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Constitutional Conversations: Constitutions, referendums and the family


Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 14:00


Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


Please send expressions of interest to attend this event to

This is the first in a series of six events themed around the constitution.

Constitutional Conversations is a series of six facilitated discussions on topics of wide constitutional interest that reflect a variety of current concerns and some new research agendas. They will be chaired by academics from universities across the whole island of Ireland from Schools of Law, Politics and Philosophy.

'Constitutions, referendums and the family' will take the form of a discussion on the recent changes to the conception of the family in Irish law due to recent constitutional amendments and legislative changes. Dr Fergus Ryan, Lecturer in Law at Maynooth University will provide an overview of the recent changes and their implications before opening the session up for a discussion. This discussion will be of interest to post-graduate students, academics, representatives of non-governmental organisations, politicians, members of the legal profession and the general public.

The Chatham House Rule will apply to this discussion forum.

Two bursaries to cover travel expenses up to a maxiMaynooth Universitym of €50.00 are available to post-graduate students from Irish universities. To make an application contact Dr Noelle Higgins, Maynooth University at Include a CV and up to 500 words outlining your reasons for wishing to attend the conversation, and how your attendance would assist with your studies.

The complete Constitutional Conversations series consists of:

1. Constitutions, referendums and the family 2nd March 2016
2. Reviewing constitutions: the role of constitutional conventions   28th April 2016
3.1 Constitutions and these islands: beyond Brexit: Part I-Dublin   6th May 2016
3.2 Constitutions and these islands: beyond Brexit: Part II-Belfast    September 2016
4. The idea of a republic: freedom and politics  8th June 2016
5. Digital citizenship 30th June 2016
6. Commemorations and the constitution   September 2016

The series is organised by the RIA's Ethical, Political, Legal and Philosophical Studies Committee with sponsorship from Mason Hayes & Curran.

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