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Mary Dobbs

Dr Mary Dobbs


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Research Interests

Environmental law, legal theory, legal principles, precautionary principle, comparative law, EU law, genetically modified organisms...


Current Teaching (2013/14):

Research Projects A&B


Environmental Law




Mary completed her BCL (Law with French Law) in UCD, Dublin, having spent her third year in Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). She has since completed a PhD under the supervision of Professor Colin Scott at UCD that examined the question of whether the precautionary principle is viable as a legal principle. In particular, the thesis focused upon issues of legitimacy and justiciability, with a case study on the precautionary principle's role in relation to genetically modified organisms in the European Union. 

Mary arrived at the Law School in August 2012, where she teaches equity and environmental law and is coordinator of the research project modules. In 2012/13 she was acting Co-Director of External Affairs, as well as Advisor of Studies for Law with Politics students. 

Mary is also a member of the Irish Environmental Law Association, a committee member of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, committee member on a UCD executive committee regarding the student experience, and national reporter for the 2104 Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

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