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 is an expert in constitutional law and theory. He has published in the leading  journals in the world in his field, including in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the International Journal of Constitutional LawPublic Law and Legal Studies. Along with Prof Oran Doyle, Tom has co-authored one of the leading texts in Irish constitutional law, Constitutional Law: Texts, Cases & Materials (Clarus, 2019). He is the co-editor of Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution (MUP, 2017), and co-author (with Dr. Eoin Daly) of The Political Theory of the Irish Constitution: Republicanism and the Basic Law (MUP, 2015). 

Dr. Hickey has given papers at academic conferences and universities all over the world, and in 2022, was invited to deliver the keynote to the assembled judges of the Irish superior courts at the Superior Courts Conference in the King's Inns, Dublin. Dr. Hickey has been consulted by government, parliamentary committees and media on matters relating to his research. His scholarly work is regularly cited by the Irish Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. He was appointed as the constitutional law expert to the Expert Advisory Panel to the Irish Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality in 2019, serving until the Assembly completed its work in 2021.


Dr. Hickey joined the School of Law and Government at DCU in 2013. He was appointed as a Visiting Teaching Professor at Université Montesquieu, Bordeaux IV in 2013 and served in the role for five years. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford in 2020, and a visiting scholar at the University of Glasgow (2012) and at Princeton University (2009). He won the DCU President’s Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2015, and was nominated again in 2018, 2020 and 2022.  

Research interests

Tom works in the areas of constitutional law and theory, with an emphasis on judges, judging and the judicial power. He is currently supervising three PhD candidates, and welcomes candidates interested in constitutional law and theory.