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Declan McCourt is the Chief Executive of the OHM Group, a major distributor of passenger cars and commercial vehicles in Ireland. He was educated at Castleknock College, then at University College Dublin where he received a B.A. and M.A. in economics in 1968 and also was called to the Bar in that year. He graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA in 1973. A director of Fyffes plc and Balmoral International Land plc, he is also chairman of the Mater Hospital Foundation having previously been director of the Bank of Ireland and Dublin Docklands Development Authority.  

Peter Sutherland, KCMG, SC, studied law at University College Dublin where he obtained an honours degree and captained the UCD RFC First XV. He then studied at the King's Inns in Dublin and was called to the Bar in 1969. 

He was Attorney General of Ireland between 1981 and 1984 and was Ireland’s youngest Attorney General.  He was EC Commissioner responsible for Competition Policy between 1985 and 1989 and was also Commissioner for Social Affairs and Education in 1985 when he proposed the creation of the Erasmus Programme. He was Director General of GATT between 1993 and 1995 and then the first Director General of the World Trade Organisation.  He was Chairman of the European Institute for Public Administration from 1991 to 1996.

Peter Sutherland has received fifteen honorary doctorates and other awards include an honorary Knighthood (UK 2004), a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur (France), a Papal Knighthood of Saint Gregory, the Gold Medal of the European Parliament (1988), the first European Law Prize (Paris 1988), The David Rockefeller International Leadership Award (1998) and the Robert Schuman Medal for his work for European Integration.

He has been chairman of BP and AIB and is currently cChairman of Goldman Sachs International.  He is also the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Migration, chairman of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He generously provided a substantial donation to the building of the new School of Law building which bears his name.

Mark is a partner and head of the Property Group at Arthur Cox. He specialises in all aspects of commercial property including development, construction, property finance, commercial landlord and tenant and investment acquisitions and disposals.

Michael is a Senior Counsel practising in the fields of commercial, competition,  EU law and judicial review.  Hegraduated UCD with an M.A. in economics and an LL.M.  He also took an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Finance before joining the New York law firm of Shearman and Sterling. He returned to Ireland in 1981 to commence practice at the Irish Bar. A member of the English, Northern Ireland, New York and US Supreme Court Bars, Michael also practices from Monckton Chambers in London.In 1996 he was appointed by the Irish Government as Chairman of the Competition and Mergers Review Group the majority of whose recommendations were subsequently implemented into Irish law in the Competition Act 2002. Michael also appears in commercial arbitrations (domestic and international) both as counsel and as arbitrator.  He has had appointments as arbitrator from the ICC Court of Arbitration and is one of Ireland’s representatives on the ICC Commission on Arbitration.  He is also a member of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Panel of Arbitrators and is outgoing President of Arbitration Ireland.  Michael is Chairman of the Irish Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (Irish Sports Council) and is the External Examiner in Arbitration and Mediation to the King’s Inns.

Michael was elected a Bencher of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns in 2007 and the following year was elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in the United States.  He is also a member of Lincoln’s Inn and Middle Temple. He was Chairman of the Bar Council of Ireland 2008  – 2010. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He has been a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Maynooth on Legal Aspects of Competition and Regulation in Maynooth’s Master of Economic Science Programme.  He is currently Adjunct Professor of Law at UCD Law School. In the much more interesting parts of his life he is a board member of All Hallows College, the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Irish Film Institute.

Paul Gallagher (1955) is a Senior Counsel and has practised at the Irish Bar for 33 years.  He is a Bencher of the King’s Inns in Dublin and was formerly Vice Chairman of the Irish Bar Council.  He was Attorney General of Ireland (2007-11).  Mr. Gallagher was a nominee of Ireland to the Arbitration and Conciliation Panels of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.  He was Chairman of the Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping Disciplinary Tribunal. He served as an observer on the High-Level Advisory Group on the Future of EU Justice Policy (2007-08) representing the UK, Cyprus and Malta. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at University College Dublin, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers.  He is a Director of the Irish Centre for European Law and a member of the Euro Crisis Committee and Justice & Home Affairs Committee of the Institute of International & European Affairs.  He has degrees in Law, History and Economics.

Emer is Chairperson of Mason Hayes & Curran and a partner in its Dispute Resolution Team. Emer is experienced in a broad range of commercial and financial services litigation. Emer specialises in project management and investigatory work and acts as a legal advisor to corporates and boards on corporate safeguards and compliance procedures.

Emer is also a member of the Advisory Board at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and a Council member of the Economic and Social Research Institute.

Michael McDowell is a Senior Counsel and a former politician. Mr McDowell was a founding member of the Progressive Democrats in the mid-1980s. He was elected as a TD for Dublin South–East on three occasions.  During his years in public life, McDowell also served as Attorney General (1999–2002), as Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (2002–07), as leader of the Progressive Democrats (2006–07), and as Tánaiste (2006–07). In 2007 he resigned as PD party leader and announced his retirement from public life; he has since resumed his private legal career.
Micheal McDowell was educated at Gonzaga College, then at University College Dublin where he became auditor of the UCD Law Society. He later attended the King's Inns in Dublin where he achieved the Barrister-at-Law degree in 1974.  He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1987 when he was 35 years old. 

Sile McGuckian FitzPatrick graduated with a law degree from Trinity College Dublin in 1988.  She obtained her master’s degree in 1989 and her doctoral degree in 2004 both from Oxford University where she attended Balliol College.  She was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1991 and practiced as a barrister in Chambers at 3 Kings Bench Walk, Temple, London.  She was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1995 and practised as an attorney at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton.  She returned to Ireland in 1997 and worked for McCann FitzGerald Solicitors.  After completing her doctorate, she lectured in the law of evidence in UCD.  She is currently a director of Sonas Housing Association.   She is also a Director of the FitzPatrick Family Foundation.

Finbarr Murphy was Group Legal Adviser, Bank of Ireland. He graduated from University College Cork (BCL, LLB), Universiteit van Amsterdam (Diploma in European Law) and Kings Inns (Barrister-at Law).  He was lecturer at the Faculty of Law, UCD, from 1974 until 1987.  Mr Murphy practiced at the Bar from 1986 until 1987 and became Group Legal Adviser to the Bank of Ireland in 1987.

Paul A. O'Connor studied law at University College Dublin where he graduated with BCL and LLM degrees. He subsequently obtained the professional legal qualification of Barrister-at-Law degree from King's Inns and continued with his legal studies at the University of Pennsylvania where he obtained a Master's in Law specialising in Criminal Justice. Following a brief period in practise in the United States he returned to Ireland and UCD and commenced his career as a legal academic. He resumed contact with the United States in the 1980's where he spent the academic year 1987/88 as a Fulbright Fellow at the law school of the University of Michigan. During the course of his academic career at UCD he has taught a range of courses and currently specialises in the Law of Evidence and Family Law. He was appointed Associate Dean of the School of Law in 1989 and then Dean from 1992 to 2007. Keenly interested in strategic development, he has been responsible for a number of major initiatives involving the broadening of the law school's educational mission through the creation of new degree and diploma programmes; the establishment of unique exchange programmes with law schools in North America and Australia; and the fostering of strong links with the practising legal profession. Among the more notable achievements during his period as Dean have been the development of research policy and the establishment of the State's only Institute of Criminology; the Irish European Law Forum; and two lecture series, Society, Broadcasting and the Law and the John Maurice Kelly Memorial Lecture; the creation of new Chairs and a major expansion in staff numbers. He continues to be actively involved in development and works closely with the law school's Development Council in generating resources. He is the author of the law school's current strategic development. In addition,  he has served on numerous committees and most recently was appointed by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to the Criminal Law Codification Advisory Committee.

Liam Quirke is a Tax Partner and the Chairman of Matheson.   In addition to his roles as a Tax Partner and Chairman of the firm, Liam is responsible for managing the firm’s UK practice which focuses on meeting the Irish legal needs of the international legal services market in London.  He is also actively involved in the development of the firm’s US practice.

Colin Scott is Principal, UCD College of Social Sciences and Law and Professor of EU Regulation & Governance. He studied law at the London School of Economics and at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Prior to his appointment at UCD in April 2006 he lectured at the University of Warwick and at the London School of Economics. Between 2001 and 2003 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. He was a research associate of the ESRC Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR), based at the London School of Economics from 2000-2010. He was Director of the UCD Centre for Regulation and Governance, from 2010-2013. He is a co-author of the Irish State Administration Database (2010). He was Programme Chair of ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance Biennial Conference, 'Regulation in the Age of Crisis', held in Dublin in June 2010.  He is a co-editor of Legal Studies and has previously held editorial responsibilities with Law & Policy and the Modern Law Review.  He was a  Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, from 2006-2009 where he taught on the interdisciplinary masters on European Law and Economic Analysis (ELEA). He was Vice Principal for Research and Innovation for the UCD College of Business and Law between 2006 and 2009 and Associate Dean of the UCD School of Law from 2010-2011 and Dean of Law at UCD, 2011-2014.  He is married with two children, one born in London in 1998 and the other in Canberra in 2002.

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Laurence Shields founded LK Shields Solicitors in 1988,was Managing Partner to May 2005 and Chairman from May 2005 to April 2012.He has served as President of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association 1983-1984,as President of the Law Society of Ireland 1997-1998 and as a member of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board 2002-2008.He is a director of Bord Gais Eireann and Tedcastle Holdings. He is a former director of the Irish Takeover Panel Limited. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR Accredited Mediator. Mr. Shields graduated from University College Dublin with a BCL.