William Binchy
William Binchy is Regius Professor
Regius Professor
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 of Laws at Trinity College, Dublin
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 Law School, Ireland
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Binchy was educated at University College Dublin
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. He is a Barrister-at-Law and practised at the Irish Bar from 1968-70. He was a Research Counsellor to the Irish Law Reform Commission and special legal advisor on family law reform to the Department of Justice. He has been a consultant to the Department of Foreign Affairs and represented Ireland at the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Professor Binchy is a member of the Irish Human Rights Commission.
He specialises in private international law, the law of torts and family law.

He has been involved in a number of campaigns in connection with proposed amendments to the Constitution of Ireland. In particular, he campaigned:
  • in favour of the constitutional ban on abortion in 1983 (successfully);
  • against the introduction of divorce
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     in Ireland (successfully in 1986 , and unsuccessfully in 1995);
  • against the restriction of the automatic, constitutional right to citizenship of all of those born on the island of Ireland (unsuccessfully in 2004).

His uncle was the historian D. A. Binchy
D. A. Binchy
Daniel Anthony Binchy was a scholar of Irish linguistics and Early Irish law.From 1919-20 he was Auditor of the Literary and Historical Society...

. He is the brother of novelist Maeve Binchy
Maeve Binchy
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. His daughter is the RTÉ
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 producer and former College Tribune
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 editor Sarah Binchy.

He is well-known in Trinity College's Law School for his catchphrase
"Plaintiff, you lose!"


  • Human Rights, the Citizen and the State: South African and Irish Approaches, co-edited with Jeremy Sarkin, (2001)
  • Annual Review of Irish Law (1990-2003), co-author with Raymond Byrne and specialist contributors, (1992–2004)
  • Irish Conflicts of Law (1988)
  • Is Divorce the Answer? An Examination of No-Fault Divorce Against the Background of the Irish Debate (1984)
  • A Casebook on Irish Family Law (1984)


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