The Irish Legal System

The Irish Legal System


A must read  for every law student in Ireland.


Authors: Allison Kenneally & John Tully | ISBN: 978-1-905536-58-0 | Series: The Core Text Series | Format: Paperback | Approx 400 pages |  Price: €49 | Publication Date: 27 September 2013


Written specifically with the student in mind this book provides a comprehensive, accurate and accessible account of the nature, structure and functions of the Irish legal system. It includes a coherent account of the constitutional principles and institutional structures which form the building blocks of the Irish legal system, including references to and explanations of important areas of substantive law.

Each chapter examines key legal principles and seeks to put each area of law into context. Chapters also include a clear statement of the intended learning outcomes to help direct and focus the students’ learning. Diagrams, tables, flow-charts and summaries are utilised to reinforce the information and provide quick visual cues for the understanding of key points contained in the text.

This book is fully up-to-date and includes recent legislative and constitutional changes and amendments to EU law. It also includes international treaties between EU Member States to which Ireland has recently become a party.

The Irish Legal System is an essential textbook for all undergraduate students and  all people with an interest in the Irish legal system.

About the Authors

Allison Kenneally, BCL, BA, LLM, PgCert
is the Head of Department of Humanities at Carlow IT. John Tully, LLB., LLM., Barrister (Middle Temple), PGCE., PG Cert
is a Course Director at Carlow IT.

Who Should Buy this Book?

Every student of Irish law needs to have knowledge of the Irish legal system and how it works as a requisite for their studies in law. This book is, therefore, a must for all students of Irish law. It will also be of interest to others wishing to learn more about the Irish legal system , including students from other disciplines and members of the general public.

Contents include

Section A: Introduction to the Irish Legal System   

  • The Nature and Purpose of Law
  • Types and Features of Legal Systems
  • Classification of Laws                                   

Section B: The Development of the Irish Legal System 

  • The Development of the Irish Legal System     

Section C: Sources of Law                     

  • The Irish Constitution 1937
  • Legislation
  • Common Law/Precedent
  • EU Law
  • International Law including the European Convention of Human Rights
  • Other Sources of Law                                                                       

Section D: Personnel of the Law      

  • Personnel of the Law

Section E: The Administration of Justice in Ireland            

  •  Administration of Justice in Ireland
  •  Structure of the Irish Court System
  •  Civil Jurisdiction, Procedure & Remedies
  •  Criminal Jurisdiction,  Procedure & Remedies
  • Procedural Matters and Evidence
  • Decisions of the Courts: Remedies and Enforcement
  • Reform of the Court System
  • Access to Justice

Section F: Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Section G: Law Reform                            

  • Law Reform




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