Professor Gavin Barrett is Jean Monnet Professor of European Constitutional and Economic Law and Associate Professor in UCD Sutherland School of Law. He graduated with an LL.B.from the Law School, Trinity College Dublin in 1988, having been made a Scholar of the College two years earlier in 1986.
He completed his Ph.D. studies in 1994 with a dissertation on employment rights under Irish and European law in business restructuring situations. He graduated from King’s Inns and was called to the Bar in 1997.
Having tutored in Trinity College during his studies there, Professor Barrett was, from 1995, a research officer and then project leader of the Justice and Home Affairs Group in the Institute of European Affairs Dublin. From 1997 to the end of 1998, he worked as a course director with the Academy of European Law in Trier in Germany. He was appointed to a lectureship in University College Dublin in 1999, promoted to senior lecturer in 2004 and made an Associate Professor in 2014. He was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Constitutional and Economic Law in the same year. Professor Barrett has been, successively, a Government of Ireland Research Fellow, a University College Dublin President’s Research Fellow and an Oireachtas Parliamentary Research Fellow. He has also been a visiting professor in the University of Aix-en-Provence, a visiting professor at the University of Ljubljana, a visiting lecturer in the University of Hannover and a visiting scholar at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Européennes (Université Robert Schuman). He has acted as external examiner to the Law Faculties of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Malta.
Professor Barrett specialises in European law, with a particular interest in the employment law and constitutional law fields. He also has a strong interest in employment law. He is the author of two books including one monograph published by the Oireachtas, the editor of several books, the author of numerous book chapters and of articles in a wide range of journals including the Common Market Law Review, the European Law Review (including one article cited by the German Federal Supreme Court in its famous Lisbon ruling), the Yearbook of European Law, the European Law Journal, the European Constitutional Law Review, the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, the Industrial Law Journal, the Irish Jurist, the Dublin University Law Journal and the Irish Law Times. He has also published around seventy articles on legal themes in newspapers and periodicals including Newsweek, the Irish Times and the Sunday Business Post, and appeared on television and/or radio in Ireland, France, the United Kingdom, Finland, Denmark and Slovenia. He has been an invited speaker before the (UK) House of Lords Select Committee on European Affairs (twice), the Foreign and European Affairs Committee of the Maltese Parliament (the Kamra tad-Deputati), the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European [Union] Affairs (five times), the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Ireland’s Future in the European Union (three times), the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality (twice), the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution, the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Review of the Role of the Oireachtas in European Affairs and the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on the Referendum on the Fiscal Treaty. He has also addressed the Joint Oireachtas Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis, spoken in the Grand National Assembly in Ankara, Turkey, addressed the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and briefed the European Affairs Committees of the Danish Parliament (Folketing) and the German Bundestag as well as the Finance Committee of the Bundestag. He also addressed by invitation the National Forum on Europe.