AuthorCelia Reynolds
This past year, the Irish citizenry has witnessed fundamental changes both
in Ireland and across the world, namely the increasing prevalence of
climate change, a global migrant crisis, and systemic inequalityto name
a few. In response, the students of Trinity College Dublin have mobilised
for climate justice, for marriage equality in Northern Ireland, for the
housing and homeless crisis, and many other important issues. This
edition endeavours to extend itself as a legal form of such student
expression, facilitating the academic contributions of law students at
Trinity and further afield.
In ‘(In)Justice for All? The Experience of Victims in the Coronial
System and Proposals for Human Rights Based Reform,’ Blánaid Kearney
discusses the need for appropriate legislative reform of the Irish coronial
system, exploring contentious areas in which the system is engaged,
including maternal deaths, deaths in custody, and deaths involving the use
of lethal force. She further criticises the proposed solution to these crises,
the Coroners (Amendment) Act of 2019, arguing that greater reform is
required to vindicate the rights of victims and bereaved families. The
Trinity College Law Review is delighted to feature this article side-by-side
with its Irish translation, ‘Éagóir Nó Ceartas? Táithí na n-Íospartach i
gCóras na hÉireann agus Moltaí D’Athchóiriú i Léith Chearta an Duine.’
This is the first article of its type within the Review, endeavouring to
encourage wider engagement with the Irish language within the legal
sphere. In recognition of this, Blánaid’s article further received the Arthur
Cox Foundation Irish Language Prize. Owing to the important issues
discussed, Blánaid further received the Conor Ringland Social Justice
Article Prize, sponsored by Trinity FLAC. Conor was a student of the Law
School in Trinity College Dublin and a pivotal member of Trinity FLAC.
We are delighted to award this prize in his memory.
A similarly modern focus is lended in Kevin Keane’s article, ‘Geo-
Engineering the Climate: A Preliminary Examination of International
Governance Challenges and Opportunities.’ With an eye to the future,
Kevin Keane explores the serious responses to global warming that will
become necessary, analysing the current international structures for
facilitating geo-engineering. In discussing solutions like solar radiation
management and stratospheric aerosol injection, Keane argues that a
global governance structure will be fundamentally necessary in their
implementation. In recognition of his contribution to this area, Keane
further received the David Altaras SC Public Policy Prize, inaugurated this
year. With a similar environmental focus, James Patrick Sexton’s article

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