Dr. Desmond Ryan LL.B., B.C.L., M.A. (Oxon.), Ph.D., Barrister-at-Law (King’s Inns) is a Lecturer in Law at Trinity College Dublin and a practising Barrister specialising in Employment Law. He lectures in Tort Law, Employment Law (LL.B.) and Employment Litigation (LL.M.). and his research interests are primarily in the areas of Employment Law and Tort Law. Having graduated with First Class Honours and a Gold Medal in Law from Trinity College Dublin (LL.B.), he pursued graduate studies in Law at the University of Oxford, where he obtained the degree of Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.), graduating with Distinction, and the degree of Master of Arts (M.A.). He received an Ussher scholarship at Trinity College Dublin to pursue his Ph.D. thesis, completed in 2009 and for which he was awarded his Doctorate. He also studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, and at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin. He was previously a Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Law. Desmond Ryan has published work in a number of international peer-reviewed journals, including The Cambridge Law Journal, The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, and the Dublin University Law Journal. He is co-author of Employment Law in Ireland (2009) and co-editor of the Dublin University Law Journal and has contributed book chapters to a number of books. He also contributes regularly to the Quarterly Review of Tort Law and is the Employment Law Correspondent for the Thomson Round Hall Annual Review of Irish Law. Dr. Ryan was awarded the Provost’s Teaching Award in 2011.