BBL Alumnus Katie Nolan receives Fulbright Award

The UCD Sutherland School of Law congratulates Katie Nolan, a 2011 Bachelor of Business and Law alumnus who was recently honoured with a Fulbright Award by Minister Charlie Flanagan and Mr Reece Smyth, Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy here. Katie is an Associate in Mason Hayes & Curran where she is part of the firm’s Technology, Media and Communications team.  In this capacity she advises private and public sector organisations on a wide variety of issues, including cross-border data exports, cyber-security breaches, product review and regulatory investigations and litigation in the privacy sphere. Her studies at the University of California will be closely linked to this area of law.  While at Berkeley as a Fulbright Scholar she plans to focus on the comparative regulation of technology issues, in particular information privacy law.

Other Fulbright alumni from the UCD School of Law include former Dean, Professor Paul O’Connor, Barrister Rossa Fanning SC and Associate Professor at the Sutherland School of Law, Dr Oonagh Breen.

Founded by US Senator J. William Fulbright, the programme this year celebrates 60 years of educational and cultural exchange between Ireland and the US. Since 1957, it has provided awardees with the opportunity to study, research, or lecture in America, and supported US citizens to do the same in Ireland. The programme is now established in over 160 countries globally, providing an unrivalled international network for Fulbright Awardees and Alumni.

The unique nature of the Fulbright Awards is that it encourages cultural exchange as well as educational. In addition to completing study or research projects, awardees are encouraged to become cultural Ambassadors during their time in the US and on their return to their home country.  Furthermore, the rigorous application process ensures that the successful candidates are those who have conveyed how their work can have a positive impact on society. Explaining his vision for founding the programme, Senator Fulbright has described the importance of educational exchange in the following terms " … from the standpoint of future world peace and order (it is) probably the most important and potentially rewarding of our foreign-policy activities.”

Katherine Nolan and Rrofessor John Hegarty, Chair of the Fulbright Commission Board in Ireland.


The 2017-18 Irish Fulbright Awardees