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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



Michael was born and raised in Ireland, where he completed his L.L.B. at Trinity College Dublin, graduating with first class honours and receiving the Julian Prize for placing second in his year. During his time there, he had the opportunity to participate in an exchange program at the University of Hong Kong, where he met lifelong friends and failed to learn Cantonese.

From here he took up a place at the LSE to study Law and Anthropology and has now made his way to Cambridge to complete a PhD focusing on Anti-discrimination Law and Legal Theory. The project itself seeks to explore the philosophical underpinnings of various aspects of equality based legislation, case law and legal theory and to supplement the traditional distinction between equality of results and equality of treatment with an additional lens of analysis which focuses on the conflict between individualist and collectivist manifestations of the equality concept. This conflict will be resolved in part through appeal to the concept of the Rule of Law.

When he is not engaged in legal research, he enjoys martial arts, twirling around his room whilst listening to Stevie Nicks, and writing about himself in the third person.

Other Academic Interests:


Constitutional Theory

Medical Law and Ethics

Gender, Sexuality, and the Law

Law and Society

Department: Law
Supervisor: Professor T.R.S. Allan
College: Trinity Hall
AHRC Subject Area: Law and Legal Studies
Title of Thesis: (provisional) Pillars of Sand: Equality and the Rule of Law
 Michael  Foran