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Thomas Mohr

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Law
Sutherland School of Law
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7164145
Email: thomas.mohr@ucd.ie

Biography

Thomas Mohr has been teaching in the School of Law since 2005 and became a full-time member of staff in 2007. His main teaching areas include jurisprudence, the law of evidence and the history of public law.  His doctorate examined the constitutional status of the Irish Free State between the years 1922 and 1937. This was an interdisciplinary work involving such fields of law as constitutional law, legal theory, public international law and legal history. He received a Government of Ireland scholarship to complete this work and was also awarded National University of Ireland prizes in both law and history. 

During the course of his career Thomas has worked with the Irish Centre for Human Rights, the Department of Foreign Affairs and has also advised National University of Ireland, Galway on matters of copyright. He was awarded a mobility grant from the Royal Irish Academy and, more recently, a visiting professorship at York University, Toronto.

Thomas is Honorary Secretary of the Irish Legal History Society.  He is Book Review Editor of the Irish Jurist, Ireland's leading law journal.  Thomas was a member of the Council of the Irish Association of Law Teachers from 2009 to 2012.  

His interests include the Irish language and he is a member of UCD Bord na Gaeilge (Irish Language Board).  He is also involved in a number of initiatives designed to celebrate Ireland's "decade of centenaries" and sits on the UCD Commemorations Committee.

His latest book is Guardian of the Treaty - The Privy Council Appeal and Irish Sovereignty published by Four Courts Press. This book examines the controversial appeal from the Irish courts to the Privy Council in London during the 1920s and 1930s.  It analyses British intentions that the Privy Council act as the guardian and enforcer of the settlement embodied in the 1921 Anglo Irish Treaty.  The conclusion to this work explains why the Privy Council was unsuccessful in protecting this settlement.

Thomas was co-organiser of a 2016 conference celebrating the 800th anniversary of the 1216 Magna Carta Hiberniae held at Christ Church cathedral, Dublin.  He will co-edit the resulting volume of papers presented at that conference.

 

 
 
 


Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2016.
Title: Robarts Centre Visiting Professorship
Year: 2011.
Title: Royal Irish Academy Mobility Grant
Year: 2007.
Title: Ad Astra Scholar
Year: 2004.
Title: Ireland Canada University Foundation Scholar
Year: 2004.
Title: International Visiting Scholar
Year: 2003.
Title: Government of Ireland Scholar in the Humanities
Year: 2002.
Title: NUI Travelling Studentship in Law Prize
Year: 2002.
Title: NUI Travelling Studentship in History Prize
Year: 2002.
Title: UCD Open Postgraduate Scholar
Year: 2002.
Title: Rodney Overend Memorial Award
Year: 2000.
Title: Val O'Connor Memorial Prize in Equity
Year: 1997.
Title: UCG History Prize

Associations

Association: Irish Legal History Society, Function/Role: Honorary Secretary
Association: European Society of Young Legal Historians, Function/Role: Founding Member
Association: Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Association of Law Teachers, Function/Role: Committee Member
Association: European Society for Comparative Legal History, Function/Role: Founding Member
     

Conference Contributions

Thomas Mohr (2017) Leo Kohn and the Law of the British Empire. [Invited Oral Presentation], TAU Lecture Series, TAU , 11-JAN-17 - 11-JAN-17.
Thomas Mohr (2016) The United Kingdom and Imperial Federation, 1900-1939: A Precedent for British Legal Relations with the European Union?. [Invited Oral Presentation], Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop, University of Toronto , 21-SEP-16 - 21-SEP-16.
Thomas Mohr (2016) Martial Law and a Revolutionary Order - 1916 and Irish Law. [Invited Lecture], An Interdisciplinary Guide to 1916, National Library of Ireland , 25-FEB-16 - 25-FEB-16.
Thomas Mohr (2016) An Emerging Alternative - Ireland and the Evolution of Imperial Law in the 19th and 20th centuries. [Invited Oral Presentation], Law, Revolution and Sovereignty - Reflections on the Legal Legacy of the 1916 Rising, NUI, Galway , 09-APR-16 - 10-APR-16.
Thomas Mohr (2016) The Privy Council Appeal and British Imperial Policy, 1833-1939. [Oral Presentation], European Society of Comparative Legal History Conference 2016, University of Gdansk , 30-JUN-16 - 30-JUN-16.
Thomas Mohr (2016) Home Rule, Dominion Status and Devolution: The Privy Council and Ireland 1914 to 1998. [Invited Lecture], Attorney General for Northern Ireland - Constitutional Law Summer School, Belfast , 12-AUG-16 - 12-AUG-16.
Thomas Mohr (2016) Law and Liberty in an Irish Free State, 1922-1937. [Invited Oral Presentation], Law and the Idea of Liberty - From Magna Carta to Modern Times, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin , 26-NOV-16 - 26-NOV-16.
Thomas Mohr (2016) The Impact of Canadian Confederation on Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Globalizing Confederation - How the world viewed the emergence of Canada in 1867, York University, Toronto , 29-SEP-16 - 30-SEP-16.
Thomas Mohr (2016) Outsiders resolving local disputes - The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. [Invited Oral Presentation], Law and Politics Lecture Series, York University, Toronto , 21-SEP-16 - 21-SEP-16.
Thomas Mohr (2015) Founding the Irish Free State: 1922 and the legislative framework. [Invited Oral Presentation], Themes in Irish History, National Library of Ireland , 08-OCT-15 - 08-OCT-15.
Thomas Mohr (2015) The Origins of Citizenship and Constitutional Rights in Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Chief State Solicitor's Office Lecture Series, Chief State Solicitor's Office, Dublin , 15-DEC-15 - 15-DEC-15.
Thomas Mohr (2015) The British Empire and the Coinage of the Irish Free State. [Invited Oral Presentation], British Association of Numismatic Societies Conference, University of Chester , 19-OCT-15 - 19-SEP-15.
Thomas Mohr (2015) The United Kingdom and the Legal Aspects of Imperial Federation, 1900-1939. [Oral Presentation], UCD School of Law Seminar Series, University College Dublin , 09-SEP-15 - 09-SEP-15.
Thomas Mohr (2015) Prime Minister James Scullin and the Sovereignty of the Irish Free State. [Oral Presentation], 21st Australasian Irish Studies Conference, Maynooth University , 18-JUN-15 - 20-JUN-15.
Thomas Mohr (2014) Brehon Law and Irish Nationalism. [Invited Oral Presentation], Brehon Law - Past and Present, NUI, Maynooth , 09-APR-14 - 09-APR-14.
Thomas Mohr (2014) The Oath in the Anglo Irish Treaty of 1921. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Legal History Society Spring Discourse, Ulster Museum, Belfast , 21-FEB-14 - 22-FEB-14.
Thomas Mohr (2014) Teanga na nGaeilge agus Bunreacht Saorstát Éireann. [Invited Oral Presentation], Seminar on Irish in the Constitution - Courts Service of Ireland, Four Courts, Dublin , 15-MAY-14 - 15-MAY-14.
Thomas Mohr (2014) Irish Nationalism and the Common Law Tradition. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Conference of Comparative Legal History, University of Macerata, Italy , 08-JUL-14 - 09-JUL-14.
Thomas Mohr (2014) Judging History - Judges and the Foundation of the Irish Free State. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Feminist Judgment Project, Queen's University Belfast , 15-DEC-14 - 15-DEC-14.
Thomas Mohr (2014) Founding a state: 1922 and Ireland's legal framework. [Invited Oral Presentation], Adult Education Lecture Series, National Library of Ireland , 30-OCT-14 - 30-OCT-14.
Thomas Mohr (2014) Legal Research - The Historical Method. [Invited Oral Presentation], Legal Research Conference, University of Limerick , 23-OCT-14 - 23-OCT-14.
Thomas Mohr (2014) Chief Justice Hugh Kennedy and Irish Constitutional Law. [Oral Presentation], Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution, Dublin City University , 04-SEP-14 - 04-SEP-14.
Thomas Mohr (2013) Daughters of the Empire? - Women as Irish Citizens and British Subjects. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Forum of Legal Historians, University of Lille , 15-MAY-13 - 18-MAY-13.
Thomas Mohr (2013) The Oath in the Constitution of the Irish Free State. [Invited Lecture], Hugh FitzPatrick Lectures on Legal Bibliography, Irish Manuscripts Commission , 13-MAR-13 - 13-MAR-13.
Thomas Mohr (2013) The Political Significance of the Coinage of the Irish Free State. [Invited Lecture], Numismatic Society of Ireland Lecture, Dublin , 22-MAR-13 - 22-MAR-13.
Thomas Mohr (2013) A History of Coinage in the Irish Free State. [Invited Lecture], Numismatic Society of Ireland (Northern Branch) Lecture, Belfast , 04-OCT-13 - 04-OCT-13.
Thomas Mohr (2013) Irish Currency Law, 1922-2002. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers Conference, Stormont Hotel, Belfast , 24-NOV-13 - 24-NOV-13.
Thomas Mohr (2013) Leo Kohn and the Draft Israeli Constitution of 1948. [Invited Oral Presentation], Staff Seminar, UCD Law School, Sutherland Building, UCD , 13-NOV-13 - 13-NOV-13.
Thomas Mohr (2012) The Role of the United Kingdom in reforming British Imperial Law. [Invited Oral Presentation], Forum of European Legal Historians, University of Vienna , 30-MAY-12 - 02-JUN-12.
Thomas Mohr (2012) The Irish Free State and the British Empire : A contested relationship charted in law journals. [Invited Oral Presentation], Law Journals and Political Change, University of Oslo , 06-JUN-12 - 08-JUN-12.
Thomas Mohr (2012) Leo Kohn and the Constitution of the Irish Free State. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Irish Constitution : Past, Present and Future, Honorable Society of King's Inns , 29-JUN-12 - 30-JUN-12.
Thomas Mohr (2012) The Imperial Conferences and British Imperial Law. [Invited Oral Presentation], Legal Histories of the British Empire Conference, National University of Singapore , 04-JUL-12 - 07-JUL-12.
Thomas Mohr; (2011) An Imperial Legislature: The Parliament at Westminster and the Law of the British Empire. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Forum of Legal Historians, University of Maastricht , 13-APR-11 - 16-APR-11.
Thomas Mohr (2011) The Statute of Westminster, 1931. [Invited Lecture], Module on Irish Legal History, Queen's University Belfast , 06-DEC-11 - 06-DEC-11.
Thomas Mohr; (2011) The Privy Council Appeal as a Minority Safeguard for the Protestant Community of the Irish Free State. [Invited Oral Presentation], Society of Legal Scholars Conference, Cambridge , 06-SEP-11 - 06-SEP-11.
Thomas Mohr (2011) The Irish Constitutions of 1922 and 1937 - Drafting and Models. [Invited Oral Presentation], 75 Years of Irish Constitutionalism, Newman House, UCD , 03-NOV-11 - 04-NOV-11.
Thomas Mohr (2011) Patrick McGilligan as Man of Commonwealth. [Invited Oral Presentation], UCD Lawyers and Public Life : 100 Years of Activism and Influence, Newman House, UCD , 12-NOV-11 - 12-NOV-11.
Thomas Mohr; (2011) Chief Justice Hugh Kennedy and the Resurrection of Irish Law. [Oral Presentation], British Legal History Conference 2011, Cambridge University , 15-JUL-11 - 15-JUL-11.
Thomas Mohr; (2010) Constitutional Reform at the Inter-War Imperial Conferences. [Invited Oral Presentation], Ireland-Canada Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology , 15-MAY-10 - 15-MAY-10.
Thomas Mohr; (2010) British Imperial Statutes and Irish Law. [Invited Oral Presentation], UCD School of Law Seminar Series, University College Dublin , 21-APR-10 - 21-APR-10.
Thomas Mohr; (2010) Documentary Research. [Invited Oral Presentation], Research Methods for Doctoral Students, Smurfit School of Business, UCD , 26-MAY-10 - 26-MAY-10.
Thomas Mohr; (2010) The Constitution of the Irish Free State in Inter-War Europe. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Society for Comparative Legal History, University of Valencia, Spain , 04-JUL-10 - 06-JUL-10.
Thomas Mohr; (2010) The Statute of Westminster: A Contemporary Perspective. [Invited Oral Presentation], Society of Legal Scholars Conference, University of Southampton , 14-SEP-10 - 14-SEP-10.
Thomas Mohr; (2010) Dominion Status and the Irish Free State, 1922-1937. [Invited Oral Presentation], Australia and New Zealand Legal History Conference, University of Melbourne , 12-DEC-10 - 15-DEC-10.
Thomas Mohr; (2010) Poles Apart - New Zealand, Ireland and British Imperial Law in the Inter-War Years. [Invited Lecture], Legal History Lecture Series, University of Auckland , 01-DEC-10 - 01-DEC-10.
Thomas Mohr; (2010) War and Peace in Legal History. [Chaired Session], Australia and New Zealand Legal History Society Conference, University of Melbourne , 12-DEC-10 - 15-DEC-10.
Thomas Mohr; (2009) British Imperial Law : A Neglected Source of Comparative Law. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Comparative Law Conference, University of Limerick , 27-FEB-09 - 28-FEB-09.
Thomas Mohr; (2009) Law and its Legitimacy. [Chaired Session], European Forum of Legal Historians, European University Institute, Florence, Italy , 03-APR-09 - 03-APR-09.
Thomas Mohr; (2009) A British Empire Court: The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in Legal History. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Forum of Legal Historians, European University Institute, Florence, Italy , 01-APR-09 - 04-APR-09.
Thomas Mohr; (2009) British Judges and the Irish Free State. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Conference of Historians, University of Limerick , 12-JUN-09 - 14-JUN-09.
Thomas Mohr; (2008) The Birth of the Irish Free State as a Watershed in Legal History. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Forum of Legal Historians, University of Pécs, Hungary , 07-MAY-08 - 10-MAY-08.
Thomas Mohr; (2007) Irish Secession from the British Empire. [Invited Oral Presentation], ARENA Conference on Secession, University of South Carolina, Charleston, USA , 07-DEC-07 - 10-DEC-07.
Thomas Mohr; (2007) The Irish Free State as a Dominion of the British Empire - A legal historical analysis. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Conference of Historians, Queen's University Belfast , 19-MAY-07 - 20-MAY-07.
Thomas Mohr; (2007) Brehon law and the search for an Irish Volksgeist. [Invited Lecture], Binchy Memorial Lecture - Brehon Law Conference, Burren Brehon Law Conference , 09-MAY-07 - 11-MAY-07.
Thomas Mohr; (2007) Women's rights under the 1922 and 1937 Constitutions. [Invited Oral Presentation], Evolving Constitution Conference - 70th Anniversary of the 1937 Constitution, Newman House , 09-MAR-07 - 09-MAR-07.
Thomas Mohr; (2006) The rights of women in the Irish Free State. [Invited Oral Presentation], Women's History Association of Ireland Conference, Trinity College Dublin , 18-NOV-06 - 18-NOV-06.
Thomas Mohr; (2006) Law in a Gaelic Utopia: Perceptions of Brehon Law in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Forum of Legal Historians, Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt am Main, 27 May 2006 , 26-MAY-06 - 29-MAY-06.
Thomas Mohr; (2006) The foundations of Irish extra-territorial legislation. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Law Teachers Conference, Cork , 07-APR-06 - 09-APR-06.
Thomas Mohr; (2006) The Constitutional Link between Ireland and Canada, 1922-1937. [Invited Oral Presentation], Ireland-Canada Conference, NUI, Galway , 27-APR-06 - 27-APR-06.
Thomas Mohr; (2005) British involvement in the creation of the Constitution of the Irish Free State. [Invited Oral Presentation], 17th British Legal History Conference, University College London , 05-JUL-05 - 07-JUL-05.
Thomas Mohr; (2005) Lloyd George and the 1922 Constitution. [Invited Lecture], Law Faculty, NUI, Galway Seminar Series, NUI, Galway , 09-APR-05 - 09-APR-05.

Committees

Committee : Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Law, UCD
Committee : Undergraduate Programme Board
Committee : Editorial Board of "The Irish Jurist"
Committee : Bord na Gaeilge
Committee : Commemorations Committee
     

Consultancy

Client: National University of Ireland, Galway (2000)
Client: National University of Ireland, Galway (2002)
 

Journals Edited

Irish Jurist: Editorial Board member.
 

Publications

Books

Mohr, T (2016) Guardian of the Treaty - The Privy Council Appeal and Irish Sovereignty. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
Mohr T and Schweppe J (Eds) (2011) Thirty Years of Legal Scholarship - The Irish Association of Law Teachers. Dublin: Thomson Round Hall. [Details]

Book Chapters

Mohr, T. (2017) 'The Privy Council Appeal and British Imperial Policy, 1833-1939' In: A. Klimaszewsha and M. Galedek (eds). Culture, Identity and Legal Instrumentalism. Poland: Gdansk University Press. [Details]
Mohr, T. (2017) 'Embedding the Family in the 1937 Constitution' In: N. Howlin and K. Costello (eds). Law and the Irish Family. London: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.214-237 [Details]
Mohr, T. (2017) 'The Impact of Canadian Confederation in Ireland' In: M. Martel and J. Krikorian (eds). Globalizing Confederation - Canada and the World in 1867. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. [Details]
Mohr, T. (2016) 'Legal Material and Historical Research' In: Cahillane, L. and Schweppe, J (eds). Legal Research Methods: Principles and Practicalities. Dublin: Clarus Press. , pp.71-87 [Details]
Mohr, T. and Schweppe, J.; (2011) 'Irish Scholarship, Irish Law and the Irish Association of Law Teachers' In: Thomas Mohr and Jennifer Schweppe (eds). Thirty Years of Legal Scholarship - The Irish Association of Law Teachers. Dublin: Thomson Round Hall. , pp.3-24 Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T.; (2011) 'A British Empire Court - An Appraisal of the History of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council' In: Anthony McElligott et al (eds). Power in History - Historical Studies XXVII. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. , pp.125-145 Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T.; (2008) 'Online Education and Copyright Law' In: Shannon, G. and O'Dell, E (eds). Law and Practice: Essays on Reform. Dublin: Clarus Press. Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T.; (2007) 'Law in a Gaelic Utopia: Perceptions of Brehon Law in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Ireland' In: O. Brupbacher et al (eds). Remembering and Forgetting: Yearbook of Young Legal History. Munich: Martin Meidenbauer. , pp.247-276 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Mohr, T. (2016) 'The United Kingdom and Imperial federation, 1900 to 1939: a precedent for British legal relations with the European Union?'. Comparative Legal History, 4 (2):1-31. [Details]
Mohr, T. (2016) 'The Irish question and the evolution of British Imperial Law, 1916-1922'. The Dublin University Law Journal, 39 (2):1-23. [Details]
Mohr, T (2015) 'The political significance of the coinage of the Irish Free State'. Irish Studies Review, 23 (4):1-29. [Details]
Mohr T. (2013) 'The Statute of Westminster, 1931 - An Irish Perspective'. Law and History Review, 31 (1):749-791. Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T. (2013) 'Lord Cave, the British Empire and Irish Independence - A Test of Judicial Integrity'. Oxford University Commonwealth Law (OUCLJ), 12 (2):229-260. Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T. (2012) 'The Privy Council appeal as a minority safeguard for the Protestant community of the Irish Free State, 1922-1935'. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 63 (3):365-395. Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T.; (2011) 'British Imperial Statutes and Irish Sovereignty: Statutes Passed After the Creation of the Irish Free State'. Journal of Legal History, 32 (1):61-85. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T.; (2010) 'British Imperial Statutes and Irish Law: Statutes Passed Before the Creation of the Irish Free State'. Journal of Legal History, 31 (3):299-321. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T.; (2009) 'The Colonial Laws Validity Act and the Irish Free State'. Irish Jurist, 43 :21-44. Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T.; (2008) 'British Involvement in the Creation of the Constitution of the Irish Free State'. Dublin University Law Journal, 30 :166-186. Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T. ; (2008) 'The Rights of Women under the Constitution of the Irish Free State'. Irish Jurist, 41 :20-59. Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T.; (2005) 'The Foundations of Irish Extra-Territorial Legislation'. Irish Jurist, 40 :86-110. Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T.; (2004) 'Online Education and Copyright Law: A Law Reform Proposal'. UCD Law Review, 4 :57. Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T.; (2002) 'Law without Loyalty: The Abolition of the Irish Appeal to the Privy Council'. Irish Jurist, 37 :187-226. Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T.; (2002) 'Brehon Law before Twentieth Century Courts'. Peritia, 16 :352-388. Link to full text [Details]
                                   

Book Reviews

Thomas Mohr (2016) Review of Daly and Hickey The Political Theory of the Irish Constitution (2016) 36(2) Parliaments, Estates and Representation. Book Reviews [Details]
Thomas Mohr (2015) Review of Liz Heffernan with Úna Ní Raifeartaigh, Evidence in Criminal Trials (2015) 53 Irish Jurist 178-9. Dublin: Book Reviews Link to full text [Details]
Thomas Mohr (2014) Book Review of Larkin and Dawson (eds) Lawyers, the Law and History (2014) 73(2) Cambridge Law Journal 437-440. Cambridge: Book Reviews [Details]
Thomas Mohr (2013) Book Review of Chris Ballinger, The House of Lords 1911-2011 : A Century of Non-Reform, Hart Publishing in (2013) 50 Irish Jurist 244-6. Dublin: Book Reviews [Details]
Thomas Mohr (2013) Book Review of W.N. Osborough, An Island's Law: A Bibliographical Guide to Ireland's Legal Past in (2013) 72(3) Cambridge Law Journal. Cambridge: Book Reviews [Details]
Thomas Mohr (2013) Book Review of Gerard Hogan, The Origins of the Irish Constitution, 1922-1941 (2013) 34(1) Journal of Legal History 471-473. London: Book Reviews Link to full text [Details]
Thomas Mohr; (2011) Book Review of Ian Hendry and Susan Dickson, 'British Overseas Territories Law' (2011, Hart, Oxford) in (2011) 46 Irish Jurist. The Irish Jurist: Book Reviews [Details]
                                               

Articles

Mohr, T (2014) The Coinage of the Irish Free State (2014) 55 Numismatic Society of Ireland Papers 27-52. Dublin: Articles [Details]
Mohr, T. (2014) Preserving Legal Memory (2014) 62 The Parchment Magazine. Dublin: Articles Link to full text [Details]
Mohr, T. (2013) A Single Currency for the British Empire?: A Warning for the Euro, (2013) 21(1) History Ireland. Dublin: Articles Link to full text [Details]
                             

Research

Research Interests

Research Interests
Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Legal History
Evidence
Constitutional Law