A Celebration of UCD Sutherland School of Law

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 a special celebration took place in the UCD Sutherland School of Law. The President of UCD, Professor Andrew J Deeks along with the Dean of Law, Professor Joe McMahon and the academic faculty and administrative staff of the School of Law, welcomed a large number of distinguished guests to join in celebrating the achievements of the School since moving to the magnificent Sutherland Building in late 2013.  Dr Peter Sutherland was unable to attend the celebration but his long standing and critically engaged support for the School was widely acknowledged by all present.  A selection of photographs can be viewed by scrolling down this page or a full gallery can be viewed at this link: Celebration Photos.

The occasion gave the School the opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved since moving to the state-of-the-art facilities, made possible by the generous support of many present that evening.  A short video showcased the strength of the community that has been built in the School, the world-class teaching and learning facilities on offer and an overview of the breadth of research output by faculty in that time (video link here).  President Deeks delivered a powerful speech about the School’s achievements and was followed by speeches from two outstanding students, Ms Joy Tendai Kangere and Mr Francis McNamara with Professor Imelda Maher, incoming Dean in September 2017 concluding. In her speech, Joy, a BCL student originally from Zimbabwe gave a moving account of her experiences studying in the UCD Sutherland School of Law. Francis, a graduate from 2014 who has recently returned to study an LLM in International Commercial Law and is the School’s current Healy Scholar also gave a very engaging account of his time.  The two students were extremely well received by the distinguished audience both for the excellence of their speeches and the passion with which they delivered them. 

In the final speech of the evening, Professor Imelda Maher took the opportunity to thank all donors and friends of the School of Law when she said ‘… we have realised the trust and ambition that you invested in us through your support of this wonderful building’it has realised our ambition and is a gateway through which law and criminology can be engaged with and understood… the building ensures our ideas, networks, and publications can influence here in UCD, nationally and internationally. ‘She concluded by saying ‘Through your support and generosity, we now have state-of-the-art facilities for the leading law school in Ireland: our focus is now to continue to build on that investment.’   

Professor Maher’s speech can be viewed at this video link.

With the conclusion of the speeches, the audience was entertained by an outstanding performance from the full choir of UCD Choral Scholars performing a selection of Irish and French works, conducted by their artistic director, Dr Desmond Earley.