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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.  

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.

  Sheena Doggett is a Corporate and M&A partner in A&L Goodbody, one of Ireland's leading corporate law firms. With over 25 years' experience, Sheena's key areas of expertise include corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, incentives, corporate restructuring, corporate governance and general commercial matters. Sheena advises a wide range of public and private domestic and international corporations, private equity funds and financial institutions. She is also a BCL graduate from University College Dublin.

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.

Ronan P. Harty is a partner in the antitrust group at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City.  He provides general antitrust counseling to U.S. and non-U.S. companies and represents clients in enforcement agency investigations, domestic and cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures, and litigations.

Mr. Harty joined Davis Polk in 1986 and became a partner in 1994.  In 1991, he was based in Brussels as an assistant (stagiaire) in the cabinet of Sir Leon Brittan, Vice President of the European Commission Responsible for Competition Policy.

Mr. Harty graduated with a BCL (1st Class Honours) from UCD in 1984.  He received an LL.M from the University of Michigan Law School in 1986.

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.

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.

Emma Redmond, acts as Lead Privacy Counsel at Stripe and was formerly Head of International Data Protection at Ancestry.com and LinkedIn.com.  As a risk and compliance professional, her experience spans from working cross-culturally within US multinational organisations to acting as a proactive and strategic partner to business leaders.  She is an active and regular speaker at data protection events across Europe and has published a number of academic articles in her field of expertise. She was chosen for the Leadership in Law programme at Harvard Law School in May 2017. She was formerly  Chair of the General Counsel forum at the American Chamber of Commerce, current Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Data Protection Group, a Member of the Inner Temple and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

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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