SCHOOL of LAW
Guide for Visiting
LOCATION OF SCHOOL
The School of Law is located on Floor 2 and Floor 3 of Tower Two. Access may be gained through the stairways
and lift located at the Bank of Ireland end of the Concourse.
The School secretariat is located in Room 406, Floor 2 of Tower Two. During the academic year 2011-2012, the
office will be open each day, Monday to Friday, from 11.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 2.15 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
The office of the School Administrator, Mr. Des McSharry, is located on the Concourse, behind the O'Flaherty
Theatre, in Room 206. All questions relating to course and examination regulations should be raised with Mr.
McSharry in the first instance.
Prof. Willie Golden (091) 493139 firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of School
Mr. Des McSharry (091) 492615 email@example.com
Ms. Geraldine O’Rourke (091) 493082 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Carmel Flynn (091) 492389 email@example.com
Ms. Tara Elwood (091) 492752 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Michael Coyne (091) 494067 email@example.com
School Web Address http://www.nuigalway.ie/law/
School Fax Number (091) 494506
Callanan, Ms. Deirdre firstname.lastname@example.org
Connolly, Ms. Ursula email@example.com
Egan, Dr. Anne firstname.lastname@example.org
Gardiner, Ms. Caterina email@example.com
Griffin, Mr. Diarmuid firstname.lastname@example.org
Hackett, Dr. Ciara email@example.com
Hinds, Ms. Anna-Louise firstname.lastname@example.org
Kennedy, Mr. Rónán email@example.com
Kenna, Dr. Padraic firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerin, Mr. Lughaidh email@example.com
Keys, Dr. Mary firstname.lastname@example.org
Long, Dr. Ronan email@example.com
Marlborough, Ms. Anne firstname.lastname@example.org
McGonagle, Mrs. Marie email@example.com
McInerney, Mr. Pat firstname.lastname@example.org
Mills, Dr. Oliver email@example.com
Murphy, Ms. Nicola firstname.lastname@example.org
O’Connell, Mr. Donncha email@example.com
O’Malley, Mr. Tom firstname.lastname@example.org
O’Sullivan, Ms. Maureen email@example.com
Pech, Dr. Laurent firstname.lastname@example.org
Quinlivan, Ms. Shivaun email@example.com
Quinn, Professor Gerard firstname.lastname@example.org
Ring, Ms. Sinead email@example.com
Smyth, Ms. Ciara firstname.lastname@example.org
CONSULTATION WITH LECTURERS
Lecturers set aside regular times for consultation with students, and these times are posted on their office doors.
AVAILABILITY OF PHOTOCOPIED MATERIAL
Some of the reading required for certain courses is available on a pay-as-you-get basis in photocopied form, and
can be purchased from the print shop “Print That” which is located on the main concourse (Adjacent to Smokey
Joes coffee area). The opening hours are 8.30am to 6.00pm.
Effective use of the library is a crucially important part of legal education. Students should take advantage of every
opportunity to familiarise themselves with the library and the services it offers. Nowadays many excellent services
are available through electronic sources (located on the ground floor of the library). Training sessions are available
and details may be had from the information desk in the library.
Mr. Hugo Kelly (091) 493359 email@example.com
ACADEMIC CALENDAR – 2011/2012
Tuesday, 6th September 2011 Semester I begins
Saturday, 26th November 2011 Teaching ends
Monday, 28th November 2011 Study Week
Monday, 5th December 2011 Examinations begin
Friday, 16th December, 2011 Examinations end
19th December, 2011 – 8th January 2012 Christmas Vacation
Monday, 9th January 2012 Semester II begins
Saturday, 31st April, 2012 Teaching ends
Monday, 2nd April – Sunday 22nd April 2012 Easter Vacation & Study Week
Monday, 23rd April 2012 Examinations Begin
Assessment is mainly by a written terminal examination of two or three hours duration, although some
courses may use assessment by course work such as projects or essays carrying up to 50% of the available
marks. Marks are awarded out of 100%, and the pass mark is 40%.
40% or above: Pass
50% or above: Second Class Honours, grade 2
60% or above: Second Class Honours, grade 1
70% or above: First Class Honours
Semester courses convert as 5 ECTS while year-long courses convert as 10 ECTS.
Schedule of Law Courses for Visiting Arts Students 2011/2012
Code ECTS Examination
LW411 Company Law I 5 Two hour exam
LW227 Constitutional Law I 5 Two hour exam
LW409 Criminal I 5 Two hour exam
LW365 Criminology 5 Two hour exam
LW503 European Union Law I 5 Two hour exam
LW357 Environmental Law 5 Two hour exam
LW356 Industrial and Intellectual Property Law 5 Two hour exam
LW383 Information Technology Law 5 Two hour exam
LW343 International Protection of Human Rights 5 Two hour exam
LW354 Media Law 5 Two hour exam
LW203 Tort I 5 Two hour exam
LW414 Company Law II 5 Two hour exam
LW228 Constitutional Law II 5 Two hour exam
LW413 Criminal II 5 Two hour exam
LW394 Criminal Justice 5 Two hour exam
LW504 European Union Law II 5 Two hour exam
LW393 Entertainment Law 5 Two hour exam
LW358 Environmental Law 5 Two hour exam
LW385 European Human Rights 5 Two hour exam
LW405 Health Law & Policy 5 Two hour exam
LW415 Law of the Sea 5 Two hour exam
LW206 Tort II 5 Two hour exam
SYLLABI OF COURSES 2011/2012
LW411 Company Law I: The Legal classification of organisations. Structures for the conduct of business,
especially the single trader, partnership, company and the co-operative society. The formation of a company by
registration under the Companies Acts. The concepts of corporate personality, limited liability, and ultra vires. The law
relating to the Memorandum and Articles of Association. The definition, function and legal duties of company promoters
and directors. Majority rule and minority rights.
LW414 Company Law II: The nature, issue, allotment and maintenance of capital. Mortgages, charges and
receivership. Company membership, shares and debentures, share certificates and share transfers. The law relating to
company management, administration, mergers, take-overs, and monopolies, companies, capitalism, and industrial
democracy. The EC company law harmonisation programme. The legal process and problems of company liquidation and
LW227 Constitutional Law I: Deals with Irish constitutional history and includes a basic introduction to
constitutional theory. Its primary focus is on the 1937 Constitution as a constitutive instrument of statehood and in
exploring this theme there is a detailed consideration of the doctrine of separation of powers as it applies in Ireland.
LW228 Constitutional Law II: Deals with the fundamental right guaranteed by the Irish Constitution. This
includes a consideration of the doctrine of unenumerated rights developed under that instrument and the particular issues
of constitutional theory that arise in relation to fundamental rights jurisprudence generally.
LW409 Criminal I: In this semester course, we will be concerned with the general principles of criminal liability.
We will consider the philosophical foundations of the criminal law, and the elements of liability. The semester will end
with a consideration of the principal general defences.
LW413 Criminal II: This semester course is concerned with the principal offences known to Irish law. We begin
with the Inchoate Offences – Incitement, Conspiracy, and attempts. The most serious offences – homicide, non-fatal
offences, and sexual offences are then considered, and the course will end with a consideration of the principal property
LW394 Criminal Justice: This course, which may be taken in conjunction with or independently of Criminology,
will examine certain key contemporary issues in Criminal Justice, notably crime prevention, policing, prosectution policy,
preventative detention, gender and crime, trial procedures, imprisonment, and related issues. These topics will be
examined from both the legal and sociological perspectives.
LW365 Criminology: This course will deal with certain fundamental questions connected with criminal justice
policy: the measurement of crime and the interpretation of criminal statistics; explanations of criminal behaviour; certain
typologies of crime notably white-collar crime and sexual offending; policing; penology and sentencing practice.
LW385 European Human Rights: This course, which is taught over one semester, is primarily concerned with the
growing body of jurisprudence emerging from the European Commission and Court of Human Rights and, to a lesser
extent, the European Court of Justice, under the European Convention on Human Rights. The historical development of
human rights law in Europe will be examined and consideration will be given to the status of the Convention in the
domestic law of member states of the Council of Europe. Particular attention will be paid to its legal status and impact in
Ireland and Northern Ireland. The case law of the Court of Human Rights will be examined in a thematic way and the
various interpretative approaches adopted by the Court will be appraised critically. The European Social Charter and the
increasingly significant Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe will also be considered. (See also
International Protection of Human Rights below.)
LW503 European Union Law I:
The course is an introduction to the role of the institutions of the European Union in promoting European integration.
Consideration is given in particular to the functions of the Commission, the European Parliament, the Council and the
Court of Justice. Comparative reference is made to the institutional development of other European organisations, such as
the Council of Europe.
LW504 European Union Law II:
The course deals with the substantive law of the European Union. Particular emphasis is given to the basic freedoms of
Community law: the free movement of goods; the free movement of persons; the freedom of establishment; the freedom to
provide services; the free movement of capital; and the free movement of payments. Consideration is also given to Union
policies such as competition policy, the common agricultural policy, regional policy, industrial policy and social policy.
Comparative reference is made to the policies of other European organisations, such as the Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Development.
LW393 Entertainment Law: This course can be taken on its own or in conjunction with Media Law. Its primary
focus is on the audio-visual media: broadcasting, film, video, drama, music. The concept of artistic expression and its
protection in international and domestic law will be explored. Among the topics to be covered are copyright; recording and
publishing contracts; performing rights; film and video classsification; advertising and sponsorship; content restrictions such
as those relating to blasphemy, sex and violence, pornography and racism.
LW357 Environmental Law I: This course treats the legal regime regulating planning and development in Irish
Law. The Irish planning code and issues of statutory interpretation and public law arising therefrom are examined. The
course looks at: the institutions of planning control; the application for planning permission; participation by objectors; the
appeal process and judicial review of planning decisions; and compensation for refusal of development.
LW358 Environmental Law II: This course will examine the legal aspects of a number of different sources of
pollution including water pollution (inland and coastal), air pollution, waste, noise etc. The Common Law nuisance
principles and the Rule in Ryland v Fletcher will be examined, as well as recent case law in this area. Recent domestic
legislation (in particular the Water Pollution Act and the Air Pollution Act) as well as EC developments will be considered,
particularly from the point of view of monitoring and penalties for breach. The role of environment impact assessments will
also be considered.
LW405 Health Law and Policy: This course will explore a range of important health and medical issues, such as
consent to treatment, confidentiality, civil and criminal liability of health care personnel, treating the terminally-ill patient,
reproductive medicine, and mental health law. The chosen topics will be examined from both a legal and public policy
perspective, and in light of emerging international norms.
LW356 Industrial and Intellectual Property Law: This course will examine the legal protection granted by statute
and the common law to industrial and intellectual property. It will examine patent law, copyright and trade mark law,
beginning first with an examination of the economic justification for such rights and then proceeding to examine the
different sections in detail. Consideration will also be given to breach of confidence and EC competition law as it bears
upon intellectual property rights.
LW383 Information Technology Law: This course examines the use of computers and other aspects of
information technology in legal research and practice and in the administration of justice generally. The legal problems
created by the use of such technology are also examined, such as, data protection, computer crime, legal problems of
Electronic Data Interchange, legal protection of interests in software, integrated circuits and other related topics.
LW343 International Protection of Human Rights: This semester course deals with the efforts of the
international community of States to promote and to protect human rights. The strategies that the international community
pursues are examined in detail in the context of a number of areas which vary somewhat each academic year, but usually
include the following: civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; children’s rights; women’s rights; the
right to self-determination; and the rights of refugees. The roles of the United Nations and of number of other global
organisations are discussed. In the latter part of the course, consideration is given to the taking of sanctions for human
rights violations and to the influence of human rights concerns on the making of foreign policy. (See also European Human
LW415 Law of the Sea: This course examines the law of the sea from an international, European and national
perspective. Topics covered include: codification of international law; the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (1982);
Irish state practice (particularly the Maritime Jurisdiction Act (1959); baselines; the maritime jurisdiction zones -internal waters,
territorial sea, contiguous zone, 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ)/fishery zone, continental self, high seas and deep
seabed; straits; delimitation of maritime zones. Particular reference is made to recent development in European law regarding
marine resource use and environmental protection. Additional addressed include: marine scientific research; use of the seas for
military purposes; the protection of sensitive marine habitats; underwater cultural heritage; and the settlement of disputes. The
treatment of the subject may entail a number of case studies examining contemporary issues such as: the transport of migrant
workers by sea; the Mox Plant case; and recent developments in international law concerning whaling.
LW354 Media Law: This course examines the nature and role of the media in a modern society and the extent to
which law regulates and curtails media activity. It examines the basic laws of libel and contempt, offences against the State
and public morality, and considers whether those laws adequately reflect modern social values or take sufficient account of
recent and ongoing media developments.
LW203 Tort I & LW206 Tort II: Introductory; General Principles of Liability; Trespass and nuisance;
Defamation; Negligence; Statutory Duties; Domestic and economic relations; Industrial Relations; Deceit and injurious
falsehood; Wrongful Process of Law; Parties; Miscellaneous Defences; Damages; General Principles; Remedies.