Legal issues encroach into almost every aspect of modern day education in Ireland. Education and the Law has been completely updated since the last edition published in 2012. It examines in detail recent key legislation including the Education (Admissions to School) Act 2018 and the Data Protection Act 2018. It has also been restructured for ease of use and reference.
An essential title, it examines the legal issues surrounding teaching and education, such as the employment of teachers, school discipline, and the State's responsibility for educating children with special educational needs.
Membership of the European Union has also resulted in many changes arising from the principles of free movement, non-discrimination and the common vocational training policy. These developments, as well as the key legislation (including the Education Act 1998, the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004 and the Disability Act 2005) are examined in detail.
Education and the Law also takes an historical look at the legal aspects of the education system in Ireland, and it traces the distinctive development of the Irish education system but it also looks at the future direction of education in Ireland and at the likely impact of equality law, human rights law and membership of the enlarged European Community on Ireland's largely denominational education system.
Elizabeth-Ann Kirwan contributed to this edition. Elizabeth-Ann is a practising barrister. She is a member of the Bar of Ireland and holds a Barrister-at-Law Degree from the Honorable Society of the King's Inns. She is an experienced educator: a qualified teacher, with a wide teaching experience at school, third level, and continuing professional education. She is also experienced in industrial relations matters, advising and representing employees and employers in employment and professional statutory procedures.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. The Historical Legacy of Irish Education 3. Education in Contemporary Ireland: A System in Transition 4. Constitutional Provision for Education 5. The Education Act 1998 6. Local Authority Education 7. The Rights of the Child with Disability and Special Educational Needs 8. Child Protection and Welfare in Schools 9. The Teaching Council Acts 2001-2015 10. Data Protection and Schools 11. The Employment Law Dimension 12. International Human Rights Law and Education 13. Conclusion Appendices