Researchers at UCD


John O'Dowd

School of Law



I have been a lecturer in the Faculty (and subsequently the School) of Law at UCD since 1991, where I have taught Contract Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Media Law and the Law of the European Convention on Human Rights. From 2002 to 2004 I held the NUI Travelling Studentship in Law while working on a DPhil thesis at the University of Oxford (Wolfson College) comparing the role of directive principles and justiciable social rights in Indian and Irish constitutional law.


Honours and Awards

Year: 1985.
Title: Class prize in Public Law
Year: 1988.
Title: Gold medal in Jurisprudence
Year: 1990.
Title: Exhibitioner of the Honorable Society of King's Inn


Association: Law Library of Ireland., Function/Role: 1990-1992
Association: Pupillage with John Trainor (SC), Function/Role: 1990-1991
Association: European Group of Public Law, Athens (2000 to date) , Function/Role:
Association: Irish Association of Law Teachers, Function/Role: Former Council Member and Treasurer


Committee : European Group of Public Law
Committee : Irish Association of Law Teachers
Committee : Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL)
Committee : Freedom Expression Worknig Group of the ICCL.


Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Tutor
Employer: Unversity College Dublin
Position: Assistant Lecturer
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: College Lecturer
Employer: Academy of the European Group of Public Law
Position: Exchange teaching


Year 1987 Institution:
Qualification: BCL Subject:
Year Institution:
Qualification: Barrister-at-Law Subject:


Modern Greek:

Other Activities

Joint Organiser of the Annual Lecture, Broadcasting, Society and the Law (1996 to 2002, 2007 to date). See

Barrister At Law (Honorable Society of King’s Inns)

Programme Co-ordinator: BCL (Law with Philosophy); BCL (Law with Economics)



Book Chapters

O'Dowd, T John (2013) 'UCD School of Law - A Brief History' In: Ruane, Medb; Doyle, Barry; O'Regan, John (eds). UCD Sutherland School of Law. Kinsale, Co Cork: Gandon Editions. , pp.16-21 Available Online [Details]
T John O'Dowd (2014) 'Fiscal Union in Slow Motion? Challenges for Irish Constitutional Law' In: Amato, Giuliano; Frendo, Michael and Napolitano, Giulio (eds). The New Economic Governance of Europe: EPLO Malta Meeting 20-21 July 2012. Athens: EPLO. , pp.115-167 [Details]
O'Dowd. (2016) 'Speaking to power: mechanisms for judicial-executive dialogue' In: L. Cahillane, J. Gallen and T. Hickey (eds). Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. [Details]
O'Dowd, TJ (2013) 'Pilate's Paramount Duty: Constitutional Reasonableness and the Restriction of Freedom of Expression and Assembly' In: Sunil Khilnani (ed), Vikram Raghavan (ed), Arun K. Thiruvengadam (ed) (eds). Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia. New Delhi: OUP India. , pp.267-302 [Details]
O'Dowd, T John; (2010) 'Parliamentary scrutiny of Bills: some evidence' In: MacCarthaigh, Muiris; Manning, Maurice (eds). The Houses of the Oireachtas. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. Available Online [Details]
O'Dowd, T John; (2010) 'Mutual Recognition in European Immigration Policy: Harmonised Protection or Co-Ordinated Exclusion?' In: F.A.N.J. Goudappel, R. Oostland and H. Raulus (eds). The Future of Asylum in the European Union: Problems, Proposals and Human Rights. The Hague: Asser Press. Available Online [Details]
O'Dowd, T John; (2010) 'Annotation: The Prosecutor v. Sam Hinga Norman, Moinina Fofana and Allieu Kondewa (The Civil Defence Forces (CDF) case) SCSL-04-14-T-282/285/293' In: Klip, André; Sluiter, Göran (eds.) (eds). Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals - volume 21: The Special Court for Sierra Leone 2004-2006. Antwerp: Intersentia. , pp.79-88 [Details]
John O'Dowd; (2008) 'The Impact of the Constitution in the Deliberations of the Houses of the Oireachtas' In: Oran Doyle; Eoin Carolan (eds). The Irish Constitution: Governance and Values. Dublin: Thomson Round Hall. , pp.181-194 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
John O'Dowd ; (2005) 'Ireland' In: Grant, Thomas D (eds). Lobbying, Government Relations and Campaign Finance Worldwide: Navigating the Laws, Regulations and Practices of National Regimes. New York: Oceana Publications/Oxford University Press. , pp.201-259 [Details]
John O'Dowd ; (2005) 'Provisional Release: Commentary' In: Klip, André and Sluiter, Göran (eds). Annotated Leading Cases of the International Criminal Tribunals - Volume VII. Antwerp: Intersentia. [Details]
John O'Dowd ; (2005) 'Religion in arts and media: Ireland' In: Doe, Norman (eds). The Portrayal of Religion in Europe: The Media and the Arts. Leuven: Uitgeverij Peeters. , pp.129-149 [Details]
John O'Dowd ; (2003) 'Motion for Acquittal: Commentary' In: Klip, André and Sluiter, Göran (eds). Annotated Leading Cases of the International Criminal Tribunals - Volume V. Antwerp: Intersentia. , pp.128-133 [Details]
J. O'Dowd; (2002) 'Irlande' In: Vrabie, Genoveva (ed.) (eds). 'Les régimes politiques des pays de l'U.E. et de la Roumanie'. Bucureşti: Regia Autonoma Monitorul Oficial. [Details]
John O'Dowd; (2002) 'La Désignation des Maires en Irlande' In: Délpérée, Francis et Joassart, Marc (eds). Dossier sur l'élection du bourgmestre. Bruxelles: Bruylant. , pp.143-147 [Details]
J. O'Dowd; (2001) 'Form of Indictment: Commentary' In: Klip, André and Sluiter, Göran (eds.)(Hart) (eds). Annotated Leading Cases of the International Criminal Tribunals - Volume II: The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda 1994-1999. Antwerp: Intersentia. , pp.74-79 [Details]
John O'Dowd ; (2001) 'Ireland: Concretization of and Limitations on Fundamental Rights' In: John O'Dowd ; (eds). Fundamental Rights in Europe and North America. Part A: Basic Work. The Hague: Kluwer Law. , pp.25-50 [Details]
John O'Dowd ; (2001) 'Ireland: Function and Interpretation of Fundamental Rights' In: Weber, Albrect (eds). Fundamental Rights in Europe and North America. Part A: Basic Work. The Hague: Kluwer Law. , pp.79-88 [Details]
J. O'Dowd; (1997) 'Broadcasting Policy and European Law' In: McGonagle, Marie (ed.) (eds). Law and the Media: the views of journalists and lawyers. Dublin: Round Hall Sweet & Maxwell. , pp.257-301 [Details]
J. O'Dowd; (1995) 'Dignity and Personhood in Irish Constitutional Law' In: Quinn, Gerard, Ingram, Attracta and Livingstone, Stephen (eds.) (Oak Tree Press: Dublin) (eds). Justice and Legal Theory in Ireland. Dublin: Oak Tree Press. , pp.163-181 [Details]
O'Dowd, J, McAuley, Finbarr; (1993) 'Criminal Procedure Systems in Ireland' In: Van den Wyngaert, Christine (ed.), Gaine, Christopher, Kühne, Hans-Heiner and McAuley, Finbarr (co-eds.) (Butterworths: London) (eds). Criminal procedure systems in the European Community. London: Butterworths. , pp.185-221 [Details]

Edited Books

Ferrari, Giuseppe Franco and O'Dowd, T John (Ed.). (2014) 75 Years of the Constitution of Ireland: An Irish-Italian Dialogue. Dublin: Clarus Press. Available Online [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

O'Dowd, TJ (2012) 'Judges in whose cause? The Irish bench after the judges' pay referendum'. Irish Jurist, 48 :102-131. [Details]
O'Dowd, T John; (2009) 'Ireland's New Defamation Act'. Journal of Media Law, 1 (2):173-190. [Details]
O'Dowd, J; (2003) 'Knowing how Way Leads on to Way: Some Reflection on the Abbeylara decision'. Irish Jurist, :162-225. [Details]

Other Journals

O'Dowd, TJ (2012) 'The Judges and Public Law: Irish and European Perspectives' European Review of Public Law 24 (1) . [Details]
John O'Dowd; (2009) 'A Berlin Wall on Water? Migration Control: Developments in the European Union Framework (forthcoming)' European Review of Public Law 21 (1) . [Details]
John O'Dowd; (2008) 'European Security: Ireland' European Review of Public Law 20 (1) :409-445. [Details]
O'Dowd, J; (2007) 'Citizenship of the European Union: Rights of Foreigners in Irish Law' European Review of Public Law 19 (1) :213-281. [Details]
O'Dowd, J; (2005) 'Religions and Public Law: Ireland' European Review of Public Law 17 (1) :351-396. [Details]
O'Dowd, J; (2003) 'Public Law and Risk: The Irish Position' European Review of Public Law 15 (1) :341-487. [Details]
O'Dowd, J; (2002) 'Boston or Berlin? EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: Some Irish Perspectives' European Review of Public Law 14 (1) :427-581. [Details]
J. O'Dowd; (2001) 'Access to Justice in Irish Administrative Law' European Review of Public Law 13 (1) :407-525. [Details]
J. O'Dowd; (2000) 'The Public-Private Distinction in Irish Law' European Review of Public Law 12 (2) :595-644. [Details]
J. O'Dowd; (1999) 'The Principle of Equality in Irish Constitutional and Administrative Law' European Review of Public Law 11 (2) :769-836. [Details]
J. O'Dowd; (1998) 'Irish Public Law in the 1990s' European Review of Public Law 10 (3) :705-792. [Details]
J. O'Dowd; (1996) 'Protection Against the Unlawful Invasion of the Rights of Third Persons by Broadcasting Organisations: An Irish Case Study' European Review of Public Law 8 (3) :835-876. [Details]

Published Reports

O'Dowd, J; Coutts, S (2014) Access to Electoral Rights - Ireland. European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole (FI) Italy. Available Online [Details]
Sinnott, R; Coakley, J; O'Dowd, J; McBride, J; (2009) Preliminary Study on the Establishment of an Electoral Commission in Ireland. Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dublin. Available Online [DOI] [Details]


O'Dowd, J.; (2005) ESC Rights as Legal Rights. Dublin: Reports [Details]

Book Reviews

Almqvist, Jessica; (2005) Human Rights, Culture and the Rule of Law. Book Reviews [Details]
Lacey, Nicola; (2004) A Life of HLA Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream. Book Reviews [Details]
Halliday, Simon and Schmidt, Patrick (eds); (2004) Human rights brought home: socio-legal perspectives on human rights in the national legal context. Book Reviews [Details]
Morgan, David Gwynn; (1997) The Separation of Powers in the Irish Constitution. Book Reviews [Details]


J. O'Dowd; (1999) Electoral Act, 1997 (No. 25) and Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1998 (No. 4) (combined). Annotations [Details]
J. O'Dowd; (1999) Electoral (Amendment) (No. 2) Act, 1998. Annotations [Details]
J. O'Dowd; (1995) Presidential Elections Act, 1993. Annotations [Details]
J. O'Dowd; (1995) Referendum Act, 1994. Annotations [Details]
J. O'Dowd; (1993) Electoral Act, 1992 (No. 23). Annotations [Details]

Review Articles

J. O'Dowd; (1998) Review of Morgan, David Gwynn, The Separation of Powers in the Irish Constitution. Review Articles [Details]


J. O'Dowd; (2001) The Age of Tribunals. Articles [Details]
J. O'Dowd; (2000) The Sheedy Affair. Articles [Details]


Research Interests

Constitutional Law (including comparative constitutional law, with special emphasis on constitutionalism in India and its neighbours) Human Rights Law (especially relating to Freedom of Expression and social and economic rights)
Media Law



Internal Collaborators

I contribute to the project "Mapping the Irish State: Structures, Processes, Outcomes" (IRCHSS Thematic Research Grant, 2007-10) project co-ordinated by Dr Niamh Hardiman of the School of Politics and International Relations.

External Collaborators

I contribute to a research project on trans-frontier co-operation in administrative matters (Dr Oswald Jansen (University of Utrecht).

I am developing a proposal for a research on the constitutional dimensions of North-South co-operation under the Belfast Agreement, with Professor John Morison and Dr Gordon Anthony (School of Law, QUB.)

I participate in an ongoing research project "Comparative Constitutional Traditions in South Asia" co-ordinated by the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University. See: