Dr Brian Barry


Brian graduated with an LLB from Trinity College Dublin’s School of Law in 2009 and completed his doctorate there in 2013. He qualified as a solicitor in 2015.

Brian’s main research interest is in how judges make decisions, particularly how inter-disciplinary research can inform our understanding of judicial decision-making. He also researches on judiciaries, judicial power in comparative constitutional contexts and constitutional law. He has presented extensively, and regularly appears in national media, on judges and judicial power.

Brian has undertaken research programmes at both Columbia University, New York and the University of Toronto and has served in an advisory role to the Irish government on the development of workplace dispute resolution structures.

Brian lectures in Constitutional Law and Tort Law on the BA (Ord) in Law, the LLB (Hons.), the Postgraduate Diploma in Law and the Master of Arts in Law (Professional) programmes. He is the Programme Chair Master of Arts in Law (Professional).



LLB: Trinity College Dublin 2009

Visiting Scholar: University of Toronto 2011

PhD: Trinity College Dublin 2013

Solicitor: Enrolled 2015

Visiting Scholar: Columbia University 2015






Brian researches in judicial power and judicial decision-making from a variety of perspectives but mainly on how factors beyond the law can impact judges when they make decisions. Brian is also interested in Irish and comparative constitutional law, workplace dispute resolution and tort law. He welcomes interest in pursuing postgraduate research and collaborative opportunities in these areas.

“Surveying the scene: how representatives’ views informed a new era in Irish workplace dispute resolution” (2018) Dublin University Law Journal, forthcoming

“Shaping the Agenda 1: Exploring the Competencies, Skills and Behaviours of Effective Workplace Mediators,” Kennedy Institute Workplace Mediation Research Group, October 2016

“Shaping the Agenda 2: Implications for Workplace Mediation Training, Standards and Practice in Ireland,” Kennedy Institute Workplace Mediation Research Group, October 2016

 “The Workplace Relations Bill 2014: An Important Opportunity for Workplace Relations Reform” Irish Employment Law Journal, (2014) 4 Irish Employment Law Journal 106

“Book Review: Arthur Cox Employment Law Yearbook 2011”. Dublin University Law Journal, (2012) 19 (1) Dublin University Law Journal 344

“Reforming the Framework for Employment Litigation and Dispute Resolution in Ireland” (2013) Doctoral Thesis, Trinity College Dublin

“Modernising the Law on Pre-Nuptial Agreements in Ireland” (2009) 12 Trinity College Law Review 80

“Bridging the Gap between Legal Rights and Homelessness – the Work of the Mercy Law Resource Centre” Irish Review of Community Economic Development Law and Policy: (2012) 4(1) Irish Review of Community Economic Development Law & Policy 49.

“Global controversy on the appointment of judges: a challenge to the separation of powers” Younger Scholars Forum, International Academy of Comparative Law Congress, Fukuoka, Japan, July 2018

“Do too many judicial cooks spoil the decision-making broth? Exploring how non-legal factors can influence judicial panel decision-making” Law & Society Association Annual Conference, Toronto, June 2018

“Judging judges: a study of solicitors’ views on the Irish courts system” The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Dublin, September 2017

“Appointing judges properly: A comparative analysis of criteria and processes for selecting judges” Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Newcastle, March 2017

“Resolving disputes under the Workplace Relations Act 2015: A survey of practitioners one year on” UCD High Level International Conference 2016: “Workplace Relations Act 2015: One Year On”, 1 October 2016


Solicitor, Law Society

Collaborative Research Network in Innovations in Judging, Law and Society Association

Member of Committee, Employment Law Association of Ireland

  • Tel (01) 402 3225
  • Email brian.barry@dit.ie
  • Teaching Areas

    Brian lectures in Tort Law and Constitutional Law on the BA (Ord) in Law, the LLB (Hons.) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Law programmes.