Former Labour Court Chair, Kevin Duffy, receives Honorary Doctorate

Dr Kevin Duffy (centre) with (l to r) Prof Imelda Maher, Mr Tony Kerr SC, Prof Andrew Deeks and Prof Colin Scott 

We warmly congratulate Dr Kevin Duffy on receipt of his honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws.  Mr. Anthony Kerr SC, lecturer in UCD Sutherland School of Law delivered the insightful citation below at a recent conferring ceremony in the O’Reilly Hall. In front of an audience of graduating students, their families and UCD faculty, he summarised the many achievements and extraordinary work that Dr Duffy has undertaken over a lengthy career in the area of work relations in Ireland.


CITATION DELIVERED BY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ANTHONY KERR, UCD Sutherland School of Law on 3 September 2019, on the occasion of the conferring of the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa on KEVIN DUFFY.

President, Graduates, Colleagues, Honoured Guests                                                                                                           

I am humbled to have been asked to deliver the citation today for the conferring of the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on Kevin Duffy because, without fear of contradiction, I can say that he has done Ireland extraordinary service.

I have known, or known of Kevin Duffy for just over forty years, specifically since March 1979.

The 1970's and the 1980's were periods of unprecedented industrial unrest; strikes were common- place and essential public services were regularly disrupted. Many employers resorted to the courts to secure orders restraining strikes and picketing, injunctions which were frequently granted on a ex parte basis. On the 27th March 1979, however, the Irish Times reported that Mr. Justice McWilliam, the senior Chancery judge in the High Court, had discharged an interim injunction against the General Secretary and members of the Ancient Guild of Incorporated Brick and Stonelayers- a trade union which could trace its origins back to 1670- restraining them from conspiring together to cause a withdrawal of labour from a building site at Sydenham Road, Ballsbridge.

The General Secretary of the Ancient Guild, and principal defendant in these procedings was Kevin Duffy.

Kevin was born and raised in Patrick Street in the Liberties. He was the second of three boys. Their father was a bricklayer, as were their grandfather and numerous uncles. Kevin attended the local Christian Brothers primary school in Francis Street. Unlike his elder brother Brendan, who went on to secondary school and a distinguished career in the Civil Service, Kevin went to the Technical School in Clogher Road in Crumlin which he left at the age of fifteen to follow his father into the building trade. Kevin became a member of the Ancient Guild and quickly became active within the trade union. In 1973 he was appointed Assistant General Secretary and then General Secretary in 1978.

His talent was quickly recognised within the broader trade union movement and, in 1988, Kevin was appointed Assistant General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Kevin was responsible for the industrial relations division of Congress and part of his brief was to represent the interests of the trade union movement in negotiations with the then Department of Labour on reform of the law on trade disputes and industrial relations generally. These negotiations ultimately crystalised in the Industrial Relations Act 1990. This Act was “incredibly significant” because it was the first piece of statute law giving effect to the agreed vision of the new social partnership model. What the Act sought to do was to achieve a greater degree of responsibility by trade unions in pursuing industrial action whilst providing additional protection for unions which acted with that sense of responsibility.

During his time with Congress, Kevin sat on the Civil Service Arbitration Board and the Bar of Ireland's Disciplinary Tribunal. He was also responsible,together with Turlough O'Sullivan of IBEC,for resolving many challenging and complex disputes.

In 1997, Kevin was appointed Deputy Chair of the Labour Court. The Court had been established in 1946, charged with the task of promoting harmonious industrial relations. In 1974 and 1977, the Court was given responsibilty for adjudicating on equal pay and employment equality disputes, involving legal issues deriving from European law. This trend accelerated in 1997 and, given the increasing importance of legal argument and the regular appearance of lawyers before the Court, Kevin applied to the Honorable Society of King's Inns to become a barrister. Kevin was called to the Bar in 2003. For someone who had no formal education since the age of fifteen,this was an incredible achievement.

Kevin was appointed Chairman of the Labour Court in December 2003. During his tenure, the Court issued many decisions of profound significance to employment lawyers. He was not afraid of seeking the assistance of the Court of Justice in Luxembourg, often resulting in rulings much cited in subsequent decisions of that court, in particular the 2008 IMPACT decision under the Fixed Term Work Directive.

Kevin eventually retired from the Court in 2016, having overseen the transformation of its role under the Workplace Relations Act 2015, but did not retire from public service. He was chosen by the Government to chair both the Commission examining Water Charges and the Public Service Pay Commission. He continues to make a valuable contribution to society providing advice and assistance through weekly clinics for the Free Legal Advice Centre and lecturing on employment law at the Academy of European Law in Trier.

 UCD are delighted today to acknowledge Kevin's outstanding career and his important contributions to Irish society.


Praehonorabilis Praeses, totaque Universitas,

Praesento vobis hunc meum filium, quem scio tam moribus quam doctrina habilem et idoneum esse qui admittatur, honoris causa, ad Gradum Doctoratus in utroque Jure, tam civili quam Canonico; idque tibi fide mea testor ac spondeo, totique Academiae.



UCD and Mason Hayes & Curran join forces to launch UCD Sutherland Opportunity supported by Mason Hayes & Curran for greater diversity in the legal profession

A new UCD law student support initiative, designed to encourage greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, was launched today (6th September 2019) by UCD Sutherland School of Law and law firm Mason Hayes & Curran. UCD Sutherland Opportunity supported by Mason Hayes & Curran is a suite of resources for students from under-represented groups, and communities with typically low progression rates to third level education, in pursuing a successful career in and with law.

Starting with early intervention programmes at primary school level, the supports are holistic and tailored to each student, providing scholarships, travel bursaries, post-graduate opportunities, alumni mentoring, law firm internships and early career support.   Its innovation lies in its support and guidance before and after the four year undergraduate programmes at UCD Sutherland School of Law.  This recognises that the core student experience will be more impactful and effective if underpinned by critical bridges and transitions in the pre- and post- undergraduate phases.

Speaking at the launch, Chair of Mason Hayes & Curran, Kevin Hoy, remarked, “Ireland is the first country in the world where women constitute more than 50% of the solicitors’ profession, but we have much to do for our legal professions to be truly representative on a socio economic basis.  A modern society needs diversity in the law and UCD Sutherland Opportunity supported by Mason Hayes & Curran will help achieve that goal.  We in Mason Hayes & Curran hope that our contribution will enable students from modest financial backgrounds today to become the extraordinary lawyers of tomorrow.”

 “UCD Sutherland School of Law is now among the top 50 law schools globally and we want to ensure that students from marginalised sections of our society can also participate and benefit from a degree in law at UCD”, commented Professor Imelda Maher, UCD Dean of Law.  ‘The number of UCD law students from under-represented groups has doubled in two years (27 students in 2016 to 59 in 2018) and we can now accelerate that activity through this programme.  We’re privileged to have the support of Mason Hayes & Curran and their visionary leadership on this project, and also for the partnership of UCD Access & Lifelong Learning.’

UCD Sutherland School of Law is the leading centre for legal education and research in Ireland, combining engaging undergraduate and graduate level courses, internationally-recognised research, and world-class educational facilities.

Pictured at the launch of UCD Sutherland Opportunity supported by Mason Hayes & Curran in UCD were, from left to right: Kevin Hoy, Chair, Mason Hayes & Curran, Professor Imelda Maher UCD Dean of Law, Professor Andrew J Deeks, President of UCD and Judith Riordan, Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran.

PhD students from around the world attend 2019 Atlas Agora in UCD

UCD Sutherland School of Law was honoured to host the Association of Transnational Law Schools (ATLAS) Agora in June 2019.  The two-week event was organised by Dr Richard Collins and co-ordinated by UCD PhD student, Aphrodite Papachristodoulou. UCD joined the ATLAS network in 2016 and partner institutions currently include the National University of Singapore, Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada), University of Montreal (Canada), Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam (Netherlands), Bar Ilan University (Israel) and Queen Mary University of London (UK). ATLAS was formed in 2006 with the mission of bringing together talented doctoral students in the field of transnational law (broadly defined).  The annual Agora consists of a programme of dissertation workshops, allowing students to share and receive peer and expert feedback on their research, masterclasses, and a series of educational visits and social events. The Agora also provides an opportunity for an annual meeting of the partner universities and a faculty conference showcasing current research in progress.


Prof. Imelda Maher presenting a Masterclass

This year’s Dissertation Workshops included ‘Family law, Gender, Domestic Abuse’, Chaired by Dr Mark Coen, ‘Arbitration, Investment, Law, Law and Economics’,  Chaired by Professor Joe McMahon, ‘Financial Markets, Regulation, and EU Tax Law’ Chaired by Ms Emer Hunt and Criminal law & Criminology Prisoners’. The programme also included two Methodology Workshops: ‘Socio-Legal Research’ presented by Professor Eoin Carolan and ‘Comparative Law / Methods’ by Dr Marie Luce Paris.


Dr. Richard Collins presenting a masterclass

Masterclasses included ‘Managing the Research Process’ (Professor Kalpana Shankar),‘Grant Applications & Proposals’ (Ms Suzanne D’Arcy),  ‘Publishing your thesis’ (Professor Aidan Moran),  ‘Regulation / Economics and Law’ (Professor Colin Scott), ‘Public International Law’ (Dr Richard Collins), ‘EU Law and Regulation’ (Professor Imelda Maher), ‘Litigation & Arbitration’, (Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell),  and ‘Big Data issues and he right to be forgotten’ (Michael M. Collins SC).


ATLAS students with Dr.Richard Collins and Mr. Justice Donal O'Donnell

The day-long faculty conference included contributions from Professor Craig Scott (Osgoode) and Dr Liam Thornton (UCD), speaking on the subject of Human Rights. Professor Michel Morin (Montreal) and Dr Richard Collins (UCD) spoke on Legal Histories. And on the subject of ‘Legal Pluralism and Regime Confrontation’ there were contributions by Derek McKee (Montreal) and Ori Arronson (Bar Ilan). The final topic of ‘New Challenges and Trends’ saw presentations from UCD’s Dr Suzanne Egan and Professor Klaus Heine (Rotterdam).

In addition to the extensive academic programme, the students visited the Houses of the Oireachtas, the Department of Foreign Affairs (including a tour of Iveagh House), the EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse and took walking and boat tours around Dublin.

The following feedback was received from students who attended the ATLAS Agora in Dublin in June 2019.

"Taking part in ATLAS Agora 2019 at Sutherland School of Law of UCD is one of the best decisions I have ever made during my PhD life. It is an unforgettable experience to discuss my research and share my life as a doctoral student with senior and young fellow researchers coming from all over the world with a glass of authentic Irish Guinness at hand. The summer school provides me with more than insightful feedback on my research. It also brings a group of new friends to my life, a chance to know a country with a long history, and more courage and curiosity to explore the world."

Du Du - Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam 


"The Agora 2019 (Atlas Forum) in Dublin was an incredibly enriching experience. The masterclasses and workshops gave us practical advices and the presenters were all very invested in this event. The Forum also allowed us to share our work with colleagues from all over the world and meet really interesting people. To be allowed to take part in this kind of event truly helps make sense of why we are investing so much time into our work and is so motivating. The whole organization was beyond all expectations and allowed for a very pleasant experience. Thank you, UCD !"

Kenza Sassi - University of Montreal 


" The lecturers were very impressive and varied (psychologist, judge etc.), and expressed interest to discuss and focus on the participants' questions. I took something from almost every lesson: theoretical ideas, tips for the doctoral work or ways of teaching. I enjoyed a lot the common activities that you had organized outside the campus, both on the Irish culture, music, history and the visits in the parliament and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' legal department. I think ATLAS program was a good opportunity to be introduced with ideas and way of thinking of other countries' PhD students, and of course meeting them personally. Finally, the friendly and open atmosphere in the program certainly contribute to the enjoyable experience." 

Ofir Stegmann - Bar-Ilan University, Israel


ATLAS students after the viking boat tour of Dublin

ATLAS students getting a tour of NUI Merrion Sq


ATLAS students at the EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum

ATLAS students enjoying an evening off in Dublin city centre. 

UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies Public Law Conference 2019

The UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies hosted its annual conference in May 2019 in Sutherland School of Law.  The extensive programme on the theme of Public Law included four major plenaries addressing: Public Law in the new Supreme Court; The Impact of EU law on Irish Public Law; Developments in Regulatory Law and Developments in Judicial Review and Administrative Law.  


Speaker Brian Foley BL


In addition to many leading experts on Public Law from academia, law firms and the law library, the Centre was greatly honoured to welcome distinguished members of the judiciary to chair the plenaries.  They included Mr Justice Peter Charleton, Ms. Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan and Mr. Justice Seamus Noonan.


Speaker Ailbhe O'Neill BL

Public Law practitioners who spoke at the conference included Helen Kelly and Aoiffe Moran of Matheson Solicitors and Lisa Joyce from  Mason Hayes & Curran. From the Law Library, there were contributions from Mícheál P O’Higgins SC, Niamh Hyland SC, Siobhan Stack SC, Paul Gallagher SC, Michael Collins SC, Rossa Fanning SC, Brian Foley BL and Bernadette Quigley BL.  The Child and Family Law Panel saw presentations from specialists, Geoffrey Shannon and Sarah Fennell BL. The UCD faculty of Law was also well represented at the conference.  Joining the Dean of Law, Professor Imelda Maher and the Chair of the Centre for Constitutional Studies, Professor Eoin Carolan, were Dr Kevin Costello, Professor Suzanne Kingston, Dr Sarah Fulham-McQuillan, James McDermott BL and John O’Dowd. UCD was also delighted to welcome Dr Ailbhe O’Neill, Professor Mary Rogan and Sophie van der Valk from TCD.


Prof. Imelda Maher Dean of the Sutherland School of Law chaired the Q&A session 

The Conference of the UCD Centre for Constitutional studies is now in its second year and will continue to be an annual event in the Centre’s calendar, alongside the seminar ‘Constitutional Law: An Update’ which traditionally takes place earlier in the year.  Dates for next year’s events will be announced in the Autumn of 2019.  Interested parties can find out more by joining the Sutherland School of Law mailing list here.

School of Law hosts a major meeting of the European Law Institute

UCD Sutherland School of Law was delighted to host a major event for the Irish Hub of the European Law Institute (ELI).  A distinguished panel of speakers addressed the subject of ‘New Directions for the Irish Legal System after Brexit?'.  This included highly engaging contributions from the Former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Justice John Thomas (photographed above), and Mr Justice William McKechnie of the Supreme Court of Ireland.  The panel was chaired by Mr Justice Paul Gilligan who is a Member of the Council of the ELI and he was joined by Professor Denis Phillipe of the University of Louvain who was one of the institute's founding members. The event attracted an audience of over one hundred and fifty guests which was made up of members of the judiciary, the law library, law society, law firms and legal academics

Professor Imelda Maher, Dean of the School of Law who is the Sutherland Full Professor of European Law, welcomed the distinguished panel and guests and acknowledged that the School of Law was honoured to host this important event for the European Law Institute.   Following the excellent contributions from the panel on the subject, a lively questions and answers session followed with many members of the audience keen to discuss this highly topical subject matter.   The evening concluded with a drinks reception hosted by Sutherland School of Law.

The European Law Institute was founded in June 2011 as an entirely independent organisation with the aim of improving the quality of European law.  The ELI seeks to initiate, conduct and facilitate research, to make recommendations, and to provide practical guidance in the field of European legal development.   Those seeking to become members of the Irish Hub of the ELI can find out more on the website or by emailing 

 Mr Justice William McKechnie speaking at the ELI Seminar

A large audience attendied the ELI meeting hosted by the Sutherland School of Law

Professor Imelda Maher in conversation with Mr Justice John Edwards of the Court of Appeal

Mr Justice David Barniville in conversation at the reception

Mr. Justice Paul Gilligan chaired the meeting

Professor Denis Philippe, one of the founder members of the ELI

Mr. Justice McKechnie, Professor Maher, Professor Philippe, Mr. Justice Gilligan and Lord Justice John Thomas

Dr Liam Thornton before Oireachtas Committee

Dr Liam Thornton, assistant professor in law, UCD Sutherland School of Law provided evidence to the Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality on the system of direct provision recently. Liam’s evidence, based on his legal analysis, noted that the system of direct provision remains a significant violation of fundamental human rights for international protection applicants across a range of different legal rights norms: privacy, right to family life, right to work and a right to an adequate standard of living. You can access Liam’s opening statement to the Oireachtas Committee here, his full submission here, and watch back the proceedings here (from minute ’55).

In UCD, Liam teaches a range of law modules, and in Semester II of 2019/2020 will offer a new law module to stage three law students, LAW37600 Migration Law. Details on this course are available here.


Professor Stephen Calkins to receive Achievement Award

Former adjunct professor and incoming UCD Sutherland fellow, Professor Stephen Calkins will receive the American Antitrust Institute 2019 Achievement Award for His Outstanding Contributions to Antitrust.   The AAI Alfred E. Kahn Award for Antitrust Achievement, first presented in 2000, honours outstanding contributions to the field of antitrust.  The award recognises Professor Calkins’ deep knowledge and experience and his significant contributions across legal scholarship and nonpartisan policy analysis which make him a leader in the field of antitrust. His career concerned fighting for competition and consumers and teaching the next generation of progressive antitrust advocates.  Professor Calkins is Professor of Law at Wayne State University, a former member of the Competition Authority of Ireland and later of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and was previously general counsel of the US Federal Trade Commission.

Professional Diploma in Data Protection and Governance

UCD Sutherland School of Law is delighted to announce the introduction of a Diploma in Data Protection and Governance commencing September 2019. The Diploma is designed to supply training for Data Protection Officers and others involved in the compliance role in organisations.  It will also be of relevance to any legal practitioners involved in this area.

The Diploma has been designed to meet the training needs that have developed in Ireland since the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in 2018.  GDPR has meant that significant new data protection obligations have been imposed on Irish organisations. As a result, a wide range of organisations must now appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) with an appropriate level of expertise in data protection law and practice.  Organisations not required to appoint DPOs are still obliged to carry out a range of new tasks such as Data Protection Impact Assessments and will benefit from training their staff in this area. This Diploma is designed to meet the training needs of Data Protection Officers and others involved in the compliance role in organisations and the legal community involved in this area.

The programme will feature lectures from staff of the College of Social Sciences and Law and will be co-ordinated by Dr TJ McIntyre.

Graduates of this programme will enhance their competence by adding relevant knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to Data Protection and Governance. The programme will use teaching, learning and assessment approaches such as small group teaching, academic writing and summative examination assessments.

The programme will be delivered through two hour lectures over twelve weeks commencing in September 2019. The lectures will take place in the UCD Sutherland School of Law.

Further information can be obtained by emailing or calling 7164114.

The Class of 2019  


Business and Law


Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL)


Law with Economics


Law with Politics

Law with History

Law with Social Justice

Law with French Law

Law with Philosophy 

Law and Chinese Studies

Peter Sutherland Memorial Day 

Keynote speaker Ambassador William L. Swing, UCD President Professor Andrew Deeks and Dean of Law, Professor Imelda Maher

On Friday 29th March, 2019 the UCD Sutherland School of Law hosted a memorial event for Peter Sutherland. Peter was one of UCD's most distinguished alumni on both a national and international stage. Together with Peter's family, friends, former classmates and colleagues, UCD School of Law gathered to pay tribute to this accomplished man. Lauded as a humanitarian and champion of migrants, Peter built a global reputation over a lifetime of achievements in law, business and international affairs.


Professor Imelda Maher Dean of Law, Keynote Speaker Ambassador William L. Swing and UCD President Professor Andrew Deeks with the Sutherland Family

Ambassador William L. Swing – a former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General who served two terms as Director General of the International Organization for Migration - was the keynote speaker on the day. Mr. Swing highlighted Peters contribution to migration and his creation of the Global Forum on Migration and Development. (See below a video recording of the Ambassador's speech).

Mr. Swing stated - “The significance of which is that it was the first time ever that the governments of the world came together to look at solutions on how better to manage migration responsibly and humanely. This had never happened before. Peter made this happen.”

“The Global Forum was the precursor to everything that has followed since in the field of migration. [Peter] helped to foster an environment where the member states of the UN could come together in a declaration that called for migration to be included in the post 2015 agenda… in contrast to the stark failure of the Millennium development goals from 2000.”

Mr. Swing also mentioned how Peter was passionate in the fight against fake news - specifically in relation to migrants and the threats they pose to the countries they find themselves in.

“He didn’t make himself popular with this outspoken condemnation of anti-migrant sentiment, but Peter was never concerned about being popular but rather by doing the right thing,” he said.

“The Peter Sutherland I knew and admired was a committed and engaged humanitarian… and you don’t always think of CEOs and people in the business world as being humanitarians… [but] people listened to Peter because he was a great communicator, a masterful communicator.”

Erasmus students Mss. Luicile Nasiff and Mr. Daire Cassidy

Peter Sutherland is also well known for having founded the Erasmus programme and it was fitting on the day to have 2 Erasmus students, Miss. Lucile Nassif and Mr. Daire Cassidy speak about their wonderful experiences while taking part in the Erasmus programme in UCD.

Later in the day, a panel discussion took place in the A&L Goodbody theatre, involving representatives from Peter's personal, political and business life. The discussion was chaired by Mr Declan McCourt, Chairman of the UCD Law Development Council with Dr Catherine Day, former Secretary-General of the European Commission, Mr Gregory Maniatis, Director of the Open Society International Migration Initiative, Judge Garrett Sheehan, retired Judge of the Court of Appeal and Mr Rory Godson, CEO Powerscourt Group, and Chair of The Ireland Funds Great Britain.

Panel discussion taking place on the day chaired by Mr. Declan McCourt

The conclusion of the panel saw Professor Imelda Maher present the family with Peter's student record card from his time as a student in UCD.  It was clear from the stories and anecdotes told on the day that Peter left a lasting impression with everyone he met. His lasting legacy, the superb Sutherland School of Law building is indeed a fitting tribute to the highly distinguished UCD law alumnus, Dr Peter Sutherland.  

Professor Imelda Maher, Dean of Law presenting a gift to Mrs. Sutherland

UCD Choral Scholars performing on the day.

Mr Mark Barr, Arthur Cox, UCD President Andrew Deeks and Ms. Marie O'Connor, Chair of the UCD Governing Authority enjoying the evening reception. 


Keynote speach by Ambassador William L. Swing

Launch of the UCD SLS Law Journal 2019

Congratulations to the editors, Daniel Goode and Fionn Henderson, their team and all the contributors on the successful launch of the UCD SLS Law Journal 2019.  The journal was launched by adjunct professor, Michael Collins SC.

Law students visit Brussels for EU Field Trip 2019

During the study break earlier this semester, a group of Masters students from Sutherland School of Law together with students from the School of Politics and International Relations, took part in a field trip to explore the world of EU Politics.  This is the fourth such field trip which was initiated by Professor Imelda Maher and Dr Aidan Regan with the aim of enabling our students to build an international career.

Students engaged with national and international policymakers and enhanced their knowledge and experience of how the European Union works.  As part of the trip, the students got an opportunity to meet with EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan, MEP Mairead McGuinness and Emily O'Reilly of the EU Ombudsman office.

The Masters students who attended were from the European Public Affairs and Law, European Governance, European Politics and Policy, and Political Economy and Public Policy programmes

The trip included talks from UCD alumni working in Brussels, NGOs and private companies, meetings with European Parliamentarians, European Commissioners, and a visit to the European Investment Bank. Students also attended an alumni reception with the Irish ambassador and the annual Saint Patrick’s Day reception in the European Parliament.

A gallery of images from the UCD Alumni Reception in Brussels can be found on their Facebook page.


 EU Commisioner Phil Hogan welcomes students and staff from UCD


The UCD EU Field Trip to Brussels 2019

Students meet with Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness



UCD Ad Astra Fellows

UCD Sutherland School of Law is looking for high potential early stage academics to nominate as candidates for the UCD Ad Astra Fellows programme.  These appointments will be made at Lecturer/Assistant Professor grade.  UCD will make approximately 65 appointments, across all disciplines, this year (with more posts becoming available in following years).  The initial term will be five years with the possibility of permanency after a four-year review.  Ad Astra Fellows will have a reduced teaching load for up to three years and Appointees will receive research support for the first five years, which will normally consist of a PhD student scholarship and a budget for research costs of €5000 per annum.  Candidates interested in applying should contact the Dean of Law, Professor Imelda Maher

London Study Trip sees law students visit top law firms and ‘the Old Bailey’

Our distinguished alumnus Vincent Keaveny, welcomes Sutherland School of Law students to ‘the Old Bailey’

During the March study break this year, a large group of UCD Sutherland School of Law undergraduate students spent five busy days visiting top law firms in London.  This is an annual trip, organised jointly with the UCD Career Development Centre and the School of Law. As with previous years, they students had a very packed schedule for their time in London!  UCD is very grateful to our law alumni in the firms who extended an invitation to current students and took the time to give them a taster of what it is like to work in a leading law firm in the UK. Students took part in exercises such as negotiating skills, offering them unrivalled opportunities to get an insight into what it is like to work in legal practice in London.  

In 2019, the following top London law firms welcomed our students:

Slaughter and May, Norton Rose Fulbright, Latham & Watkins, Pinsent Masons, Jones Day, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills

The group was joined by Brian Hutchinson and Dean, Professor Imelda Maher from the Sutherland School of Law plus members of the UCD Career Development Centre.  The undoubted highlight of this year’s trip was a visit by the students to the Central Criminal Court – “The Old Bailey’. This visit was kindly was hosted by our alumnus Vincent Keaveny who is a partner at international law firm, DLA Piper LLP, and has had a distinguished career advising banks and companies throughout the UK and Europe on banking, finance and capital markets matters. He was one of the City of London's 25 Alderman in 2013 and was recently elected as one of two City of London Sheriffs for 2018-2019, a title dating back to the 14th century. He was awarded the UCD Law Alumni of the Year Award in 2018.   

UCD Sutherland School of Law is grateful to Vincent Keaveny and all of our UCD alumni who made this trip a success for our students.

Students taking part in a negotiating workshop in Slaughter and May

Students outside the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright

A workshop at Norton Rose Fulbright

Former President Mary Robinson welcomed by Sutherland School of Law

The Sutherland School of Law was honoured to welcome former Irish president, Mary Robinson recently to speak on the subject of climate change. Mrs Robinson was the first woman elected as President of Ireland, was previously the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and, in 2014, was appointed to oversee UN efforts to tackle climate change.

In conversation with Dr Andrew Jackson from the School of Law, Mrs Robinson discussed how those who wish to make a meaningful contribution to climate change, should make it a personal issue in their lives. Speaking to a large audience made up of law students, academics and practitioners, she expressed the opinion that politicians can be too short-sighted to tackle this critical issue and urged lawyers to take on a more meaningful role in compelling action to be taken. She suggested that the courts could provide the “necessary moon shot” to force a sweeping transformation of the Irish economy to help combat climate change.       

“All over the world court cases are being taken on climate change… I’m glad for that because [the court] is one way of cutting through something and forcing a situation.

Mrs Robinson, who lectured in UCD in the 1960s is a strong believer in the value of education in the advancement of important global issues. She advocates that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals should form part of the curriculum at national and higher education. They include ending poverty, ending hunger, achieving gender equality, taking urgent action on climate change and ensuring responsible consumption and production. 


Former Preseident Mary Robinson and Dr. Andrew Jackson

Prof. Suzanne Egan, Former President Mary Robinson and Prof. Imelda Maher, Dean of Law


Prof. Nicola Lacey delivers John M.Kelly Memorial Lecture 2019

Resize of keynote photo

The 2019 J.M. Kelly Memorial Lecture was delivered recently by Professor Nicola Lacey, Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy at the London School of Economics.   The lecture entitled 'Populism and the Rule of Law' explored ways in which contemporary populist discourse has challenged the rule of law through a variety of mechanisms.  Professor Lacey is a renowned scholar of criminal law.  Author of several books, she is perhaps best known for A Life of HLA Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream (OUP 2004).  The Honourable Mr. Justice Donal O’Donnell of the Supreme Court and chair of the John Kelly Lecture committee presented Professor Lacey with a small gift after the lecture.  The audience of academics, students, practitioners and members of the judiciary included members of Professor John M. Kelly’s family.  The lecture honours the memory of Professor Kelly, (1931-1991) who was Professor of Jurisprudence and editor of the Irish Jurist as well as a government Minister and Attorney General.


Former Chief Justice,  Mr. Justice Ronan Keane with Mr. Justice Donal O’ Donnell


Mr. Ian Scott, Mrs. Christine Scott with UCD College of Social Sciences and Law Principal, Prof. Colin Scott


Dean of Law Prof Imelda Maher & keynote speaker Prof. Nicola Lacey


The lecture was widely attended by Sutherland School of Law students

"Managing Partners' Award" for Partnership with A&L Goodbody

At the recent ‘Managing Partners’ Forum Awards’ in London, UCD Sutherland School of Law was honoured to win a joint award with UCD Smurfit and A&L Goodbody. The award was for ‘Best collaboration with external specialists’ and was in recognition of the ‘Business of Law’ Masters which was co-developed between UCD and A&L Goodbody. The judges were impressed with the successful partnership between a business school, a law school and a law firm and it was deemed to be a best in kind cooperation between industry and academia.

Professor Imelda Maher, Dean of Law is pictured centre with the team from A&L Goodbody. Host Lucy Porter is pictured left, and Jennifer Miller, from sponsor Vuture on the right.

The development of the Masters programme and its delivery required true joint design and execution. Outcomes and performance arising from the programme are salient. The judges felt that the partnership was likely to have longevity and expand into new opportunities. They liked that others could learn from and replicate this endeavour.  Altogether, the ALG Masters was deemed to result from a remarkable enduring cooperation to strengthen the profession.

The winners of the 17th Annual Managing Partners' Forum Awards were announced at a gala dinner and ceremony at the London Marriott, hosted by stand-up comedian and comedy writer, Lucy Porter. The award received by Sutherland School of Law, UCD Smurfit and A&L Goodbody was sponsored by Vuture.

Elisa Palagi (1962-2018)

Students of European Law from the early 1990s will be saddened to learn of the death, in Italy last November, of Elisa Palagi. Elisa arrived in Dublin in September 1990 to take up a post as lecturer in European Law, teaching on both the BCL and LLM programmes. She stayed in that post for two years before returning to private practice in Brussels, specialising in European and, in particular, European Competition Law. In the late nineties she returned to live in her native Tuscany from where she continued to practise law with colleagues across the EU. She is survived by her husband Alessandro Tozzi, sister Caterina and brother Nicola.

42nd Annual Bank of Ireland Student Awards

UCD Sutherland School of Law congratulates our prizewinning students who were recently awarded medals by The Hon. Mr Justice Michael MacGrath. In Stage 1 the awards are given for a Tort Essay Competition and in Stages 2, 3 & 4, the top 3 students for their overall performance across all law programmes. We are very grateful to Bank of Ireland and the Student Store at their Montrose branch for their consistent and generous support of this event which is now in its forty second year.

Prizewinners with Associate Dean of Law (left), Mr Justice Michael Mac Grath (second from right) and Dean of Law, Professor Imelda Maher (right)

Note: Joint Stage II First Place Gold Medal winner Tara Sullivan and Stage IV Gold Medal winner Conor Gallagher are both abroad studying and their awards were collected by their parents.

 Mr Justice Michael MacGrath speaking at the Awards Ceremony

The Bank of Ireland Prize Giving was first initiated by the late Dr Mary Redmond in 1976 and originally was awarded for the best Human Rights Essay. Over the years, the awards have extended to include prizes for top students in every year.

Many of our other prizewinners have gone on to pursue distinguished academic careers both overseas and at home, for example, Professor Walter Walsh of the University of Washington and Professor Gráinne de Búrca of New York University. The first prize winner Professor Brian Havel is currently Director of the Institute of Air & Space Law at McGill University and the first female prizewinner Professor Deirdre Curtin is Professor of European law at the European University Institute of Florence. Furthermore, no less than eight of our current staff are also previous prizewinners including our Dean, Professor Imelda Maher. Beyond academia, our former prizewinners include many members of the judiciary such as Síofra O’Leary, judge at the European Court of Human Rights. Judge O’Leary herself recently returned to the School to deliver this year’s Walsh Lecture.  Closer to home, former winners include Paul Coffey, Brian Cregan, Richard Humphreys and Aileen Donnelly, all judges of the High Court. The judicial involvement has made the Prize Giving the success that it is today. 

UCD Law Review Volume 18 Launch

The Editorial Board of the University College Dublin Law Review were delighted to welcome staff and students of the Sutherland School of Law, alumni, authors and other distinguished guests to celebrate the launch of Volume 18. The guest speaker on the evening was the Honourable Ms Justice Mary Finlay-Geoghegan who praised the calibre and variety of the articles contained in Volume 18 and congratulated the Editorial Board and the authors for their achievement in producing a high quality publication.

This year’s publication continues the Review’s strong tradition in providing a distinguished forum of legal scholarship within the Irish legal community. Volume 18 contains articles that discuss diverse areas of the law, covering among others the areas of criminal, company and human rights law. It contains a particularly high number of articles from current UCD students and graduates, which highlights the excellent standard of legal writing and research of the Sutherland School of Law.

The award for Most Outstanding Article, sponsored by A&L Goodbody, was won by UCD alumnus, Eamonn Butler for his article ‘A Miscarriage of Justice: Courts-Martial and the Legal Response to the 1916 Rising’. Rowan Kelleher (Stage 2 BCL) was also presented with his award for his case note on the recent judgment of N.V.H. v The Minister for Justice and Equality.

Addressing the audience on behalf of the Editorial Board, the Editor-In-Chief of Volume 18, Daniel Goode, thanked Arthur Cox for their continued support as main sponsors of the Review, praised the dedication and commitment shown by the Editorial Board, and thanked the staff of the Sutherland School of law, in particular the academic advisers of the Review - Dr Niamh Howlin, Dr Kevin Costello and Dr Noel McGrath for their support and advice throughout the year.

Professor Imelda Maher presents Vincent Keaveny with the Law Alumnus of the Year Award

Matheson & UCD Sutherland School of Law host seminar on Brexit and the Irish AgriFood and Beverage Sector

Pictured L-R, Professor Imelda Maher (Dean of Law), Professor Andrew J. Deeks (President of UCD), Mr Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Tim Scanlon, Partnership Chairman Matheson.

Leading Irish law firm Matheson, together with UCD Sutherland School of Law, welcomed Mr Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to the first industry partnership event to be held at the newly opened UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland on Thursday 4th October 2018. Matheson and UCD hosted leading industry experts who discussed immediate and long-term Brexit impacts on the Irish agri-food and beverage sector and the necessity for accelerated export market diversification post-Brexit – particularly in China.



Law Alumni Celebrate 2018 Reunion

The recent Milestone Reunion for the classes of 2008, 1998, 1988 and 1978 drew a large crowd to the UCD Sutherland School of Law (see an extensive gallery of images here).

Over 240 alumni travelled from home and abroad to meet up with their classmates for a most enjoyable evening. Each class was encouraged to supply photographs and memorabilia in advance and these were then displayed in the Gardiner Atrium - to the entertainment and amusement of all guests!  After the initial drinks reception, the crowd broke up into groups from the different years and moved to separate theatres/classrooms throughout the law school.  There they were entertained by chosen speakers from their classes who reminisced about their time in UCD - be it in Earlsfort Terrace, Belfield ‘Arts Block’, the fifth floor of the Library Building or Roebuck Castle.  Tours were conducted of the Sutherland School of Law building by current law students, allowing our alumni to admire the state-of-the-art facilities and teaching spaces, many of these having been sponsored by the leading law firms and distinguished alumni of the law school.

The success of this reunion was in no small part attributable to the time and effort put in by the volunteer alumni.  We are extremely grateful to these alumni who helped us track down and contact their former classmates.  For the next Milestone Reunion which will take place in the autumn of 2019, we would welcome any willing volunteers from the classes of 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009 who may wish to help out.  If you graduated in any of those years and are interested in getting involved in contacting your former classmates, please email or call 01 716 4105/6. In addition, any alumni interested in attending forthcoming reunions or events in the UCD Sutherland School of Law are invited to update their contact details at this link.

21st Irish European Law Forum conference on Human Rights, Poverty and Social Justice

On November 3rd, 2018, the UCD Centre for Human Rights, in partnership with the University of Glasgow School of Law, held an interdisciplinary conference on the relationship between human rights and poverty at the Radisson hotel. It had a programme and audience remarkable for the diversity of their approaches and backgrounds and the contributions were characterised by an accessibility that will help build public awareness around these issues. This was especially true of the keynote address by Professor Philip Alston, the John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University and UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. In a rousing and passionate address on the problems of raising awareness and mobilising people for action, Professor Alston described the nature of the role and his recent experiences, not least the challenges of working in developed countries like the United States. Before and after Professor Alston's talk were speakers from a wide variety of institutions, discussing philosophical aspects of responsibility for poverty, the history of the concept and concrete legal and policy approaches to realising rights in contexts as different as Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Botswana and India, as well as in the global context of a sustainable world. Legal approaches to international economic and social human rights were not neglected, but benefited from engaging with these philosophical and historical critiques and a consideration of the relationship of economic and social rights to violence and resistance. It is hoped that an interdisciplinary edited collection will result.


The speakers L to R: 

Dr Suzanne Egan, Director, UCD Centre for Human Rights. Dr. Elizabeth Ashford, University of St Andrews, Senior Lecturer in Moral Philosophy. Professor Charles Gore, Former Head of Research on Africa and Least Developed Countries in UNCTAD and Honorary Professor of Economics University of Glasgow Business School. Dr. Julia McClure, Glasgow, School of Humanities, History Department.

Keynote: Professor Philip Alston, the John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law (NYU) & United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Professor Wouter Vandenhole, Antwerp, UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights, Faculty of Law. Dr. Jesse Tomalty, University of Bergen, Associate Professor, Dept. of Philosophy. Chief Commissioner Emily Logan, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and Dr Graham Finlay, UCD SPIRe.

Click here for a copy of the programme


UCD Research Impact Case Study Competition

Professor Ian O’Donnell’s case study ‘Surviving Solitary Confinement’ has been selected as a runner up in the UCD Research Impact Case Study Competition for 2018.

The work upon which the case study is based reframes scholarly debates about prolonged solitary confinement, the abolition of which is an imperative for prison systems around the world. It provides prisoners in isolation with a set of tools to cope with an inherently destructive experience. It was cited in the High Court to block the extradition of a terror suspect to the US on the grounds that if it went ahead he would be held in isolation and this would constitute inhuman and degrading treatment. It led to a change in the law relating to solitary confinement, aligning Ireland more closely with United Nations standards.

Related publications

Prisoners, Solitude, and Time.

‘The survival secrets of solitaries’

‘Time and isolation as performance art’

‘Psychological survival in isolation: Tussling with time on death row’


Related videos

Impact case study award for Dr. T.J. McIntyre

A European law providing for mass surveillance of the entire population was struck down in 2014 following seven years of litigation by Digital Rights Ireland. Sutherland School of Law lecturer Dr. T.J. McIntyre is the chair of Digital Rights Ireland and the legal arguments in the case were based on his research into privacy and data protection rights. This judgment, by the European Court of Justice, was a landmark decision for privacy and has led to similar surveillance laws being struck down across the EU. Dr. McIntyre has testified on the litigation before the Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality, which has adopted his submissions calling for reform of the law in Ireland.

Related publications:

Judicial Oversight of Surveillance: The Case of Ireland in Comparative Perspective

Implementing Information Privacy Rights in Ireland

Data retention in Ireland: Privacy, policy and proportionality

Related videos:

Testimony during Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the General Scheme of the Communications (Data Retention) Bill 2017

Launch of new book on 'The Transformation of EU Treaty Making'

To mark the official launch of Dermot Hodson & Imelda Maher' The Transformation of EU Treaty Making – The Rise of Parliaments, Referendums and the Courts Since 1950, (Cambridge University Press, 2018)  The Hon. Mr Justice Gerard Hogan recently chaired a panel discussion in the Royal Irish Academy.  

Speaking on the panel were Professor Jo Shaw the Salvesen Chair of European Institutions at the University of Edinburgh and co-editor of the series, Cambridge Studies in European Law and Policy, in which the book is published.  Professor David Phinnemore of the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics in Queens University Belfast also presented with the authors, Professor Imelda Maher MRIA, UCD Sutherland School of Law and Dr Dermot Hodson, Department of Politics, Birkbeck College, University of London.  

About the Book

Treaty making is a site of struggle between those who claim the authority to speak and act on the international stage. The European Union (EU) is an important test case in this respect because the manner in which the Union and its member states make treaties has shifted significantly over the last six decades. Drawing insights from EU law, comparative constitutionalism and international relations, this book shows how and why parliaments, the people and courts have entered a domain once dominated by governments. It presents qualitative and quantitative evidence on the importance of public trust and political tactics in explaining this transformation of EU treaty making and challenges the idea that EU treaties are too rigid. Analysing legal developments in the EU and each of its member states, this will be essential reading for those who wish to understand the EU's controversial experiment in treaty making and its wider significance.

About the Authors
Dermot Hodson is Reader in Political Economy at Birkbeck College, University of London and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. He has published extensively on European integration and governance and his books include Governing the Euro Area in Good Times and Bad (2011), The New Intergovernmentalism: States and Supranational Actors in the Post-Maastricht Era (2015, edited with Christopher Bickerton and Uwe Puetter) and The Institutions of the European Union, 4th Edition (2017, edited with John Peterson). He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of European Public Policy.

Imelda Maher MRIA is the Sutherland Professor of European Law, University College Dublin. She has published extensively in EU law, and her books include Asian Capitalism and the Regulation of Competition: Towards a Regulatory Geography of Global Competition Law (Cambridge, 2013, edited with M. Dowdle and J. Gillespie). She was general editor of Legal Studies (2012–17) and is a member of the editorial boards of the European Law Journal and the Irish Yearbook of International Law. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and served as President of the Society of Legal Scholars in 2017.

Appointment of McCann FitzGerald Assistant Professor in Law and Business

The UCD Sutherland School of Law is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Sarah Fulham-McQuillan as McCann FitzGerald Assistant Professor in Law and Business. Dr. Fulham-McQuillan’s research is in the law of obligations and she lectures Contract Law and Business Law in Sutherland School of Law.

A former Government of Ireland Scholar, she completed her undergraduate and doctoral studies at Trinity College Dublin.  Her PhD focused on medical negligence, and how the doctor-patient relationship is reflected in law. She is currently writing up her thesis as a monograph. She has presented her work internationally, most recently including the Obligations IX 2018 Conference at the University of Melbourne, and as an invited guest speaker at the Obligations Discussion Group, University of Oxford. She has published her work at home and abroad. Her work includes “Judicial Belief in Statistics as Fact: Loss of Chance in Ireland and England” (2014) Journal of Professional Negligence.

Prior to joining UCD in September 2018, Dr. Fulham-McQuillan taught at Maynooth University and Trinity College Dublin. She is a former member of the Council of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, and is a member of the Society of Legal Scholars in the UK and Ireland and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.

Vincent Keaveny To Receive 2018 UCD Alumni Award in Law

Pictured Above L-R (Prof Imelda Maher, UCD President Prof Andrew Deeks, Vincent Keaveny)

The UCD Alumni Awards proudly celebrate and honour the outstanding achievements of our alumni who uphold values that UCD holds dear – integrity, excellence, collegiality, engagement, creativity and diversity – values that we believe are in the DNA of our University.

The recipient of the 2018 UCD Alumni Award in Law is Vincent Keaveny.

Vincent Keaveny is a partner at international law firm, DLA Piper LLP, and a highly regarded practitioner having had a stellar career advising banks and companies throughout the UK and Europe on banking, finance and capital markets matters. He is an outstanding role model for UCD Law students and is supportive of their learning, while his firm is most accommodating with internships and student visits.

Vincent was one of the City of London's 25 Alderman in 2013 and was recently elected as one of two City of London Sheriffs for 2018-2019, a title dating back to the 14th century. Vincent is passionate about Music and Theatre and is a trustee of the music ensemble Exaudi, the Actors Theatre Company and is on the board of the Sir John Soane Museum.

With over 240,000 alumni living in 165 countries around the world, the UCD network is influential, successful, active – and truly international. Our graduates are the standard bearers for our reputation and it is largely because of them that the value of every UCD degree continues to be enhanced.

UCD alumni are the backbone of this great institution. Their successes reinforce UCD’s position as Ireland’s leading global university; their loyal involvement with UCD shapes the future of the University.

The 2018 V.V. Giri Lecture

The College of Social Sciences and Law was delighted to host the 2018 V.V. Giri Lecture in the Sutherland School of Law on May 23rd, 2018.  College Principal, Professor Colin Scott, and Dean of Law, Professor Imelda Maher, were pleased to welcome the Indian Ambassador, HE Mrs. Vijay Thakur Singh to the lecture, along with many distinguished members of the Indian community. The lecture series commemorates the fourth President of India, VV Giri (1894-1980) who spent the years 1913 to 1916 as a law student at University College Dublin and the King’s Inns.

Pictured Above: Dr Jyoti Atwal delivers the 2018 V.V. Giri Lecture

Professor Jyoti Atwal from Jawarharlal Nehru University in New Delhi was the distinguished guest invited to deliver the 2018 lecture.  Her lecture focused on the topical theme: “Margaret Cousins (1878-1954) in India and Ireland: Revisiting Suffragettes, National Ideals and Anti-Imperialist Politics”. To introduce Professor Atwal, Dr Conor Mulvagh of UCD School of History placed it in the context of the intellectual, cultural and political links between Ireland and India in the early and mid-twentieth century. Professor Atwal’s lecture examined how Margaret Cousins, who lived in India from 1915 until her death, played a critical role in the emergence of the Indian feminist movement and particularly in the founding of the All India Women's Conference in 1927. She traced how her activism in India was influenced by her experiences as a suffragette in Ireland and her reaction to the Easter Rising, during which her friend Francis Sheehy Skeffington was killed. This helped to confirm her commitment to non-violence and her alignment with Gandhi’s views as to how India’s national freedom and women’s freedom should be pursued. Particular points of interest for Professor Atwal were the attitude Cousins took to issues of class, religion and caste as they affected the women’s movement, her experience as the first woman to be appointed a magistrate in India and her personal engagement with Hindu spirituality, which she approached in a distinct way from many Theosophists and other European attracted by Indian culture. In particular, her experience of imprisonment in Ireland as a suffragette was an important factor in her approach to being imprisoned in India.  The closing remarks were delivered by John O’Dowd of UCD Sutherland School of Law in which he placed Professor Atwal’s lecture in the broader context of the debate over whether the Irish were mainly victims or vectors of British imperial rule at home and abroad.

Pictured Above L to R: Professor Colin Scott, HE Mrs. Vijay Thakur Singh, Professor Jyoti Atwal and Professor Imelda Maher

Welcome Barbeque for incoming First Years

As part of Orientation week in the Sutherland School of Law, incoming first year law students were invited to a Barbeque in the Courtyard of the law building. Thankfully for all concerned, the weather was beautiful and the students got an opportunity to relax in the sunshine with their Peer Mentors and fellow first years.  The Barbeque was just part of a busy schedule designed to acquaint new undergraduate students with the UCD Campus and the Sutherland School of Law.  In addition to the ‘Scarfing Ceremony’ in the O’Reilly Hall, students were welcomed by the Dean of Law, Professor Imelda Maher, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programmes Paul Ward, Student Advisor Nadia Clarkin and Programme Managers,  Maureen Reynolds (BCL) and Margaret Maher (B&L).

Irish European Law Forum, European Wildlife Law Book Launch and Field Trip

On 31 May and 1 June 2018 the Law School hosted leading environmental law academics, policy-makers and practitioners from across Europe to participate in various events relating to European nature conservation law and policy.

The events – organised by Dr. Andrew Jackson – comprised a field trip for speakers and chairs to protected areas in the midlands on 31 May, the launch of Dr. Jackson’s new book “Conserving Europe’s Wildlife” that evening, and the annual Irish European Law Forum on 1 June, this year entitled “Key Challenges in European Nature Law and Policy”. 

Field Trip

The field trip comprised visits to two “Natura 2000” sites (EU protected areas for wildlife and habitats) in Co. Offaly: Charleville forest and castle followed by Clara bog, one of the finest remaining raised bogs in Ireland.

At Charleville we were kindly guided by Dr. Maria Cullen and Dr. Howard Fox of the Botanic Gardens and saw, amongst other things, the fabulous “King Oak”, at least 400 years old.

L to R in front of the King Oak: Stanley Johnson, Maria Cullen, Imelda Maher, Carol Day, Andrew Jackson, Micheál Ó Bríain, Christoph Sobotta, Hendrik Schoukens

At Clara bog we were kindly guided by Jack McGauley and Ronan Casey, respectively project manager and public awareness manager of the ongoing “Living Bog” project, the largest raised bog restoration project ever undertaken in Ireland, a €5.4 million scheme co-funded by the EU under the LIFE initiative.  

L to R at Clara bog: Ronan Casey, Andrew Jackson, Stanley Johnson, Jack McGauley, Carol Day, Hendrik Schoukens, Christoph Sobotta, Imelda Maher

L to R: Ronan McGauley, Hendrik Schoukens, Carol Day, Ronan Casey, Stanley Johnson, Andrew Jackson, Christoph Sobotta, Imelda Maher, Micheál Ó Bríain

Book Launch

Immediately after the field trip, hiking boots were swiftly replaced for the launch of Dr. Jackson’s new book “Conserving Europe’s Wildlife: Law and Policy of the Natura 2000 Network of Protected Areas” (Routledge) at the Law Society on Blackhall Place.

The event was chaired by the Dean of UCD Sutherland School of Law, Prof. Imelda Maher. Speakers comprised the author plus guest speakers Dr. John Temple Lang, who played a central role in the history of the EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives, and Mr. Stanley Johnson, who played a central role in the history of the EU’s Habitats Directive. Participants thanked both for their enormous contribution to EU environmental law and policy, reflected in the fact that almost 20% of the EU’s terrestrial area is now within the Natura 2000 network of protected areas, plus large marine areas in addition. 

L to R: John Temple Lang, Imelda Maher, Andrew Jackson, Stanley Johnson

Irish European Law Forum

The following day, 1 June, the annual Irish European Law Forum was held in the UCD Sutherland School of Law, on the subject “Key Challenges in European Nature Law and Policy”, with expert speakers from a variety of fields and backgrounds, including academics, practitioners, and participants from the EU institutions. The full programme for the event can be found here.

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Inaugural Leman Award in Intellectual Property

Pictured Above (L-R): Dr Cliona Kelly, UCD Sutherland School of Law; Paige Kelly, Winner of the 2018 Leman Award in Intellectual Property; Brian Conroy, Leman Solicitors Trademark & IP Litigation Specialist; John Hogan, Partner, Leman Solicitors; and Prof Imelda Maher, UCD Dean of Law

Leman Solicitors has named UCD graduate Paige Kelly as the winner of the 2018 Leman Award in Intellectual Property.  The award recognises the best performance in the Intellectual Property module co-ordinated by Dr Cliona Kelly.

Ms Kelly, who just completed the Bachelor in Business & Law degree, was presented with the prestigious award, which includes a €500 prize and an offer of a work placement in Leman Solicitors. Ms Kelly is continuing her studies with a Masters at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

This is the first prize-giving as part of a three-year partnership to which Leman Solicitors has committed with the law school. The bursary of €2,000 per year goes towards education materials for the school and €500 goes directly to the best performing student in the IP module.

Trademark and IP litigation specialist Brian Conroy provides mentoring for the winning student and is a guest lecturer for the IP module.

In addition to the award, Leman partners with UCD for the UCD Internship Programme where a third-year law student is placed with Leman for four weeks during the summer to gain practical experience.

John Hogan, partner at Leman Solicitors, said: "We are delighted to support the UCD Sutherland School of Law through this bursary.

"Many of our lawyers have come through the course which we know to be excellent. We know how important it is for students to have real interaction with law firms and practicing lawyers, and to get practical experience before graduating. This programme allows us the opportunity to reward a student and provide a placement in our firm whilst also supporting the school.

"Paige is an exceptionally bright student with an exciting career ahead of her, she thoroughly deserves the award and we are very pleased to present her with the prize."

Professor Imelda Maher, UCD Dean of Law, added: "Support for students to excel is of great importance to the School. It's also critical for students to have some experience of the practical legal environment so we are very grateful to Leman Solicitors for this partnership."

UCD Alumni Celebrate World Cup Success

Above L-R John O'Dowd, Prof Imelda Maher, Deirdre Duke, Paul Ward

Staff of the Sutherland School of Law recently met with three stars of the UCD Ladies Hockey Team to congratulate them on their recent silver meadal success in the recent World Cup.

Former Captain of the UCD Ladies Hickey Team, Deirdre Duke is also an alumna of the Sutherland School having completed the Bachelor of Business and Law programme. Deirdre will be continuing her playing career with a move to Düsseldorfer Hockey Club.

Above L- R, Lena Tice, Katie Mullan and Deirdre Duke



Launch of the UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies & Judicial Review Conference

Prof Colin Scott & The Hon. Mr Justic Donal O'Donnell at the launch of the UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies

The 2018 Judicial Review Conference hosted by The UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies in the Sutherland School of Law attracted a wide audience of legal professionals from throughout Ireland. This conference comprehensively covered recent developments in Irish public law from leading academics and practitioners in the field. There were eighteen contributors which included senior members of the judiciary, leading barristers, speakers from law firms and leading academics from UCD and TCD. The comprehensive programme for the half day conference included break out panels on Criminal law, Regulatory Law and Planning and Environmental Law in addition to three plenary sessions on Constitutional Law, The European Dimension and Administrative and Public Law. Following a busy schedule of events a reception was held to mark the launch of the UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies.

Building on the success of the 2018 conference, this will be an annual event hosted by The UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies. May 23rd is the planned date for 2019 Judicial Review Conference in UCD. To sign up for the Sutherland School of Law Events mailing list please click here.

Mr Paul Gallagher SC speaking at the panel on Administrative & Public Law

UCD Law with History graduate awarded Dean’s Scholar Prize at Harvard Law School

John Gallagher a Law with History Graduate 2016 ( and Bank of Ireland Gold Medal holder) was awarded one of the Dean’s Scholar Prize at Harvard Law School this summer. The Dean’s Prize is awarded for ‘outstanding performance’. The Prize awarded to John was in recognition of his performance in the ‘Corporations’ module. In the ‘Corporations’ module the prize is awarded for being ranked in first or second place in the end of year exam.

Two year’s earlier, John’s brother, James (Business and Law (International) 2015) was similarly honoured. In 2016, James was awarded the Dean’s Scholar Prize for his top ranking performance in ‘International Finance’ module on the Harvard LLM.  


Society of Legal Scholars Annual Seminar 2019 to be held in UCD

Dr Mark Coen has been awarded the prize to host the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Annual Seminar 2019. The award is held jointly with Dr Fergal Davis of King's College London, who will co-host the seminar. The seminar is a prestigious event in the SLS calendar and will be held at the Sutherland School of Law on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 October 2019. The theme of the seminar is the 80th anniversary of the passage of the Offences Against the State Act 1939. Subjects including non-jury trial, unlawful organisations and internment will be addressed by distinguished domestic and international speakers from a range of historical, contemporary and theoretical perspectives.

UCD PhD student Edoardo Celeste invited to talk at the Hans-Bredow-Institut of Hamburg

On June 19th 2018 Sutherland School of Law PhD student Edoardo Celeste was invited to present his recent work on constitutionalism in the social media environment at the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research at the University of Hamburg (Germany). Edoardo is an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar and is currently visiting fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) of Berlin.

Edoardo’s workshop in Hamburg was provocatively titled ‘A Constitution for Social Media?’ and reflected on the role of social media’s terms of services and bills of rights of social media users as potential mechanisms of constitutionalisation for the social media environment.

On this topic Edoardo recently published the article ‘Terms of service and bills of rights: new mechanisms of constitutionalisation in the social media environment?’ in the International Review of Law, Computers & Technology as well as a thought-provoking post in the HIIG Science Blog’s special dossier on the new EU General Data Protection Regulation.