Dr Fergus Ryan

Law, Motherhood Project

Senior Lecturer

New House
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(01) 474 7258

Biography

Fergus Ryan is a senior lecturer in law at the Department of Law, Maynooth University. He is a graduate and former scholar of Trinity College, University of Dublin, from which he holds an LLB (Hons) and a PhD. He is a law lecturer with many years' experience teaching and researching law, with a particular focus on family law, constitutional law, gender, sexual orientation, and human rights. From 1998 to 2013, Fergus taught at the Dublin Institute of Technology, at which he served as Head of the Department of Law from 2003 to 2009 and again in 2013. Fergus has also been a visiting lecturer at the School of Law, Trinity College, Dublin (2002-5), teaching Family Law, at UCD, and at the Law Society of Ireland. From 2002 to 2018, he served as internship director for the University of Tulsa College of Law Summer Abroad programme in Dublin, placing over 300 US law students as interns during that period. In 2011, he was a visiting scholar in Child and Family Law at the Children and Family Law Center at Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas. Fergus' publications include (with Dug Cubie) Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Law in Ireland: Cases, and Materials (Round Hall 2004); (with Judy Walsh), The Rights of De Facto Couples, (IHRC 2006); Contract Law (Round Hall 2006); Constitutional Law (Round Hall 2008); Civil Partnership: Your Rights Explained (GLEN, 2009); and The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (Round Hall 2011). Fergus has also published several academic articles and book chapters, including a chapter in Leane and Kiely (eds.) Sexualities and Irish Society: A Reader (Orpen Press, 2014). Fergus has advised the Equality Authority, the Irish Human Rights Commission and the Law Reform Advisory Committee of Northern Ireland on issues of family law and human rights. He has assisted in drafting legislation and legislative amendments for several members of Seanad Éireann, including the Adoption (Identity and Information) Bill 2015. He has also written and spoken widely on family law issues, in particular civil partnership and cohabitation, and appears regularly on national and local TV and radio speaking about a variety of legal issues. Fergus is a former President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, a position in which he served from 2003-4 and again from 2013-14. He is the Irish representative on ECSOL (the European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law) and was, formerly, chair of One Family.

Books

  Year Publication
2018 Constitutional Law (Nutshell) 3rd ed.
Fergus Ryan (2018) Constitutional Law (Nutshell) 3rd ed. Dublin: Thomson Reuters. [Details]
2011 Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (An Annotation).
Dr Fergus Ryan (2011) Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (An Annotation). : Round Hall. [Details]
2008 Constitutional Law (Nutshell) 2nd ed.
Fergus Ryan (2008) Constitutional Law (Nutshell) 2nd ed. Dublin: Round Hall. [Details]
2006 Contract Law (Nutshell).
Fergus Ryan (2006) Contract Law (Nutshell). Dublin: Round Hall. [Details]
2002 Constitutional Law (Nutshell) 1st ed.
Fergus Ryan (2002) Constitutional Law (Nutshell) 1st ed. Dublin: Round Hall. [Details]
2001 Constitutional Law (Essential Law Texts).
Fergus Ryan (2001) Constitutional Law (Essential Law Texts). Dublin: Round Hall. [Details]
2004 Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Law in Ireland; Cases and Materials.
Dug Cubie and Fergus Ryan (2004) Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Law in Ireland; Cases and Materials. : Round Hall. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2017 '“McKinley v Minister for Defence: Commentary” (Judgment by Professor Joanne Conaghan)'
Fergus Ryan (Judgment by Professor Joanne Conaghan) (2017) '“McKinley v Minister for Defence: Commentary” (Judgment by Professor Joanne Conaghan)' In: Máiréad Enright, Julie McCandless and Aoife O’Donoghue, Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges’ Troubles and the Gender Politics of Identity. UK: (Hart Publishing 2017). [Details]
2014 '’We’ll Have What They’re Having’: Sexual Minorities and the Law in the Republic of Ireland'
Dr Fergus Ryan (2014) '’We’ll Have What They’re Having’: Sexual Minorities and the Law in the Republic of Ireland' In: Sexuality and Irish Society: A Reader. Dublin: Orpen Press. [Details]
2012 'Are Two Irish Mammies (even) Better than One? Heteronormativity, Homosexuality and the 1937 Constitution'
Dr Fergus Ryan (2012) 'Are Two Irish Mammies (even) Better than One? Heteronormativity, Homosexuality and the 1937 Constitution' In: The Constitution of Ireland: Perspectives and Prospects. Bloomsbury Professional. [Details]
2011 'Witnesses to Transformation: Three Decades of Family Law Scholarship in Ireland'
Dr Fergus Ryan (2011) 'Witnesses to Transformation: Three Decades of Family Law Scholarship in Ireland' In: 30 Years of Legal Scholarship. Round Hall. [Details]
2008 '21st Century Families: 19th Century Values; Modern Family Law in the Shadow of the Constitution'
Dr Fergus Ryan (2008) '21st Century Families: 19th Century Values; Modern Family Law in the Shadow of the Constitution' In: The Irish Constitution: Governance and Values. [Details]
2005 'Sexual Orientation Discrimination'
Dr Fergus Ryan (2005) 'Sexual Orientation Discrimination' In: Discrimination Law. Law Society of Ireland. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Unfinished Business? Equality and Family Diversity in the Wake of the Irish Marriage Referendum'
Fergus Ryan (2018) 'Unfinished Business? Equality and Family Diversity in the Wake of the Irish Marriage Referendum'. Irish Journal of Family Law, (2018) 21(3) Irish Journal of Family Law (3):59-69 [Details]
2017 'Book Review: Niamh Howlin and Kevin Costello (eds) Law and the Family in Ireland 1800-1950, Palgrave, London, 2017'
Fergus Ryan (2017) 'Book Review: Niamh Howlin and Kevin Costello (eds) Law and the Family in Ireland 1800-1950, Palgrave, London, 2017'. Irish Jurist, 58 :204-208 [Details]
2016 'The Rise and Fall of Civil Partnership'
Fergus Ryan (2016) 'The Rise and Fall of Civil Partnership'. Irish Journal of Family Law, [Details]
2016 'Book Review: Daniele Gallo, Luca Paladini and Pietro Pustorino (eds.) Same-Sex Couples before National, Supranational and International Jurisdictions (Springer-Verlag, 2014) in International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON) (Oxford University Press 2016) (forthcoming)'
Fergus Ryan (2016) 'Book Review: Daniele Gallo, Luca Paladini and Pietro Pustorino (eds.) Same-Sex Couples before National, Supranational and International Jurisdictions (Springer-Verlag, 2014) in International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON) (Oxford University Press 2016) (forthcoming)'. International Journal of Constitutional Law, [Details]
2015 'Ireland’s Marriage Referendum: A Constitutional Perspective DPCE Online (Diritto Pubblico Comparato Ed Europeo) 2015-2 http://www.dpce.it/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/20152-Ryan.pdf'
Fergus Ryan (2015) 'Ireland’s Marriage Referendum: A Constitutional Perspective DPCE Online (Diritto Pubblico Comparato Ed Europeo) 2015-2 http://www.dpce.it/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/20152-Ryan.pdf'. DIRITTO PUBBLICO COMPARATO ED EUROPEO, DPCE Online (Diritto Pubblico Comparato Ed Europeo) 2015-2 [IR Link] [Details]
2014 '“Playing Away from Home on an Uneven Pitch?” Spouses, Civil Partners and Adultery in Irish and UK Law'
Fergus Ryan (2014) '“Playing Away from Home on an Uneven Pitch?” Spouses, Civil Partners and Adultery in Irish and UK Law'. Irish Journal of Family Law, (2014) 17(2) Irish Journal of Family Law 41-51 [Details]
2012 'Out of the Shadow of the Constitution: Civil Partnership, Cohabitation and the Constitutional Family'
Dr Fergus Ryan (2012) 'Out of the Shadow of the Constitution: Civil Partnership, Cohabitation and the Constitutional Family'. Irish Jurist, 48 :201-248 [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'The General Scheme of the Civil Partnership Bill 2008: Brave New Dawn or Missed Opportunity?'
Dr Fergus Ryan (2008) 'The General Scheme of the Civil Partnership Bill 2008: Brave New Dawn or Missed Opportunity?'. Irish Journal of Family Law, 11 [Details]
2006 'Recognizing Family Diversity: Children, One Parent Families and the Law'
Dr Fergus Ryan (2006) 'Recognizing Family Diversity: Children, One Parent Families and the Law'. Irish Journal of Family Law, 9 [Details]
2006 'Sexual Orientation and the Management of a Diverse Workplace: Law and Best Practice'
Dr Fergus Ryan (2006) 'Sexual Orientation and the Management of a Diverse Workplace: Law and Best Practice'. To be added, 5 [Details]
2004 'Marriage at the Boundaries of Gender: The ‘Transsexual Dilemma’ Resolved?'
Dr Fergus Ryan (2004) 'Marriage at the Boundaries of Gender: The ‘Transsexual Dilemma’ Resolved?'. Irish Journal of Family Law, [2004] 1 Irish Journal of Family Law 15 [Details]
2001 'Law at the Margins: The Displacement of Law as a Framework of Governance (2001) 19 (no. 3) Dickinson Journal of International Law (Penn State Uni.) 407'
Dr Fergus Ryan (2001) 'Law at the Margins: The Displacement of Law as a Framework of Governance (2001) 19 (no. 3) Dickinson Journal of International Law (Penn State Uni.) 407'. (2001) 19 (no. 3) Dickinson Journal of International Law (Penn State Uni.) 407 [Details]
2000 'Sexuality, Ideology and the Legal Construction of ‘Family’; Fitzpatrick v Sterling Housing Association'
Dr Fergus Ryan (2000) 'Sexuality, Ideology and the Legal Construction of ‘Family’; Fitzpatrick v Sterling Housing Association'. Irish Journal of Family Law, [2000] 3 Irish Journal of Family Law 2 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2014 Observations on the General Scheme of the Gender Recognition Bill 2014.
Fergus Ryan for the Equality Authority (2014) Observations on the General Scheme of the Gender Recognition Bill 2014. Equality Authority, Dublin. [IR Link] [Details]
2012 Known Your Rights - The Rights and Obligations of Civil Partners and Same-sex Couples.
Dr Fergus Ryan - with GLEN and ICCLPlain English review by NALA (2012) Known Your Rights - The Rights and Obligations of Civil Partners and Same-sex Couples. GLEN/ICCL, Dublin. [IR Link] [Details]
2009 Civil Partnership: Your Questions Answered.
Dr Fergus Ryan (2009) Civil Partnership: Your Questions Answered. GLEN, Dublin. [Details]
2006 The Rights of De Facto Couples.
Judy Walsh, Fergus Ryan (2006) The Rights of De Facto Couples. Irish Human Rights Commission, Dublin. [Details]

Electronic Article

  Year Publication
2018 Ireland’s 8th Amendment: Repeal or Retain?.
Fergus Ryan (2018) Ireland’s 8th Amendment: Repeal or Retain?. Electronic Article [Details]
2017 The Constitution at 80.
Fergus Ryan (2017) The Constitution at 80. Brainstorm: Electronic Article [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2008 The Heads Up (On Civil Partnership Bill), GCN, August 2008.
Fergus Ryan (2008) The Heads Up (On Civil Partnership Bill), GCN, August 2008. Magazine Article [Details]

Newspaper Articles

  Year Publication
2016 The marriage equality plebiscite is not just unnecessary, it's positively sadistic, The Guardian, November 7, 2016.
Fergus Ryan (2016) The marriage equality plebiscite is not just unnecessary, it's positively sadistic, The Guardian, November 7, 2016. Australia: Newspaper Articles [Details]
2016 Don't think of same-sex marriage as radical and disruptive... it actually goes to heart of tradition and family, Belfast Telegraph, August 6, 2016.
Fergus Ryan (2016) Don't think of same-sex marriage as radical and disruptive... it actually goes to heart of tradition and family, Belfast Telegraph, August 6, 2016. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2000 Nice Treaty will enable EU to add new members, The Echo, May 31, 2000.
Fergus Ryan (2000) Nice Treaty will enable EU to add new members, The Echo, May 31, 2000. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2012 Cohabiting couples must consider financial obligations, Irish Times, February 27, 2012.
Dr Fergus Ryan (2012) Cohabiting couples must consider financial obligations, Irish Times, February 27, 2012. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2011 Divorce link to transgender recog0nition is questionable, Irish Times, July 25, 2011.
Dr Fergus Ryan (2011) Divorce link to transgender recog0nition is questionable, Irish Times, July 25, 2011. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Other

  Year Publication
2018 Submission to the Gender Recognition Act Review Group.
Fergus Ryan (2018) Submission to the Gender Recognition Act Review Group. Other [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2016 The McCarron Memorial Certificate of Recognition Maynooth Students' Union

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
President, Irish Association of Law Teachers President 01-DEC-13 / 09-NOV-14
Treasurer, Irish Association of Law Teachers Treasurer 22-NOV-14 / 25-NOV-17
President, Irish Association of Law Teachers President 01-DEC-03 / 01-DEC-04

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Academic Programmes Committee, Maynooth University Member (Elected) 2015 /
MU Teaching and Learning Sub-committee Member 2017 /
Chair, Faculty of Social Sciences Teaching and Learning Committee, Maynooth University Chair 2017 /
Faculty of Social Sciences Teaching and Learning Committee, Maynooth University Member 2014 /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Dublin Institute of Technology Head, Department of Law, 2003-2009, 2013 01-SEP-03 / 31-DEC-09
Trinity College Dublin Lecturer in Family Law, Part-time, 2002-2005 01-SEP-02 /
Dublin Institute of Technology Asst Lecturer in Law 1999-2002, Lecturer in Law 2002-2013 01-NOV-99 / 01-JAN-14

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2001 University of Dublin PhD
1995 University of Dublin LLB Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
Gaelige Functional Functional Functional
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Functional Basic Basic

Outreach Activities

  Description

One Family (formerly Cherish), Former Board Member and Director, Former Chairperson

Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, Board Member and Company Director Link