Seán Patrick Donlan

Associate Dean

JD (Louisiana), PhD (Trinity College Dublin)

Dr Donlan is the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University. He is also an External Examiner for the National University of Ireland – Galway.

Dr Donlan previously worked at the University of Limerick (2002-2015) and the University of the South Pacific (2016-2018). He has also taught in other programs in Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, and Malta.

Dr Donlan was a founding member of the European Society for Comparative Legal History, the Irish Society of Comparative Law, and Juris Diversitas. He was active in the Irish Legal History Society, the Eighteenth-century Ireland Society/Cumann Éire san Ochtú Céad Déag, and the World Society for Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists. He's an elected Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, President Emeritus of Juris Diversitas, and a member of the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History.

Dr Donlan's current research interests are comparative law, legal history, and legal theory. He is especially interested in (i) the interaction of legal and normative traditions and (ii) legal education. He has written on these topics, especially on 'mixed' legal traditions and 'plural' legal/normative orders, as well as on Edmund Burke (c1730-1797) and Irish history.

Dr Donlan's most recent work includes:

  • Legal Traditions in Louisiana and the Floridas, 1763-1848 (forthcoming 2018, with Vernon Palmer)
  • Questioning Comparative Law? Mixity, Metaphor, and Marriage (forthcoming 2018, with Jane Mair)

He created and edited Comparative Legal History (Taylor & Francis, 2013-2016) and the Juris Diversitas Book Series (Routledge, 2013-2015). His edited publications include:

  • The Law's Many Bodies: Studies in Legal Hybridity and Jurisdictional Complexity, c1600-1900 (2015, with Dirk Heirbaut)
  • A Study of Mixed Legal Systems: Endangered, Entrenched, or Blended (2014, with Esin Örücü and Sue Farran)
  • Concepts of Law: Comparative, Jurisprudential, and Social Science Perspectives (2014, with Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler)
  • The Law and Other Legalities of Ireland, 1689-1850 (2011, with Michael Brown)
  • Comparative Law and Hybrid Legal Traditions (2010, with Eleanor Cashin-Ritaine and Martin Sychold)
  • Edmund Burke's Irish Identities (2006)
  • Francis Stoughton Sullivan, Lectures on the Constitution and Laws of England (2004 reprint of second edition 1776)

His publications have also appeared in edited book collections and in the Comparative Law Review, the Dublin University Law Journal, the Irish Jurist, the Journal of Civil Law Studies, the Journal of Comparative Law, the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, and the Tulane European and Civil Law Forum.

Dr Donlan currently teaches Jurisprudence in the upper year curriculum.

Seán Patrick Donlan

Office: OM 4643
Phone: 778-471-8369