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Michael Collins SC

ADJUNCT FULL PROFESSOR                                                                                        


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 SC



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.

Dr. Hamish Lal



Renowned as a top-tier practitioner by all leading legal directories, Hamish Lal represents clients in a range of high-value, highly technical and international construction and engineering disputes and arbitrations.  Mr. Lal is ranked Band 1 in both Construction and International Construction Arbitration in Chambers & Partners UK, and in the top-tier in UK Legal 500.

Michael McDowell SC



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.

Ciara McGoldrick



Ciara McGoldrick is a practising barrister and is an experienced practitioner in the area of professional regulation. She is a law graduate of Trinity College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has extensive regulatory experience in both the public and private spheres and advises a number of regulators in relation to disciplinary proceedings. She is a member of a number of quasi-judicial regulatory panels including the Administrative Sanctions Panel of the Central Bank of Ireland and the Investigation Committees of the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority.

Emma Redmond



Emma Redmond, Senior Director and Head of EU Data Protection for Ancestry.com and Ancestry DNA and previously Head of EU Data Protection at LinkedIn. She is an expert in regulatory affairs on data protection, advises on challenges that arise from the growth in the digital economy, privacy programmes on a global scale including practical implementation of data protection within large multinational organisations. She is a member of the Inner Temple, Vice-Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce General Counsel forum as well as the International Association of Privacy Professionals. 

Louise Reilly



Ms Reilly LL.B. JSM (Stanford) MCIArb is a barrister specialising in Sports Law, Mediation and Arbitration/Dispute Resolution. Ms Reilly represents a wide variety of clients in anti-doping, disciplinary and commercial matters before domestic and international tribunals. She also sits as arbitrator, including acting as sole arbitrator under the Rules of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris. Before returning to Dublin, she was Managing Counsel and Head of Mediation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. She began her career as Deputy Counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris. She is a former judicial intern with the United States Federal District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles. She has published a number of academic articles in sports law and international arbitration and is the coach for the School’s team in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which will take place in Vienna. Ms Reilly is also a Visiting Professor at Western Law School in London, Ontario.


Dr Bláthna Ruane SC



Blathna Ruane BA LLM (Cantab) PhD (Cantab) is a distinguished Senior Counsel, a UCD alumnus and established constitutional historian with a PhD in the field from Cambridge University. Unusually she was a partner in a leading law firm, McCann FitzGerald, prior to her call to the Bar in 1992. Her research publications include articles in scholarly and professional journals and in books with leading academic presses in the fields of constitutional law and legal history.

Ercus Stewart SC



Ercus Stewart SC has practised at the Bar since 1970.  Since 1982 he has been a Senior Counsel. His practice centres on civil, commercial and labour law, litigation and arbitration.  Mr. Stewart is also a member of the Bars of Northern Ireland, England and Wales and Australia (NSW).  In addition to his law practice, Mr. Stewart is an arbitrator, in international and domestic Commercial Arbitration, and also a Mediator. He has been a member of,  or  arbitrated under, amongst others,  IDRI,  CIArb, CEAM,  KLRCA, ICC, LCIA, the Panel of the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS - TAS) Lausanne, Switzerland, the Sports Disputes Resolution Panel (SDRP), London, Just Sport Ireland, Dublin. He is a founder member and former chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Irish Branch, and is author of "Arbitration Commentary and Sources"  published in 2003 by Firstlaw, and "Compensation on Dismissal: Employment Law and Practice" published in 2008 by Bloomsbury Professional. He has been a visiting lecturer on the Diploma in Arbitration programme in the School of Law at UCD since the inception of the programme - in which he was instrumental - since 1997.

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University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.