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Professor Raymond J. Friel

Ray Friel

Raymond J. Friel was recently appointed Associate Professor of Law at the Law School.


A graduate of University College Cork and the University of Exeter,  Friel joined the faculty at the Law School in Limerick in 1989. As well as being the author of “The Law of Contract” and co-author of “Irish Stamp Duty Law” he has also published widely in the sphere of Contract, Commercial and European law, with articles in journals such as the Fordham International Law Review, the International Comparative Law Quarterly and the Common Law World Review. He is currently editor in Chief of the Judicial Studies Journal. He has also secured significant funded research from a variety of private and government agencies, including his recent collaborative success with colleagues from the Kemmy Business School in Horizon 2020 dealing with the risk/liability issues of semi-autonomous vehicles.


He has lectured extensively overseas, having been a Visiting Professor at Boston College Law School where he taught Torts, EU law and Antirust and also at the University of Kansas Law School, as well as having been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.


Friel has played a key role in the development of the Law School and was Head of School for 9 years. He established the first Moot Court in Ireland including state of the art video recording technology. He oversaw student numbers grow from around 100 to nearly 600, introduced 2 new U/G degree programmes, 3 new P/G degrees and has been extremely active in curriculum development including pioneering Advanced Lawyering modules in the Law Plus programme.


He has acted as an external examiner for several third level institutions and is currently an examiner for both the Law Society of Ireland and the Honorable Society of the Kings Inns. He is currently Director of Research at the Law School and Director of the International Commercial and Economic Research Group, based in the School of Law at the University of Limerick