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‘Digital Markets and the Law’: Workshop on emerging issues for businesses

‘Digital Markets and the Law’: Workshop on emerging issues for businesses

Professor Imelda Maher welcoming practitioners, students and faculty to the workshop

As part of our celebrations of ten years in the UCD Sutherland School of Law building, we were pleased to host the ‘Digital Markets and the Law’ workshop in April 2024.

The UCD Sutherland School of Law provides an ideal space for legal practitioners, scholars and students to come together in order to discuss and debate emerging issues in law and business. This offers an opportunity for all to benefit from insights from the cutting edge of academic research combined with the perspective of some of Ireland's legal commercial law firms.

In this workshop entitled ‘Digital Markets and the Law’, the School was delighted to welcome representatives from leading Irish and international law firms to the Sutherland School of Law for a productive afternoon of discussion and debate. The workshop focused on emerging issues for businesses trading on digital platforms, an area of legal practice which is undergoing rapid and radical evolution as policy makers, business leaders and lawyers seek to build a regulatory architecture for the digital economy.

At the workshop, which was coordinated by Dr Noel McGrath and Professor Imelda Maher, we were delighted to welcome leading practitioners Nicholas Blake-Knox (Walkers), Rosaleen Byrne (McCann FitzGerald), Rory Curis (Arthur Cox), Liam Heylin (Mason Hayes & Curran), Killian Morris (AMOSS) and Calum Warren (Matheson). Our colleagues from the world of professional practice were joined by a range of faculty members with expertise in competition law, contract and company law, tax, and intellectual property law. Twelve of our students were also given the opportunity to take part  – they included three PhD candidates, Aoife McPartland, Stephanie Fitzpatrick and Somsubhra Banerjee, Masters student, Tom Griffin and Undergraduates, Andreena Corrigan, John Ryan, Mark O'Rourke, Christina Colgan, Simon Conran, Amber Madden Doyle, Robin Jowett and Elliot Baude.

Based on a case study provided by Dr Noel McGrath, participants discussed how traditional legal remedies such as injunctions and damages claims can be adapted to novel forms of legal dispute generated between businesses as traditional trade in goods and services is increasingly restructured and carried on through electronic trading platforms dominated by private companies. 

Workshop group (l to r) Dr Emer Hunt, Rosaleen Byrne, Partner at McCann FitzGerald, Aoife McPartland and John Ryan

Killian Morris, Partner at AMOSS LLP

Students Andreena Corrigan and Simon Conran in discussion with Rory Curtis, Associate at Arthur Cox

The Workshop was part of the School’s Celebration of Ten Years in the UCD Sutherland School of Law building


Students Simon Conran, Tom Griffin, Mark O’Rourke, Amber Madden Doyle, Andreena Corrigan and Christina Colgan


UCD Sutherland School of Law

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.