the Irish for rights


Dr Eoin O'DellI’m Dr Eoin O’Dell a Fellow and Associate Professor at the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin. That’s me in the photo on the left, with a bust of Archbishop James Ussher looming over my shoulder in the Long Room, Trinity College Dublin.

My first public post (26 January 2007) is here: Hello, world. However, I was practice-blogging since the end September of 2006, and those posts of the Sept 06 to Jan 07 period that survived my profound technological incompetence are available in the archives.

The end of September 2006 was the beginning of a new academic year; and it was as good a time as any for an academic to launch yet another blog, one of the many (millions, hundreds of millions, squillions?) filling up the blogosphere. Of course, there are lots of new years, and not just 1 January. The Chinese new year, following a lunar calendar, occurs around the beginning of spring (between 21 January and 21 February). The Islamic calendar is also lunar, and shorter than the solar year by 11 or 12 days, and so the Islamic new year – on the first day of Muharram – moves through the solar year. Following its Persian forbears, the modern Iranian new year, Nowruz, begins on the spring (vernal) equinox. In the Hebrew calendar, the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, occurs 163 days after Passover (between 5 September and 5 October). Like the Chinese new year, the ancient Babylonians also connected the new year to spring, at a slightly later date: the first new moon after the Vernal Equinox. The Romans followed suit; as does – with Gregorian adjustment – the UK tax year (6 April of one year to 5 April of the following year; and this also obtained in Ireland until 2002). And the academic year in Western Europe and North America is similarly based on the seasons: following the order of the agricultural year, the key to the academic year is the long summer break, to allow pupils and students to work on the farm at the time of the year when most work was to be done. As a consequence, one academic year ends at the beginning of the summer, and the next begins at summer’s end. So it was at the end of September 2006: the summer had faded; and a new academic year had begun.

And new years are times for new year resolutions. Mine (like those of most people, I suspect) are more honoured in the breach than the observance; so it is no doubt foolish to set out in black and white (well, in electrons, and the colours which the combination of this theme’s stylesheet and your screen allow you to see) the resolution to begin and maintain an occasional blog. Nevertheless, with the start of the 06/07 academic year, I took that resolution, and the product of observing it is this blog.

Of course, there are lots of blogs, and this will be no different from most of them. Cearta is, literally, the Irish word for rights; and Cearta.ie is – I hope – a blog about:

– matters of Irish law which make the headlines,
– matters of law in which I have a research interest (Contract, Restitution, Freedom of Expression, Media, IT & Cyber law, IP law especially copyright), and
– matters (of law, education policy, politics or otherwise) in which I have sufficient interest to muse in public for a few short sentences.

This kind of blog works best when it’s a dialogue (diablog?) rather than a monologue (monoblog?), so if you have blundered your way into this blog, please leave a comment. Indeed, I welcome, nay encourage, your comments on my posts. However, please follow my guidelines:

– keep your contributions concise,
– try to ensure that your comments are broadly relevant to the post,
– refrain from writing your responses in capital letters or bold,
– don’t write comments that are unlawful, defamatory, abusive, aggressive, offensive or rude,
– don’t spam or advertise (though a little self-promotion is ok), and
– don’t ask for legal advice, as a refusal often offends.

Whilst I am all in favour of your freedom of expression, the comments are moderated, and I will decline to approve and/or remove any comments that contravene these guidelines or the law, so please try to be civil. But, , I am not liable for anything that anyone else says in the comments – if you don’t like what they said, please let me know but contact them too.

Furthermore, if you need legal advice, don’t ask me – instead, read my disclaimer and consult a practising lawyer. Similarly, I’ve been getting lots of emails and comments asking for help in writing law student essays, but, whilst I’m more than happy for you to use my blog as a source in your research, I’m not going to write your essay for you.

Creative Commons LicenseFinally, by all means link to me or quote me, but this blog is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.

After all that, please enjoy the blog, and if you like it, please pass on the good word.

Thanks for dropping by.


Last updated: 11 January 2012.

29 Responses to “About”

  1. […] Eoin O’ Dell, a member of Digital Rights Ireland, has started the blog, “cearta” (Irish for “rights”). […]

  2. […] About this Blog « Questions and Answers A Cry for Help? Freedom of Expression and Unenumerated Rights in the Irish Constitution » 26 01 2007 […]

  3. […] restrictions on abortion violate a woman’s right to reproductive autonomy.  (Hat tip: Eoin O’Dell.) According to the Court, state interference with the abortive procedure creates two infringements […]

  4. […] of the members of the Press Council of Ireland taken from Cearte.ie, which is run by Dr. Eoin O’Dell a Fellow and Senior Lecturer at School of Law, Trinity College, Dublin with a special interest in […]

  5. I love the fact that a top Law figure in Ireland, is willing to share and adapt to new technologies by blogging. Fantastic decision.

  6. Eoin, stumbled across your blog and duly added it to the blogroll of Amnesty Blogs: Belfast and Beyond, our ‘AI & friends blog’ in Northern Ireland: http://blogs.amnesty.org.uk/blogs.asp?bid=25
    Best wishes.

  7. Eoin says:

    Hi Patrick. Thanks for this. I’m honoured to feature in that company.

  8. I really like your blog. I studied abroad in Dublin after my first year of law school, and then I went back again after I graduated. I will definitely be checking back here often.

  9. […] Disclaimer! Tags: Contract Law, legal profession It is ironic that I should suggest HERE that an opinion should not be asked of a lawyer in any and every circumstance (or, specifically, should not be asked for in some circumstances) and then, belatedly, discover the blogging phenomenon that is Eoin O’Dell has availed of a disclaimer on his website. […]

  10. I really enjoyed reading about you!! I’ll definitely come back and take look all the time!


  11. James says:

    Eoin, just scouting your website. I don’t see anything about s10 of the 2009 Act on the group defamation rule – have you an views on why it is that Irish law affords a greater number of wrongs to be afforded a lesser degree of liability? Essentially, if I widen my defamtion to a class, I can escape liability.
    Does not the true crux of a defamtion action lie in the community standard. S10 denies the jury their role, and fails to protect citizens.

  12. […] Eoin O’Dell‘s article in yesterday’s Sunday Business Post outlines reforms of the Irish legal […]

  13. […] (US) Dmytri Kleiner (UA/CA) Franco Lacomella (AR) Nicolas Maigret Sascha Meinrath (US) (tbc) Eoin O’Dell (IRL) Rachel O’Dwyer Julian Oliver (NZ) Nora O’Murchu Jussi Parikka (FI) Tom Rondeau (US) […]

  14. […] (FR/IRL) Robert Horvitz (US) Dmytri Kleiner (UA/CA) Franco Lacomella (AR) Nicolas Maigret (FR) Eoin O’Dell (IRL) Rachel O’Dwyer (IRL) Julian Oliver (NZ) Nora O’Murchu (IRL) Jussi Parikka (FI) Tom […]

  15. Hi Eoin
    I’m so happy to see you blogging here. There’s so few bloggers about law.
    So thumbs up from me, and I like to read your posts.

  16. Jasmine says:

    Hi Eoin, Good to see you blogging. I have already read plenty of your blogs. I am in fact happy to read this web site posts which consists of plenty of useful information, thanks for providing these kinds of data.

  17. Lee Ashley says:

    Hi Eoin,
    Good post! When I started to read this post thought it would be very boring and is a legal discussion about new and old laws. But, It proved me wrong. I got a good knowledge about the calenders of different social communities. Interesting.

  18. Good blog freshly presented. I came across it while investigating legal costs on the web. I’ll check back often.

  19. Maria James says:

    Hi Eoin!
    Your blog is one of the best blogs I am following. Your blog has so much information regarding legal laws and I think it is best blogging site for irish legal laws. I am a student of law and your blogs are very good material for me. Please keep blogging.

  20. Bennet_Marky says:

    Hey it is great to know one of the top lawyers and law expert in Ireland is sharing his ideas about various topic through his blog. It shows his interest in writing and expressing his opinion which is a wonderful thing. Way to go!

  21. Maya Normes says:

    Greetings to everyone here!
    @Bennet_Marky You are absolutely right Eion is one of the best lawyer in Ireland.
    And I am more than happy that Eoin is sharing His Law expertise with all of us.

    Eoin please keep sharing your experiences and knowledge base.

    Thanks a lot.

  22. William Case says:

    Thanks for the introduction Eoin! I personally love that you James Ussher behind you. That is awesome. You are right too, lots of new years. I hope your academic year went well this year. Another one is right around the corner!

  23. Alyssa Moore says:

    very interesting stuff here and just what i wanted. I was actually working on a project related to Irish laws when I stumbled upon this site. Keep updating. I will come back for more information. Thank you.

  24. This blog is pretty good food for the people looking for material regarding law in Ireland and the most important thing is that it is all from a well known layer from Ireland. I salute Dr Eoin O’Dell for sharing his expertise, knowledge and for keeping us updated about law.

  25. ayman says:

    thanks Dr Eoin I really like your blog i love facts

  26. col3 says:

    Happy to see you on web Dr Eoin O’Dell.I’m your student in late 2007.Anyway happy to see you.

  27. […] (IRL) Robert Horvitz (US) Franco Iacomella (AR) Dmytri Kleiner (UA/CA) Nicolas Maigret (FR) Eoin O’Dell (IRL) Rachel O’Dwyer (IRL) Julian Oliver (NZ) Nora O’Murchu (IRL) Jussi Parikka (FI) Tom […]

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Me in a hatHi there! Thanks for dropping by. I’m Eoin O’Dell, and this is my blog: Cearta.ie – the Irish for rights.

“Cearta” really is the Irish word for rights, so the title provides a good sense of the scope of this blog.

In general, I write here about private law, free speech, and cyber law; and, in particular, I write about Irish law and education policy.

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