Researchers at UCD


Kevin Costello

Associate Professor

School Of Law
Sutherland School of Law
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7164126


Dr Kevin Costello is a Senior Lecturer in the Sutherland School of Law University College Dublin. His publications include monographs on The Law of Habeas Corpus in Ireland (2006) and The Court of Admiralty of Ireland 1575-1893 (2011), as well as articles on aspects of English and Irish legal history, administrative law and employment law, published in English, Irish and American journals.  His principal current research interest is in the history of judicial review of administrative action in English law between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries. In 2014, he was one of the first recipients of the Irish National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Teaching Heroes Award. 



Kevin Costello (2015) Labour Law in Ireland. The Netherlands: Wolters Kluwer. [Details]
Kevin Costello; (2011) The Court of Admiralty of Ireland 1575 to 1893. Dublin: Four Courts Prress. [Details]
Costello, K.; (2006) The Law of Habeas Corpus in Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

Kevin Costello (2017) 'Married Women's Property in Ireland 1800-1900' In: Niamh Howlin and Kevin Costello (eds). Law and the Family in Ireland 1800-1950. London: Palgrave. , pp.66-86 [Details]
Kevin Costello; (2011) ''A Court for the Determination of causes civil and maritime only' Article Eight of the Act of Union and the Court of Admiralty of Ireland' In: Kevin Costello; (eds). The Law and other Legalities of Ireland 1689-1850. England: Ashgate. , pp.359-378 [Details]
P. Brand, K. Costello and N. Osborough ; (2005) ''Sir William Petty and the Court of Admiralty in Restoration Ireland,'' In: P. Brand, K. Costello and N. Osborough ; (eds). Adventures of the Law. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
Kevin Costello; (2001) 'Regulating the Anti- Dismissal Injunction' In: (eds. Breen, Casey & Kerr) (Dublin) (eds). Liber Memorialis Professor James C. Brady. [Details]

Edited Books

Niamh Howlin and Kevin Costello (Ed.). (2017) Law and the Family in Ireland 1800-1950. London: Palgrave Modern Legal History Series. [Details]
Costello, K; Brand, P.; Osborough, N (Ed.). (2005) Adventures of the Law; Papers delivered at the British Legal History Conference 2003. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Kevin Costello (2018) 'Drink and the Development of Administrative Law 1820-1910'. Public Law, 2018 (April). [Details]
(2016) 'The Irish Shopkeeper and the Law of Bankruptcy 1860-1930'. The Irish Jurist, 56 . [Details]
Kevin Costello (2016) 'The Habeas Corpus Act 1816 at Two Hundred'. Public Law, . [Details]
Kevin Costello (2015) 'The Scope of Application of the rule against fettering in administrative law'. Law Quarterly Review, . [Details]
Kevin Costello (2014) 'More equitable than the judgment of the justices of the peace. The King's Bench, judicial review and the poor law, 1630-1790'. Journal of Legal History, 35 (1):1-26. [Details]
K Costello (2013) 'Edwards v Chesterfield Royal Hospital - Parliamentary intention and damages caused by maladministration of a contractual dismissal procedure'. Modern Law Review, 76 (1):134-157. Link to full text [Details]
Kevin Costello; (2012) 'The writ of certiorari and review of summary criminal convictions, 1660-1848'. Law Quarterly Review, 128 :443-465. Link to full text [Details]
Kevin Costello; (2010) ''The Court of Admiralty of Ireland, 1745-1756''. American Journal of Legal History, 50 :23-49. [Details]
Costello, K; (2008) 'Habeas Corpus and Military and Naval Impressment, 1756-1816'. Journal of Legal History, 29 :215-251. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
K.Costello; (2006) ''R. (Martin) v. Mahony; 'The history of a classical certiorari authority''. Journal of Legal History, 27 :267-287. Link to full text [Details]
Kevin Costello; (2000) 'Costs principles and environmental judicial review (n.s.)'. Irish Jurist, xxxv :121-149. [Details]

Other Journals

Kevin Costello (2013) 'Chronicle of Irish Administrative Law 2010-2013' European Review of Public Law 25 (3) :1409-1427. [Details]
Kevin Costello (2008) 'A Chronicle of Irish Administrative law 2005-2008' European Review of Public Law 20 (3) :1247-1267. [Details]
Kevin Costello (2005) 'A Chronicle of Irish Administrative Law 2003-2005' European Review of Public Law 17 (3) :1247-1267. [Details]
K.Costello; (2003) 'A Chronicle of Irish Administrative Law, 2003'' European Review of Public Law :1066-1086. [Details]
K.Costello; (1995) 'The University Visitor; A Local Employment Court?' Journal of the Irish Society of Labour Law 10 :12-29. [Details]

Dictionary Entry

Kevin Costello (2015) Henchy, Séamus Anthony (1917¿2008). Dictionary Entry [Details]
K. Costello with P. Maume; (2010) T.F. O'Higgins (1916 - 2003). Dictionary Entry [Details]
K. Costello; (2008) The New Oxford Companion to Law     Dictionary entry: The Common Law in Ireland. Oxford: Dictionary Entry [Details]


Research Interests

Legal History; in particular, the history of Administrative Law. 

Curent projects: (i) The history of the writ of certiorari and mandamus ; (ii) The history of bankruptcy and imprisonment for debt in Irish law.  

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : The History of Judicial Review 1600-1950
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-12 / 31-DEC-13
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-12 / 30-SEP-15

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