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2022 Events

Three Upcoming Constitutional Law Conferences in UCD Sutherland School of Law

The UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies, headed by Professor Eoin Carolan, is pleased to announce the following events will take place over Summer 2022.

The Housing Commission Conference on a Referendum on Housing in Ireland

May 10-11, online and on campus

 The Centre is hosting a conference with the Government's recently established Housing Commission on the proposed referendum on housing in Ireland. The event will feature a range of national and international speakers and will explore some of the legal and constitutional issues involved in the proposed referendum. Expert panels will consider judicial approaches to socio-economic rights in Ireland and elsewhere, international experiences with housing rights, and what impact constitutionalising socio-economic rights might have. The event will be a hybrid one featuring both remote participants and attendees on-site in the School of Law. Registration is free.

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Annual Conference on recent developments in judicial review and Irish public law

June 14, on campus

This will be the third occasion that the Centre has hosted this event and the first since the pandemic restrictions were first introduced. The conference will feature leading Irish legal practitioners and academics, including the Attorney General, Mr Paul Gallagher SC, the Hon. Mr Justice Maurice Collins of the Court of Appeal and the Hon. Mr Justice Charles Meenan of the High Court. Registration for the event will open in the coming weeks. Queries in advance of this or pre-registration can be sent to laura.mcloughlin@ucd.ie.

Public Law Conference

July 6-8, on campus

The third and final event hosted by the Centre this term will be the 2022 edition of the biennial international Public Law Conference. The event is the leading public law event in the common law world and this will be the first time it has been held in Ireland. The conference takes place in the Sutherland School of Law and will feature over 70 speakers from 9 different common law jurisdictions. The theme of the event, inspired by the centenary of Irish independence and the 1922 Constitution, is 'The Making (and re-making) of Public Law'. We are also very fortunate, with the support of the Government of Ireland's Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023, to host the conference gala dinner in St. Patrick's Hall, Dublin Castle on the evening of July 7.

Learn more and Register here

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Registration is now open for the UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies Annual Public Law conference which will take place in UCD Sutherland School of Law.

Date:     25 May 2023

Time:     9.30am to 5pm

Title:      "Current issues in Irish public law"

Venue:   UCD Sutherland School of Law (in person)

CPD:      CPD points will be awarded

A distinguished panel of speakers will take part in the annual conference, they include:

  • Hon. Mr. Justice Collins, Supreme Court
  • Hon. Ms. Justice Butler, Court of Appeal
  • Hon. Mr. Justice O’Higgins, High Court
  • Rossa Fanning SC, Attorney General
  • Denise Brett SC
  • Eoin Carolan SC, UCD
  • Sarah Cooney BL
  • Roisin Costello BL, DCU
  • April Duff BL
  • John Fitzgerald SC
  • Brian Foley SC
  • Emily Farrell SC
  • Finn Keyes BL
  • Ronan Lupton SC
  • Tony McGillicuddy SC
  • Aoife McMahon BL
  • Aoiffe Moran, Mason Hayes and Curran
  • Colm O’Cinneide UCL
  • John O’Dowd, UCD
  • Ailbhe O’Neill SC, TCD
  • Bernadette Quigley SC
  • Eltin Ryle, Matheson
  • Mark Rodgers BL

The fee to attend is €100, with a reduced rate of €60 for students, NGO's and practitioners
of less than 5 years. Individual and Corporate 'Friends' of the Centre for Constitutional Studies will also pay the reduced rate (per person).

Please register to attend below. If you have any queries, please email law.events@ucd.ie.

Conference on a Referendum on Housing in Ireland

The UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies recently hosted a two-day conference with the Housing Commission on a referendum on housing in Ireland. 

The Housing Commission is an independent commission that has been tasked by government with bringing forward proposals on the wording for a referendum on housing.

The conference formed part of the fact finding and orientation stage of the Commissions work, serving as a listening exercise to examine the complex constitutional questions arising and the various proposals that have been made made around the potential wording for an amendment to the Constitution.

The conference was a hybrid event featuring international and domestic experts and which was live-streamed to facilitate public participation in its discussions.

Copies of the papers and presentations from the conference can be found here

Current issues conference

The Centre recently hosted its 3rd annual conference on 'Current issues in Irish public law'. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this was the first time the event has been held since 2019. The event attracted over 100 speakers and delegates to the School of Law and covered a range of areas of Irish law including immigration and asylum, criminal law, environmental and planning, regulatory, data protection and access to information, constitutional law and judicial review. 

Contact UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.