Sunrise at Trinity College Colloquium

About the Colloquium

The Trinity College Dublin Law Student Colloquium is an annual conference started in 2009 at which undergraduate and postgraduate law students, recent graduates and young lawyers present their research to their peers. Submissions by undergraduate students are especially encouraged. Students from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe come each year to present their papers. The eighth Trinity College Law Student Colloquium will take place on Saturday, 20 February 2016, in the School of Law and the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute. The Colloquium will be presided over by Dr Oran Doyle, Head of School and Professor in the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin. Details on the 5th Brian Lenihan Memorial Address, which forms an integral part of the Colloquium, will follow. Attendance is free.

The Best Colloquium Paper Prize

The Editorial Board will be accepting papers from the Colloquium for publication in the Trinity College Law Review and the TCLR Online. The best paper will receive a cash prize of €200. Further updates on this prize will be available in the coming months.


I want to speak at the Colloquium. What do I need to do?

If you are interested in speaking at the Colloquium and if you satisfy the criteria for entry (see above), you may submit an abstract on any area of law for anonymous consideration by the committee. The abstract must be submitted via the abstract submission section of the Colloquium website. Abstracts must be submitted by 5pm on Friday, 20 November 2015. Speakers will be selected solely on the basis of this abstract. While you may submit more than one abstract, you will not be permitted to deliver more than one paper at the event.

What is an abstract?

The abstract is essentially a summary of the paper which you intend to give, and should outline your approach to the issues. Abstracts from prospective speakers should be between 350 and 400 words long. The committee considers abstracts anonymously. While there are no hard and fast rules as to format, a good abstract will excite interest and should demonstrate a sound knowledge of the subject, a clear structure and original and well-constructed analysis.

Do speakers need to submit their entire paper?

Yes – speakers will be asked for the full text of their paper. Paper submission deadline and Best Paper Competition Deadline is Friday, 29 January 2016.

I am in the first year of my degree and I have never presented at a university conference. Will I be speaking in front of experts in the area?

The Colloquium has always encouraged undergraduate participation. To this end, we inaugurated the Freshman panel in 2014, in which all of the speakers are in the first or second years of their undergraduate degree. We believe that this gives an additional incentive to early-stage students to present their ideas to their peers in a less intimidating environment. You will be asked to indicate your stage of study when you submit an abstract, so we will know if your abstract is eligible for the panel.