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Michael Collins SC

ADJUNCT FULL PROFESSOR                                                                                        


Michael is a Senior Counsel practising in the fields of commercial, competition,  EU law and judicial review.  He graduated UCD with an M.A. in economics and an LL.M.  He also took an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Finance before joining the New York law firm of Shearman and Sterling. He returned to Ireland in 1981 to commence practice at the Irish Bar. A member of the English, Northern Ireland, New York and US Supreme Court Bars, Michael also practices from Monckton Chambers in London. In 1996 he was appointed by the Irish Government as Chairman of the Competition and Mergers Review Group the majority of whose recommendations were subsequently implemented into Irish law in the Competition Act 2002. In December 2017 he was appointed by the Taoiseach to conduct an inquiry into a failure by the Department of Justice to disclose certain emails to the Charleton Tribunal of Inquiry into alleged police corruption, which led to the resignation of the Minister for Justice. His report was published in February 2018.  Michael also appears in commercial arbitrations (domestic and international) both as counsel and as arbitrator.  He is  a member of the ICDR Panel of Arbitrators, a former President of Arbitration Ireland, current Chairman of the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel and a former President of Irish Rule of Law International which works with the Irish Government on programmes promoting the rule of law primarily in Africa. He is one of 5 arbitrators from the EU appointed recently to the Panel of Arbitrators for the International Arbitration Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan. Michael was elected a Bencher of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns in 2007 and the following year was elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in the United States.  He was Chairman of the Bar Council of Ireland 2008  – 2010. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He has been a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Maynooth on Legal Aspects of Competition and Regulation in Maynooth’s Master of Economic Science Programme.  In the much more interesting parts of his life he is a board member of the Irish Film Institute, was for 13 years a director of the Dublin Theatre Festival and has served on the Development Council of the Wexford Opera Festival.

Paul Gallagher SC



Paul Gallagher (1955) is a Senior Counsel and has practised at the Irish Bar for 33 years.  He is a Bencher of the King’s Inns in Dublin and was formerly Vice Chairman of the Irish Bar Council.  He was Attorney General of Ireland (2007-11).  Mr. Gallagher was a nominee of Ireland to the Arbitration and Conciliation Panels of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.  He was Chairman of the Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping Disciplinary Tribunal. He served as an observer on the High-Level Advisory Group on the Future of EU Justice Policy (2007-08) representing the UK, Cyprus and Malta. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at University College Dublin, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers.  He is a Director of the Irish Centre for European Law and a member of the Euro Crisis Committee and Justice & Home Affairs Committee of the Institute of International & European Affairs.  He has degrees in Law, History and Economics.

Dr. Hamish Lal



Renowned as a top-tier practitioner by all leading legal directories, Hamish Lal represents clients in a range of high-value, highly technical and international construction and engineering disputes and arbitrations.  Mr. Lal is ranked Band 1 in both Construction and International Construction Arbitration in Chambers & Partners UK, and in the top-tier in UK Legal 500.

Ronan Lupton SC

ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR                                                                                        

Ronan Lupton is a Senior Counsel practising in the areas of Commercial, Chancery and Media Law. He has particular expertise and teaches in the areas of Defamation, Data Protection, eCommerce, Freedom of Expression, Intellectual Property, Privacy and Media Contempt and Communications Regulatory Law.

He was called to the Irish Bar in 2008 and the Bar of England and Wales in 2019. He became Senior Counsel and a member of the Inner Bar in 2021.

He is a media law adviser to a number of large media organisations, has advised Government on Internet content issues, and advises generally on complex commercial and technology contracting matters in both the private and public law spheres.

Michael McDowell SC



Michael McDowell is a Senior Counsel and a former politician. Mr McDowell was a founding member of the Progressive Democrats in the mid-1980s. He was elected as a TD for Dublin South–East on three occasions.  During his years in public life, McDowell also served as Attorney General (1999–2002), as Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (2002–07), as leader of the Progressive Democrats (2006–07), and as Tánaiste (2006–07). In 2007 he resigned as PD party leader and announced his retirement from public life; he has since resumed his private legal career. He has been a Senator since 2016 having been elected twice in the NUI constituency.
Micheal McDowell was educated at Gonzaga College, then at University College Dublin where he became auditor of the UCD Law Society. He later attended the King's Inns in Dublin where he achieved the Barrister-at-Law degree in 1974.  He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1987 when he was 35 years old.

Ciara McGoldrick



Ciara McGoldrick is a practising barrister and is an experienced practitioner in the area of professional regulation. She is a law graduate of Trinity College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has extensive regulatory experience in both the public and private spheres and advises a number of regulators in relation to disciplinary proceedings. She is a member of a number of quasi-judicial regulatory panels including the Administrative Sanctions Panel of the Central Bank of Ireland and the Investigation Committees of the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority.

Emma Redmond



Emma Redmond, Global Head of Privacy at Stripe and was formerly Head of International Data Protection at Ancestry.com and LinkedIn.com as well as a former practicing barrister.  She is a BCL law graduate from UCD and obtained her Masters in Law from Trinity College Dublin.   As a risk and compliance professional, her experience spans from working cross-culturally within US multinational organisations to acting as a proactive and strategic partner to business leaders. She is an active and regular speaker at data protection events across Europe and has published a number of academic articles in her field of expertise. She was chosen for the Leadership in Law programme at Harvard Law School in May 2017. She was formerly  Chair of the General Counsel forum at the American Chamber of Commerce, current Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Data Protection Group, a Member of the Inner Temple and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Louise Reilly



Ms Reilly LL.B. JSM (Stanford) MCIArb is a barrister specialising in Sports Law, Mediation and Arbitration/Dispute Resolution. Ms Reilly represents a wide variety of clients in anti-doping, disciplinary and commercial matters before domestic and international tribunals. She also sits as arbitrator, including acting as sole arbitrator under the Rules of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris. Before returning to Dublin, she was Managing Counsel and Head of Mediation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. She began her career as Deputy Counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris. She is a former judicial intern with the United States Federal District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles. She has published a number of academic articles in sports law and international arbitration and is the coach for the School’s team in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which will take place in Vienna. Ms Reilly is also a Visiting Professor at Western Law School in London, Ontario.


Dr Bláthna Ruane SC



Blathna Ruane BA LLM (Cantab) PhD (Cantab) is a distinguished Senior Counsel, a UCD alumnus and established constitutional historian with a PhD in the field from Cambridge University. Unusually she was a partner in a leading law firm, McCann FitzGerald, prior to her call to the Bar in 1992. Her research publications include articles in scholarly and professional journals and in books with leading academic presses in the fields of constitutional law and legal history.

Ercus Stewart SC



Ercus Stewart SC has practised at the Bar since 1970.  Since 1982 he has been a Senior Counsel. His practice centres on civil, commercial and labour law, litigation and arbitration.  Mr. Stewart is also a member of the Bars of Northern Ireland, England and Wales and Australia (NSW).  In addition to his law practice, Mr. Stewart is an arbitrator, in international and domestic Commercial Arbitration, and also a Mediator. He has been a member of,  or  arbitrated under, amongst others,  IDRI,  CIArb, CEAM,  KLRCA, ICC, LCIA, the Panel of the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS - TAS) Lausanne, Switzerland, the Sports Disputes Resolution Panel (SDRP), London, Just Sport Ireland, Dublin. He is a founder member and former chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Irish Branch, and is author of "Arbitration Commentary and Sources"  published in 2003 by Firstlaw, and "Compensation on Dismissal: Employment Law and Practice" published in 2008 by Bloomsbury Professional. He has been a visiting lecturer on the Diploma in Arbitration programme in the School of Law at UCD since the inception of the programme - in which he was instrumental - since 1997.


Mr Raymond Byrne




Mr Raymond Byrne

Mr Byrne was full-time Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission from April 2016 to July 2021. Before that, he was Director of Research in the Commission from 2003 to 2016. He qualified as a barrister in 1982, and between 1982 and 2007 he was a lecturer in law in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University.

He is co-author of Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System, now in its 7th edition (Bloomsbury Professional, 2020), and of the Annual Review of Irish Law series (as of 2023, this consists of 35 annual volumes, published from 1987 to 2022).

He is also the author of a number of texts on safety and health law, including Safety and Health Acts: Annotated and Consolidated (Round Hall Thomson Reuters, 2014).

He has written for many journals, including The Irish Jurist and the Irish Judicial Studies Journal. His most recent journal article is “The Bangalore Principles and the Judicial Council Act 2019” [2022] 01 The Irish Judicial Studies Journal, available at https://www.ijsj.ie/editions/2022-edition-1/.

He has also written Annotations for Irish Current Law Statutes Annotated (ICLSA), including the ICLSA Annotations of the Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Act 2020 (“Coco’s Law”) and of the Maritime Area Planning Act 2021.

Mr Byrne chaired a Working Group whose work led to a Council of Europe 2009 Recommendation on Missing Persons and Presumption of Death, and which influenced the enactment of the Civil Law (Presumption of Death) Act 2019.

Mr. Byrne chaired a Working Group whose work led to a Council of Europe 2009 Recommendation on Missing Persons and Presumption of Death.  He is currently a member of the Research Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.  He was previously Chair of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers.


Mrs Emily Logan

ADJUNCT FULL PROFESSOR                      

Mrs Emily Logan

Emily Logan is the first Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission appointed by President Michael D Higgins on 31 October 2014. In the decade prior to her appointment, Ms Logan served as Ireland's first Ombudsman for Children, accounting directly to the Oireachtas.. Key areas of investigation by the Ombudsman for Children's Office during her tenure included a multi-agency review of child death and own-volition systemic investigation into state compliance with child protection policy. In accordance with its remit as a national human rights institution for children, Ms Logan progressed the rights of children without parental care, in particula,r separated children, children in care and children deprived of their liberty.. Over her period in the Ombudsman for Children's Office, Ms Logan advocated an amendment to the Irish Constitution to further enhance the rights of children. In 2008, she was appointed by her peers to the position of President of the European Network of Ombudsmen for Children, a network of 40 Ombudsman for Children Offices across Council of Europe member statesm and remained on the executive until September 2011. In 2013 she was appointed in a personal capacity by the Minister for Justice to undertake a statutory inquiry into the taking into care of two children from two Roma families by An Garda Síochána. She has twenty five years management experience in Ireland and the UK. For six years preceding her appointment as Ombudsman for Children, she held two senior positions in public administration: Director of Nursing at Crumlin Children's Hospital and Director of Nursing at Tallaght Hospital, following her time as Directorate Manager in Great Ormond Street Hospital London,. Ms Logan graduated from Queen's University with an LLM in Human Rights Law, University College Dublin with an MBA and Diploma in Mediation, and from City University London with an MSc in Psychology. She was awarded two honorary Degrees of Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and from University

UCD Sutherland School of Law

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.