24 June 2012

NOTICE: Irish Legal Diaspora Conference

Dublin, Ireland
7-8 July 2013    

The Irish legal diaspora has had a significant impact on the development of legal systems all over the globe.  Over the centuries Irish lawyers have imbued the law of many lands with their own ideals and experience.  Thomas D’Arcy McGee, a law graduate in addition to being a journalist and politician, is recognised as one of the fathers of Canadian Confederation.  The contribution of the legal diaspora often extended beyond the strict bounds of law.  The young Dublin lawyer John Robert Godley was the driving force behind the settlement and organisation of a new city in New Zealand that he named “Christchurch”.

The Irish Legal History Society would like to invite Irish and international scholars to Dublin in order to celebrate the global significance of the legal diaspora.  This event is supported by the Society as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations.  The dates of this conference dovetail with the British Legal History Conference that will be held at the University of Glasgow on 10-13 July 2013.  Some participants may wish to attend both events.

Proposals of less than 500 words for papers relating to the Irish legal diaspora in any part of the world should reach the organisers by 30 September 2012. 

More details can be found on our website. The conference email is

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