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Eoin Carolan

Associate Professor

School Of Law
Sutherland School of Law
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7164130
Email: eoin.carolan@ucd.ie

Biography

Eoin Carolan is an Associate Professor at University College Dublin and an expert in Irish constitutional and administrative law, media law and comparative constitutional law. He is a graduate and former Scholar of Trinity College Dublin, where he lectured constitutional and administrative law for a number of years before joining UCD. He is also a graduate of the University of Cambridge and a former Visiting Researcher at Harvard  and UCLA Law Schools.

He has authored or co-authored a number of publications, including "The Right to Privacy: A Doctrinal and Comparative Analysis" (Round Hall, 2008), "The Irish Constitution: Governance and Values" (eds) (Round Hall, 2008), "The New Separation of Powers: A Theory for the Modern State" (Oxford University Press, 2009) and "Media Law in Ireland" (Bloomsbury, 2010). 

He was awarded the 2011 Kevin Boyle Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship for "The New Separation of Powers: A Theory for the Modern State". The book was also shortlisted for the 2010 Peter Birks Prize. It has been described as "thought-provoking and based on consummate scholarship" (Tom Flynn, University of Edinburgh, Modern Law Review), "a book that deserves to be widely read and widely debated" which "has made a lasting contribution to the discipline" (N.W Barber, University of Oxford, Public Law), and as "an impressive work" which contains "the strongest critique I have yet encountered of the Montesquieu orthodoxy on the existence of only three branches of government" (John Power, University of Melbourne, Administration and Society).

His most recent research examines the implications of behavioural and social science for various legal questions, including the design of public institutions, strategies for constitutional change, and privacy and data protection online. The work is inter-disciplinary and empirical in character and has been published in journals across the fields of law, political science and computer technology.

Eoin welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students in the areas of constitutional law and theory, law and behavioural science, human rights, public law, privacy, data protection and media law.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2012.
Title: IRCHSS Collaborative Research Award
Year: 2010.
Title: Shortlisted for Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship
Year: 2011.
Title: Government of Ireland "New Ideas" Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Year: 2011.
Title: Kevin Boyle Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship
Year: 2000.
Title: Scholar of Trinity College
Year: 2002.
Title: Julian Prize
Year: 2007.
Title: IRCHSS Post-Doctoral Fellowship
       

Conference Contributions

Eoin Carolan (2017) Remedial creativity by the courts: a problem for the separation of powers?. [Invited Oral Presentation], ECPR General Conference, Oslo , 07-SEP-17 - 07-SEP-17.
Eoin Carolan (2017) Examining the social, political and institutional dynamics of constitutional change. [International Refereed Conference], Courts, Powers, Public Law (Annual ICON-S conference), University of Copenhagen , 05-JUL-17 - 07-JUL-17.
Eoin Carolan (2017) Why conflict (not dialogue) is the point of judicial power. [Invited Oral Presentation], Courts, Powers, Public Law (Annual ICON-S conference), University of Copenhagen , 06-JUL-17 - 07-JUL-17.
Eoin Carolan (2017) Written constitutionalism: the Irish experience. [Invited Oral Presentation], Written Constitutions: experiences and challenges, London , 04-MAY-17 - 04-MAY-17.
Eoin Carolan (2017) The leading cases of 2016. [Oral Presentation], Constitutional Law: An Update, Dublin , 16-FEB-17 - 16-FEB-17.
Eoin Carolan (2017) Rediscovering the social foundations of the separation of powers. [International Refereed Conference], The Separation of Powers ¿ A Global Constitutional Dialogue, Milan , 22-MAY-17 - 22-MAY-17.
Eoin Carolan; (2012) Organised conference and delivered a paper on The leading cases of 2011. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Consttitutional Law: An Update, Dublin , 16-FEB-12 - 16-MAR-12.
Eoin Carolan (2013) Leading cases of 2012. [Plenary Lecture], Constitutional Law: An Update, Dublin , 16-FEB-13 - 16-FEB-13.
Eoin Carolan (2014) [Conference (Sole) Organiser], The future of the small state: threats, opportunities, strategies, UCD , 06-SEP-14 - 06-SEP-14.
Eoin Carolan (2015) The leading cases of 2015. [Invited Oral Presentation], Constitutional Law: An Update, University College Dublin , 09-DEC-15 - 09-DEC-15.
Eoin Carolan (2016) What is the core of the separation of powers?. [International Refereed Conference], The Unity of Public Law?, University of Cambridge , 12-SEP-16 - 14-SEP-16.
Eoin Carolan (2016) The evolution of natural law in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], IACL workshop on 'The Invisible Constitution', Melbourne , 02-MAY-16 - 03-MAY-16.
Eoin Carolan (2015) Journey to the centre of the separation of powers. [Invited Oral Presentation], Constitutional Law Discussion Group, University of Edinburgh , 08-DEC-15 - 08-DEC-15.
Eoin Carolan (2015) Freedom and the State. [Invited Oral Presentation], Rethinking political authority: politics, law and freedom, University College Dublin , 20-NOV-15 - 21-MAY-16.
Eoin Carolan (2014) A model of collaborative constitutionalism. [International Refereed Conference], Process and Substance in Public Law, University of Cambridge , 15-SEP-14 - 17-SEP-14.
Eoin Carolan & Deirdre Curtin (2014) Institutional Separation in the EU. [Invited Lecture], Checking and Balancing Law-making Beyond the State, Amsterdam , 11-MAR-14 - 11-MAR-14.
Eoin Carolan (2014) A model of collaborative constitutionalism. [International Refereed Conference], American Society of Comparative Law work-in-progress workshop, UCLA, Los Angeles , 07-MAR-14 - 09-MAR-14.
Eoin Carolan (2014) Towards a varifocal model of the separation of powers. [International Refereed Conference], IACL Congress, Oslo , 16-JUN-14 - 20-JUN-14.
Eoin Carolan (2014) Can EU Regulation Preserve (or resurrect) Privacy in the Electronic Era?. [International Refereed Conference], 21st International Conference of Europeanists, Washington DC , 16-MAR-14 - 17-MAR-14.
Eoin Carolan (2014) A social-cognitive behavioral realist critique of privacy law. [International Refereed Conference], American Psychology-Law Association Annual conference, New Orleans , 06-MAR-14 - 08-MAR-14.
Eoin Carolan (2014) The Irish Constitution. [Invited Lecture], CONReason workshop, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest , 06-FEB-14 - 07-FEB-14.
Eoin Carolan; (2011) Postcards From the Economic Abyss: What Ireland and Iceland Can Teach Us About Tea Parties, Big Societies, and Small Government. [International Refereed Conference], Harvard-Stanford Junior International Faculty Forum, Harvard, Boston, MA , 17-NOV-11 - 20-NOV-11.
Eoin Carolan and Rosario Castillo-Mayen (2013) A pilot study for predicting online privacy related attitudes and behaviours. [International Refereed Conference], European Conference on Psychological Assessment, San Sebastian , 01-JUL-13 - 02-JUL-13.
Eoin Carolan & Alessandro Spina (2013) Protecting privacy by nudging. [International Refereed Conference], Nudging in the EU, Liege , 12-DEC-13 - 13-DEC-13.
Eoin Carolan (2013) Protecting privacy online: the lessons for law from behavioural science?. [Invited Lecture], Human Rights and the Interent, Nottingham , 05-DEC-13 - 06-DEC-13.
Eoin Carolan, Rosario Castillo Mayen & Liam Challenor (2013) Online privacy protection and individual differences: An evaluation of the new EU e-privacy Directive. [International Refereed Conference], Social Networking in Cyberspace Conference, Woverhampton , 30-JUL-13 - 31-JUL-13.
Eoin Carolan & Rosario Castillo Mayen (2013) Assessing online self-disclosure: Patterns of disclosure and degrees of intimacy when communicating online. [International Refereed Conference], European Conference on Psychological Assessment,, San Sebastian , 01-JUL-13 - 02-JUL-13.
Eoin Carolan (2013) Sovereignty and the Irish Constitution after Pringle. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Changing Sovereignty in Europe, UCD , 05-DEC-13 - 05-DEC-13.
Eoin Carolan & Rosario Castillo-Mayen (2013) Exploring the implicit influence of conformity on online social networks¿ engagement. [International Refereed Conference], British Psychological SocietyAnnual Conference, Exeter , 01-AUG-13 - 02-AUG-13.
Eoin Carolan & Rosario Castillo-Mayen (2013) Impact of the new EU e-privacy Directive on online attitudes and behaviours. [International Refereed Conference], British Psychological Society Annual Conference,, Exeter , 01-AUG-13 - 02-AUG-13.
Eoin Carolan & Rosario Castillo-Mayen (2013) Psychological characteristics and technological experience on the application of new learning technologies. [International Refereed Conference], Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona , 05-JUL-13 - 06-JUL-13.
Eoin Carolan; (2012) Invited presentation to the California Center for Internatonal Law. [Invited Lecture], Think Better?: Comparative Law after the Ipod, University of California, Davis , 29-FEB-12 - 29-FEB-12.
Eoin Carolan (2012) Presentation on Towards a mixed theory of government?. [Invited Oral Presentation], Beyond Montesquieu?: Rethinking the architecture of contemporary governance, Dublin , 29-MAR-12 - 29-MAR-12.
Eoin Carolan (2012) Delivered a paper on Diffusion of ideas and comparative law. [International Refereed Conference], New perspectives in comparative law, Washington DC , 13-APR-12 - 14-APR-12.
Eoin Carolan; (2012) Paper on Catholic Constitutionalism: Lessons from the Irish Experience. [International Refereed Conference], The Competing Claims of Law and Religion, Pepperdine University, CA , 16-FEB-12 - 18-FEB-12.

Committees

Committee : Incorporated Council of Law Reporting
Committee : Ethical, Political, Legal and Philosophical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy

Employment

Employer: Trinity College Dublin
Position: Lecturer

Education

Year 2007 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject: Law
Year 2003 Institution: University of Cambridge
Qualification: LLM Subject: Law
Year 2002 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: LLB Subject: Law
     

Journals Edited

Irish Jurist: Editor.
 

Publications

Books

Carolan, E. (2010) The New Separation of Powers: A Theory for the Modern State. : Oxford University Press. [DOI] [Details]
Eoin Carolan & Ailbhe O'Neill; (2010) Media Law in Ireland. Dublin: Bloomsbury. [Details]
Eoin Carolan & Hilary Delany; (2008) The Right to Privacy: A Doctrinal and Comparative Analysis. Dublin: Thomson Round Hall. [Details]

Book Chapters

Eoin Carolan (2017) 'Ireland in review' In: Richard Albert; David Landau; Pietro Faraguna; Simon Drugda (eds). Global Review of Constitutional Law. Boston: Boston College. [Details]
Carolan Eoin; Curtin, Deirdre (2017) 'In search of a new model of checks and balances for the EU: beyond separation of powers' In: Mendes, Joana; Venzke, Ingo (eds). Allocating Authority: Who Should Do What in European and International Law?. Hart: Bloomsbury. [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2017) 'The balance of powers' In: Anthony Lang & Antje Wiener (eds). Handbook of Global Constitutionalism. UK: Edward Elgar. [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2017) 'The evolution of natural law in Ireland' In: Adrienne Stone; Rosalind Dixon (eds). The Invisible Constitution in Comparative Perspective. New York: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2017) 'Promoting civic discourse: a form of positive free speech under the Constitution of Ireland?' In: Andrew Kenyon & Andrew Scott (eds). Positive Free Speech: Rationales, Methods and Implications. Hart: Bloomsbury Professional. [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2017) 'The Supreme Court of Ireland' In: Adras Jakab, Arthur Dyevre and Giulio Itzcovich (eds). Comparative Constitutional Reasoning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2016) 'Leaving behind the Commonwealth model of rights review:Ireland as a model of collaborative constitutionalism' In: Marie-Luce Paris & John Bell (eds). Rights-Based Constitutional Review - Constitutional Courts in a Changing Landscape. London: Edward Elgar. [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2016) 'The Law of Privacy in Ireland' In: Mark Warby QC, Dr Nicole Moreham, Iain Christie, Sir Michael Tugendhat (eds). Tugendhat and Christie: The Law of Privacy and The Media. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
Eoin Carolan; Alessandro Spina (2015) 'Behavioural Sciences and EU Data Protection Law: Challenges and Opportunities' In: Alberto Alemanno; Anne-Lise Sibony (eds). Nudge and the Law: What can EU Law learn from Behavioural Sciences?. Oxford: Bloomsbury Professional. [DOI] [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2015) 'Diffusing bad ideas: what the migration of the separation of powers means for comparative law' In: Sue Farran, James Gallen, Jennifer Hendry and Christa Rautenbach (eds). The Diffusion of Law. London: Routledge. [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2014) 'Evaluating the Judicial Role in Developing the Irish Constitution' In: Giuseppe Franco Ferrari & John O'Dowd (eds). 75 Years of the Constitution of Ireland: An Irish-Italian Dialogue. Dublin: Clarus Press. [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2011) 'Irish constitutional scholarship in review: considering John Kelly and The Irish Constitution' In: J. Schweppe & T. Mohr (ed) (eds). Thirty Years of Legal Scholarship. Dublin: Thomson. [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2011) 'The Law of Privacy in Ireland' In: Eoin Carolan; (eds). Mark Warby QC, Dr Nicole Moreham, Iain Christie, Sir Michael Tugendhat: Tugendhat and Christie: The Law of Privacy and The Media. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2008) 'Separation of Powers and Administrative Governance' In: Eoin Carolan & Oran Doyle (eds). The Irish Constitution: Governance and Values. Dublin: Thomson Round Hall. [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2007) 'Committed non-marital couples and the Irish Constitution' In: Oran Doyle & William Binchy (eds). Committed Relationships and the Law. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Edited Books

Eoin Carolan (Ed.). (2018) Judicial power in Ireland. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. [Details]
Eoin Carolan (Ed.). (2012) The Constitution of Ireland: Perspectives and Prospects. Dublin: Bloomsbury. Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan & Oran Doyle (Ed.). (2008) The Irish Constitution: Governance and Values. Dublin: Thomson Round Hall. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Eoin Carolan (2017) 'A dialogue-oriented departure in constitutional remedies?: the implications of NVH v Minister for Justice for inter-branch roles and relationships'. The Dublin University Law Journal, 40 (1). [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2017) 'Protecting public interest reporting: what is the future of journalistic privilege in Irish law?'. The Irish Jurist, 57 (1):187-200. Link to full text [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2016) 'Dialogue isn't working: the case for collaboration as a model of legislative¿judicial relations'. Legal Studies, 36 (2):209-229. [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2016) 'Are small states susceptible to groupthink? Lessons for institutional design'. European Political Science, . Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2016) 'Establishing the public interest in media publication: the problems with Denis O'Brien v RTE'. Irish Jurist, 55 (1):189-198. [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2015) 'Ireland's Constitutional Convention: behind the hype about citizen-led constitutional change'. International Journal of Constitutional Law, . [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2016) 'The continuing problems with online consent under the EU's emerging data protection principles'. Computer Law and Security Review, 32 (3):462-473. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Carolan, E; Castillo-Mayen, M (2015) 'Why More User Control Does Not Mean More User Privacy: An Empirical (and Counter-Intuitive) Assessment of European E-Privacy Laws'. Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, 19 (2):324. Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2015) 'Conventions as claims?'. Dublin University Law Journal, 38 (2). [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2014) 'Constitutionalising Discourse: Democracy, Freedom of Expression and the Future of Press Regulatio'. Irish Jurist, 49 (1):1. [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2013) 'Originalism Enabled?: The Role Of Historical Records In Constitutional Adjudication'. Dublin University Law Journal, 36 . [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2013) 'The implications of media fragmentation and contemporary democratic discourse for 'journalistic privilege' and the protection of sources'. Irish Jurist, 49 :182-192. [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2013) 'The legitimacy of public service reform: democracy, accountability and experimentalism in the Big Society'. Public Law, :240-265. [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2012) 'Surveillance and the individual's expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment'. Cambridge Law Journal, 71 (2):250. [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2012) 'Recovering the Republic? Democratic representation and the mixed theory of government'. Irish Jurist, . [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2011) 'The relationship between judicial Remedies and the separation of powers: collaborative constitutionalism and the suspended declaration of invalidity'. Irish Jurist, . [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2011) 'Democratic accountability and the non-delegation doctrine'. Dublin University Law Journal, . [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2010) 'The problems of corporate privacy'. Dublin University Law Journal, 17 :51. [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2007) 'A Public Choice Analysis of the Non-Delegation Doctrine'. Dublin University Law Journal, 29 . [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2007) 'Retrospectivity and Rights under the European Arrest Warrant Regime'. Law Quarterly Review, 123 :197. [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2006) 'Stars of Citizen CCTV – Video Surveillance and the Right to Privacy in Public Places'. Dublin University Law Journal, 28 (326). [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2006) 'The New WADA Code and the Search for a Policy Justification for Anti-Doping Rules'. Seton Hall Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, 16 :1. [Details]

Other Journals

Eoin Carolan; (2008) 'The Changing Face of Media Freedom under the ECHR' The Bar Review . [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2007) 'Amending the Constitution to Protect Children's Rights' Irish Journal of Family Law . [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2007) 'Amending the Presumption of Advancement: the decision in Pecore v Pecore' The Irish Law Times . [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2006) 'A Democratic Model of Media Freedom?' The Bar Review . [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2005) 'Drugs, Competition Law and ‘Purely’ Sporting Rules: The Decision in Meca-Medina' The Irish Law Times . [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2002) 'Locus Standii and the Use of Incorporated Companies in Judicial Review Applications' The Irish Law Times 20 :292. [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2002) 'Revolt or Revolution - a Hartean Analysis' Trinity College Law Review . [Details]
 

Published Reports

Working Group on a Court of Appeal; (2009) Report of the Working Group on a Court of Appeal. Government Stationery Office, Dublin. Available Online [Details]
                     

Website article

Eoin Carolan (2017) Suspended declarations of invalidity in Ireland?: the story so far. Website article Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2017) Considering the first phase of Ireland's Citizen's Assembly. Website article Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2015) Some Lessons from Ireland¿s Marriage Referendum?. Website article Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2014) The Ongoing Uncertainty over Irish Law on ¿The Unborn¿: A Comment on P.P. and Health Service Executive. Website article Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2014) Ireland's Senate: an introduction. Website article Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2013) Ireland's Senate Survives. Website article Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2013) Freedom of Expression or Freedom from Electoral Unfairness?: The ECHR Upholds a Ban on Political Advertising. Website article Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2013) An oligarchy of the self-interested or enthusiastic?: Open Public Services in the Big Society. Website article Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2013) Ireland's Constitutional Convention considers same-sex marriage: Part II. Website article Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2013) Ireland's Constitutional Convention Considers Same-Sex Marriage I. Website article Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2012) Making Government Work for the 99%? (And the 53%? And the 47%)?: Why we Need to Re-think the Separation in the Separation of Powers. Website article Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2012) Reviewing Ireland's abortion regime. Website article Available Online [Details]

Newspaper Articles

Eoin Carolan; (2011) Voters left to seek out information for themselves. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2011) Separation of Powers and the Parliamentary Vote on the NewsCorp Acquisition of BSkyB. The Global Herald: Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2007) Fatal ambiguities in Bill must be addressed. Dublin: Newspaper Articles [Details]
                     

Book Reviews

Eoin Carolan (2017) Review of Due Process of Law Making: The United States, South Africa, Germany and the European Union by Susan Rose-Ackerman, Stefanie Egidy & James Fowkes (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Book Reviews [Details]
Eoin Carolan (2012) Review of New Beginnings: Constitutionalism and Democracy in Modern Ireland by Bill Kissane. Book Reviews [Details]
Eoin Carolan; (2011) Review of Global Features of Constitutional Law by Francois Venter. Book Reviews [Details]
                                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

Research interests include constitutional law and theory, administrative law and theory, democratic governance and institutional design, comparative law, freedom of expression and privacy rights, public law and political theory, and sports law.

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Re-thinking the dynamics of constitutional disagreements
Start Date / End Date : 01-AUG-15 / 31-JAN-17
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Investigating the implications of technological change for privacy expectations and policy
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-12 / 30-SEP-13
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Privacy implications of emerging technologies from a mixed legal-behavioural perspective.
Start Date / End Date : 22-OCT-13 / 21-JUN-14
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : The separation of powers: re-thinking the architecture of contemporary governance
Start Date / End Date : 19-DEC-11 / 31-MAR-12