The Trinity College Law Review is now accepting submissions for Volume XXII of the print edition and the TCLR Online, our online companion to the print edition. The Editorial Board accepts papers in English, French, German or Irish. We accept submissions from undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate law students on any area of law. To submit, please ensure you have read the submission guidelines, then proceed to complete the submission form below.

Submission Guidelines for Volume XXII

Submissions for Volume XXII are now closed.

English articles should be no longer than 10,000 words. French, German, and Irish articles should be no longer than 5,000 words. Case notes should be a maximum of 3,000 words. All word counts are exclusive of footnotes. The Editorial Board may consider longer scripts at its discretion. Authors are required to prepare their manuscripts according to the OSCOLA Ireland system of legal citation. The editorial process will be collaborative, with any edits made with the cooperation of the authors. Article selection and editing procedures are summarised in the Author's Guide.

Submission Guidelines for the TCLR Online

Submissions for publication in the TCLR Online will be accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis. The TCLR Online welcomes case comments and contributions of generally no more than 1,500 words that grapple with current or niche issues in Irish, EU or International Law, and therefore merit prompt publication. The Editorial Board may consider longer scripts at its discretion.

Competitions and Prizes

The Gernot Biehler Casenote Competition. This competition was founded in honour of Dr. Gernot Biehler, a young but distinguished fellow of Trinity College, Dublin and lecturer in international law and conflicts of laws, who died aged 48. Dr. Biehler was a keen supporter of the work of the Law Review. The competition is open to first and second year undergraduate students from all universities who submit a case note of 3,000 words or less and is subject to all other submission and deadline requirements mentioned above. The prize shall be €250.

The Reddy Charlton Prize for the Best Article. The author of the best article will receive a cash prize of €500 from Reddy Charlton solicitors.

The Matheson Prize for the Best Commercial Law Article. The author of the best article on a topic of commercial or company law will win a €250 cash prize sponsored by Matheson.

The A&L Goodbody Prize for the Best IT/IP Law Article. The author of the best article on a topic of Intellectual Property or IT law will receive a cash prize of €250 sponsored by A&L Goodbody.

The Conor Ringland Prize for the Best Social Justice Article. The author of the best article on a topic of human rights or social justice will receive a cash prize of €250 from the Trinity Free Legal Advice Centre and the TCLR.

The Best French Language Article. The author of the best article written in French will win an internship in the Conseil Constitutionnel. Runner-up internships in the Cour de Cassation and Conseil d’Etat are available. Please note that only non-native French speakers are eligible to win these prizes. A previous winner gave an insight into her experience :

"[T]he Conseil Constitutionnel (...) was a great experience. I spent much of my time preparing a research paper on the comparative role of judges in common law and civil law countries ahead of a Francophone judicial conference (…) the simple fact of going into to the Conseil Constitutionnel every day exposed me to the workings of the court and there were opportunities to attend talks and meet a couple of the judges. I would highly encourage people to apply.”

The Arthur Cox Foundation Irish Language Prize. The author of the best article written in Irish will win a €250 cash prize sponsored by the Arthur Cox Foundation.

The Arthur Cox Secondary School Writing Competition. This competition is open to secondary school students all over the country. Students in Transition Year, Fifth Year and Sixth Year are encouraged to enter by sending an essay of no more than 1,000 words (excluding references) to lawreview.trinitycollege@gmail.com on one of the following topics:

  • Should a right to housing be recognised in Ireland?
  • Should stricter laws be enforced in relation to online bullying
  • Would a reduction of the burden of proof in some (or all) criminal cases improve our justice system
  • A recent UN report has warned that the earth's climate may heat up by 1.5 degrees by 2030, causing major destruction. How should the law respond to this, if at all?
  • Choose a legal case which you have read/heard about that interested you. Did you agree with the decision?

Entries should be submitted as an attached document to the email and will be assessed on the quality of the writer's ideas, structure and critical analysis of the legal issue at hand. The winner will receive a cash prize of €150. Deadline for submissions: 18 January 2019

The Arthur Cox Alternative Perspectives Competition. This competition is open to non-law students in Trinity College, Dublin and consists of a cash prize of €250. Papers should be no more than 1,000 words excluding footnotes, for publication in the TCLR Online exclusively, on one of the assigned topics. The 2019 Competition is currently open and submissions will close on Friday the 15th of March 2019 at 17:00. All submissions should be emailed to lawreview.trinitycollege@gmail.com. The topics for the 2019 Competition are as follows:

  1. An increasing amount of regulation in Ireland is stemming from general EU Directives as opposed to Irish-made law. Do you feel this is a welcome development?
  2. How does the law affect innovation in your field of study? How would you change the effect of the law in your field?
  3. Do you feel there are philosophical/ethical perspectives present in your field of study which may offer a more suitable alternative to our current 'reasonable doubt' benchmark in determining guilt in criminal cases?