The Influence of Chief Justice Hugh Kennedy on Irish Legal Scholarship and Publishing

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Title: The Influence of Chief Justice Hugh Kennedy on Irish Legal Scholarship and Publishing
Authors: Mohr, Thomas
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Date: 11-Dec-2020
Online since: 2021-07-02T10:38:22Z
Abstract: This article assesses the contribution of Hugh Kennedy, first Attorney General and later first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, to the development of the Irish legal scholarship. Kennedy was determined to influence the emergence of new legal scholarship for a distinctively Irish legal system. This article examines the books and articles authored by Kennedy himself but also examines those created by other persons that were influenced by him or would not have been published without his assistance. It also examines Kennedy’s contribution to the publication of major sources of Irish law including the establishment of the annual publication of Irish statutes. Kennedy’s influence on the development of Irish law journals is also analysed, including his influence over the revival of the Irish Jurist in 1935. Finally, the article will examine Kennedy’s determination to promote scholarship on the 1922 Constitution of the Irish Free State, including his own plans to write a detailed monograph on this subject. Although Kennedy never had a chance to write this monograph he did exert substantial influence over what would become the leading texts in this area. In particular, he had a powerful influence over Leo Kohn’s "The Constitution of the Irish Free State", a text published in 1932 that is still regularly cited to this day.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Irish Jurist
Journal: Irish Jurist
Volume: 64
Start page: 97
End page: 137
Keywords: Hugh KennedyConstitution of the Irish Free StateIrish statute bookDáil decreesIrish legal periodicalsLeo Kohn
Other versions:,%202020
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0021-1273
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