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Four Adjunct Professors Appointed to UCD Sutherland School of Law

Four Adjunct Professors Appointed to UCD Sutherland School of Law

(L to R) Rossa Fanning, Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC, Sally Hayden, Dr Michael O’Flaherty

UCD Sutherland School of Law was pleased to welcome four distinguished Adjunct Professors to our faculty at the start of the academic year 2023 – 2024. Attorney General Rossa Fanning, Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC, Sally Hayden, and Dr Michael O’Flaherty, have all agreed to take on the role of Adjunct Professor at the school.  All four are graduates of the School of Law in UCD.

Rossa Fanning SC has served as the Attorney General of Ireland since December 2022. He was called to the Bar in 1999 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2016. He has worked across a broad spectrum of commercial cases including insolvency and restructuring, commercial leases, defamation, debt recovery, repossessions and professional negligence. He has a strong connection with UCD having taught in the School of Law in his early career. He is also a past auditor of UCD LawSoc.

Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC is a prominent human rights lawyer who practises as a barrister with Doughty Street Chambers in London. She has acted in many landmark human rights cases before the European Court of Human Rights, United Nations bodies and other international tribunals. Her prominent work has included acting for bereaved families and survivors of the 7/7 London bombings and the Hillsborough disaster.

Sally Hayden is an award-winning journalist who has reported extensively on issues related to migration, conflict, human rights and humanitarian crises for many of the world’s leading news publishers. Her book “My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World’s Deadliest Migration Route” won the 2022 Orwell Prize for Political Writing and was named the An Post Irish Book of the Year.

Dr Michael O’Flaherty is Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, has served as Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and head of a number of UN Human Rights Field Operations. He was previously a Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Galway.

Adjunct Professors are appointed by UCD Sutherland School of Law to enhance our teaching, contribute to our research profile and to add to the intellectual life of the school.  These prestigious appointments reflect our desire to offer students the opportunity to engage with inspirational professionals throughout their time in UCD.

Commenting on these appointments, Professor Laurent Pech, Dean of Law said “We are delighted to welcome back four of our most eminent BCL alumni to our School as adjunct professors. We look forward to working with them more closely at a time where the UCD Sutherland School of Law is working on further enhancing its clinical, teaching and research activities in multiple fields, including European law, fundamental rights law, global migration law and rule of law related issues.”

UCD Sutherland School of Law

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.