AuthorFeidhlim Mac Róibín
The past year has been dominated by events which have cast great
uncertainty over the fabric of the global economic, political, and legal
order which many of us had previously accepted as a given. In Ireland,
2016 also initiated a period of reflection on, and celebration of, the
genesis of Irish statehood. Meanwhile, apprehension over the
implications of a ‘hard Brexit’ for Ireland and the collapse of the
Northern Ireland Executive continues to test the durability of the peace
process institutions.
While the law can appear to many to be a slow, inching creature,
the pace and depth of these changes underline the importance for all
lawyers of being able to adeptly respond to a changing environment. The
student-run law journal encourages both authors and editors to be
reflective and responsive in their engagement with the law: eager to
conceptualise its origins and development, and ready to point to a path
for its future direction.
The Trinity College Law Review now marks its twentieth
anniversary; a testament to the enthusiasm and skill of successive
Editorial Boards, together with the unwavering support of its Patron,
Arthur Cox, its Friends, Advisory Board, and the Trinity College School
of Law. It was certainly an ambitious undertaking by that first group of
students to set up a student-edited law journal which would be the first
of its kind in Ireland. Since then, the Law Review has established itself as
a fixture of student life in the Law School, providing a forum for in-depth
and discursive engagement with legal concepts and developments.
We are delighted this year to continue our association with the
Trinity College Law Student Colloquium by publishing the annual Brian
Lenihan Memorial Address, this year given by the Honourable Ms Justice
Mary Finlay Geoghegan on 4 February 2017. This piece conducts an in-
depth and comprehensive analysis of the functioning of the Court of
Appeal and the Supreme Court following the passing of the 33rd
Amendment to the Constitution.
Edmund Burke proclaimed that the breadth within the study of law
renders one ‘acute, inquisitive, dexterous, prompt in attack, ready in
defence, [and] full of resources’, and this is reflected by the variety of
topics addressed in Volume XX. Jack Farrell in ‘Vixens, Sirens and
Whores’ traces the history of stereotyping of victims in the 18th and 19th
century sexual offence law and proposes that these images continue to
bear significance in today’s criminal law.

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