Máiréad Enright

Máiréad Enright is Lecturer in Law, University of Kent (UK)

Seminar: Protest, Precarisation, Possiblity — University of Warwick, 30 April 2014


This in­ter­dis­cip­linary sem­inar will take place on April 30 2014 from 10am to 5pm, at the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Warwick. Increasingly, private law ap­pears in the gov­ern­ment of un­ruly polit­ical move­ment and res­ist­ance — through the privat­isa­tion of public space and the des­ig­na­tion of protest as tres­pass; through the con­trac­tu­al­isa­tion of public ser­vices and the…

The Law of University Protest: Notes from the UK


December 1st saw the launch of “Defend the Irish University”; a charter which un­der­scores common ex­per­i­ences of uni­ver­sity privat­isa­tion in Ireland and the UK, and sug­gests pos­sib­il­ities for res­ist­ance. It is im­portant to take note of what is hap­pening to stu­dents and staff who are con­testing the ef­fects of sim­ilar aus­terity and privat­isa­tion policies on higher…

The Political in the Contract Classroom


When we started ‘The Public Life of Private Law’ one of the con­ver­sa­tions we wanted to have with par­ti­cipants, and with others fol­lowing the series, was about teaching private law from a crit­ical per­spective. In par­tic­ular, we wanted to think about how those of us who fell into teaching private law through a mix­ture of ne­ces­sity and serendipity, but…

The Public Life of Private Law: Seminar Series Update.


By the end of Friday, we will be half-​way through our ESRC sem­inar series ‘The Public Life of Private Law’. The pro­gramme for our second sem­inar is here. The focus of the second sem­inar will be on the uses of private law in seeking re­par­a­tions for ‘human rights ab­uses’. In set­ting this theme we had in mind a variety…

Savita Halappanavar: Ireland, Abortion and the Politics of Death and Grief

Savita Halappanavar

This morning (14 November 2012) the Guardian re­ports on the case of Savita Halappanavar, who died last month at University College Galway, Ireland. It was, we are told, a case of “sudden ma­ternal death”. The Irish Times sets out the facts of the case as fol­lows: Savita Halappanavar (31), a dentist, presented with back pain at the hos­pital on October…

Six Bursaries Available: The Public Life of Private Law (ESRC) Seminar Series

Alma Thomas Watusi – Hard Edge 1963

Six bursaries are avail­able to as­sist PhD stu­dents and re­cent PhD gradu­ates in any dis­cip­line to at­tend all four sem­inars in the UK’s ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) sem­inar series The Public Life of Private Law, which will run 2013 – 2014. The first sem­inar takes place at the University of Kent on 18 January 2013. The series ex­am­ines the re­la­tions between private…

Conference and Call for Papers: ‘Equality — Are We There Yet?’ Kent, March 10 & 11

On March 10 and 11, the Kent Critical Law Society will host its first an­nual con­fer­ence, ‘Equality — Are We There Yet?’ at Keynes College, at the University of Kent at Canterbury. The con­fer­ence is student-​led and will at­tract prac­ti­tioners, law stu­dents, aca­demics and in­ter­ested mem­bers of the public from all over the UK. In

The Private Law of Protest — Workshop at Kent — November 4

Kent Occupation Ends

This one-​day work­shop will ex­amine the de­ploy­ment of private law by uni­ver­sity man­age­ment against stu­dents in the con­text of re­cent protests against the mar­ket­isa­tion of learning and teaching. The work­shop will draw on the ex­per­i­ences of oc­cu­piers and their law­yers in map­ping and cri­tiquing the use of tort, con­tract and prop­erty law to end, prevent…

Excitable Speech: Shell to Sea & Joking About Rape

Shell Hell

Give me your name and ad­dress and I’ll rape you. [All laugh] — Unidentified Garda Sergeant Shell to Sea is an or­gan­isa­tion op­er­ating in the west of Ireland which was formed to take direct ac­tion in protest against the Corrib Gas Project. It is widely known and ac­cepted in Ireland that the po­lice (the gardai) have…

Use of Private Law to Control Student Occupations

Les Beaux Arts

I have been won­dering about teaching one of the secret lives of private law; the use of the law of tort, con­tract and equity to reg­u­late on-​campus stu­dent protest. There is a growing on­line archive — of blogs, media re­ports and uni­ver­sity press re­leases — which de­tails how these private tools for the de­fence of “uni­ver­sity prop­erty” have been used…