Norma Dawson, CBE


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1977 …2015
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Research Interests

My current research interests are intellectual property law, especially the law of trade marks; cultural property law, and legal history.  In the past, I have also published in the fields of land law, landlord and tenant law (especially business tenancies), and property law generally.


My current teaching is in the areas of Equity and Trusts, and Trade Mark Law.  I have also taught Land Law, Charity Law, Landlord and Tenant Law, Irish Legal History, Planning Law, Introduction to Property Law.


CBE (2017)

Visiting Full Professor, University College Dublin (2017-2020) (honorary)

Honorary Bencher, Inn of Court of N.I. 2016 -

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship 2015-2017

President, Irish Legal History Society, 2009-2012

British Academy Senior Research Fellow, 2005-2006

Dean of Faculty of Law and head of School of Law, 1994-1997

Barrister (NI; 1976 call)



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Projects 2011 2012

Research Output 1977 2015

Locating Geographical Indications - Perspectives from English Law: Republication by consent of a paper published in 2000 in Trademark Reporter

Dawson, N., 2015, Geographical Indications : volume 1. Blakeney, M. (ed.). 2015 ed. London: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Vol. 1. (Critical Concepts in Intellectual Property Law series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)

The Double Life of Duke of Somerset v Cookson, or a Legal Excavation of the Corbridge Lanx

Dawson, N. M., 15 Oct 2014, In : Journal of Legal History. 35, 3, p. 258 - 280 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

eighteenth century

Lawyers, the Law and History

Dawson, N. (ed.) & Larkin, F. (ed.), 2013, Dublin: Four Courts Press. 320 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Rank of Queen's Counsel: Judicial Perspectives

Dawson, N. M., 2013, In : King's Law Journal. 24, 1, p. 38 - 59 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

legal position
selection procedure
legal profession
legal system


British Academy Senior Research Fellowship

Norma Dawson (Recipient), 01 Sep 2005

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


Norma Dawson, CBE (Recipient), 2017

Prize: National/international honour

Honorary Bencher

Norma Dawson (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Other distinction

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship

Norma Dawson (Recipient), 01 Sep 2015

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 1977 2017

External examiner, QMUL/UCL, for LLM, PG Diploma and PG Certificate in Laws (International Programme)

Norma Dawson (Examiner)
2017 → …

Activity: Examination typesPGT external examination

University College Dublin

Norma Dawson (Visitor)

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Magna Carta 1215-2015 Exhibition, Supreme Court of UK

Norma Dawson (Contributor)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

Judicial Commission, PCI (External organisation)

Norma Dawson (Member)
Nov 2015Mar 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel

Advisory Council, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Norma Dawson (Member)
2014 → …

Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups


Property and the law of finders

Author: Hickey, R., 2009

Supervisor: Dawson, CBE, N. (Supervisor) & Capper, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy