Seán Patrick Donlan

Associate Dean

JD (Louisiana), PhD (Trinity College Dublin)

Dr Donlan is the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University. He previously worked at in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick (Ireland, 2002-2015) and the Faculty of Arts, Law, and Education of the University of the South Pacific (Vanuatu and Fiji, 2016-2018). He’s also taught in programs in Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, and Malta and served as an Extern Examiner for the School of Law of the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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 research interests include legal history, comparative law, legal theory, and Irish history and politics. He’s written on these topics, especially on comparative legal history, 'mixed' legal traditions, Edmund Burke (c1730-1797), and Irish history.

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

Western Legal Traditions (Hart Publishing, with Aniceto Masferrer and Remco van Rhee) is forthcoming (2021).

Other publications have appeared in numerous edited collections and in, among others, the Comparative Law Review, the Dublin University Law Journal (ns), Eighteenth-Century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, the Irish Jurist (ns), the Journal of Civil Law Studies, the Journal of Comparative Law, the Judicial Studies Institute Journal (Ireland), the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, Studies in Burke and His Time (ns), and the Tulane European and Civil Law Forum.

Dr Donlan will teach Canadian Legal History in 2021-2022; he’s previously taught Comparative Law.


Office: OM 4643
Phone: 778-471-8369