In December 2012, the Library at the Institute of Technology, Carlow received an important donation from Prof. Geoffrey J. Hand. The collection which contains around 1200 items, consists of mainly law materials but also included are some items on ecclesiastical history, politics and Irish and British history.
The collection comprises different types of material including antiquarian books, offprints and personal papers. Professor Hand's personal papers cover a range of topics including human rights, constitutional law, comparative constitutions and the European Union.
To discover more about Prof. Hand and his work, please link to the following list of references:
Photo Credit: Cover of The Irish Jurist, Vol. XXXI, 1996
Professor Geoffrey J. Hand received his BA in History from University College Dublin and was subsequently awarded a DPhil from the University of Oxford in 1960, for his research on medieval Irish Law. After holding lectureships at Edinburgh University, Southampton University and University College Dublin, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Law at UCD from 1970-1975.
From 1976-1980 he served as one of the inaugural professors to the nascent Law department of the European University Institute at Florence. From 1980 until his retirement, he served as Barber Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Birmingham.
Professor Hand was regarded as a leading scholar in the field of medieval and early modern legal history, with particular focus on the advent of English law in Ireland and Irish ecclesiastical history. He was a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Irish Legal History Society in 2010.