Following a decision by the Court of Appeal on the tenth of March 2015, concerning the powers of the Government to control substances which are harmful to human health under Section 2 (2) of the Act of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, possession of many drugs including ecstasy, magic mushrooms, so called head shop drugs and other new psychoactive drugs became legal in Ireland.  The following day new legislation was introduced reinstating the ban on the previously legalised drugs. However, owing to technical reasons the ban could not come into law until the following day. Consequently, for one day (eleventh of March 2015) many headshop type drugs and an assortment of other synthetic drugs including amphetamine, MDMA, Khat and ketamine were legal to possess in Ireland.
Federico Fabbrini is Full Professor of European Law at the School of Law & Government. He holds a . in European & Transnational Legal Studies from the University of Trento (2006), a . in International Law from the University of Bologna (2008) and . in Law from the European University Institute (2012). He interned as a clerk for Justice Sabino Cassese at the Italian Constitutional Court (2010-2011) and qualified for the bar exam in Italy (2011). Before joining iCourts, he was Associate Professor of European & International Law at iCourts (the Center of Excellence for International Courts) at the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, and Assistant Professor of European & Comparative Constitutional Law at Tilburg Law School, in the Netherlands,where he was awarded tenure.
Federico Fabbrini research focuses on EU law and spans from the field of fundamental rights to Economic and Monetary Union, up to Brexit and costitutional reforms in the Eurozone. Federico has published articles in Common Market Law Review, European Law Review, Columbia Journal of European Law, European Constitutional Law Review, Oxord Yearbook of European Law, Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, Berkeley Journal of International Law and Harvard Human Rights Journal. He is the author of two monographs with Oxford University Press: Fundamental Rights Europe: Challenges and Transformations in Comparative Perspective (2014, the published version of his PhD thesis at the EUI), and Economic Governance in Europe: Comparative Paradoxes and Constitutional Challenges (2016). Moreover, he has co-edited five other volumes with Hart Publishing and Elgar Publishing, and edited two Special Journal Issues. He is currently authoring a textbook on EU law together with Marta Cartabia and Joseph . Weiler.
Federico Fabbrini he has been invited for lectures and seminars in several Universities in Europe, the US, Australia and Japan, including Bocconi University, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Cambridge University, Central European University, the European University Institute, Harvard Law School,University of Helsinki, the University of Maastricht, Meiji University - Tokyo, Melbourne Law School, the University of New South Wales - Sydney, Oxford University, Princeton University, and Yale Law School. He has also been invited to speak at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, and the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, and has presented his work at the President of the Eurogroup in The Hague, the European Commission representation in Rome, and the Legal Service of the European Parliament in Brussels.