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Education CV


2017-20: PhD Candidate in Law, University of Cambridge,

  • Co-organiser of the Cambridge Legal Theory Discussion Group (2018/2019)
  • Co-convener of the Cambridge Legal Theory Symposium (2018)
  • PhD representative on the Law Faculty Board (2017/2018)
  • Co-interviewer for undergraduate law admissions at Corpus Christi College (2017)
  • Editor at the Cambridge Law Review (2017/2018)
  • Welfare officer at Trinity Hall MCR (2017/2018)

2016-17: M.Sc. in Law and Anthropology, The London School of Economics and Political Science,

2012-16: LL.B. (First Class Honours), Trinity College Dublin.


Scholarships and Prizes:

2017-20: Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship,

               Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship (Cambridge),

               Cambridge International Trust Scholarship (Cambridge),

2016: Julian Prize (Trinity College Dublin), awarded for placing second in the year upon graduating from the LL.B. program.

2012:  Entrance Exhibition Scholarship (Trinity College Dublin), awarded for exceptional performance in national exams (Leaving Cert). 


Conference Presentations:

2018: "The Rule of Good Law: Means, Ends, and Fundamental Rights", Cambridge Legal Theory Symposium,

2018: 'Civilising the Savage: Human Rights, Multiculturalism, and Law', Trinity College Law Review Annual Law School Colloquium,

2016: 'Theocratic Constitutionalism and the Islamic State', Trinity College Law Review Annual Law School Colloquium,

2015: 'Terrorism, Extremism, and Faith', The Peace Between Religions in a World of Crisis hosted by the Centre for Comparative and Public Law Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong,

2014: 'Suing the State; A Conflux of Public and Private Law Principles', Trinity College Law Review Annual Law School Colloquium.

Fields of research

Anti-Discrimination Law, Equality Law, Jurisprudence, Legal Theory.


Equality and the Rule of Law: A Quest for Consistency (provisional)


This project seeks to explore the philosophical underpinnings of various aspects of equality based legislation, case law and legal theory and to challenge the traditional distinction between formal equality and substantive equality. I also wish to introduce an additional lens of analysis which focuses on the conflict between individualist and collectivist manifestations of the equality concept and to examine how these conceptions of equality relate to and inform differing aspects of equality and anti-discrimination law.


Professor Trevor Allan

Representative Publications

'The Man in the Mirror: An Examination of the Gender Recognition Bill 2015' (2014) 1 The Eagle: Trinity College Law Gazette 8,


Start Date

Oct 2017