Darren O'Donovan

About Darren O'Donovan


Darren O’Donovan is an Assistant Professor at Bond University in Queensland, Australia having previously lectured at University College Cork. He is the author (with Fiona Donson) of Law and Public Administration in Ireland (2015). His research interests are in administrative justice, equality and minority rights, particularly the rights of Irish Travellers. You can contact him at dodonova@bond.edu.au

Posts by Darren O'Donovan:

Executive Power and Fundamental Rights: Underexplored Constitutional Terrain?

It is somewhat surprising that after 78 years, one could claim that Bunreacht na hEireann has some underexplored corners, but recent judgments underline that executive power is an area in need of renewed examination. The extent and depth of executive power has troubled multiple common law jurisdictions in recent years, often as an ever expanding(…)

Public Lawyers, Public Values: Debating Government Lawyering in Ireland

Public Lawyers, Public Values: Debating Government Lawyering in Ireland

Recent debates regarding the availability of the Attorney General’s advice underline the need for Ireland to engage in a first principles discussion of the Government’s approach to lawyering and dispute resolution. The disastrous symphysiotomy redress scheme, the Garda taping scandal and our ongoing struggle to fix the basic content of the Constitution in our legislative debates show(…)

Winterstein v France: Fighting for Travellers’ Rights under the ECHR

The European Court of Human Rights recently found France in violation of Article 8 (the right to home, family and private life), by threatening to evict through court order a group of 95 Travellers from their long established caravan sites in the municipality of Herblay. This decision is very significant for those engaged in litigation(…)

A Macroeconomics of Human Rights? Contesting Austerity Budgeting

This years’ budget is perhaps the first which received full ex ante and post ante supervision from the European Commission. Lobbying for rights compliant budgeting now involves growing complexity, across multiple stages and fora.  What were previously direct acts of lobbying and public debate, now possess a different character, and human rights actors must seek(…)

Justice in Many Rooms? The hypocrisy behind Ireland’s Court of Appeal Reform

Minister Alan Shatter today published a reasoned defence of the proposed Court of Appeal constitutional amendment, arguing that it represents “a positive step towards fashioning an efficient and effective courts system that ensures better access to justice.” The Minister’s account continually returns to the touchstone concepts of ‘access to justice’ and ‘consistency’ in the law.(…)

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