2014 Dublin Program Faculty
Professor Bruce Carolan
Professor Carolan has taught in the TU Dublin program since 2000, and during the mid-2000s he served as co-director of the program. Professor Carolan is the Head of the Department of Law at the Dublin Institute of Technology, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1997. In addition, Professor Carolan has taught European Union and international trade and business courses as a visiting professor at Stetson University College of Law, Washburn University College of Law, and at the University of Florida, and he has lectured on these topics in Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, England, and Argentina. He is a past president of the Irish Association of Law Teachers (1999-2000), a former Chair of the Section on International Legal Exchange of the Association of American Law Schools (2007), and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars in the U.K. (1999-2003).
Professor Carolan is the author of EU Law for Students in Ireland, 2d ed. (Gill & Macmillan 2009) and series editor of Nutshell Series in Irish Law (Round Hall Press Sweet & Maxwell), including Irish Constitutional Law (2002); Irish Land Law (2001); Irish Company Law (2001); Contract Law (2005); Evidence Law (2005); and European Union Law (2005). He has published a chapter in L. Backer (ed)., Harmonizing Law in an Era of Globalization: Convergence, Divergence, and Resistance (Carolina Academic Press 2007) and numerous articles in European and U.S. law journals.
Professor Carolan earned his B.A. from the University of Arizona and his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami, where he graduated cum laude and served as Articles and Comments Editor of the University of Miami Law Review. He earned an LL.M. in European Law, with distinction, from the National University of Ireland, School of Law, in Dublin. He is an attorney at law, licensed to practice in the State of California.
Professor Seamus Clarke
Professor Clarke has taught International Intellectual Property for the TU Dublin program since 2000, and he also serves as Assistant Director of the Legal Internship program, assisting Dr. Ryan in the recruitment of intern supervisors.
Professor Clarke is a Barrister-at-Law currently in private practice in Dublin, specializing in the areas of criminal law, judicial review, employment law, intellectual property law, and planning law. Professor Clarke taught for several years as a Lecturer in the Department of Law at the Dublin Institute of Technology and at Griffith College School of Law in Dublin. He has also lectured at The Honorable Society of King’s Inns in Dublin, where Irish barristers receive their training.
Professor Clarke was counsel in the 2007 landmark decision of Dillon v. DPP, Ireland and Attorney General, a decision which struck down the Vagrancy Act, 1847 as a vague statute and an unconstitutional violation of free speech. He was also Counsel for Anthony Gorman in the 2010 decision of Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform v. Gorman, in which the High Court refused to extradite Mr. Gorman to the United Kingdom for trial on the basis that the Applicant’s right to family life (under the facts of that particular case) trumped the Irish State’s obligation to surrender Mr. Gorman. He regularly appears before the Superior Courts in Ireland for An Post, the Irish Postal Service, banking institutions, and local planning authorities, and he was appointed to the panel representing the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2006.
Professor Clarke received his Bachelor of Civil Law (International Degree) from University College Dublin in 1995. As part of his training for the International Degree, he attended DePaul University College of Law during the 1993-94 academic year and clerked for two Chicago law firms. He subsequently earned a Magister Juris Degree in European and Comparative Law in 1996 from the University of Oxford, where he was a Parker Scholar at Lady Margaret Hall. He also holds a Barrister-at-Law degree from The Honorable Society of King's Inns. Professor Clarke has published numerous articles on topics ranging from judicial review and pharmacy law to electronic commerce, and in 2000 he served as Editor of the Irish Student Law Review.
Dr. Suzanne Kingston
Dr. Kingston has taught European Union Law in our Dublin program since 2009. Since 2007 she has been a member of the faculty of the School of Law at University College Dublin, where she teaches courses as a Lecturer in EU Law, EU Competition Law, and EU Environmental Law in the graduate and undergraduate programs. She is a principal investigator at UCD's Earth Institute and a member of the UCD Centre for Regulation and Governance and the Dublin European Institute. She is also a practicing Barrister-at-Law, specializing in EU and Competition Law, and she appears, inter alia, on behalf of the Republic of Ireland and the European Commission before the EU courts.
Dr. Kingston formerly served as a référendaire (law clerk) in the cabinet of Advocate General Geelhoed at the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg (2004-06) and as a stagiaire at the European Commission (DG Competition) (2001-2002). From 2002-04, she practiced EU law in the Brussels office of the US law firm, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. She has been an affiliated lecturer in law teaching EU Environmental Law at Cambridge University, a visiting lecturer at University of Leiden and Queen's University, Belfast, and in March 2011 she was Visiting EUCE Research Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto. She is frequently invited to speak on EU-related issues at international and domestic conferences.
Dr. Kingston’s recent publications include Greening EU Competition Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press 2011), shortlisted for the prestigious Society of Legal Scholars 2012 Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, Manual on European Union Law (Dublin: Institute of Public Administration 2010), and (as editor and contributor) European Perspectives on Environmental Law and Policy (Routledge, forthcoming 2012). She has also contributed chapters to Kapteyn & Verloren van Themaat, The Law of the European Union and the European Communities (The Netherlands: Kluwer 2008) and Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies (Cambridge University Press 2007), in addition to publishing widely in a variety of fields of EU law, including EU competition law, EU environmental law, EU taxation law and EU human rights law. Dr. Kingston received a Ph.D. in Competition and Environmental Law at the Univ. of Leiden, where she also earned an LL.M. in European Community Law, cum laude. She received her B.A. in Law from Oxford University.
Dr. Mary Catherine Lucey
Dr. Lucey serves as an on-site Administrative Coordinator for the TU Dublin program, and she has taught a course in EU Competition Law in the program for many years. Dr. Lucey has been a Lecturer on the faculty in the School of Law at University College Dublin since 1996, where she teaches EU Competition Law, EU Economic Law, and Competition Law. She served as Academic Director of the LL.M. program at UCD in Commercial Law from 2006 to 2008, and she is currently the Programme Coordinator for the UCD Bachelor of Civil Law Program. She has published numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and other publications related to Irish, UK, and EC Competition Law, EU Law, and Contract Law, and she is co-author of the book, Irish Perspectives on EC Law (Round Hall Sweet and Maxwell, 2003). In 2006, Dr. Lucey was a visiting professor at Fordham University School of Law in New York, and she was honored as an Irish Canadian University Foundation Scholar in 2005.
Dr. Lucey earned her Bachelor of Civil Law and LL.M. degrees at National University of Ireland (Cork), where she graduated with First Honors. She was awarded her Ph.D. by the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 1993 she was awarded the Barrister-at-Law degree from The Honorable Society of King's Inns.
Dr. Fergus Ryan
Dr. Ryan has served as the Director of our Legal Internship program since its inception in 2001. Dr. Ryan is a Lecturer in law at the Dublin Institute of Technology, a school with over 400 undergraduate and postgraduate law students, where he served as Acting Head of the Department of Law from 2003 to 2009. From 2002-05, Dr. Ryan also served as a visiting lecturer at the School of Law, Trinity College, Dublin, teaching Family Law. He has also served as a visiting lecturer at the Law Society of Ireland and at the Centre for Equality Studies at UCD, and he is an external examiner at WIT and Dublin Business School.
A former President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, Dr. Ryan is a prolific scholar and has published numerous articles and book chapters in the fields of family, immigration, criminal, and constitutional law, in addition to several books, including Contract Law, Round Hall Nutshells (Dublin: Thomson Round Hall 2006); Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Law in Ireland: Cases and Materials (with Dug Cubie) (Thomson Round Hall, 2004); and Constitutional Law, Round Hall Nutshells, 2d ed. (Dublin: Round Hall, 2008). In 2009, he published Civil Partnership: Your Questions Answered (GLEN, 2009), an analysis of the then pending Civil Partnership Bill 2009. He has co-authored two reports for the Irish Human Rights Commission and has served as consultant to the Northern Ireland Law Reform Advisory Committee and to the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network. From 2005-07, he served as Chairperson of One Family, a national charity providing support to one-parent families. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and a regular guest contributor on Irish radio and television. Dr. Ryan is a graduate and former scholar at Trinity College, Dublin, where he earned his Ph.D.
Professor Tamara Piety
Tamara Piety, the Phyllis Hurley Frey Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa, is an internationally-recognized legal scholar who has published and presented extensively on the issue of commercial and corporate speech. Professor Piety's book, Brandishing the First Amendment, was published by University of Michigan Press in February of 2012 and recently reissued in paperback, and she has published in the Alabama Law Review, Michigan Law Review First Impressions, Case Western Reserve Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, Temple Law Review, Seattle Law Review, and many other legal journals. In 2003, Professor Piety contributed an amicus brief for the Sierra Club in the Nike v. Kasky case in the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2009, she participated on a panel sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission examining proposed regulations addressing the marketing of junk food to children. In 2011, she debated James Bopp, Jr., columnist and national political commentator, at a Texas Bar Association CLE about the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United.
Professor Piety is an experienced former litigator who teaches a range of litigation-related subjects, including Evidence, Scientific Evidence, and Law and Mind Sciences. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Tulsa, Professor Piety was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has also been a Visiting Professor at Florida State University Law School in 2007 and taught a guest class at Boston University Law School in 2013.
Professor Piety earned her bachelor's degree in economics from Florida International University and her juris doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Miami, where she was an Article and Comments Editor for the University of Miami Law Review and awarded Order of the Coif. At Miami, she was one of ten students invited to participate in a seminar on constitutional law with the late Justice William J. Brennan. In 2000, Professor Piety received her LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where she was the Executive Editor of the Harvard Women's Law Journal. She also served as judicial clerk for the Honorable Peter T. Fay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and as an interim clerk for the Honorable Irving L. Goldberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Professor Paul Ward
Professor Ward has lectured or taught in the TU Dublin program since its inception in 1999. Professor Ward is a Senior Lecturer on the faculty in the School of Law at University College Dublin, where he teaches in the areas of Family Law, Child Law, Torts, and Advanced Torts. He is also a Barrister-at-Law with the Honorable Society of King's Inns and has practiced in the field of family law for a number of years. Professor Ward was a visiting professor at De Paul University College of Law in Chicago in 2002 and 2004, and he lectured at the University of Hanover in 1996. Professor Ward has also served as a consultant to the Inspector of Prisons in Ireland, Mr. Justice Kinlen.
Professor Ward earned his Bachelor of Civil Law from University College Dublin and his Barrister-at-Law degree from the Honorable Society of King's Inns. He earned an LL.M. from the London School of Economics. He is widely respected internationally as a family law scholar and has published numerous articles in French, British, and U.S. academic journals, as well as many articles on Irish family law issues for the International Survey of Family Law. He is also the author of three books, Child Care Acts Consolidated, 2d ed. (Roundhall Sweet and Maxwell 2005); Family Law and Succession, International Encyclopaedia of Laws (Kluwer Law International 2006); and Tort Law, International Encyclopaedia of Laws (Kluwer Law International 2009). In 2008, Professor Ward completed a report for the EU Commission on the enforcement of family law judgments and return orders under the Hague Convention.
Professor Robert Weber
Professor Weber earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was awarded the Saul L. Nadler Award for excellence in the fields of Corporate Law, Creditors’ Rights, and Securities Law. While at Michigan Law, he served as Articles Editor for the Michigan Journal of International Law. After graduating, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard W. Goldberg on the U.S. Court of International Trade. After his clerkship, he was an associate in the corporate department of the international law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York. At Debevoise, his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and securities law. Before coming to the University of Tulsa, he taught at Loyola University – New Orleans College of Law from 2009-2011 as a Westerfield Fellow.
Professor Weber’s recent scholarship has explored how legal-regulatory regimes can best promote regulatory objectives in complex, dynamic, and unstable financial markets. In that context, he has written and lectured about bank capital adequacy regulation, life insurance reserve accounting, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, stress testing, risk management and regulatory capture. His articles have been published in the Minnesota Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, the American Business Law Journal (peer reviewed), the Administrative Law Review, the Berkeley Business Law Journal, the Duke Journal of International and Comparative Law, and the Michigan Journal of International Law. In 2012, he was awarded the Ralph C. Hoeber Award for Excellence in Research by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
Prior to his legal career, Professor Weber received his A.B. from Duke University and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study immigration trends in Italy at the Università degli Studi di Roma during the 2001-2002 academic year. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.
Professor Weber’s areas of academic specialty include business associations, financial regulation (including the Dodd-Frank Act), secured transactions, banking law, securities regulation, and corporate finance.
Associate Dean Robert Spoo
Professor Robert Spoo, Chapman Distinguished Chair in Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the University of Tulsa, will be a Co-Lecturer in the International Intellectual Property course during the first week of the program. Professor Spoo has received two Outstanding Professor Awards at the College of Law, where he teaches in the fields of Copyright, Intellectual Property, Contracts, DET, and Law and Literature, and in 2010-11 he received The University of Tulsa's Outstanding University Teacher Award. He serves on the advisory board of the National Library of Ireland and has assisted with proposed copyright legislation for the Republic of Ireland and other copyright issues affecting Irish cultural institutions.
Professor Spoo earned his J.D. from the Yale Law School, where he was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal and received the Michael Egger Prize for best student publication on current social problems in the Yale Law Journal. After graduating, he served as law clerk for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced for several years with law firms in New York, Oklahoma, and San Francisco, providing litigation services and advice in the areas of copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property. As an attorney, Professor Spoo has represented authors, scholars, documentary filmmakers, record companies, and other creators and users of intellectual property. His litigation work has included serving as co-counsel, with the Stanford Center for Internet & Society and other attorneys, for Professor Carol Shloss of Stanford against the Estate of James Joyce. In 2005, he was asked to travel to Vietnam to advise the Ministry of Education and Training on issues of intellectual property and higher education.
Prior to his legal career, Professor Spoo received his MA and PhD in English from Princeton University and taught for more than ten years as a tenured faculty member in the English Department at The University of Tulsa, where he was also Editor of the James Joyce Quarterly. He has published numerous books and articles on James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and other modern literary figures. His publications have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the UCLA Law Review, and other law and humanities journals, as well as in collections published by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. Professor Spoo's book, Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain (New York: Oxford University Press, July 2013), offers a legal and cultural history of the impact on non-US authors of the protectionist and isolationists features of US copyright laws from 1790 on.
Professor Spoo is a member of the Modernist Studies Association Task Force on Fair Use, serves as copyright advisor to numerous academic journals and projects, and acts as general counsel for the International James Joyce Foundation. In June 2008, he received the Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award for "outstanding contributions and achievements in a career field" from his undergraduate institution, Lawrence University.