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Michael Foran

Michael Foran

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: The conflicting philosophical foundations of Anti-Discrimination Law


Biography:

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.

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:

Jurisprudence

Constitutional Theory

Medical Law and Ethics

Gender, Sexuality, and the Law

Law and Society