional Law, Round Hall Nutshells (Dublin: Round Hall, 2002).
Ryan, F., Constitutional Law, (Essential Law Text) (Dublin: Round Hall, 2001).
Ryan (2009), Civil Partnership: Your Questions Answered, (Dublin: GLEN, 2009)
Ryan and Conroy (2007), Observations on the Scheme of the Criminal Law (Trafficking and Sexual Offences) Bill, 2006 (Dublin: IHRC)
Walsh and Ryan (2006), Rights of De Facto Couples, (Dublin: IHRC)
Ryan (2002), Nullity of Marriage in Northern Ireland (Belfast: Law Reform Advisory Committee of Northern Ireland)
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
“Contract Law” in R. Byrne and W. Binchy (eds.) Annual Review of Irish Law 2009, (Dublin: Thomson Round Hall, 2010)“Contract Law” in R. Byrne and W. Binchy (eds.) Annual Review of Irish Law 2008, (Dublin: Thomson Round Hall, 2009)
“‘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” (Dublin: ICCL, 2009) www.iccl.ie
“21st Century Families: 19th Century Values; Modern Family Law in the Shadow of the Constitution” in E. Carolan and O. Doyle, The Irish Constitution: Governance and Values (Dublin: 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 R. Byrne and W. Binchy (eds.) Annual Review of Irish Law 2007, (Dublin: 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, (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007)
“Contract Law” in R. Byrne and W. 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, (Dublin: 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.
Ryan, F., "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, 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.
“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, February 25, 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
"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)
November 2006: Human Rights and One-Parent Families at launch of One Family, Human Rights and One-Parent Families, Mansion House, Dublin.
September 2006, The Road Less Travelled: Alternative Options for a Career in Law Legal Education Symposium, Trinity College, Dublin
June 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
April 2006: Defamation, Discretion and the Politics of Outing Irish Association of Law Teachers, Annual Conference, Cork
February 2006, Immigration Law in 2006 Central Law Training Seminar, Dublin
November 2005, Modernising Irish Family Law - Rhetoric and Reality, Labour Party Equality Conference, Teachers Club, Dublin
October 2005: Refugee Law in 2005, Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin, for CLT Ireland CPD Programme
April 2005: From Geneva to Dublin: The Emergence of Irish Refugee Law Keynote Speech, Irish Society for International Law Conference, Trinity College Dublin
March 2005: Gender, Law and Language: New Frontiers in Judicial Interpretation Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Letterkenny Institute of Technology
November 2004: Placing the Child at the Centre of Irish Family Law and Policy for Child of our Times, One Family Biennial Conference, Smithfield, Dublin
November 2004: Same-Sex Marriage, Trinity College Dublin, Green Party symposium on same-sex marriage
September 2004: Family Diversity and Partnership Rights: Towards New Modesls of Recognition Keynote paper, Irish Council of Civil Liberties Consultation day on Partnership Rights
February 2004: Recent Developments in Transsexual Marriage Law. Research Paper presented at the Faculty of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway
December 2003: Talk About Choice: Abortion Information and the Dilemmas of Free Speech, TCD School of Law Symposium on Free Speech.
June 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.
October 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.
July 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.
April 2002: What Makes a Man Corbett v. Corbett and the Transsexual Marriage Dilemma Irish Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
December 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.
August, 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.
July 6th, 2001: Law at the Margins: the Displacement of Law as a Framework of Governance, Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Budapest.
November 22nd, 2000: Coercion, Marriage and the Law: Arranged Marriages in the Lions Den, DIT Faculty of Applied Arts Research Seminars.
April 1st, 2000: The Legal Construction of Family in Ireland and the U.K.: Some Recent Developments, Irish Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference, Kilkenny.
March, 1998: Protecting the Surety Wife: O'Brien and Hogan under the Microscope Irish Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference, Doghaire.
November 1997 and 1998: Symbolic Interaction Theory of Crime, Guest Lecture to Sophister Criminology Class, LL.B. program, Trinity College, Dublin..
March 1997: Choice in Context: The Case of Arranged Marriages, Trinity College School of Law, Postgraduate Seminars.
September, 1996: Sexual Orientation and Law in the Republic of Ireland, Critical Legal Conference, University of East London.
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