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Dr Thomas Finegan

Dr Thomas Finegan

BTh (Maynooth); MA (UCD); PhD (TCD)
Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies

Research interests

Philosophical-theological ethics; Bioethics; Church and state/religion and law; Human rights; Religious education

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                                                                  Selected publications

“Hopeful ‘Death’: The Cases of Euthanasia and Amoris Laetitia,” in Hope: Where Does Our Hope Lie?, ed. Miloš Lichner (Zurich: LIT Verlag, 2020), 425-36


“Liberal Relativism’s Challenge to Conscience Rights,” Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 9(1) (2020): 79-104 


“Apology for the Reasonableness of Catholic Religious Education,” Louvain Studies 43(2) (2020): 141-63 


"The Right to Life in International Human Rights Law," (2020)


“Conscientious Objection to Referrals,” Journal of Medical Ethics 45(4) (2019): 277-79


“Intermediate Moral Respect and Proportionality Reasoning,” Bioethics 30(8) (2016): 579-87


Dignitatis Humanae: Public Funding and Divesting of Faith Schools,” Melita Theologica 66(1) (2016): 47-68 (with Eamonn Conway)


“International Human Rights Law and the ‘Unborn’: Texts and Travaux Préparatoires,” Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law 25(2) (2016): 89-126


“Dworkin on Equality, Autonomy and Authenticity,” American Journal of Jurisprudence 60(2) (2015): 143-80


“A Matter of Consistency: Dignity and Personhood in Human Rights Biolaw,” Medical Law International 14(1-2) (2014): 80-99


“Levinas’ Faithfulness to Husserl, Phenomenology and God,” Religious Studies 48(3) (2012): 281-303


                                                                  Popular Articles/Opinion Pieces

Published on theological/moral/legal topics in Sunday Times, Sunday Independent, Sunday Business Post, Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner,  Irish Catholic,,,


                                                                  Other Academic Service

Peer-reviewed for Studies in Christian Ethics, Louvain Studies, Journal of Ethics, Journal of Medical Ethics

Chair, Board of Governors, Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford

Member, Bioethics Consultative Group of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Member, Working Group (Religious Education at Post Primary Level) of the Council for Catechetics, Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference