Primary Department
School of Law and Government
Joint Honours Law Subject Representative
Tom Hickey
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

Dr. Tom Hickey works in the field of constitutional law and theory. He is the co-author of Constitutional Law: Texts, Cases and Materials (2nd ed, Clarus, 2019, with Prof. Oran Doyle), co-editor of Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution (MUP, 2017, with Dr. Laura Cahillane and Dr. James Gallen), and co-author of The Political Theory of the Irish Constitution: Republicanism and the Basic Law (MUP, 2015, with Dr. Eoin Daly). He has published extensively in the areas of judicial power, the separation of powers and comparative constitutional law, including in journals such as the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Public Law, Legal Studies and the Irish Jurist. He is a regular contributor to public debates in broadcast and print media on matters relating to constitutional law. 

Tom joined the School of Law and Government in 2013, having previously worked at the School of Law, NUI Galway. He won the President's Prize for teaching excellence in 2015 and was nominated again in 2020. He was programme chair of the LLM (Master of Laws) from 2015 through 2018. 

Tom is a member of the Expert Advisory Panel to the Irish Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality. He was a Visiting Professor at Universit√© Montesquieu, Bordeaux IV from 2013 through 2018 and has also been a visiting scholar at Princeton University, the University of Glasgow and at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford. Tom holds degrees from NUI Galway and Cambridge University. 

His scholarly papers can be accessed here and here

Research interests

Tom's research interests are in the area of constitutional law and theory, with emphasis on the judges, the judicial role, and adjudication. He is currently working on ideas around republican theory and judicial power - in particular, assessing what light republican understandings of democracy might shed on debates concerning the legitimacy of judicial review. One of his articles on this theme, 'The republican core of the case for judicial review', was published in the International Journal of Constitutional Law in 2019. It prompted a response from Professor Richard Bellamy in the same journal. 

Tom is also interested in Irish constitutional law. His Constitutional Law: Texts, Cases and Materials (2nd ed, Clarus, 2019, co-authored with Professor Oran Doyle of Trinity College Dublin, won the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association book award for 2019. He also writes about particular issues within constitutional law, including interpretation, religious liberty, and judicial review of parliamentary processes. 

Tom is currently supervising three PhD candidates. He welcomes candidates interested in constitutional law and theory.