2017 Walsh Lecture

The Annual Walsh Lecture 2017

The UCD Sutherland School of Law and the UCD Centre for Human Rights are delighted to announce that Judge Siofra O'Leary will deliver The Annual Walsh Lecture on October 5th.

This year's lecture is titled 'Balancing Rights in a Digital Age'

Date: October 5th 2017


  • 6.15pm      Tea & Coffee
  • 6.45pm      Lecture
  • 7.45pm      Reception
Location: UCD Sutherland School of Law

All are welcome to attend, and there is no charge for this event.  We do ask guests to rsvp to danny.moran@ucd.ie by Monday October 2nd.

Judge Siofra O'Leary

Judge Síofra O'Leary, BCL (University College Dublin), PhD (European University Institute) was sworn in as a Judge at the European Court of Human Rights in July 2015.

Prior to joining the European Court of Human Rights, Judge O’Leary worked for 18 years at the Court of Justice of the European Union, where she served as a référendaire and Chef de cabinet for Judges Aindrias Ó Caoimh, Fidelma Macken  and Federico Mancini. She later ran part of that Court’s Research Directorate.

Judge O’Leary has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges for many years where she has taught LLM courses on EU law and the individual, EU Social Law and Policy and now a judicial workshop.

She has, in recent years, been a member of the Editorial Board of the Common Market Law Review and is now a member of both its Advisory Board and the Board of the Irish Centre for European Law. In 2016 she was elected an Honorary Bencher of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

Before joining the Court of Justice of the European Union, Siofra O’Leary was the Assistant Director for the Centre of European Legal Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Emmanuel College. She was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University College Dublin, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cádiz, Spain and a Research Associate at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London.

She is the author of two books entitled The Evolving Concept of Community Citizenship (Kluwer, 1996) and Employment Law at the European Court of Justice (Hart Publishing, 2001) and has published extensively in academic journals and monographs on the protection of fundamental rights, EU employment law, the free movement of persons and services and EU citizenship.