UCD Festival: School of Law to host four events including Brexit Debate

The first UCD Festival on Saturday June 18 promises to be a very interesting day for the university and wider community.  By opening up the campus and the teaching spaces throughout, UCD wants to showcase the university to past graduates and their families plus the community at large. Throughout the day, the UCD Sutherland School of Law will host a diverse range of events from a legal perspective, all designed to be of interest to as wide an audience as possible.  Many of our lecturers and distinguished alumni (such as Michael McDowell) will be giving their time to speak about subjects from Brexit to environmental law, law in business plus what promises to be a really illuminating talk by Emeritus Professor, Nial Osborough on the 107 year history of UCD’s Law School. 

The four events below are taking place in the Sutherland building which has been home to the School of Law since 2013. The building is the first purpose-built law school in Ireland and was designed with the principles of community and communication in mind. The first event in the Sutherland Building takes place at 10.30am, Noon, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. There is no charge to attend any of these talks but due to a limit on numbers, we do ask you to pre-register: simply click on this link to do so.   

Dr. Andrew Jackson's talk at 2.30pm promises to be very topical and should attract anyone with an interest in environmental issues - and indeed Donald Trump - as it is entitled:

‘The protection of Irish wildlife under EU law: Donald Trump's 'Irish wall' at Doonbeg, Co. Clare’,

He will discuss Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall at Doonbeg to protect his golf course there. While most people have heard of Trump's infamous proposal to build a wall on the Mexican border, many fewer are aware of his so-called "Irish wall". His plan is to build a wall - 2.8 km long, 3-4 metres high and 15-20 metres wide - on the beautiful White Strand beach at Doughmore Bay, Doonbeg, Co. Clare. Trump argues that the wall is necessary to protect his golf course (the "Trump International Golf Links") and the dune system from "excessive erosion", but the proposal raises potential issues under EU wildlife law which could ultimately put a stop to the project. This presentation will explore some of the legal issues raised by this topical case, and will examine how EU law helps to protect Irish wildlife. Dr. Andrew Jackson is a lecturer in law at UCD Sutherland School of Law and a graduate of Oxford University and Cambridge University. His focus is environmental and planning law and policy and  he has been involved in public interest environmental and planning disputes before the Irish, English and EU courts.


Below is an outline of all events taking place in the UCD Sutherland School of Law.  Please register (free of charge) at this link