Prof. Nicola Lacey delivers John M.Kelly Memorial Lecture 2019

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The 2019 J.M. Kelly Memorial Lecture was delivered recently by Professor Nicola Lacey, Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy at the London School of Economics.   The lecture entitled 'Populism and the Rule of Law' explored ways in which contemporary populist discourse has challenged the rule of law through a variety of mechanisms.  Professor Lacey is a renowned scholar of criminal law.  Author of several books, she is perhaps best known for A Life of HLA Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream (OUP 2004).  The Honourable Mr. Justice Donal O’Donnell of the Supreme Court and chair of the John Kelly Lecture committee presented Professor Lacey with a small gift after the lecture.  The audience of academics, students, practitioners and members of the judiciary included members of Professor John M. Kelly’s family.  The lecture honours the memory of Professor Kelly, (1931-1991) who was Professor of Jurisprudence and editor of the Irish Jurist as well as a government Minister and Attorney General.


Former Chief Justice,  Mr. Justice Ronan Keane with Mr. Justice Donal O’ Donnell


Mr. Ian Scott, Mrs. Christine Scott with UCD College of Social Sciences and Law Principal, Prof. Colin Scott


Dean of Law Prof Imelda Maher & keynote speaker Prof. Nicola Lacey


The lecture was widely attended by Sutherland School of Law students