AuthorCaoilfhionn Sheil
This year marked the twenty-first birthday of the Trinity College Law
Review. This milestone could not have been reached without the support
of so many. Thanks to the support of our Patron, Arthur Cox, our Friends,
and our Advisory Board, successive groups of students who have
contributed to or edited the Review have greatly benefitted and learned
from the experience. The Trinity College Law Review is also very much
indebted to the Law School for their support and encouragement over the
years. It is also important to note the role previous boards have played in
the growth of the journal; each volume and board is built on the shoulders
of previous years and we would not have been able to produce this year’s
volume if it were not for the skills and knowledge we have developed
through learning from those who preceded us in our positions. In addition
to the journal you are currently reading, we have also had an extremely
active year in terms our events, online presence, and competitions.
We were delighted to host a panel discussion on the topic of Ireland’s
blasphemy laws on the 4th of October 2017 in association with Trinity
FLAC. Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland spoke, along with Dr Neville
Cox, Professor of Law and Dean of Graduate Studies in Trinity College
Dublin, Reverend William Richardson, the Promoter of Justice with the
Dublin Metropolitan Tribunal of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin and
expert in Canon Law, and Dr Ali Selim, professor of Arabic in the
Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Trinity College Dublin.
We were also honoured to host Professor Cass Sunstein, Robert Walmsley
University Professor of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, who
spoke to us on a wide range of issues in conversation with Professor David
Kenny of the Law School here at Trinity. Following on from this event, we
are very excited to be publishing an article written by Professor Sunstein
in this journal. To conclude our Distinguished Speakers Series for Volume
XXI, The Trinity College Law Review hosted a panel discussion on Brexit
in association with the Politics Society, at which we welcomed Gina Miller,
the main litigant in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European
Union along with David Kurten of UKIP, and Stephen Donnelly, TD and
Brexit Spokesperson for Fianna Fáil. The editorial board was delighted
with the exceptional level of attendance and engagement at each of our

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