Thomas is particularly interested in environmental law, constitutional law, and human rights, and he has a subsidiary interest in property law; these interests are reflected in his research outputs and contributions. He is also particularly interested in somewhat obscure or frequently neglected spheres of law, and he occasionally likes to explore these sorts of areas in his work. To date these interests have included in particular: burial law, laws relating to the ‘dead body'/corpse as broadly construed, national monuments law, cultural heritage.
Academic Articles, & Selected Publications related to Thomas's Academic Legal Research
Muinzer, Thomas L. and Geraint Ellis, 'Subnational Governance for the Low Carbon Energy Transition: Mapping the UK's "Energy Constitution"' Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy (2017), 1-22 DOI: 10.1177/2399654416687999
Muinzer, Thomas L. "The Law and the Dead (Review)" Medical Law Review (2017) doi:10.1093/medlaw.fwx003.
--. "'Fishing for Answers': An Anglers' Society Challenges the Scope of 'Environmental Damage'" Environmental Law Review (2016) 18(4): 301-308.
--. ‘"Cultural Vandalism akin to Ripping a Knife through a Rembrandt"? A Critical Assessment of the Protections afforded to Irish Cultural Rights under Ireland's Developing Heritage Laws' Irish Journal of Legal Studies (2016) 6(1): 18-58.
--. "Does the Climate Change Act 2008 Adequately Account for the UK's Devolved Jurisdictions?" European Energy and Environmental Law Review (2016) 25(3): 87-100.
--. "Warming UP: Northern Ireland's Developing Response to Climate Change in the Context of UK Devolution", UKELA E-Law (September/October, 2016) (96): 19-22.
--. ‘"To PV or not to PV": An Analysis of the High Court's Recent Treatment of Solar Energy' Environmental Law Review (2015) 17(2): 128-135.
--. ‘The Law of the Dead: A Critical Review of Burial Law, with a View to its Development' Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (2014) 34(4): 791-818.
--. ‘Legal and Political Challenges of Governing the Environment and Climate Change' (Review), Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning (2015) 17(2): 301-305.
--. ‘Bones of Contention: The Medico-Legal Issues Relating to Charles Byrne, "the Irish Giant"' Queen's Political Review (2014) 2:155-166.
--. ‘Observations on Ireland's Approach to Climate Law', 24 (2014, February) Cork Online Law Review 1, http://corkonlinelawreview.com/editions/2014/ThomasLMuinzer.pdf
--. ‘A Grave Situation: An Examination of the Legal Issues raised by the Life and Death of Charles Byrne, the "Irish Giant"' International Journal of Cultural Property (2013) 20: 23-48.
--. ‘A Critical Examination of the International Community's Ability to turn International Environmental Treaties into Environmentally Useful Action' Queen's Political Review (2013) 1: 43-56.
--. with Len Doyal, ‘Authors' Reply to Moore and Smith and Colleagues', British Medical Journal (2012) 344: e557.
--. ‘Sustainable Development Law in the UK: From Rhetoric to Reality?' (Review), Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning (2012) 14(4): 473-476.
--. with Len Doyal, ‘The Hunterian Museum will continue to display Byrne's skeleton: poor arguments for a sad decision' British Medical Journal: Rapid Responses 17 February 2012, http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d7597/rr/568181
--. with Len Doyal, ‘Bury the "Irish Giant": a rapid response to some positive rapid responses' British Medical Journal: Rapid Responses 1 February 2012, http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2012/02/01/re-should-skeleton-%E2%80%9C-irish-giant%E2%80%9D-be-buried-sea
--. with Len Doyal, ‘Bury the "Irish Giant": a rapid response to some critical rapid responses' British Medical Journal: Rapid Responses 1 February 2012, http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2012/02/01/re-should-skeleton-%E2%80%9C-irish-giant%E2%80%9D-be-buried-sea-0
--. with Len Doyal, ‘Why the Royal College of Surgeons should respect the wishes of "the Irish giant"', British Medical Journal (2011) 343: 1290-1292.
--. ‘Tara Motorway Toll Charge could Never Recover our Celtic Heritage', (2010) The Irish News 15th March: 22. On environmental damage and (il)legality concerning the laying of Ireland's M3 motorway through the Tara Valley in Co.Meath.
--. Research Assistant on Conway, Heather Co-Ownership of Land (2nd edn, 2012) published by Tottel Publishing, Dublin.
--. Research Assistant on Turner, Sharon & Richard Macrory, Environment and Land Transportation Law: UK Report (Report on UK Transportation for the EU's Avosetta Meeting, Fribourg, 23rd-24th November 2012).