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Eoin Carolan

Full Professor
UCD Sutherland School of Law
01 716 4130
University College Dublin, UCD Sutherland School of Law, Sutherland School of Law Belfield Dublin 4


Eoin Carolan is a Professor at University College Dublin where he is founding Director of the Centre for Constitutional Studies. 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 books, 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), "The Irish Constitution: Perspectives and Prospects (Bloomsbury, 2012), "Judicial Power in Ireland" (ed), (IPA, 2018) and "Media Law in Ireland" (Bloomsbury, 2019). 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) He was recently awarded a prestigious €2m European Research Council grant to undertake a major five-year project on the foundations of public faith and trust in constitutions, legal systems and public institutions.


  • Director
    UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies, Ireland1 Jul 2017


  • Lecturer
    Trinity College Dublin1 Oct 2004 - 30 Sep 2008


  • LLM
    University of Cambridge
  • Llb
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin