Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Professor Mark Tushnet, a world-renowned constitutional expert from Harvard Law School, will be the keynote speaker at the seventh Annual Conference of the Irish Society of Comparative Law (ISCL). This conference, organised by the NUI Galway’s School of Law in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Human Rights, will be held from 23-24 May at Áras Moyola, NUI Galway.The theme of the conference is ‘(Dis)Locating Comparative Law’ and will explore the role of space or place in the comparative law arena, in an increasingly interconnected world. The conference will question the traditional narratives of comparative law in the context of the increasing complexity of legal orders within, between and beyond states. Speaker panels will address various comparative topics such as: Privacy and Responses to Terrorism, Human Dignity, Comparative Constitutional Law, and a host of other topics stemming from private law, criminal law and criminal justice, public law, legal education and international law.Professor Mark Tushnet is a William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is the co-author of four casebooks, including the most widely used casebook on constitutional law, has written numerous books, including a two-volume work on the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall and, most recently, Advanced Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law, In the Balance: The Roberts Court and the Future of Constitutional Law, Why the Constitution Matters, and Weak Courts, Strong Rights: Judicial Review and Social Welfare Rights in Comparative Perspective, and has edited several others. Professor Tushnet was President of the Association of American Law Schools in 2003.  In 2002 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His presentation for this year’s Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference is entitled The Boundaries of Comparative Law.Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law at NUI Galway said: “It is a great honour for the School of Law to host the Annual Conference of the Irish Society of Comparative Law and, in particular, to welcome Professor Tushnet to NUI Galway. The comparative approach to law is of critical importance at this particular stage in the development of the rule of law nationally and internationally. The School of Law in NUI Galway and its research centres have always been outward-looking and internationally-aware and this event will provide a very rich opportunity for speakers and participants to make the most of that tradition.”The full programme can be downloaded here: ISCL Conference 2016 Program. For further information is available at http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=218

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

‌Conference announcement  - Law, Revolution and SovereigntyReflections on the Legal Legacy of the 1916 Rising & Declaration of Independence April 9-10, 2016 As part of NUI Galway’s commemorative programme for the centenary of the 1916 Rising, the School of Law will host a conference to consider the legacy of Irish independence and sovereignty in the domain of law and of legal thought. In particular, the conference will address: The distinctive character of the legal order that developed post-independence. The impact of revolutionary ideals in the Irish legal and constitutional system. Constitutional experimentation and evolution in independent Ireland Concepts of nationalism and popular sovereignty and their impact in the domain of social and penal policy. Saturday April 9, 11amSunday April 10, 10.45am Venue: Aula Maxima, Main Quadrangle, NUI Galway  The conference is open to the public, but please register with M.PORTUONDO1@nuigalway.ie. CPD points will be available. The conference programme can be downloaded here: 1916 Conference Programme For queries contact conor.hanly@nuigalway.ie or eoin.daly@nuigalway.ie.

Friday, 12 February 2016

The appointment has been announced of Dr Carol Coulter, director of the Child Care Law Reporting Project, as an honorary adjunct professor in the School of Law, NUI Galway. Carol Coulter graduated from Trinity College with BA (Mod) and PhD degrees in English. She also holds a Diploma in Legal Studies and an MPhil in Law. She became a journalist and joined The Irish Times in 1986, working as a reporter, acting London Editor, acting Northern Ireland editor, deputy news editor, legal affairs correspondent, legal affairs editor and assistant editor (simultaneously). As legal affairs editor she initiated and edited the “Law Matters” page in The Irish Times as well as writing extensively there on the courts, law, human rights and justice. She won a number of journalism awards, including Campaigning Journalist of the Year in 1990, Legal Print Journalist of the Year in 2000 and 2012, and also overall Legal Journalist of the Year in 2012. From 2006 to 2007 she took leave of absence from The Irish Times to run a pilot project on private family law for the Courts Service, initiating the publication of reports on family law proceedings in Ireland. These were published in quarterly magazines, Family Law Matters, from 2007 to 2009 and on the Courts Service website. This pilot project resulted in a Report and Recommendations for the Board of the Courts Service, published in October 2007. Many of the recommendations were implemented.In October 2012 she left The Irish Times to take up a position as founder and director of the Child Care Law Reporting Project, which is examining the public child care law system. To date this has published over 300 reports of child care cases in the District Court and High Court, and two Interim Reports, including statistics and analysis, on its website, www.childlawproject.ie. A third and Final Report, with recommendations, was published in November 2015.Dr Coulter has lectured extensively in the cultural, social and legal areas, both in Ireland and internationally, including in the UK, the US and Japan, and has also published a wide range of essays and books in these areas. From 1992 to 2004 she edited the Undercurrents pamphlet series for Cork University Press.The Child Care Law Reporting Project, directed by Dr. Carol Coulter, is now in Phase 2 following the publication of the Final Report from Phase 1 in November 2015. This phase will combine reporting on a reduced number of cases with an in-depth analysis of a number of highly complex and lengthy cases. It is funded jointly by Galway University Foundation and the Department of Children & Youth Affairs for two years. A formal Memorandum of Understanding has been agreed to guide the implementation of the Phase 2 project. The partners in this Agreement are: The Child Care Law Reporting Project, NUI Galway School of Law, Galway University Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Tusla, Free Legal Advice Centres and the Department of Children & Youth Affairs. The Agreement provides for the establishment of a Research Coordinating Group (which includes the Head of the School of Law) which will guide the development of the research programme and assist in identifying ways of implementing the recommendations that arise from the project within the two years.Galway University Foundation has negotiated with Atlantic Philanthropies to provide €70,000 in funding for the project and has a separate agreement in place with FLAC, which provides technical and administrative assistance to the CCLRP, for the management of these funds on behalf of the project.As well as participating in the Research Coordinating Group NUIG will assist the project through a separate Galway University Foundation-funded Hardiman Scholarship to the School of Law. The scholarship, awarded to the School of Law and linked to the CCLRP, is for a PhD to be supervised jointly by Dr. Connie Healy of the School and Dr. Carol Coulter. The PhD will look at international best practice examples of Child Protection systems that successfully address the needs of vulnerable children coming before the child protection courts. The aim will be to complement and add significant value to the research arising from Phase 2 of the Child Care Law Reporting Project. The Scholarship has been awarded to Maria Corbett who has worked with the Children's Rights Alliance for many years.Announcing the appointment, Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law at NUIG, said: “Our association with Professor Carol Coulter is very exciting and speaks directly and unapologetically to the kind of societal impact that the School of Law at NUI Galway aims to achieve. Through her involvement as a doctoral co-supervisor and as a public figure of considerable standing we hope to pursue with her valuable and exciting projects in the years ahead.In accepting the appointment, Professor Coulter said: ”I am delighted to be associated with NUIG School of Law which has a well-deserved reputation for teaching and scholarship in public interest law and human rights, of which children’s rights are an important part. I look forward to working with Professor O’Connell, Dr Healy and Ms Corbett in further developing this area of law and generally contributing to the work and public profile of the School.”

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

The Moot Court Module final took place on Saturday 6 February with the victorious team of Aisling Keenan and Niall Gaffney narrowly overcoming Orla Clissman and Andrew Barr in a tense final moot which exhibited everything that is positive about mooting before an initial bench comprising of Dr. Ronán Kennedy, and Mrs. Justice Carmel Stewart in the Final. The School would like to thank both judges, in particular Mrs. Justice Stewart who travelled down from Dublin, for their time and effort. Special tribute to the ten mooters for their application, effort and enthusiasm over the last five months which culminated in some fantastic mooting. Thanks to all the members of staff who so generously gave of their time, in particular Tom O’Malley for giving a guest lecture on court etiquette and especially Professor Patrick Lonergan from Theatre Studies who gave a practical and interactive class on public speaking. The team mentors were Ursula Connolly, Dr. Eoin Daly, Larry Donnelly, Nicola Murphy and Dr. Brian Tobin, with Ursula and Brian’s teams battling in the final and Ursula’s team emerging victorious.

Friday, 12 February 2016

The School of Law at NUI Galway is to host a major conference on surrogacy and the law on 12 March 2016. Among the speakers is the world-leading child psychologist, Professor Susan Golombok, Director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge. Also presenting are Dr Kirsty Horsey, an academic and member of the Surrogacy UK Working Group on Surrogacy Law Reform, and NUI Galway alumna, Deirdre Fottrell QC, who has acted in a number of leading surrogacy cases that came before the superior courts in the UK. Other speakers include Professor Deirdre Madden from UCC and Dr Andrea Mulligan, a barrister and academic. The conference is being organised by Dr Brian Tobin, a family law expert at the School of Law, NUI Galway, who provided legal expertise on the assisted reproduction provisions contained in the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality.       Announcing the conference, Dr Tobin stated: “Ireland has yet to enact legislation regulating surrogacy. Laws proposed in 2014 by the then Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, were scrapped later that year as the Government felt that further consultation was required. However, there is a concern that the issue of surrogacy could lose priority. This conference is therefore timely and designed to bring together experts in the field with a view to forging a framework for the regulation of surrogacy in Ireland.”

Monday, 9 November 2015

The Conference of Local Authority Solicitors Bar Association (LASBA) was hosted by the School of Law, NUI Galway last month. LASBA represents in-house solicitors of the Local Authorities in Cork City and County, Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, County Galway, County Kerry, South Dublin, and County Wicklow. Law Agents for other counties also attended the conference. LASBA is officially recognised by the Law Society of Ireland as a representative bar association. This conference links with the Law and Local Government Module within the LLM in Public Law at NUI Galway, now in its 7th year. It is the only such dedicated law course in the country. The work of local authority solicitors spans the 700+ activities of local authorities, from land purchase, planning, regulatory enforcement, ensuring due process in local government activities, public procurement contracts, defending claims against the authority. It even extends to such areas as regulating trans-frontier shipments going though Irish ports under the Basel Convention. There are many new challenges, not least in the growing EU law provisions impacting on local government, but also in relation to balancing the roles of regulator and service provider in key areas, such as waste management. The growing relevance of human rights law, too, is impacting on local authority law. Few lawyers operate in such a legally complex environment.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

The Irish Society of Comparative Law (ISCL) and the School of Law of the NUI Galway together with the Irish Centre for Human Rights are pleased to announce the seventh annual conference of the ISCL to be held in Galway on 23- 24 May 2016. The keynote speaker will be Prof Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School. Theme: In an increasingly interconnected world, where geographies of protection are premised on the centrality of national territory and state sovereignty, the importance of being cognisant of the concept of location/geography/space/place in the comparative law arena, cannot be underestimated. Does comparative law continue to contrast the laws of states, or is there now, a new focus? What effect does this have on the diversity inherent in plural legal systems? How are different types of laws (state/customary/indigenous/international) (dis/re)located? How does this (dis)location impact our analysis of these laws, including any effort at being a ‘comparativist’? What does this mean for places of transience not holding enough significance to be regarded as legal places? This conference questions traditional narratives of comparative law, in the context of the increasing complexity of legal orders within, between and beyond states.The conference aims to encourage theoretical and empirical interdisciplinary reflection on comparative law and space/place, to explore why location matters, and ensure cognisance of the sensitivities of location in comparative law. However, any comparative topic may be proposed, eg private law, criminal law and criminal justice, public or constitutional law, legal education, etc. In addition, proposals on European or International law will also be considered. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, 21 March 2016. Proposals by both members and non-members, as well as by professional academics and graduate students are welcome. Proposals should be maximum 500 words in length and be sent to iscl2016@gmail.com. The conference fee will be €60 for members of the ISCL and €120 for non-members (membership fees are €60, student membership is free). The ISCL regrets that it cannot cover travel or accommodation expenses. All additional information about the conference will be posted in due course at http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=218 The Organising Committee of the conference is composed of Dr Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko, Ms Denise Gormley and Dr Ioanna Tourkochoriti. This information is also available to download in this PDF: ISCL Conference 2016 Call for Papers.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Dr Bryan McMahon, retired Judge of the High Court and former part-time Professor of Law at NUI Galway, recently launched a new report, 'Clinical Legal Education in Ireland: Progress and Potential'. The report was written by Larry Donnelly, Lecturer and Director of Clinical Legal Education in the School of Law, and was commissioned by the Dublin-based Free Legal Advice Centres Ltd (FLAC) and Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA). Clinical legal education, which has at its core “learning by doing” and the furtherance of the public interest, exposes law students to how the law works in practice. In Irish clinical legal education programmes, law students work with law firms, barristers, non-governmental organisations, government bodies and in related fields. They are awarded academic credit for and assessed upon their performance in these “real world” placements. The School of Law has been nationally and internationally recognised for its clinical legal education programme, which was founded by Mr Donnelly in the academic year 2005-2006. The report includes statistics on the existing clinical legal education programmes in Ireland; interviews with directors of clinical programmes, supervisors and law students; examinations of two clinical programmes in the UK; and a series of reflections and recommendations for the future development of clinical legal education in Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Larry Donnelly said: “This report is the first attempt to critically analyse recent advances in clinical legal education in Ireland and I hope that it will spur a discussion about the future among all of the relevant stakeholders. Clinical legal education has the unique capacity to create disorienting moments for students – in which law students are forced to confront circumstances that are directly at odds with their life and educational experiences to date. The disorienting moment should be at the heart of legal education.” Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law, congratulated Larry Donnelly on the publication of the report: “The report cements our already strong reputation as a national leader in providing an optimal legal education combining both theory and practice. This is the best means of preparing graduates for working in a rapidly changing, increasingly globalised environment.” The report can be accessed online at http://bit.ly/1LRWnqz. A hard copy can be obtained by contacting Mr Donnelly at larry.donnelly@nuigalway.ie.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

The Law School at NUI Galway is delighted to announce an additional Hardiman Scholarship for 2015/2016: The School of Law-Child Care Law Reporting Project. The scholarship will be awarded for international comparative research into the specific issue of access to justice for children and their families in child protection systems, with a core focus on the review and analysis of best practice in the field. The research undertaken will be instrumental in informing scholarship, policy and practice in the child law arena and the doctoral thesis will be co-supervised by experts in the field. The holder of this Scholarship will have specified obligations towards the Child Care Law Reporting Project, engage in research and undertake related teaching and other duties within the School and/or with the Child Care Law Reporting Project in addition to pursuing their own doctoral research. For more information, please see  http://bit.ly/1FUtkjR or contact Connie.Healy@nuigalway.ie  Applications for this scholarship may be made through the Hardiman Scholarship website at http://www.nuigalway.ie/hardiman-scholarships/ indicating a preference for the Child Care Law Reporting Project (Box 12, page 5) Closing Date: 5p.m. 20th November 2015.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Careers in Law Week 2015 takes place on the week commencing Monday 28th September 2015. This is an initiative by the School of Law in conjunction with the Career Development Centre. Students are strongly encouraged to to attend as many of these events as possible and while they are open to all law students, it is especially important that those nearing the completion of their degrees attend in large numbers.The Careers in Law Week is an invaluable opportunity for students to begin to understand the environment in which they will compete with graduates from this and other institutions. Law Week begins with Monday's Law Firms’ Fair in the Bailey Allen Hall for which afternoon lectures have been cancelled. The format for the Law Firms Fair is as follows: Venue: The View 12:30 – 1:30pm:  Arthur Cox Presentation: 'How to Build Your Own Personal Brand' (light lunch provided by Arthur Cox) Venue: Bailey Allen Hall 2:00pm – 5:00pm: Law Firms FairMeet Ireland’s top law firms, network and learn about job opportunities. Includes panel discussions with partners and trainees from Arthur Cox, William Fry, A&L Goodbody, Matheson, McCann Fitzgerald, RDJ, Eversheds, Keating Connolly Sellors, Mason Hayes and Curran and Maples and Calder followed by networking and refreshments kindly supported by William Fry. In association with the School of Law and the NUIG Law Society. In addition to the Law Firms’ Fair there will be a number of other events: On Tuesday 29th September there will be a seminar on qualifying as a Barrister in Ireland from 5-6p.m. in THB-G010 Moore Institute Seminar Room (Hardiman Building). On Wednesday 30th September there will be a seminar on qualifying in the U.K./U.S. from 5-6p.m. in the Careers Seminar Room, Arts Building. On Thursday 1st October there will a seminar on ‘Alternative Careers with a Law Degree’ from 1-2p.m. in THB-G010 Moore Institute Seminar Room (Hardiman Building). You can download a flyer for Law Week for easy referral: Careers in Law Week 2016

Friday, 25 September 2015

Michael O'Flaherty has been chosen as the new Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). "It is with great pleasure that FRA’s Management Board announces the appointment of Michael O'Flaherty as the next FRA Director," said FRA Management Board Chairperson Frauke Lisa Seidensticker. "His profound human rights expertise and wealth of experience on the national, European and international stage will strengthen FRA’s role as a major player in shaping the fundamental rights landscape across the EU." FRA’s Management Board members interviewed the candidates during their meeting on 24-25 September. The final decision was then put to a vote. "It’s a great honour for me to take up this important position," said incoming Director Michael O'Flaherty. "I very much look forward to working together with the staff and the Management Board to advance the protection and promotion of fundamental rights throughout the EU, particularly in these critical times." Michael O'Flaherty is currently a Professor of Human Rights Law at National University of Ireland Galway in Ireland, as well as Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. He has also been a member of the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee, and has been active in the field of human rights for over 20 years, nationally and internationally. He has been a senior expert for Ireland as part of FRA’s multidisciplinary research network, FRANET, since 2014.

Monday, 13 April 2015

The Annual Distinguished Lecture 2015, hosted by the School of Law at NUI Galway, was delivered by the Right Honourable Sir Declan Morgan, the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland on the topic of ‘The role of the judiciary in the vindication of human rights’ and was chaired by the Chief Justice of Ireland, Ms. Justice Susan Denham. The event took in the Aula Maxima (Lower) on Friday 24th April, and  was introduced and closed by Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law at NUI Galway.Previous speakers in the Annual Distinguished Lecture series include: Professor Christopher McCrudden of Oxford University; Judge John T. Noonan of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Professor Neil Walker of Edinburgh University; Baroness Brenda Hale of the UK Supreme Court; Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness of the Irish Supreme Court and Mr. Justice Nial Fennelly of the Irish Supreme Court. The event is held on an annual basis to mark the end of the academic year and welcomed students and graduates of the School of Law, NUIG as well as interested members of the public. For photo galleries of the event and the reception, please visit our Facebook page.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Law School lecturer Rónán Kennedy recently organised a panel on 'Using ICT for environmental regulation: Overlaps between privacy and environmental law' at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection 2015 international conference. The event was funded by the Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research, the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change and the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at the National University of Ireland Galway.
Chair: Raphaël Gellert, Vrije Unversiteit Brussel (BE)Moderator: Rónán Kennedy, National University of Ireland Galway (IE)Panel: Guido Gorgoni, University of Padua (IT), Martina Hennessy, Environmental Protection Agency (IE), Andrew Jackson, An Taisce (IE), Burkhard Schafer, University of Edinburgh (UK)For more on the event, please visit http://ict4er.org/cpdp-2015/ or view the video proceedings directly on YouTube.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

NUI Galway will hold a one-day conference to address and discuss a number of key legal and policy issues of relevance to older persons in Ireland. Organised by the Mental Health Rights Group and the LLM in International and Comparative Disability Law at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, School of Law, NUI Galway in conjunction with the Employment Law Association of Ireland, the conference, ‘Law and the Older Person’ will take place on Saturday, 24 January.The conference is timely in examining specific issues of relevance to older people who are often overlooked in decision-making that impacts on their lives, whether at a personal level or more broadly from a societal perspective.Dr Mary Keys is the conference organiser: “There are topical and challenging issues being addressed at this event. We will discuss the role of advocacy in upholding the rights of older people, the Fair Deal scheme and the proposed Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 from both legal and medical perspectives. The conference will also explore age discrimination including the mandatory retirement age and aspects of legal practice and the older client.”‘Law and the Older Person’ will bring together many leading commentators from the fields of law, medicine and practice including: NUI Galway’s Professor Eamon O’Shea and Ursula Connolly; Mervyn Taylor, Service Manager, Sage; Patricia T. Rickard Clarke, Solicitor; Dr Shaun O’Keefe, Geriatrician; Mary Condell, Solicitor; Claire Bruton, Barrister; and Maria Dillon, Solicitor.The conference will provide an opportunity for discussion, and debate and will be of particular relevance to older persons, to carers, advocates, health care practitioners, lawyers, researchers, and independent sector service providers and policy activists.For more information on the programme and on registration please visit: http://conference.ie/.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Congratulations to the class who graduated from the Youth Academy on Saturday, 29 November. These classes were designed specifically for primary school pupils (aged between 10 and 13) and were a great sucess with very positive feedback from all involved. For the first time, a class on 'The World of Cops and Robbers: Learning the Law' was taught by PhD in law student, . This consisted of legal theory and  practical exercises. The students had an opportunity to participare in a moot trial, negotiation tournament and meet a number of legal professionals. The new six-week term starts in February, with the application process beginning at the end of December. For more information, please visit: http://cki.nuigalway.ie/youth_academy/  or contact the cordinator of the Academy, Geraldine Marley.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Former President Mary Robinson today welcomed the fact that the archive of the late Professor Kevin Boyle will be housed at NUI Galway. In a video presentation at a symposium taking place at the University today, celebrating the career of Kevin Boyle, she said: “I’m glad that his papers will enrich scholarship and activism from Galway for the betterment of the world in future.”The world-renowned human rights lawyer and scholar, Professor Kevin Boyle, served as a special advisor to Mary Robinson from September 2001, when she was UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. His personal archive, comprising of over one hundred boxes of manuscripts and printed books, is a record of the varied and rich contribution made by the activist and scholar to international human rights.Also speaking at the international symposium, ‘The Human Rights Scholar-Activist or Activist-Scholar?’ hosted by NUI Galway’s School of Law and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, was Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. In his keynote address he said of Kevin Boyle: “His involvement in resisting discrimination on grounds of religion during the early part of the troubles must have been the defining period of his life….He was scholar and activist and advocate; the dimensions were intricately connected.”The archive, kindly donated by the Boyle family since Kevin’s untimely passing in 2010, has now been catalogued by the University’s James Hardiman Library, and represents a major resource for the study and teaching of human rights. It will be formally launched later today by the Attorney General, Máire Whelan, S.C. The archive includes: Letters between Boyle and various others involved in the Northern Ireland civil rights movement. It offers a new and engaging insight into emotions, tensions and experiences in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s and onwards through the 1970s. Key research and legal arguments on a wealth of areas from Kurdish rights, to Egyptian constitutional and legal reform, to conditions in India, China, Japan, South Africa to the UK, Ireland and Northern Ireland, offering insights into a life lived in defence of others for over five decades. Paperwork from major cases, such as ‘Jersild Vs. Denmark, where a documentary film-maker was accused of inciting hatred owing to a film work he had made focusing on a right-wing group known as ‘The Green Jackets’, in Denmark. “The Kevin Boyle archive bears witness to a life lived greatly in the pursuit of justice by a charismatic man whose indefatigable optimism influenced so many others to continue his good work throughout the world”, said Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of School of Law, NUI Galway.In the late 1970s Kevin Boyle joined NUI Galway where he co-founded the Irish Centre for Human Rights with Denny Driscoll in 1980. Professor Michael O’Flaherty is now the Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights: “I was one of thousands of those who were first introduced to human rights by Kevin Boyle. He had a transformative impact on our lives. As his successors in university centres such as the Irish Centre for Human Rights we seek to respect his legacy and pass on his passion for justice to new generations of students.”For more information on the archive visit http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/archives/depositedcollections/featuredcollections/professorkevinboylearchive/

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A student of the School of Law NUI Galway, Andrew Barr, was last week announced as the outright winner of the Bold Ideas Competition organised by the leading Irish law firm A&L Goodbody.  Andrew is a second year student on the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) programme.  Bold Ideas is a student innovation award competition that recognises the most innovative ideas from either undergraduate or postgraduate students from all disciplines.  Andrew’s winning ‘bold idea’ was in the area of environmental social responsibility and envisages businesses supporting the work of the National Parks and Wildlife Service.  Andrew identified that the funding for National Parks has undergone a significant reduction in recent years and that businesses can use their skills to support the work of the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The idea is based on the development of a symbiotic relationship between private Irish business and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The idea is for Irish businesses not only to recycle and have less carbon footprint but also to contribute to the conservation of our natural environment.  Andrew Barr will take up a four-week summer internship with A&L Goodbody Dublin, with the opportunity to complete one week of his internship in one of their international offices (London, New York or San Francisco) and a €3,000 cash prize.  In addition of A&L Goodbody’s will make a cash donation on behalf of Andrew to a charity of his choice.Reflecting on his win, Andrew stated: “I cannot describe how grateful I am to those who helped me along the way with my research. In particular, I would like to thank my lecturer, Dr. Brian Tobin, of the School of Law. I am passionate about the preservation of our National Parks and am thrilled that my idea was selected. I got to see two National Parks and meet the people that run them and now I have a great internship for the summer so obviously I'm delighted”. This is the second time that an NUI Galway law student has won this prestigious prize. Mahmoud Abukhadir, now a graduate of the Bachelor of Corporate Law programme, was the overall winner in 2012.  Welcoming the latest success by Andrew Barr, Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law, NUI Galway, stated: “The success of our students reflects the creative and critical ways they think.  The fact that Andrew’s idea was selected above other excellent ideas proposed by undergraduate and postgraduate students from other disciplines from Irish and UK Universities speaks volumes about the significance of his achievement and augurs well for his future as a successful NUIG law graduate”.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Dr Charles O’Mahony, lecturer in the School of Law NUI Galway, has been elected as President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers (IALT). The IALT was established in 1979 with the objective of advancing legal education, legal research and the work and interests of law teachers on the island of Ireland. The Association is managed by a council and is comprised of members representing law lecturers in Irish universities and institutes of technology on the island of Ireland.A native of County Kerry, Dr O’Mahony joined NUI Galway’s School of Law in 2012 as a lecturer in Public Law where he teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including Constitutional Law, Comparative Disability Law and Minors, Minority Groups and the Criminal Justice System. He completed his PhD in 2013 on‘Diversion: A Comparative Study of Law and Policy Relating to Defendants and Offenders with Mental Health Problems and Intellectual Disability’.Dr O’Mahony previously worked for Amnesty International Ireland as legal officer on its mental health campaign and as a legal researcher for the Law Reform Commission of Ireland. He is Co-programme Director of NUI Galway’s LLM in Public Law.The IALT runs a large conference annually, which attracts legal academics from all over Ireland and abroad. The IALT award a Book Prize named in memory of the late Professor Kevin Boyle who pioneered the teaching of human rights law in Ireland while Professor of Law at NUI Galway. Kevin Boyle an academic and human rights advocate of international repute was instrumental in the establishment of the IALT in 1979 and was elected President in 1985-1986. The IALT also offer a Teaching Innovation Fund for outstanding scholars and teachers in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Honorary members and patrons of the IALT include Mary McAleese and Mr Justice Bryan McMahon.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Dr Ciara Smyth, Director of the Doctoral Programme in the School of Law, NUI Galway, has been appointed to the government’s Working Group on Asylum.  The Working Group, which is convened by the Minister for Justice and Equality and the Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, and chaired by retired High Court judge, Mr Justice Bryan McMahon, is to recommend to Government what improvements should be made to the State’s existing direct provision and protection processes for asylum seekers in the short and longer term. The establishment of the Working Group comes in response to mounting criticism of delays in the Irish asylum procedure and the conditions in which asylum seekers are required to live while they await the outcome of their asylum applications.  Other members of the Working Group include: Sue Conlan, Chief Executive of the Irish Refugee Council and Sophie Magennis, Head of UNHCR in Ireland. Dr Ciara Smyth has been working in the asylum field for over fifteen years, both as a practitioner and as an academic.  She teaches Immigration Law, International Human Rights and International Law in the School of Law, NUI Galway, and Refugee Law in the Irish Centre for Human Rights.  She has been involved in training of staff in the asylum institutions, has conducted master-classes for barristers, solicitors and asylum decision-makers on various aspects of refugee law, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Refugee Council.  She has just published a monograph with Routledge on  European Asylum Law and the Rights of the Child. Last year Ciara was presented with a prestigious Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award in Tilburg for her PhD thesis on ‘The Common European Asylum System and the Rights of the Child: An Exploration of Meaning and Compliance’, which she completed at Leiden University.Welcoming the announcement of Dr Smyth’s appointment to the new Working Group, the Head of the School of Law at NUI Galway, Professor Donncha O’Connell, said: “This is a well-deserved recognition of Ciara Smyth’s standing as a leading Irish and European scholar on asylum and related matters. I have no doubt that she will make an invaluable contribution to the Working Group which will be chaired by Judge McMahon who was, previously, a part-time Professor in the School of Law at NUI Galway.”

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR), NUI Galway, in close collaboration with project partner the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), has won a major EU contract for Irish Law and Social Data Research and will become Ireland’s new national focal point for the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). This is the first time that the prestigious FRANET-Ireland contract for data collection and research services on fundamental rights issues in Ireland has been awarded to an Irish University-led bid.FRANET is the FRA’s multidisciplinary research network. It is composed of contractors in each EU Member State who provide relevant data to FRA on fundamental rights issues, to facilitate the Agency’s comparative analyses. This work of the FRA then informs EU policy and initiatives across the EU member States.The ICHR/ICCL project has assembled a team of Ireland’s leading human rights and social science experts, located at academic institutions and in civil society.Professor Michael O’Flaherty, the Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, who becomes the FRANET Senior Expert for Ireland, commented: “We are very pleased to take on this contract that will generate crucial findings for the strengthening of fundamental rights in Ireland and across the EU. We are particularly pleased to partner with the ICCL and with Ireland’s top specialists to undertake this ground-breaking work.”Mark Kelly, the Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, who becomes the FRANET Senior Legal Expert for Ireland, said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with the ICHR to ensure that the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency has legally accurate and up-to-date information about the state of human rights in Ireland. We also look forward to spreading the word about the important evidence-based research published by the FRA.”Research will focus on a number of thematic areas. These include: access to justice; victims of crime, including compensation to victims; respect for private life and protection of personal data; Roma integration; judicial cooperation; rights of the child; discrimination; asylum, immigration and borders; racism, xenophobia and related intolerance.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Up to two current law students can attend a free, weekend-long workshop being facilitated by Professor Richard Roe of Georgetown Law School.  Professor Roe is one of the world’s leading experts on “street law,” which is an approach to teaching practical law in the community using interactive teaching methodologies.  The workshop will take place on the weekend of 10-12 October at Blackhall Place in Dublin.  Participants will include students from Irish and UK law schools, as well as recent law school graduates now attending the Professional Practice Course I in Blackhall Place.  Last year’s participants indicated that the workshop “boosted their confidence, knowledge and presentation skills.”  Interested students should contact Larry Donnelly (larry.donnelly@nuigalway.ie) as soon as possible.

Monday, 15 September 2014

The School of Law at NUI Galway is currently accepting applications for two Doctoral Scholarships. Applications are sought from students who intend to pursue doctoral-level research on topics related to either: (a) European Human Rights, and/or (b) Constitutional Law Applications are particularly encouraged from but not confined to those interested in any of the following areas: the domestic application of international human rights law; the role of the Ombudsman in the area of human rights; public interest litigation and public interest law; processes of constitutional reform; or the right to equality. The successful students will be supervised by Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law. These Scholarships will commence before the end of 2014 and are available for a period of four years, subject to satisfactory performance. Scholarships comprise an annual stipend of €16,000 inclusive of University tuition fees (accordingly a student receives a tax-free scholarship of approximately €11,755 per annum). The holder of a Scholarship is expected to reside in Galway, Ireland and, under the guidance of Professor O’Connell, will engage in a reasonable amount of research and research support, teaching and administrative tasks in the School of Law, NUI Galway, in addition to pursuing his or her own doctoral research. Those interested in applying should submit the following: • A covering letter• A curriculum vitae• Two letters of reference from academics familiar with the work of theapplicant• A statement of the proposed doctoral research topic (1,000 words). These materials must be sent to donncha.oconnell@nuigalway.ie by 5pm on 30th September, 2014. Full information and instructions on how to apply can be found here: Two Doctoral Scholarships at the School of Law

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Yvonne Francis a student on our LL.M in Public Law recently visited the Seychelles having being selected as a Judicial Research Assistant to work with the Court of Appeal in the Seychelles. Yvonne undertook legal research for Judge Mathilda Twomey on the law of criminal defamation and bail in July and spent two weeks earlier this month observing court proceedings in the Seychelles and engaging in other legal research opportunities.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

After recently signing a memorandum of understanding to establish formal links, Head of NUI Galway’s School of Law, Professor Donncha O’Connell, and Dean of Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Professor Camille Nelson, are delighted to announce that students from each institution are currently undertaking a two months placement, gaining a mixture of deeper academic knowledge and vital practical experience on opposite sides of the Atlantic.Professor O’Connell noted:  “The exchange offers an extraordinary opportunity for our students to learn about the US law and legal system in Boston, a vibrant city which is renowned for its universities and cultural life and which has very close ties with Galway and the west of Ireland.” Further, Professor O’Connell commented that: “This student exchange is unique in Irish law schools and reflects the School of Law’s commitment to clinical legal education – the idea that practical, ‘real world’ experience is an important component of legal education, especially as the practice of law in increasingly global in nature. I would like to thank my colleagues, Larry Donnelly, a Boston native who is a graduate of Suffolk Law School, and Dr Conor Hanly, who is leading the School of Law’s internationalisation efforts, for their work in establishing this new relationship and selecting students to take part in the exchange.”The NUI Galway students who are living, working and studying in Boston until the end of July are Ammi Burke, from Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Patrick Munnelly, from Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Catherine Corcoran, from Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan and Jacintha Hopkins, from Bohermore, Co. Galway.  They will be working, respectively, in the Massachussetts Appeal Court, the Massachussetts Secretary of State’s Office, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, and the Probate and Family Court.Two Suffolk Law School students are spending the summer in Ireland. Melissa Chen will be working in the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway, while Ana Mora is working at the Law Reform Commission in Dublin. In addition to their academic work, both students will also be taking part in a variety of cultural activities and tours.Professor Nelson, Dean of Suffolk University Law School in Boston, said: “Suffolk Law School is delighted to partner with the School of Law at NUI Galway to offer our students this unique experience to learn from and work with public interest advocates engaged in truly compelling work.  Likewise, we very much look forward to hosting and welcoming into our Suffolk Law community students from NUI Galway who will be interning in Boston this summer as part of the program. As a school, we greatly value these international exchanges.  The enrichment they bring to our student and faculty life cannot be underestimated.”

Monday, 28 April 2014

The School of Law at NUI Galway, in association with the French embassy in Ireland, hosted a Franco-Irish discussion on marriage equality on April 25th.The keynote speaker was Erwann Binet, deputy of the French National Assembly. Deputy Binet was the rapporteur for the French “mariage pour tous” (marriage equality) bill in 2013 and spoke on the political challenges faced in passing the bill through the French parliament.Whereas marriage equality was legislated for in France without a referendum – despite significant political and public opposition – the Irish government has committed to holding a referendum to legalise same-sex marriage in 2015, as it believes that the Constitution in its current form would prevent this from being introduced through ordinary legislation. More than three quarters of the members of the Constitutional Convention recommended that the Constitution should be amended for provide for marriage equality for same-sex couples. Parallel to the debate on marriage rights, there has been move towards legislative reform concerning assisted reproduction and adoption rights in both countries.In this light, this event, chaired by Dr. Eoin Daly, provided an insight on the shared experience of Ireland and France in undertaking legislative and constitutional reform in controversial areas of family law. The respondent was Dr. Lucy-Ann Buckley of the School of Law, who discussed how similar challenges are being faced in Ireland both in relation to marriage equality and family law reform.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The 6th International Disability Law Summer School, hosted by NUI Galway’s Centre for Disability Law and Policy, will take place from the 16-20 June 2014. Registration is now open for the biggest such Summer School in the world, with a focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Entitled ‘Access to Justice and Political Participation’, it will focus on facilitating access to justice for all and encouraging political participation. The aim of the five-day Summer School is to equip participants with the insights and skills necessary to help them translate the generalities of the UN Convention into tangible reform for persons with disabilities.Over 100 delegates from 38 countries are expected to attend this year’s event. The participants include persons with disabilities, their families, civil society groups as well as advocates for disability law reform, lawyers, policy makers and policy analysts. The faculty will include senior academics, practitioners, advocates and policy makers from around the world. Most of the speakers have been directly and actively engaged in drafting and implementing the UN Convention. Others are advocates for change and reform.The keynote speaker for the Summer School will be Amita Dhanda, Professor of Law and Head of the Centre for Disability Studies, NALSAR, University of Law, Hyderabad, India, who has published extensively on the legal position of persons with mental disabilities. Dr Dhanda has also actively engaged in the work of the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee negotiating the UN Convention.Mr Donal Toolan, founder member of the Forum for People with Disabilities will respond to the keynote address. Most presentations will either be given by, or responded to, by disabled activists from around the world. A notable feature of the annual Summer School is a Moot Court exercise based on the UN Convention.Dr Eilionóir Flynn, Deputy Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway, said, “Above all, the School belongs to people with disabilities and their allies and is structured in such a way as to enable people explore for themselves the relevance of the Convention in their own lives and in the process of change. It sees people with disabilities as agents of change whether in Ireland, Kenya or India. It sees people with disabilities as providers and advocates for solutions – instead of as problems.”The Summer School is in part supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies, The Soros-Open Society Institute, The Department of Foreign Affairs (Irish Aid), The FP7 Marie Curie DREAM project of the European Union and NUI Galway.Registration for the Summer School is now open and will cost €330. Further information is available at www.nuigalway.ie/cdlp or phone Niamh Lally on 091 494270. Participant accessibility (physical or communicational) requests and enquiries are welcomed.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Students of the LLM in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy programme, along with staff of NUI Galway’s Centre for Disability Law and Policy, recently held the a Disability Awareness Week - Access All AreasFunded through the EXPLORE project at NUI Galway, the week saw a range of inter-disciplinary events organised all over campus with the aim of raising awareness around disability, diversity and equality in access to higher education and inclusion in society. More specifically, this project aimed at increasing staff, student and public awareness about people with disabilities, with a view to combating stereotypes and promoting the contributions of people with disabilities through a campus-wide awareness week.At the beginning of the week the innovative 'Going to College' Project was showcased. This is a pioneering education initiative supporting the full inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities into NUI Galway. Students currently enrolled at NUI Galway as part of this project, as well as their mentors spoke and shared their experiences.An Employability Seminar was organised on the second day of the week. At the morning seminar attendees, mostly students, heard from representatives from local, national and international organizations working to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. The seminar also addressed issues such as disability awareness within the corporate environment. Speakers included Pauline Dwyer of Employability Galway, Claire Hurley from the NUI Galway Career Development Office, a representative from the Association for Higher Education Access & Disability, and members from the Kanchi initiative, a social enterprise that works with businesses to encourage the employment of persons with disabilities.Highlights during the week included: a seminar on ‘Mental Illness or Psychosocial disability- What’s the difference?’; an Introduction to Irish Sign Language class, a Disability Awareness Workshop; a Disability Equality e-learning module, designed by the National Disability Authority; and a tandem cycle event around campus, organised by the Galway Visually Impaired Activity Club. Students also presented the outcomes of their Accessibility Audit of NUI Galway.The cast of the Blue Teapot Theatre Company also spoke about the recent production, ‘Sanctuary’, a poignant, funny and bittersweet play that explores the lives and relationships of people with intellectual disabilities and the obstacles they must overcome to be together.PhD Candidate Siobhán Purcell of the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences at NUI Galway discussed how disability is represented in the Irish literary tradition, particularly exploring the works of Joyce and Beckett.The Awareness Week was an opportunity for the LLM students to apply what they have learnt in practice and work towards dismantling the barriers to inclusion and participation faced by persons with disabilities. The week was effective and meaningful in terms of introducing the disability friendly environment in the college. The Disability Support Office and local organisations also significantly contributed to the week which will be repeated on an annual basis.Throughout the week, the students manned a stand to provide information about the week and from which they also made a film asking students to comment on what disability meant to them. The video is available to view at https://www.dropbox.com/s/gmo1762o53umfjw/WhatDoesDisabilityMean.m4v

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Jan O’Sullivan, TD, Minister of State, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government with special responsibility for Housing and Planning was at NUI Galway this week to receive a copy of Contemporary Housing Issues in a Globalized World, edited by School of Law Lecturer, by Dr Padraic Kenna.The globalization of housing finance led to the global financial crisis, which has created new barriers to adequate and affordable housing. It presents major challenges for current housing law and policy, as well as for the development of housing rights. This book examines and discusses key contemporary housing issues in the context of today’s globalized housing systems.The book takes up the challenge of developing a new paradigm, working towards the possibility of an alternative future. Revolving around three themes of writing by diverse contributors, each chapter sets out a clear and developed approach to contemporary housing issues.The first major theme considers the crisis in mortgage market regulation, the development of mortgage securitization and comparisons between Spain and Ireland, two countries at the centre of the global housing market crisis.The second theme is housing rights within the architecture of European human rights, within national constitutions, and those arising from new international instruments, with their particular relevance for persons with disabilities and developing economies.The third theme incorporates an examination of responses to the decline and regeneration of inner cities, legal issues around squatting in developed economies, and changes in tenure patterns away from home-ownership.Raquel Rolnik, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing and of the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil said “The deregulation, liberalization and internationalization of finance have had major implications for housing and urban developments throughout the world. The ‘financialization’ of housing has been accompanied by the conceptual transformation of adequate housing from a social good into a commodity, and financial asset and housing markets are increasingly regulated so as to promote financial rather than social aspects of housing.”Ms Rolnik continued, “This book analyses how this process has impacted on violations of the right to adequate housing in different countries and regions. More than understanding the situation, the book offers alternatives and perspectives, crucial in the current housing crisis.”This topical book will be valuable to those who are interested in law, housing rights and human rights, policy-making and globalization. It is published by Ashgate (UK) and can be ordered here. 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Mr. Justice Nial Fennelly of the Supreme Court and formerly Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union will deliver the School of Law Annual Distinguished Lecture 2014 on Friday, 4 April at 8pm in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway.The title of his lecture will be The National Judge and the European Union and Anna-Louise Hinds, Lecturer in European Law at NUIG and Co-editor of the Irish Journal of European Law, will formally respond to his paper.Previous speakers in the School of Law Annual Distinguished Lecture series include: Professor Christopher McCrudden of Oxford University; Judge John T. Noonan of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Professor Neil Walker of Edinburgh University; Baroness Brenda Hale of the UK Supreme Court; and Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness of the Irish Supreme Court. The event is held on an annual basis to mark the end of the academic year and is open to students and graduates of the School of Law, NUI Galway as well as interested members of the public.In announcing this event, Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law at NUIG said: “Mr. Justice Fennelly is a judge of the highest renown who is recognised for the rigour and consistency of his judgments. His expertise in the area of European Law, in particular, is widely acknowledged. It is a great honour for the School of Law at NUI Galway to have him deliver our Annual Distinguished Lecture on a topic of great importance not just to lawyers but to all European citizens.”Mr. Justice Nial Fennelly undertook a degree in Economics at University College Dublin and completed his Bar studies at King's Inns. He practised at the Irish Bar from 1966 to 1995 and worked principally in commercial and constitutional cases, with a particular interest in the growing field of European Community (including Competition) Law. He was Chairman of the Bar Council of Ireland for 1990 and 1991 and was the first Irish lawyer to be appointed as Advocate General at the European Court of Justice (ECJ, now CJEU), where he served from 1995 to 2000. He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland in October 2000.He is a Bencher of the Honorable Society of King's Inns and of the Middle Temple in London. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law at Trier, Germany, Chairman of the Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL) and President of the Irish Society for European Law and was President in 2004 of FIDE (Fédération Internationale de Droit Européenne). He has written many articles concerning the law of the European Union, with particular interest in its constitutional aspects.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

NUI Galway’s Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Irish Government paves the way for major reform in international structures that oversee the human rights record of UN member-states.Last month the United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution on human rights that was built in large part based on the research of Professor Michael O'Flaherty from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway. The ‘Dublin Process’ document sets out to strengthen and enhance the efficiency structures of the UN Human Rights treaty body system.This resolution marks a defining moment in a treaty body reform process that began in Dublin in 2009 and paves the way for the delivery of enhanced resources to this long-neglected part of the UN human rights system and re-affirms the independence of treaty bodies and their membership.One such example of upholding human rights in a meaningful way among States and civil societies was the international attention and subsequent Irish Human Rights Commission report published in June 2013, for human rights violations in the Magdalene Laundries and redress for the Magdalene women based on human rights abuses.The UN human rights oversight mechanism, known as the treaty body system, has been beset with longstanding and deeply ingrained inefficiencies and other impediments to effectiveness, all of which have undermined its capacity to do its job of getting governments to uphold the human rights of their peoples.Repeated efforts to reform the system had only very limited success and the problems continued to multiply. In response, on the invitation of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Professor O'Flaherty, in 2009, convened an expert group in Dublin to set out a road map for a new reform process that would deliver meaningful results.There followed a set of consultations around the world that were drawn together in 100 recommendations adopted at a second meeting in 2011, convened in Dublin by Professor Michael O'Flaherty. Those recommendations were then put before the UN General assembly by means of a report submitted to it by the High Commissioner.The subsequent two-year debate, in which Professor O'Flaherty participated in an expert capacity, was brought to a conclusion with the historic resolution on the 11th February 2014.Professor O'Flaherty, Director of NUI Galway's Irish Centre for Human Rights, said, "This is a defining moment in a treaty body reform process that got underway in Dublin in 2009. Remarkably, it does so with some success, paving the way for the delivery of enhanced resources to the long neglected sector and re-affirming the independence of the treaty bodies and their membership. The pathway to the adoption of the resolution was also notable, comprising a multi-stakeholder engagement that was exceptional in terms of UN human rights diplomatic practice. The Dublin Process will serve as a template of how other intractable problems of the UN Human rights system can be tackled in an effective way. The Irish government deserves great credit for its steadfast support for the process."The ‘Dublin Process’ led by Professor O’Flaherty was at the heart of the landmark resolution adopted last month by the UN General Assembly. The process began in Dublin in 2009 and ended two years later in Dublin. The project was supported by the Irish Government, who played an important role alongside the UN General Assembly in bringing paving the way for this resolution of the treaty body system, under the leadership of Professor O’Flaherty. It highlights the impact that the Irish Centre for Human Rights is making and that their University-based work is resulting in a very meaningful strengthening of UN Human Rights.For more information on the process Professor O'Flaherty discusses it in a recent blog post at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/irish-centre-human-rights/news/-professor-oflaherty-on-strengthening-of-the-un-human-rights-treaty-body-system.html

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

NUI Galway’s Centre for Disability and Law Policy will ask “Is it time for the US landmark decision, Brown v. Board of Education, to be applied to children with disabilities?”  On the 60th Anniversary of the seminal case of Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Centre for Disability and Law Policy at NUI Galway in association with Leuven Institute for Human Rights and Critical Studies (LIHRICS) will host a conference to discuss the Concept of the Right to Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities, on Saturday 22nd February in Áras Moyola, NUI Galway from 9.15am to 5pm.Sixty years after the landmark case, separate educational provision is still the norm for many children with disabilities throughout Europe, where parents of disabled children are not being provided with access to mainstream schools and staff, which have the capacity to meet the needs and provide appropriate education for disabled children. In 2006 the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) Article 24 entered into force recognizing the right to education for people with disabilities, and the right it recognizes is the right to an effective and inclusive education.The conference will discuss the concept of inclusive education, what is meant by inclusive education and what can lawyers do to ensure that the right to inclusive education becomes a reality for all. It will look at the particular legal tools that could be used to further the right to education for people with disabilities, and will raise the question, “Is it time for the decision taken at the case of Brown v. Board of Education, be applied to children with disabilities?” This unique conference will bring together academics and practitioners from the fields of law and education as well as parents who, because of their circumstances had to become advocates and litigants on behalf of their children.The US Supreme Court stated, “In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he or she is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms…Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”Shivaun Quinlivan, Director LL.M in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy, School of Law, NUI Galway commented “As Ireland prepares to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) we ask the question, are we ready? To attempt to answer that question we have set out a programme which we hope covers the aspects of concern and offers potential solutions.”  Conference attendees will hear about the background and history behind the negotiations and the drafting of Article 24 of the UNCRPD from Professor Arlene Kanter from Syracuse University. Professor Michael Shevlin from Trinity College Dublin will discuss ‘Inclusive Education’ and what it means, while Dr. Gauthier de Beco from KU Leuven will discuss the content of Article 24 and what obligations it imposes on State parties. This session is followed by a Q&A and lunch. Mr. Luk Zerderloo from the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) willpresent an‘Overview of Inclusive Education in Europe’.In a session on teaching, primary school Principal, Mr. Cóilín O’Coigligh will present a case study on the challenges to inclusion that exist in the Irish context today. This is followed by Mr. Richard Rieser from the World of Inclusion who has recently completed a review for UNICEF on preparing teachers for children with disabilities from an inclusive perspective.  This will be followed by a Q&A session.The conference will then address the issue of litigating the right to education, Mr. James McNabb a parent of a child with a disability will discuss his story of litigating against the Department of Education to ensure that his son accessed an appropriate education. This is followed by Lycette Nelson, the Litigation Director from Mental Disability Advocacy Centre (MDAC) who will discuss ‘Strategic Litigation and the Right to Education.’ This is followed by a Q&A session.Finally Professor Gerry Whyte from Trinity College Dublin who has written the seminal work on the topic of “Social Inclusion and the Legal System: Public Interest Law in Ireland” will act as Rapporteur for the conference. Separatelya Student Conference will take place on Friday 21st February from 5pm to 7pm, the event is free to all and students will address issues related to Article 24 of the UNCRPD.  The Friday event is split into two panels, the first panel will discuss, “Discreet Issues in respect of Inclusive Education” addressing issues such as inclusive education, early intervention and reasonable accommodation. The second panel will discuss the “Implementation of Article 24 UNCRPD in Various Jurisdictions”. The students will focus on their countries of origin, including, China, Kenya, Nepal and Uganda. For further details on the conference, speakers and registration visit www.conference.ie

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Newly Appointed Ombudsman & Information Commissioner, Peter Tyndall delivers his first public lecture to mark the 10th anniversary of the LL.M in Public Law at NUI GalwayThe newly appointed Ombudsman and Information Commissioner, Peter Tyndall delivered his first public lecture since taking up office at NUI Galway. The lecture, hosted by the School of Law to mark the first ten years of its LL.M in Public Law, took place on Wednesday 19th February at 8pm at the Aula Maxima (lower).The event was chaired by the former Supreme Court judge, Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness, Chairperson of Udarás na hOllscoile and Adjunct Professor of Law at NUI Galway, who has been associated with the LL.M in Public Law since its inception. The title of Mr. Tyndall’s lecture was: ‘The Ombudsman and Information Commissioner: Delivering Fairness and Transparency’.Speaking at the announcement of the event, Ms Marie McGonagle, Director of the LL.M in Public Law said, “We are delighted to welcome the new Ombudsman and Information Commissioner to NUI Galway to this the first event to mark the 10th anniversary year of the LLM in Public Law. Given the strong public service and public interest law focus of the LL.M, it is fitting that our graduates and current students should have this wonderful opportunity to hear and reflect on the important role recently taken up by the new Ombudsman and Information Commissioner, and to appreciate his goals and the challenges his office faces.”Mr. Tyndall received his warrant of appointment as Ombudsman and Information Commissioner from President Michael D. Higgins on 2nd December 2013. Mr Tyndall succeeded Ms Emily O’Reilly and will also serve as Commissioner for Environmental Information, and as an ex-officio member of the Standards in Public Office Commission, the Office of the Commission for Public Service Appointments, the Referendum Commission and the Constituency Commission. You can find videos of the event on our YouTube channel.

Monday, 10 February 2014

The Moot Court Module final took place on Saturday 1 February with the victorious team of Daniel Doyle and Liam King narrowly overcoming Mary Ann Sullivan and Maggie MacAoghusa in a tense final moot which exhibited everything that is positive about mooting before an initial bench comprising of Gerry Burke BL, Ronan Murphy Solicitor and Maria Dillon Solicitor and Mr. Justice Henry Abbott in the Final. The School would like to thank all four judges, in particular Mr. Justice Abbott who travelled down from Dublin, for their time and effort. Special tribute to the sixteen mooters for their application, effort and enthusiasm over the last five months which culminated in some fantastic mooting.   Thanks to all the members of staff who so generously gave of their time, in particular Ursula Ni Chonghaile for drafting the interesting Moot fact pattern, Tom O’Malley for giving guest lectures and Rónán Kennedy who was kind enough to address the Class and give them critical feedback in relation to their draft submissions. The team mentors were Diarmuid Griffin, Charles O’Mahony, Nicola Murphy, Dr. Noelle Higgins, Shivaun Quinlivan, Thomas Mc Donagh, Dr. Joe McGrath and Larry Donnelly with Noelle and Nicola’s teams battling in the final and Noelle’s team emerging victorious.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The School of Law at NUI Galway (and its specialised research centres: the Irish Centre for Human Rights, the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, the Centre for Housing Law, Rights & Policy and the Marine Law & Ocean Policy Centre) are currently accepting applications for a number of Doctoral Fellowships from prospective full-time or existing full-time doctoral students. The fellowships provide PhD funding for a maximum of two years. Applications are welcome in any area of law. The School has a thrivingcommunity of doctoral researchers, with a particular emphasis on international human rights law and disability law and policy as well as other areas such as housing law and policy and marine law. These Fellowships are available for the academic year 2013/2014 and will commence immediately upon award. Full details are available in the files below: Doctoral Fellowship Announcement 2014 PhD Fellowships - Conditions of Tenure

Monday, 27 January 2014

The Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway has brought together 23 of Ireland’s leading human rights groups to adopt a common vision for human rights in Irish Foreign Policy.The Galway Platform on Human Rights in Irish Foreign Policy sets out the basic human rights standards and practices by which Ireland should be held to account in its dealings with other countries, as well as in its activities at EU and UN levels.The Galway Platform contains 47 specific observations and proposals to government in the context of the current consultation on a review of Irish Foreign Policy being undertaken by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. These are realistic and measured recommendations intended to ensure that Ireland holds true to the human rights commitments that it has freely entered into.The protection of human rights is integral to Ireland’s foreign policy and Ireland now has the opportunity to significantly enhance its capacity to promote and protect human rights worldwide as well as at home. The recommendations also emphasise the need for human rights to be mainstreamed across every aspect of foreign policy. For instance, the Galway Platform states that, “it would be unacceptable for the State to undertake any action that is inconsistent with the human rights standards by which it is held to account.”Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway said, “We are delighted that so many important human rights groups were able to come to Galway and agree on this wide-ranging road map for human rights in Irish Foreign Policy. Although the government is already getting a lot right when it comes to the promotion of human rights internationally, no one would dispute that it can do so much more. The Irish Centre for Human Rights and the other signatories are putting the Galway Platform recommendations to government so that Ireland can be an international champion of human rights to make us proud.”The Galway Platform has been signed by:Amnesty International Ireland, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights at University College Cork, Centre for Disability Law & Policy at National University of Ireland, Galway, Children's Rights Alliance, Community Workers’ Co-operative, Department of Applied Social Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC), Front Line Defenders, Gay & Lesbian Equality Network, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Irish Penal Reform Trust, Irish Refugee Council, Liberia Solidarity Group, National Assembly of the Baha’is of Ireland, National Women's Council of Ireland, Northern Ireland Human Rights Consortium, Pavee Point, Social Justice Ireland, Trocaire, University College Dublin, Human Rights Network and Women’s Human Rights Alliance.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

 ‘European Integration and the Taming of Nationalism’ is the theme of the lecture with a response by Professor Gerard Quinn, NUI Galway School of LawThe 2014 Dr Garret FitzGerald Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr Peter Sutherland and hosted at NUI Galway by NUI Chancellor Dr Maurice Manning and President of NUI Galway Dr Jim Browne. Dr Sutherland will speak on the topic of ‘European Integration and the Taming of Nationalism’ and Prof. Gerard Quinn, School of Law, NUI Galway will respond.Dr Peter Sutherland is Chairman of the London School of Economics and the UN Special Representative for Migration and Development. He served as European Commissioner between 1985 and 1988, having been appointed as Ireland’s Attorney General by Dr Garret FitzGerald in 1981.NUI Chancellor Dr Maurice Manning said 'Nothing delighted Dr Garret FitzGerald more than public discourse and the articulation and defence of ideas. In seeking to honour him, the Senate of the National University of Ireland thought it appropriate to initiate an annual series of lectures in his memory.   This year’s lecture by Peter Sutherland is on a topic that Garret would have found of great interest'. NUI Galway President Dr Jim Browne said “The Dr Garret FitzGerald Memorial Lecture commemorates one of Ireland’s leading statesman and a former Chancellor of NUI.  We in NUI Galway are honoured to host the 2014 Memorial Lecture and look forward to welcoming Dr Peter Sutherland, a close and long standing friend of Dr FitzGerald, to campus for what promises to be a fascinating and stimulating address.”Professor Gerard Quinn, NUI Galway School of Law, will respond to Dr Sutherland’s view on ‘European Integration and the Taming of Nationalism’. The lecture will be held in the Aula Maxima at 6pm on Friday, 31 January 2014 and is open to the public, who can register at www.conference.ie  Advanced booking is essential as places are limited.The Dr Garret FitzGerald Memorial Lecture is held annually by the National University of Ireland at constituent colleges. A former Taoiseach, Dr Garret FitzGerald was Chancellor of the NUI between 1997 and 2009, and had previously served as a member of the Senate of the University from 1972 until 1997.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Dr Padraic Kenna of the School of Law, NUI Galway will lead a major €1m EU-funded research project on evictions across the 28 European Union (EU) Member States. The research will investigate the national legal frameworks and extent of evictions across Europe. The study will gather data from across the EU and identify both the pan-European factors that lead to the loss of a home and measures to counter homelessnessThe research will identify effective early intervention and preventative measures and create a profile of evicted households, risk factors and risk groups.  Patterns of evictions across all EU Member States will be analysed in the context of diverse structural factors including the economic crisis, welfare systems and legal practices and protections.The project, which will take two years, was awarded following a competitive tendering process by the European Commission. It will examine evictions from mortgaged, rental and other properties, with a focus on the right to housing within the context of national and EU law all areas in which Dr Kenna is a leading European expert.NUI Galway will lead a consortium of University and housing research agencies in Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Spain. Dr Kenna, as Research Director/Principal Investigator will lead the network of national experts on housing law and policy across all EU Member States. The researchers will collate national and local data, as well as legal materials for the project’s report to the European Commission.Dr Kenna said, “In Ireland we have a deeply historical sentiment on evictions. Michael Davitt wrote that an eviction was the expression of the power of profit and of property over the right of a family. Today, an eviction represents the collision of basic human rights with property rights, and while the European Union is committed to the protection of human rights, the balance of these interests represents the contemporary fault line between market forces and people’s right to housing.”Measures to prevent homelessness within all EU Member States remain a priority for the European Commission. This project will collate and evaluate the most cost-effective measures which can be advanced to mitigate evictions across the EU. The project team will prepare reports and recommendations for the European Commission on best practice models, to monitor, alleviate and prevent evictions, within the framework of national and EU law and policy.Welcoming the announcement of this award, Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law at NUI Galway, said “This is a highly prestigious and worthwhile project led by my colleague, Dr Padraic Kenna. It is a concrete recognition of his standing as a major player in the field of housing law, rights and policy in Europe; and a great boost to his tireless and impactful work in this area at national and international level.”

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Ciara Smyth who was presented with a prestigious Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award in Tilburg recently. Nominated by the Law Faculty Board of Leiden University where she graduated with a doctorate, she received the award for her PhD thesis on 'The Common European Asylum System and the Rights of the Child: An Exploration of Meaning and Compliance'.Commenting on the award, Professor Donncha O'Connell, Head of the School of Law at NUI Galway, said: "Dr Smyth's work in the broad areas of asylum an immigration is cutting-edge and engaged. This award is concrete evidence of its rich academic value and impact internationally."The Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award was established in 1995 as an incentive for students and PhD students who have written a thesis or any other academic work in the field of human rights.The award was an initiative of the Law Faculty and Studium Generale of Tilburg University and was joined by the School of Human Rights Research as of 1998.  Since 2002, the Human Rights Award is named after Max van der Stoel, the former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, in honour of his work in that field.

Monday, 9 December 2013

They are joined in the photograph below by Prof. Gerard Quinn, Director of the CDLP, and Shivaun Quinlivan, Programme Director of the LLM in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy. ‌

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Convention on the Constitution is preparing to hold its first meeting west of the Shannon in Galway next week. The meeting will take place in NUI Galway (Áras Moyola Lecture Theatre, North Campus) on Wednesday, 30 October at 7.30pm, and members of the public have been invited to attend.The meeting in Galway is one of 9 public meetings across Ireland in October and November. These meetings will help to set the agenda as the Convention selects a number of constitutional issues to look at in the final module of its work programme. The next plenary meeting of the Convention (in Dublin) is on November 2nd and 3rd to discuss the removal of the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution. Following this meeting, the Convention will be free to make recommendations for further constitutional amendment as it sees fit.The meeting in NUI Galway will be addressed by guest speaker Professor Donncha O'Connell who is Head of the School of Law at NUI Galway. Professor O’Connell is an expert on Constitutional Law and European Human Rights. Speaking today, he said:“The Convention on the Constitution has made some very worthwhile recommendations for constitutional reform in the past year. The Convention is to be commended for organising a series of meetings around the country to ascertain the views of citizens and members of the public on what other issues of constitutional reform it should address in the remaining period of its existence. Every effort at deliberative democracy should be valued. Citizens of Galway and the surrounding areas should avail of the opportunity to have their views heard in a forum in which those views will be respected and valued. I hope there is a great attendance with vibrant and challenging contributions from members of the public.”The Chairman of the Convention on the Constitution, Tom Arnold, said:“I am delighted to announce that we will be visiting Galway to listen to the wide range of issues which citizens believe that the Convention on the Constitution should consider. Over the last year we have received many thousands of submissions and we are looking to forward to hearing the detail of these issues first-hand from members of the public. The Convention on the Constitution is citizens’ forum and it is essential that Irish citizens are able to make their views known and have their say. Members of the Convention are very keen to hear citizens' views and I would like to welcome people living in Galway to come along and get involved in the process.”The Convention session hosted by the School of Law at NUI Galway will be streamed live on Wednesday October 30th beginning at 7.30pm at www.nuigalway.ie/constitutionalconvention. Further information: www.constitution.ie

Monday, 30 September 2013

The School of Law hosted the Annual Conference of the Local Authority Solicitors Bar Association (LASBA) on Friday 27th September, linking academics and practitioners in a review of current issues in local government law. NUI Galway provides the only course in Law of Local Government in the country through the LLM in Public Law. The Association represents in-house solicitors employed by the Local Authorities in Cork City and County, Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, County Galway, County Kerry, South Dublin, and County Wicklow. LASBA is officially recognised by the Law Society of Ireland as a representative Bar Association. Pictured (left to right) are Dr Padraic Kenna, Conference Organiser, Marie McGonagle Director of the LLM in Public Law, Professor Donncha O' Connell, Head of School of Law, Sandra Murphy (Solr) and Chairperson of the Conference, Terence O' Keefe, President, LASBA and Mairead Cashman, Senior Solicitor, Dublin City Council.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Careers in Law Week took place the week of Monday, 16 September. This is an initiative by the School of Law in conjunction with the Career Development Centre. The highlight of the week was the law firms day on Tuesday 17 September in the Bailey Allen Hall, where students had the chance to meet Ireland's top firms, network and learn about their job opportunities. RDJ Glynn, William Fry, Arthur Cox, A&L Goodbody, Matheson Ormsby Prentice, Holmes O’Malley Sexton and Mason Hayes & Curran gave presentations, followed by networking and refreshments (kindly supported by RDJ Glynn). Other events included: Monday, 16 September in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre: 'Gateways into the Legal Profession in Ireland, the US and Australia' and 'Qualifying as a Barrister in Ireland - Tales from the Trenches'. Tuesday, 17 September in the View: Mock Group Interview Workshop, facilitated by Arthur Cox. Wednesday, 18 September: 'Qualifying as a Solicitor UK - Video Conference with Oxford University' Thursday, 19 September: 'Alternative Careers with a Law degree' Attendees at Careers with Law Week events were entered into a draw for an iPad, kindly sponsored by William Fry. The lucky winner was Rory Treacy (B. Corp Law).  

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The EU Directorate General for Research, led by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, has singled out the CDLP-managed Marie Curie DREAM project as a success story which is profiled on its website. Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets or DREAM is a training network for early stage researchers stemming from the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network Funding Programme. The primary aim of DREAM is to professionally develop and educate the next generation of disability policy researchers and entrepreneurs to assist the EU and its Member States in their efforts to implement the UN CRPD at EU and Member State levels. This will involve exploring options for European Union disability law and policy reform in light of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006). For more information about DREAM, visit their website.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Congratulations to Connie Healy, Ph.D candidate and IRC scholar at the School of Law (supervisor Marie McGonagle) who was recently awarded one of 12 scholarships open to all Family Law researchers across the EU to attend and present a paper at the Commission on European Family Law's Fifth Annual Conference entitled 'Family Law and Culture in Europe' which is due to be held at the University of Bonn from 29th-31st August 2013. Connie's paper is entitled 'Collaborative Practice: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Resolution of Conflict in Family Law Matters'.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

NUI Galway’s Centre for Disability Law and Policy welcomes the publication of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 today (July 17th, 2013).Professor Gerard Quinn, Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway, said: “This is a landmark moment in the process of disability law reform in Ireland. Once enacted Ireland should be able to ratify the UN disability treaty. The Minister is to be congratulated for moving beyond traditional guardianship to enable people take charge of their own lives. In particular, as the changed title of the Bill suggests, it innovates by putting into place supports where needed to assist people make their own decisions and chart their own life choices. In the period ahead we will be making many suggested improvements to make this profound shift a reality in people’s daily lives. The Bill retains a limited form of guardianship. Obviously the Minister and her officials believe this to be compatible with the UN disability treaty.  Time will tell.  But for the moment we laud the major step forward in the provisions dealing with supported decision making and will do our part to come forward with constructive suggestions for refinements and improvements.”He added: “The process for getting to this point deserves particular praise. The Oireachtas Justice Committee held a series of important and indeed historic hearings with civil society and made sure their voice was heard.  Officials from Government Departments responsible for drafting the legislation also listened. And the Minister was a very active listener. This demonstrates the success of concerted efforts from a large range of civil society organisations across disability, mental health, and ageing sectors, who put forward positive ideas for reform in the Essential Principles for Legal Capacity Law.”Dr Eilionóir Flynn, Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, said: “Among the areas for improvement in the Bill are the following: First, we welcome the inclusion in the Bill’s General Principles of the requirement that decision-makers must give effect, wherever possible to the ‘will and preferences’ of the person, as it ensures respect for the basic human rights of persons with disabilities.  We will be making suggestions to ensure the primacy of this principle throughout the Act to ensure respect for human rights. Secondly, it is crucial that the Government provides a timeline for the reform of other areas of law affected by legal capacity but currently exempted under this Bill, for example, the Mental Health Act 2001, the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993, and the Juries Act 1976, among others. Thirdly, there is a need for some sort of infrastructure to encourage and develop good practice in supported decision-making. In the Bill this role is given to the Office of Public Guardian. The title of the office suggests that a more protective, rather than empowering approach will be take. An Office for Assisted Decision-Making may be more appropriate. Fourthly, some process for active learning must be put in place. The Bill contains a provision for a review of the functioning of the Act within a five-year timeframe. We believe that a more robust review provision is required, given the rate at which new thinking on legal capacity and supported decision-making is advancing. A review of the ‘functioning’ of the Act could be limited in scope, especially if relatively few provisions of the Act have been commenced within that five-year timeframe. This needs improvement.” Charles O’Mahony, Lecturer in Public Law at NUI Galway, said: “Much of the capacity Bill is framed positively and a greater premium is being placed on the respect for the decision-making of persons. The Mental Health Act 2001 is currently undergoing review and it is essential the mental health legislation and new legal capacity legislation interface in a consistent way reflecting Ireland obligations under international human rights law.”Professor Quinn concluded: “This will replace Victorian legislation which the early Irish Free State pledged to remove. We are finally catching up with the ideals of our founders. With improvements this Bill could finally hand back power to the people and position us again in the first rank of nations dedicated to the rights of persons with disabilities.”

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Gerard Quinn, Professor at the School of Law at NUI Galway and Director of its Centre for Disability Law and Policy, has been appointed to the Scientific Committee of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) which is headquartered in Vienna. The EU FRA is one of the specialised agencies of the EU which was set up in 2007 to provide expert advice to the EU and its Member States to ensure that the fundamental rights of people living in the EU are respected.  It helps to inform EU law and policy and to ensure that its power is properly harnessed to respect fundamental rights.The Scientific Committee oversees the quality of the research of the FRA across a broad range of topics (e.g. racism, the rights of older people, privacy, the quality of the democratic process, etc.). This June, Professor Quinn joins eleven other widely renowned experts from across Europe for a five year term.Speaking on his appointment, Professor Quinn said: “Europe is at a historic turning point away from failed economic and social models. It has a chance to reinvent itself as a force for good in its own citizens’ lives and around the world. This turn is by no means assured. But bodies like the EU FRA are at the fore of helping to redefine the EU of the future. That's why I am involved.”  The Head of the School of Law at NUI Galway, Professor Donncha O’Connell, said: “I would like to warmly congratulate Professor Quinn on this prestigious international appointment. It speaks directly to his impressive track record as an engaged scholar animated by impact in the domain of public policy, something to which the School of Law at NUI Galway is deeply committed.”

Thursday, 20 June 2013

The ways in which information and communications technology can be used to support environmental regulation was the subject of an international exploratory workshop in NUI Galway on 20-21 June. The workshop, ‘Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Developing a Research Agenda’, attracted over fifty international experts from Europe, the United States of America and Australia. The delegates were experts in law, the physical and social sciences, information systems and web science. The lively discussions addressed topics such as real-time monitoring of air pollution through sensors; large-scale databases of geographical information on the health of rivers, lakes and beaches; satellite-based monitoring of farming patterns; and the provision of information on industrial pollution to the public through government websites. Speakers included academics, staff from non-governmental agencies and personnel from regulatory agencies. The keynote speaker was Professor Bradley C. Karkkainen, University of Minnesota School of Law.According to the workshop convenor, Rónán Kennedy, “This was a valuable first step in mapping out a complex range of problems from the legal supports needed to develop this potentially valuable tool, to vital issues like privacy, along with the details of how the technology is used in practice. We learned about the difficulties that can be caused by the differences between the pace of change in technology, which can be very rapid, and change in the law, which can be very slow. We also learned that there is a difference between having data and having knowledge. Without real engagement with new measurement tools, we may drown in information but learn very little.”Professor Colin Brown of the Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research, who chaired one of the panels, commented, “The workshop brought together participants with a diversity of expertise who recognised that, when dealing with complex social and environmental problems, the intelligent use of information technology can be a strong driver of regulation and behavioural change”.Dr James Cunningham of the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, and also a panel chair at the workshop, added, “Workshop participants had the opportunity to hear about radical and incremental ICT innovations adopted by regulation agencies in Ireland and UK.  The interactions and discussions among this policy, practice and regulatory agencies highlighted significant multidisciplinary research themes.”The workshop was funded by NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research, the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, and the Irish Research Council. For more details, contact Rónán Kennedy at ronan.m.kennedy@nuigalway.ie or +353-91-495626  

Monday, 17 June 2013

The largest and best attended Summer School on international disability law again brought together leading international activists, policy-influencers and others connected with the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The summer school rann from 17 June to 22 June in Aras Moyola, NUI Galway. The theme this year was VOICE (restoring full legal capacity) and CHOICE (achieving community living in accordance with the wishes and preferences of the person).  The programme had many practical exercises to get participants thinking about the meaning of the convention and its practical relevance, with a teaching faculty drawn from around the world and includes many involved in drafting the convention.  Participants came from over 20 countries including Africa and Asia, which is a learning opportunity in itself.  For more details and photographs of the summer school, please visit the CDLP's website.      

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Over 150 international lawyers and diplomats attended the 37th Annual Oceans Law and Policy Conference, which took place in Seoul, from 1-4 May 2013. This year’s conference reviewed a broad range of contemporary issues concerning global challenges and the freedom of navigation including maritime boundaries in the China Sea, recent developments in EU law, petroleum law, energy security, piracy, transnational threats to international peace and stability, the Arctic Ocean, marine environmental protection, as well as scientific research.The Center for Oceans Law and Policy at the University of Virginia and the Korean Maritime Institute were the primary organisers with additional support from the School of Law, NUI Galway, the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore, and the South China Sea Institute at Xiamen University.Conference photos can be found on Picasa. Conference proceedings will be published by Nijhoff and distributed worldwide. ‌ Pictured above is Professor Long presenting a paper at the 2013 Conference.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

In celebration of 21 years of Occupational Health and Safety education delivery, NUI Galway hosted a conference entitled ‘Occupational Health and Safety: A Pioneering Past and a Bright Future’ on the 14th & 15th of June. The University has a long history in Occupational Health and Safety education at postgraduate level through its Higher Diploma and MSc programmes, having graduated over 1000 students, many of whom have made major contributions in industry, government and academia both in Ireland and around the world. Invited speakers from industries such as Shell, Baxter, INTERPOL, Alkermes, HSE Australia, HSA Ireland presented their perspectives in a European context, whom were all NUI Galway graduates from the programmes. A keynote address was delivered by Herbert Mulligan of the Health and Safety Review, which discussed ‘Health and Safety Legislation and Case Law: Past, Present and Future’ with a very interesting address from Ursula Connolly from the School of Law on ‘Bullying in Irish Workplaces – legal remedies and proposals for reform’ The programmes are multidisciplinary in nature, involving contributions from the Colleges of Science, Business and Public Policy and Law, Engineering and Informatics and Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Deirdre Callanan, who was the organiser of the event, delivers the Health and Safety module on these programmes.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

The LL.M in Public Law programme at the School of Law, NUI Galway, hosted the 5th Annual Conference of the Irish Society of Comparative Law on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th of May 2013.  Over 50 legal academics and practitioners from Ireland, other European countries, the U.S., Uganda, Japan and China presented papers at the Conference on the overarching theme of comparative public law.  Topics presented at the conference ranged from ‘children in rainbow families’ to ‘equality in healthcare’, ‘cyberbullying’, ‘money laundering’ and the question of ‘constitutional rights for human-animal hybrids and chimeras’. Professor Brice Dickson from Queens University Belfast presented a keynote paper entitled ‘The Irish Supreme Court in Comparative Perspective’ to which former Supreme Court Judge, the Hon Mrs Catherine McGuinness, who is an Adjunct Professor of Law at NUI Galway, gave an energetic response on the jurisprudence and workings of the Supreme Court and the need for reform.  The other keynote speaker was Professor Susan Farran of the University of Northumbria who presented a paper entitled ‘The age of Empire. Again: critical thoughts on legal imperialism’. Pictured above is the NUI Galway ISCL annual conference organisation committee, the the ISCL Committee and the President of NUI Galway, Dr. Jim Browne.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Graduate students in the Law School at NUI Galway held a conference on the theme of “Law, Technology and Governance” on 27 May where this year's LL.M. in Law, Technology and Governance class presented their thesis for discussion and feedback. Amongst the topics discussed were electronic commerce, Internet piracy, privacy online, Internet gambling and stem cell research. Pictured above are staff and students at the Law, Technology and Governance conference.

Monday, 29 April 2013

The School of Law, NUI Galway and the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) hosted a conference entitled, "Developing Clinical Legal Education in Ireland" on Friday 26th & Saturday 27th April 2013. The conference served as the launch of the newly-formed Irish Clinical Legal Education Association (ICLEA). The Irish Clinical Legal Education Association will seek to enhance and expand clinical legal education programmes in law schools in Ireland by providing a forum to share experiences and foster collaboration; by lobbying collectively for necessary resources; and by ensuring optimum international engagement with clinical legal educators in other jurisdictions.This conference brought together experienced and emerging clinical legal practitioners, academics, clinical partners (e.g., NGOs, solicitors, barristers, state/quasi-state bodies) and students to explore the emergence and assess the future potential of clinical legal education in Ireland. Larry Donnelly, Lecturer and Director of Clinical Legal Education in the School of Law, NUI Galway, was elected the first President of the Irish Clinical Legal Education Association (ICLEA). He wrote a piece for the Irish Times on 6 May on the conference.

Monday, 20 May 2013

The School of Law and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway held a Conference on Mediation in Cases of International Family Conflict and Child Abduction in in association with The Irish Centre for International Family Mediation on 18 May 2013. Irish and international speakers and experts in the field and representatives of the EU Network of International Family Mediators addressed the Conference. The conference was opened by His Honour Mr. Justice Henry Abbott, and chaired by Prof. Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law (NUIG).Prof. Patrick  Dolan, UNESCO Chair and Director Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway gave some preliminary remarks for the Child’s perspective on the potentially positive effects of mediation. Presentations were given by Hilde Demarré, Project Manager, Child Focus, Brussels, Belgium on 'An Introduction to the concept of International Family Mediation, the Model and EU-NIM'; Judge Eberhard Carl (Retd.) Former Head of the Mediation Section, Federal Ministry of Justice, Berlin, Germany on 'The Judicial perspective on Mediation in International Family cases' and Dr. Mohamed M Keshavjee, BL (Gray’s Inn) International Family Mediator, (Author – Islam, The Sharia and ADR) on 'A Cross Cultural & non-EU perspective'. The Family Mediation Service carried out a demonstration role play of an International Family Mediation. The conference rapporteur was Sabine Walsh, Accredited International Family Mediator, Member EU-NIM,. The moderator and chief organiser was Lughaidh Kerin, Lecturer, School of Law, NUIG.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Professor Donncha O’Connell took up office today as Head of the School of Law at NUI Galway having recently been appointed to an Established Chair in Law. He served a term as Dean of Law from 2005-2008 after which he spent a year as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is also a part-time Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission, a member of the Legal Aid Board and editor of the Irish Human Rights Law Review. P...rofessor O’Connell teaches Constitutional Law and European Human Rights to undergraduate students. He also teaches two postgraduate courses: Advocacy, Activism & Public Interest Law and Processes of Law Reform. He has extensive experience in human rights activism having served in the past as the first full-time Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and as a board member of Amnesty International – Ireland, the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC), the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) and INTERIGHTS. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Druid Theatre Company and a trustee of Counterpoint Arts. Originally from Swinford, Co. Mayo, Professor O’Connell was educated at NUIG (UCG), The Honorable Society of the King’s Inns and Edinburgh University.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Judge Catherine McGuinness was appointed today as Chair of NUI Galway's Údarás na hOllscoile (Governing Authority). Údarás na hOllscoile, the University's Governing Authority, is responsible for managing and controlling all of the affairs of the University. Catherine McGuinness is a retired Supreme Court judge, former senator and lifelong activist. In January 2012 she was appointed to the Council of State by President Michael D. Higgins. Judge McGuinness was called to the Bar in 1977 and to the Inner Bar in 1989. She was a member of Seanad Éireann from 1979-82 and was previously a member of the Council of State from 1988-90. She served as a Judge of the Circuit Court from 1994-1996; of the High Court from 1996-2000; and of the Supreme Court from 2000-2006. From 2005-2011 she was President of the Law Reform Commission. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Law at NUI Galway. In addition to her judicial career, Catherine McGuinness has served on the Employment Equality Agency, the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation and the Irish Universities Quality Board. In June 2011 she became patron of the Irish Refugee Council and in November 2011 she was appointed Chairperson of the "Campaign for Children". She has also just completed her role as personal representative to the Minister for Foreign Affairs through Ireland’s Chairmanship of the OSCE during 2012 in the field of Human Rights and on the Freedom of Religion. Speaking of the appointment, Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway said: "Judge Catherine McGuinness brings a unique breadth of experience and judgement to the role of Chairperson of Údarás na hOllscoile. We are delighted and privileged that she will chair the University's Governing Authority for the next three years.  My colleagues and I look forward to working with her to further develop NUI Galway and our ambitious plans for the future.” Judge McGuinness commented from NUI Galway on her appointment: “I am hugely honoured to be appointed as Chair of the Governing Authority. I have many connections with Galway, even apart from being Adjunct Professor at the School of Law here at NUI Galway, and am delighted to be able to strengthen these connections and I hope over the next few years  to help the University in achieving its mission.” Judge McGuinness’s term of office extends to 2016. ENDS ____________________ An Breitheamh McGuinness Ceaptha ina Cathaoirleach ar Údarás na hOllscoile in OÉ Gaillimh Ceapadh an Breitheamh Catherine McGuinness inniu ina Cathaoirleach ar Údarás na hOllscoile in OÉ Gaillimh. Tá Údarás na hOllscoile freagrach as gnóthaí uile na hOllscoile a bhainistiú agus a rialú. Is breitheamh ar scor ón gCúirt Uachtarach í Catherine McGuinness, is iarsheanadóir í freisin agus tá sí ina gníomhaíoch i rith a saoil. In Eanáir 2012, cheap an tUachtarán Micheál D. Ó hUiginn ar an gComhairle Stáit í. Glaodh ar an mBreitheamh McGuinness chun an Bharra i 1977 agus chun Barra na Sinsear i 1989. Bhí sí ina comhalta de Sheanad Éireann ó 1979-82 agus roimhe seo chomh maith bhí sí ina comhalta den Chomhairle Stáit ó 1988-90. Bhí sí ina breitheamh sa Chúirt Chuarda ó 1994-1996; san Ardchúirt ó 1996-2000; agus sa Chúirt Uachtarach ó 2000-2006. Ó 2005-2011, bhí sí ina hUachtarán ar an gCoimisiún um Athchóiriú an Dlí. Tá sí ina hOllamh Cúnta le Dlí in OÉ Gaillimh faoi láthair. Sa bhreis ar a gairm mar bhreitheamh, tá sealanna caite ag Catherine McGuinness leis an nGníomhaireacht um Chomhionannas Fostaíochta, an Fóram um Shíocháin agus Athmhuintearas agus Bord Feabhais Ollscoileanna na hÉireann. I Meitheamh na bliana 2011, ceapadh í ina pátrún ar Chomhairle Dídeanaithe na hÉireann agus i mí na Samhna 2011, ceapadh í ina Cathaoirleach ar "Campaign for Children". Tá sí díreach tar éis a seal a chur isteach mar ionadaí pearsanta ag an Aire Gnóthaí Eachtracha i rith Chathaoirleacht na hÉireann ar Eagraíocht na Náisiún Aontaithe um Shlándáil agus Chomhoibriú san Eoraip (OSCE) in 2012 i réimse na gCeart Daonna agus na Saoirse Creidimh. Ag labhairt dó faoin gceapachán, dúirt an Dr Jim Browne, Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh: “Tugann an Breitheamh Catherine McGuinness taithí agus breithiúnas ar leith chuig an ról mar Chathaoirleach ar Údarás na hOllscoile. Is mór an phribhléid agus an t-údar bróid dúinn go mbeidh sí ina cathaoirleach ar Údarás na hOllscoile sna trí bliana seo romhainn.  Táim féin agus mo chomhghleacaithe ag súil go mór le bheith ag obair léi chun OÉ Gaillimh agus ár bpleananna uaillmhianacha don todhchaí a bhrú chun cinn.” Bhí an méid seo a leanas le rá ag an mBreitheamh McGuinness in OÉ Gaillimh faoina ceapachán: “Is mór an onóir dom a bheith ceaptha mar Chathaoirleach ar Údarás na hOllscoile. Is iomaí sin nasc atá agam le Gaillimh, seachas a bheith i m’Ollamh Cúnta i Scoil an Dlí in OÉ Gaillimh, agus is mór agam a bheith in ann na naisc sin a threisiú agus táim ag súil go mbeidh mé in ann cabhrú leis an Ollscoil a misean a bhaint amach as seo go ceann cúpla bliain.” Mairfidh téarma oifige an Bhreithimh McGuinness go dtí 2016. -Críoch

Monday, 25 March 2013

The School of Law is delighted that our students excelled at the 12th International Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR) Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament which was held this year in Dublin by the Law Society of Ireland. The performance of the NUIG teams of (T1) Tamara Cassidy, Karolyn Place & Kieran Touhy and (T2) Cassie Roddy, Tatiana Kelly & Eoghan Clogher contributed to NUIG being awarded “Outstanding New Mediation Program”. On an individual level, Karolyn Place (3rd BCL) finished 10th overall in the “Individual Mediator Awards” and Cassie Roddy (3rd LLB) & Tatiana Kelly (3rd LLB) finished joint 5th in the “Individual Advocate/Client Awards”. They are to be commended for these achievements. As this was an INADR Tournament the USA Law Schools had to qualify to attend the Dublin final, so we were competing against the best of the best. The tournament involved law schools from North America (Cornell, Fordham, Chapman, Loyola (Chicago), Northeastern, John Marshall, Tulane, Michigan State & Saskatchewan to name a few), Australia (Murdoch Uni.), India (Bhopal, Deli & National Law School of India), Europe (John Moores, Kent & Winchester (England), IPLS & Strathclyde (Scotland), Augsburg & Ludwig- Maximilians (Germany). The tournament comprised 36 teams of three, totalling 108 competitors.   

Friday, 8 March 2013

On Friday 8 March, the LL.M. in Public Law and LL.M. in Law, Technology and Governance convened a symposium on “Privacy from Birth to Death and Beyond: European and American Perspectives”.Speakers included Mr. José María Baño, Instituto de Empresa and José María Baño León Abogados, Madrid; Professor Joshua Fairfield of the Washington and Lee University Law School; Dr. Sharon McLaughlin, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Mr. Paul Lambert, Merrion Legal Solicitors and Mr. Damien McCallig, School of Law, NUI Galway. The event attracted almost 100 people, including undergraduate and postgraduate students from NUI Galway and elsewhere, staff from across the university and practising lawyers, journalists and others with an interest in the impact of new technologies on privacy in the information age. Discussion ranged from whether we have a “right to be forgotten” online, the role of contract law in protecting consumer privacy, the confused rules that govern post-mortem privacy, how to balance the participation and protection of children in the online world and the challenges that face practitioners who have to rely on case law and legislation that were developed without the digital environment in mind. The symposium was a fascinating and provocative exploration of an issue that has gone from a minority concern to headline news in a few short years, and has changed dramatically even over the past twelve months. The SCRIPTed Journal of Law, Technology & Society posted a report on the symposium as part of a special issue on post-mortem privacy.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Law Reform Commission will hold a public consultation on its Fourth Programme of Law Reform in Áras Moyola, NUI Galway at 7.30pm on Wednesday 27th February. The event will be chaired by the Commission President, Mr. Justice John Quirke, and there will be two contributions from invited speakers: Judge Tom O'Donnell of the Circuit Court and , an Irish Research Council-funded Ph.D candidate in the School of Law, NUI Galway. The purpose of the evening is to hear the views of members of the public on what should be contained in the Fourth Programme of Law Reform. Members of the Law Reform Commission will be in attendance in a listening capacity, including Tom O'Malley and Donncha O'Connell from the School of Law. The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge. The Law Reform Commission is a statutory body, established by the Law Reform Commission Act 1975, with a mandate to keep the law under review, to undertake examinations and conduct research with a view to reforming the law, and to formulate proposals for law reform. Having completed the majority of the projects set out in its Third Programme of Law Reform, the Law Reform Commission is now in the process of preparing a new Programme of Law Reform which will form the principal basis of the Commission’s work over the coming years, subject to approval by the Government. Further information is available on thier website www.lawreform.ie and any enquiries may be sent to fourthprogramme@lawreform.ie.  

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

The Moot Court Module final took place last Saturday in Galway Courthouse. The victorious Team of Trevor Glavey and Simona Siskauskaite narrowly overcame Tatiana Kelly and Feidhlim Seoige in a thrilling final moot which exhibited everything that is positive about mooting. The School would like to thank the three judges for their time and effort: Justice Mathilda Twomey (Court of Appeals, Seychelles), Justice Rory MacCabe (Circuit Court) and Judge Mary Larkin (District Court). Special tribute to all sixteen mooters for their application, effort and enthusiasm over the last three months which culminated in some fantastic mooting and to the staff who so generously gave of their time; in particular Ursula Ni Chonghaile for drafting the interesting Moot fact pattern, Tom O’Malley, John Countryman (visiting Fulbright Scholar) and Conor Hanly for giving guest lectures and Rónán Kennedy who was kind enough to address the Class and give them critical feedback in relation to their draft submissions.The team mentors were Donncha O’Connell, Charles O’Mahony, Nicola Murphy, Dr. Noelle Higgins, Dr. Tom Hickey, Thomas Mc Donagh, Dr. Joe McGrath and Dr. Laurent Pech, with Laurent’s team emerging victorious.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Papers are invited from scholars and practitioners across all disciplines for a workshop on the application of information and communications technology for environmental regulation. This workshop, "Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Developing a Research Agenda", will take place from Thursday 20 June - Friday 21 June 2013. The keynote speaker is Professor Bradley C. Karkkainen (University of Minnesota School of Law). Further information can be obtained via http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=205 The aim of this workshop is to build a network of researchers dealing with these issues in order to prepare joint projects, funding applications and work towards an international conference dealing with this topic. The workshop will discuss the development of a coherent but multi-disciplinary research agenda for ICT and environment regulation and agree detailed proposals for future work in the area, such as the publication of an edited collection, funding applications or an international conference. It is aimed at those who work on issues related to the use of ICT in environmental regulation, whether as academic researchers, practitioners based in regulatory agencies, or activists in NGOs, such as lawyers, IS/IT/GIS specialists, environmental informatics specialists, economists, public policy researchers, psychologists, sociologists and other social science researchers. Topics include: (but are not limited to): Data for environmental regulation Disclosure as a regulatory tool E-government studies of environmental regulation Geographical Information Systems and environmental regulation Freedom of information law and policy Green IT/IS Sustainable computing ICT and social responsibility ICT and reflexive law ICT and transparency ICT as a tool for behaviour change Information as a tool of regulation or governance Remote sensing Satellite monitoring The automation or digitisation of regulation The impact of ICT on regulatory processes The role of models in the policy and legal process The role of non-governmental organisations The role of science in the policy and legal process Submission Deadline: Friday 15 March 2013.Acceptance Notification: Friday 12 April 2013.Workshop: Thursday 20 & Friday 21 June 2013.A limited amount of funding is available for the best student abstract. This workshop is funded by the Irish Research Council, the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, and the Environment, Development and Sustainability cluster of the Whitaker Institute at the National University of Ireland Galway. Enquiries to: ronan.m.kennedy@nuigalway.ie or to Rónán Kennedy (School of Law, National University of Ireland Galway) at +353-91-495626

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

The School of Law are delighted to announce that Mahmoud Abukhadir (2nd. B. Corporate Law) was the overall winner of the A & L Goodbody Bold Ideas Award 2012 – Law Student Competition. His submission on the topic “The business of law in a connected world”  impressed a judging panel made up of Michael McDowell, Senior Counsel and former Attorney General); Cliodhna O'Sullivan, Head of Legal in Telefónica Ireland and John Whelan, A&L Goodbody Partner. This prestigious award includes an internship in one of A&L Goodbody's offices in Dublin, London or New York and a cash prize of €3,000. More details are available here: http://www.algoodbody.ie/boldideasaward

Monday, 7 January 2013

Dr. Ronán Long delivered a paper on dispute settlement and moderated a session at the United Nations – Nippon Foundation Fellowship Programme meeting, which was hosted by the Legal Affairs Division at the United Nations on December 10-12, 2012. The meeting built upon similar capacity building initiatives undertaken previously in Nairobi and Tokyo and coincided with the United Nations General Assembly commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the opening for signature of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.  The School of Law has collaborated with the UN since the inception of the programme by hosting mid-career legal professionals from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Guatemala.  In his address to the General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon noted the commitment of the UN to the future growth of capacity building programmes over the coming decade including those hosted by universities in partnership with the Division on Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea at the UN.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Robin Tipps, a Sociology-Criminology student from the University of Oklahoma, has been awarded a George J. Mitchell Scholarship to study Public Law at NUI Galway next September. The George J. Mitchell Scholarship, awarded by the US-Ireland Alliance, funds one year of graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland to students who satisfy requirements for an Irish master's degree. The George J. Mitchell Scholarship honours the former U.S. senator's contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process and was established in 1999. This year 12 scholars representing a cross-section of American students have been awarded the scholarship on the basis of academic distinction, leadership and service. Among their achievements, they count breaking the cryptic code of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams, tutoring underserved children and improving the performance of biofuels. Robin, a member of the Quapaw Tribe, was raised in Ardmore, Oklahoma and will graduate from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in sociology-criminology in 2013. He has been the Senior Vice-Chair of Investigations for his University’s Integrity Council and hopes to become a tribal attorney and the chairman of his tribe. His many service activities include work at the same-day surgery clinic at Norman Regional Hospital and as Collections Assistant at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. The son of a Quapaw mother and a Caucasian father, Robin has thought a great deal about Native American identity. He grew up 300 miles from tribal headquarters, and the annual ritual of Pow Wow took on great meaning for him, as it was the time when he could connect most easily with his Native American heritage. Marie McGonagle, Director of the LLM in Public law at NUI Galway, express her delight that Robin had chosen the Public Law programme, the second winner of a prestigious Mitchell scholarship to do so in three years. “Robin will be a very welcome addition to the class and I hope he will find the many opportunities presented to students on the programme to attend conferences and engage with public bodies beneficial to his future career.”

Monday, 17 December 2012

A call for papers for the Irish Society of Comparative Law Annual Conference has been issued. This conference will take place at NUI Galway on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th of May 2013.  The theme of the 2013 conference is 'Comparative Public Law'.  Papers placing Irish public law in comparative perspective are especially encouraged, but any topic in comparative or legal systems may be proposed including private law topics. Proposals for thematic panels of papers are also welcomed. The primary objective of the Irish Society of Comparative Law is to encourage the comparative study of law and legal systems. Students fully registered for a masters in law, or law-related area (LL.M, MA) are encouraged to submit papers, and the 2nd ISCL Young Researcher Prize will be awarded to the best paper delivered by a student in this category. Proposals for papers for the 2013 conference should be short (250 words max) and sent to Charles O’Mahony at charles.omahony@nuigalway.ie. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday 15 February 2013. Applicants will be notified by Thursday 28th February 2013 if their paper proposal is successful. There will be an opportunity for poster presentations (Posters A1 size) to be displayed in the foyer of the conference venue, Aras Moyola. Poster presenters are expected to attend the conference in the normal way and to be available to discuss their work. You do not have to be a member of the ISCL to propose a paper or be selected to present a poster. Registration forms and additional information will be available early in 2013. Full information is available in the following PDF: LLM Call for Papers ISCL 2013.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The School of Law is delighted to award the following prizes for 2012. Congratulations to all the recipients.i)    Lexis Nexis Butterworths (Ireland) Law PrizeAndrew Hannon (3rd BA Legal Studies)ii)    The Thomson Reuters – Round Hall Prize Ruth Cormican (3rd BA Legal Studies)iii)    The Val O’Connor Memorial Prize in Equity(Joint Award) – Elaine Whelan (3rd Civil Law) and Eleanor Golden (3rd Civil Law)iv)    The Michael MacNamara Scholarship sponsored by RDJ Glynn SolicitorsEmmet Creighton (LLM in Law, Technology & Governance)v)    Gold Medal CDLP Excellence Award 2012 Elizabeth Kamundia (LLM in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy)vi)    CDLP Scholarship Award 2012Emily Loughlin (LLM in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy)

Monday, 3 December 2012

The renowned UN human rights expert, Professor Michael O’Flaherty FRSA, has been appointed as Professor of Human Rights Law at the National University of Ireland Galway. He will also serve as Director of the University’s Irish Centre for Human Rights. Professor O’Flaherty will combine the new roles with his current commitment as Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. During the period that Professor O’Flaherty remains at the Northern Ireland Commission the Irish Centre for Human Rights will be co-directed by Professor Ray Murphy.Since October 2011, Professor O’Flaherty has been Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. The Commission advises the government and is responsible for protecting and promoting human rights throughout Northern Ireland. It is also empowered to help people whose rights may have been denied and can carry out its own investigations.Professor O’Flaherty has worked the UK university sector since 2003 as Professor of Applied Human Rights and Co-Director of the Human Rights Law Centre at the School of Law in University of Nottingham.A native of Galway, Professor O’Flaherty has a distinguished reputation in the human rights arena. Since 2004, he has been an elected member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee and is currently a Vice-Chairperson. He is also a member of the UN Expert Group on Human Rights Indicators, serves on a number of human rights advisory bodies of the UK government and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.Professor O’Flaherty sits on committees of the European Roma Rights Centre, the Diplomacy Training Programme, the UN-UK Association, the World Organization Against Torture, the Hilde Back Education Fund and a number of other groups worldwide.Prior to taking up his posts at the University of Nottingham, he served in a number of senior positions with the United Nations. He established the UN human rights field missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1994) and Sierra Leone (1998) and subsequently guided UN headquarters support to its human rights programmes across the Asia-Pacific region.National University of Ireland Galway President, Dr Jim Browne, welcomed the announcement: “Professor O’Flaherty brings an outstanding reputation to our School of Law and Irish Centre for Human Rights. Building on the strong foundations laid by his predecessor, Professor Bill Schabas, who retains an important connection with the Centre, Professor O’Flaherty will continue to develop the global reputation of the Centre for high quality academic programmes, leading edge research and engaged advocacy. Professor O’Flaherty brings a unique blend of academic skills and practical knowledge of human rights law which will enrich the teaching, research and outreach activities of the Centre.”Since its establishment in January 2000, the Irish Centre for Human Rights has developed a global reputation for excellence in the field of human rights teaching, research and advocacy.  Amongst the taught postgraduate programmes offered by the Centre are LL.M. in International Human Rights Law, Peace Operations and Humanitarian Law, and International Criminal Law. Additionally, under the auspices of the Law School, the Centre has built a strong doctoral studies programme, with a significant number of doctoral students supervised by individual staff members. At undergraduate level, the Irish Centre for Human Rights is integral to the University’s BA with Human Rights. The degree is the only one of its kind in Ireland to offer a Human Rights qualification at undergraduate level.

Monday, 12 November 2012

NUI Galway Law students Dara Geoghegan, Aaron Fahy and Michael Wilkins represented the School with distinction at the DCU National Moot Court Competition which took place on Saturday, 10 November 2012 in the Criminal Courts of Justice complex, Dublin.Hosted by the Socio-Legal Research Centre and School of Law and Government at DCU, and sponsored by Matheson Ormsby Prentice solicitors, the National Moot Court Competition 2012 is open to all those studying law at third level on the island of Ireland.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

NUI Galway has announced details of a new scholarships scheme for postgraduate students designed to reward exceptional achievement. Postgraduate Scholarships valued at €1,500 per student will be awarded to all students studying a postgraduate taught Masters programme in the year 2013/14 who have a first class honours undergraduate degree. The new initiative is open to postgraduate students, applying for a fulltime Taught Masters programme due to commence in autumn 2013. Scholarships will be awarded to students accepted on a fulltime taught masters and who fulfill the criteria as outlined by the University.Interested students should visit the NUI Galway website for further detail about the scholarships and for information about the general postgraduate student application process: www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduate/scholarships. Hardiman Scholarships NUI Galway has also announced that Hardiman Scholarships will be available for new PhD students commencing in September 2013. These scholarships are fully-funded for 4 years, with a stipend of €16,000 p.a. plus fees.The Hardiman Scholarships offer opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a Structured PhD focused on the five key areas of research in which the University offers leading expertise. These are:- Biomedical Science and Engineering- Informatics, Physical, and Computational Sciences- Environment, Marine, and Energy- Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy- Humanities in Context Full information, including requirements and the application deadlines, can be obtained from www.nuigalway.ie/hardiman-scholarships.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Vital information on the proposed changes to the constitution, in advance of the forthcoming Children’s Referendum, will be presented at a public event at NUI Galway on Monday, 22 October. Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs will deliver the keynote address. The seminar is expected to provide a stimulating dialogue about the implications of a YES vote in the Children’s Referendum, ahead of the 10 November vote. The seminar will be held in the Engineering Building in NUI Galway from 3pm - 4.30 pm and is jointly hosted by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre and the School of Law of NUI Galway, in conjunction with the YES for Children Campaign. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD will provide a keynote address. The session will also feature an expert panel consisting of Fergal Landy from the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre and Ciara Smyth from the School of Law at NUI Galway. The panel discussion will also offer members of the public an opportunity to hear a youth perspective on the proposed constitutional amendments and the audience will be invited to participate in a questions and answers session following the discussion. The Children’s Referendum has been welcomed by Professor Pat Dolan, UNESCO Chair in Children, Youth and Civic Engagement at NUI Galway as an “historical and internationally significant step”. Professor Dolan was co-author of a report on the proposed referendum earlier this year which pointed out that “incorporating a stronger commitment to children’s rights in the constitution would help to build a stronger culture of children’s rights in Irish society”. Professor Dolan will facilitate next week's event. This event is free of charge and all members of the public are invited to attend. Parking is available on the NUI Galway park and ride facility. For further information please visit: http://www.childandfamilyresearch.ie, or contact Danielle Kennan at: danielle.kennan@nuigalway.ie or +353 (0)91 495731.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Almost 4,000 students will graduate from NUI Galway during the Autumn Conferring Ceremonies which take place from 19-26 October. Students from the Bachelor of Civil Law, Bachelor of Corporate Law, Bachelor of Law (LLB) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) will graduate at a ceremony at 5pm on Tuesday, 23rd October 2012. The School of Law would like to congratulate all of our graduands and wish them the very best in their future careers.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

The School of Law would like to congratulate two exceptional students, Cian Moran and Martin O'Dwyer, who were amongst the Highly Commended students of the Undergraduate Awards 2012 - an international academic awards programme that identifies top students across the globe through their innovative undergraduate research. Cian's essay, 'The Status and Protection of Humanitarian Workers in Armed Conflict' was completed under the supervision of  Prof. Ray Murphy. His interest in the Law Of International Armed Conflict came from serving in the Irish Army Reserves. Cian is now doing an LLM in International Law at the University of Nottingham after obtaining a scholarship to study there.Martin's essay, 'The seal of the confessional: Sacerdotal privilege in Ireland' was supervised by Dr. Sinead Ring. Martin has been a fisheries protection officer with Inland Fisheries Ireland for nearly 20 years.UA received 2,890 submissions overall and 203 from NUI Galway. Cian and Martin were within the top 10% in competition with students of top tier universities across the globe including Cambridge, St Andrews, Princeton, Trinity College, Yale, Queen's University and McGill.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Dr. Padraic Kenna was recently asked by DAFT.ie to comment on its House Price Report, now in its 52nd edition. This is based on an analysis of the full database of properties posted for advertisement on Daft.ie up to the end of September 2012, including the 15,000 posted in the third quarter of 2012. This figure represents a large percentage of the available properties for sale in the country and therefore gives a very accurate and timely reflection of what is actually happening in the Irish property market. Figures are calculated from econometric regressions using standard methods. Properties classed as sold are those that are no longer listed in daft.ie which were marked as sale agreed before coming off the site.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Pictured is Dr. Laurent Pech, our Jean Monnet Lecturer in EU Public Law, and Judge Sacha Prechal of the EU Court of Justice, at the Academy of European Law in Trier, Germany, earlier this week. In the context of a workshop dedicated to the role of the EU Court, Judge Prechal, who is also Professor of EU law at the Europa Institute of Utrecht University, spoke on the Court’s preliminary jurisdiction while Dr. Pech delivered a paper focusing on the impact of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Careers in Law Week took place the week of Monday, 17 September. This is an initiative by the School of Law in conjunction with the Career Development Centre. The highlight of the week was the law firms day on Tuesday afternoon in the Bailey Allen Hall, where Arthur Cox, William Fry, A&L Goodbody, Matheson Ormsby Prentice, Mason Hayes & Curran and Holmes O’Malley Sexton gave their presentations, followed by networking and refreshments.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

NUI Galway law lecturer Tom O’Malley has been appointed by the Government to the Law Reform Commission. Donncha O Connell, also lecturer in law at the University, has been reappointed to the Commission. The Law Reform Commission is an independent, statutory body established under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975. Its purpose is to keep the law under review and to make recommendations for law reform in keeping with the changing nature of Irish society. Its scope was expanded in 2006 to include new projects on statute law restatement and the legislation directory. Tom O'Malley is a Senior Lecturer in Law and a practising barrister specialising in judicial review. He holds three first-class honours degrees from NUI Galway as well as the LL.M. degree from Yale University. He was a graduate fellow at Yale Law School in 1986-1987 and since then has taught at NUI Galway.  He was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford Centre for Criminology in 1992-1993 and earlier this year was Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. He has taught many different law subjects to degree level over the past 25 years including Constitutional Law, Contract, Land Law, Equity, Criminal Law, Criminology, Administrative Law and Evidence.  He currently offers two courses on the LL.M. (Public Law) programme, one on sentencing and penal policy and the other on criminal process. His main research interests are in the area of criminal law and criminal justice and he is the author of leading Irish treatises on sex offences, sentencing and criminal procedure. He has served on several committees and working groups at national and international level and is at present a member of the Steering Committee for the Irish Sentencing Information System. O’Connell was the Dean of Law at NUI Galway from 2005-2008 and he continues to teach European Human Rights and Constitutional Law in the School of Law as well as teaching postgraduate students in Processes of Law Reform and Advocacy, Activism & Public Interest Law. He has extensive experience on European human rights bodies having served as the Irish member of the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights established by the EU Commission in 2002 and as the senior Irish member of FRALEX, the legal expert group that advised the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights based in Vienna. He spent the academic year 2009-2010 as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights LSE and is the editor of the Irish Human Rights Law Review published by Clarus Press. Donncha was the first full-time Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) from 1999-2002 and he has, in the past, been a board member of the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) Ltd and Amnesty International-Ireland. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the London-based NGO, INTERIGHTS – The International Centre for the Legal Protection of Rights. He is also a member of the Legal Aid Board.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Making Your Decisions is a guide to support decision making for people with intellectual disability which originated in a partnership between the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, the Disability Law Reform module students from the LLM in Public Law, self advocates, and the parents’ group, ACT. The aim was to facilitate a real learning experience for students and to translate law into real life application. The Project Team are Edel Tierney (formerly NFVP), project leader, Dr. Mary Keys and Shivaun Quinlivan academic leaders, and LLM in Public Law graduates Conor Newman, Aoife O’Brien and Elaine Keane, supported by CKI. The full PDFs are available on the Law School's .

Monday, 18 June 2012

The fourth International Summer School at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway, was launched today (Monday, 18 June) by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. The Summer School, co-hosted by the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, will run from 18-23 June.Speaking at the Summer School, President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins commended the University for their active scholarship and the Centre of Disability Law and Policy for the vital contribution it makes to informed thinking on disability related policy and issues in this country: “I am delighted to be here with you today to launch the 4th International Summer School in partnership with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, which this year deals with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities."This, as you know, is a convention that I strongly support and which, as a public representative, I called upon successive Governments to ratify. This summer school and the other educational opportunities that you afford to students will educate them in the policies and reforms required to ensure that people with disabilities can be treated as Equal Citizens in Irish Society and that once ratified the requirements of the Convention will become the benchmark for all disability related policies.” The Summer School is designed to equip participants with the insights and skills necessary to translate the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into tangible reform for persons with disabilities. President Higgins has a great interest in disability issues and has been a tireless campaigner throughout his long political life for the rights and interests of persons with disabilities in Ireland and internationally.The teaching faculty for the School includes high profile senior academics, practitioners and policy makers from around the world who have been directly and actively engaged in drafting and implementing the Convention. The estimated 100 attendees will similarly be from around the world and will include people with disabilities, their families, representatives from civil society groups as well as advocates for disability law reform, lawyers, policy makers and policy analysts.The School is directed by Professor Gerard Quinn of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the School of Law, NUI Galway along with and Professor Michael Stein of Harvard Law School. Professor Quinn is a co-drafter of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and internationally recognised as a leader in the field of advancing the right of disabled people.Professor Gerard Quinn said: “This Summer School is all about power – restoring power to persons with disabilities over their own lives and giving them knowledge and skills based on the new UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Above all the School belongs to the people affected and is structured in such a way as to enable people explore for themselves the relevance of the Convention in their own lives and in the process of change.”Speaking at the event, President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, welcomed visitors and delegates from 29 different countries: “I know of the deep links between Harvard and our Centre for Disability Law and Policy and am delighted to acknowledge this wonderful, continuing collaboration at this the fourth International Summer School held by the Centre.“The impact of this Summer School is truly global. The faculty and speakers include experts who were active in drafting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as leading thought-leaders from around the world. This Summer School serves to give delegates the tools to implement this very important treaty and is a wonderful example of scholarship in action.” Further information, including the programme and speaker profiles is available from the Summer School website at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/cdlp/summer_school/2012/welcome.htmlOn the last day of Summer School, Saturday, 23 June, the Centre for Disability Law and Policy will also host a one day international conference Mental Health Law Reform: New Perspectives and Challenges. This event will be held in conjunction with Amnesty International and will examine issues relevant to the review Mental Health Act 2001 including Ireland’s obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as it moves towards ratification. The conference is aimed at experts by experience, legal practitioners, mental health professionals, advocates, academics, policy makers, politicians, NGOs and any person or organisation interested in mental health law and policy.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

T‌‌‌he Law School is happy to announce the publication of the School's news bulletin for the 2011/12 academic year. It can be downloaded here: School of Law 2011/12 Bulletin (PDF, 2Mb).

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The Law School is pleased to announce that Ciara Staunton, a PhD student in the School of Law, has been appointed a Director of the Irish Stem Cell Foundation in her capacity as legal advisor to the foundation. Ireland's national stem cell foundation and is a member of the International Consortium of Stem Cell Networks. Its mission is to educate the public on stem cell therapies as well as to lobby for the introduction of regulations for stem cell research in Ireland. Its other directors include Prof Orla Hardiman, Dr Stephen Sullivan and patient advocate Martin Codyre. Ciara is a IRCHSS Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar. Her thesis, 'The Regulation of Stem Cell Research in Ireland' is being supervised by Dr. Mary Keys and Dr. Cliona Kelly. Her Graduate Research Committee comprises Dr. Laurent Pech, Shivaun Quinlivan and Dr. Richard Hull.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

On 28 May, students in the LL.M. in Law, Technology and Governance presented their thesis topics at a public conference.The conference was opened by the Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law, Professor Willie Golden, and the keynote was given by Professor James Devenney of the University of Exeter, who spoke on “Towards a European Contract Law?”. Amongst the topics discussed were electronic commerce, Internet piracy and innovation, data retention, financial regulation and corporate governance.  The event was well-attended, with a strong turnout by local practitioners, who were very impressed by the depth of knowledge and engagement in their research demonstrated by the students.

Monday, 30 April 2012

The first international housing research conference, 'Contemporary Housing Issues in a Changing Europe,' was held on 20th/21st April 2012 at NUI Galway. Hosted by Dr Padraic Kenna and the Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy, the event attracted over 130 participants from Europe, the US and Israel, with some 35 research papers presented.  Pictured above is Dr. Jim Browne, President NUI Galway, Ms Jan O Sullivan, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Housing and Planning and Dr Padraic Kenna, Conference Organiser. Among the key speakers at the plenary conference proceedings were Professor Sergio Nasarre-Aznar, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Coordinator of Legal Aspects of Housing, Land and Planning Group, European Network of Housing Researchers; Régis Brillat, Head of the Department of the European Social Charter, Council of Europe; The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy, High Court of Ireland; Minister Ms Jan O’ Sullivan T.D.; Professor Stefan Gerlach, Deputy Governor Central Bank of Ireland; Professor Martin Partington, Law Commission of England and Wales; Professor Lorna Fox O’Mahony, Law School, University of Durham; Mr Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, Head of Equality and Citizen’s Rights, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Law School lecturer Dr Mary Keys was among the new Appointments to the Mental Health Commission by Kathleen Lynch T.D., Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People. The new Commission will be chaired by Mr John Saunders, Director of Shine the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by mental illness. The other members of the Commission include representatives of the medical, nursing, other health and legal professionals, voluntary bodies, mental health service users and the general public. More information can found in the press release from the Department of Health.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Law School lecturer Rónán Kennedy was among the successful applicants for the 2012 National Digital Learning Resources (NDLR) Programme for Learning Innovation Projects (LIP). Rónán's successful bid, in a joint Galway-UL-DIT project, proposes to convert existing material in legal research and writing to more open formats, create processes for conversion in the future and share the output with the NDLR.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The School of Law would like to congratulate 3rd year BCL student Donnacha O'Sullivan, whose Family Law essay "A critical analysis of the protection of families under the Irish Constitution of 1937" was accepted for publication for the 11th ed. of the Cork Online Law Review. He has also been awarded the best overall submission for this edition and will receive a medal and 300 euro. Congratulations also to his essay supervisor, Dr. Anne Egan.    

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

NUI Galway law lecturer, Donncha O’Connell, has been appointed by the Government, on the nomination of Attorney General, Máire Whelan, SC, to the Law Reform Commission to replace Mr. Justice Donal O’Donnell of the Supreme Court. He will serve as a part-time Commissioner. The Law Reform Commission is an independent, statutory body established under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975. Its purpose is to keep the law under review and to make recommendations for law reform in keeping with the changing nature of Irish society. Its scope was expanded in 2006 to include new projects on statute law restatement and the legislation directory. O’Connell was the Dean of Law at NUI Galway from 2005-2008 and he continues to teach European Human Rights and Constitutional Law in the School of Law. He has extensive experience on European human rights bodies having served as the Irish member of the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights established by the EU Commission in 2002 and as the senior Irish member of FRALEX, the legal expert group that advised the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights based in Vienna. He spent the academic year 2009-2010 as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights LSE and is the editor of the Irish Human Rights Law Review published annually by Clarus Press. Donncha was the first full-time Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) from 1999-2002 and he has, in the past, been a board member of the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) Ltd and Amnesty International-Ireland. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the London-based NGO, INTERIGHTS – The International Centre for the Legal Protection of Rights. He is also a member of the Legal Aid Board.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Dr. Mary Keys, representing the Mental Health Commission, made a presentation on 22 February to the Oireachtas Justice Committee in the Oireachtas on the proposed Legal Capacity Bill. The full text of the discussion and video recording are available online from http://oireachtascommittees.tv/

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Professor Gerard Quinn, Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy and Judge Catherine McGuinness, Adjunct Professor of Law have been appointed by President Michael D. Higgins to sit on the Council of State. Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Professor Emeritus in History has also been nominated by the President. Other nominees include Mr Michael Farrell, Professor Deirdre Heenan, Mr Ruairí McKiernan and Ms Sally Mulready.Professor Gerard QuinnProfessor Gerard Quinn is the Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the NUI Galway School of Law. The Centre is part of a new Lifecourse Policy Research Institute at the University which researches policy innovation covering age, child and family as well as disability. He is a graduate of UCG (BA, LL.B.), was called to the Irish Bar in 1983 and holds a masters (LL.M.) and doctorate in law (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School. His specialization is international and comparative disability law and policy. Professor Quinn led the delegation of Rehabilitation International (RI) at the UN Working Group that elaborated the new UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He has worked in the European Commission and held a number of posts such as Director of Research at the Law Reform Commission and First Vice President of the European Committee of Social Rights (Council of Europe). He is a former member of the Irish Human Rights Commission. He voluntarily participates on a number of international boards dealing with disability law and policy issues. Judge Catherine McGuinness Judge Catherine McGuinness was called to the Bar in 1977 and to the Inner Bar in 1989. She was a member of Seanad Éireann from 1979-82 and was a previous member of the Council of State from 1988-90. She served as a Judge of the Circuit Court from 1994-1996, of the High Court from 1996-2000 and of the Supreme Court from 2000-2006. From 2005-2011, she was President of the Law Reform Commission. She is currently the Adjunct Professor of Law at NUI Galway. Professor Gearóid Ó TuathaighGearóid Ó Tuathaigh is Professor Emeritus in History and former Dean of Arts and Vice-President of NUI Galway. A former member of the Senate of the NUI and of the Irish-US Fulbright Commission, and a former Cathaoirleach of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Professor Ó Tuathaigh has published widely – in Irish and English – on many aspects of modern Irish history.Michael FarrellMichael Farrell is the senior solicitor with Free Legal Advice Centres. He was involved in the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland and is a former co-chairperson of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Michael was a member of the Irish Human Rights Commission from 2001 until last year and is currently the Irish member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance. He is also a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society.Professor Deirdre HeenanDeirdre Heenan is Provost and Dean of Academic Development for the University of Ulster’s Magee Campus, where she a member of the Senior Management Team. She was appointed to a Lectureship in Policy Studies at the University of Ulster in 1995 and became a Professor in 2007. Professor Heenan is a co-founder and former co-director of the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey which has become a key statistical resource for schools, academics and policy makers. Her particular areas of expertise are devolution, education and social care.In 2008-9 Deirdre spent nine-months working as a policy adviser in the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister. Last year she was appointed by Health Minister, Edwin Poots, to join the five strong panel of advisers to assist with the Review of Health and Social Care Services in Northern Ireland.Ruairí McKiernanRuairí McKiernan is a community activist and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of the national youth organisation SpunOut.ie. He is also a founder and organiser of the Possibilities 2011 Social Summit. Ruairí is a business graduate and is a recipient of numerous awards including a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Award, a Net Visionary Award, and a Junior Chambers International Award. After 8 years as CEO of SpunOut.ie, he recently stepped down to develop new social innovations.Sally MulreadySally Mulready has made a huge contribution to the Irish emigrant community in Britain over many decades. She was born in Dublin and moved to Hackney, London with her mother in the 1970s. Sally is a local Labour councillor in the London Borough of Hackney since 1997. In her former capacity as the Secretary of the Federation of Irish Societies, Sally was involved in securing the Irish Government’s agreement for the creation and funding of five Survivor Outreach Services in Britain. She is also a founder member of the Irish Women’s Survivors Network and Director of the Irish Elderly Advice Network. Sally was prominently involved in the campaign to free the Birmingham Six and is currently active in the Magdalene Laundries issue.

Monday, 12 December 2011

The winners of this year’s edition of the Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland have just been announced. The School of Law are delighted that Trevor Glavey (B. Corporate Law) has been declared the winner of the Law Category! This is the first time an NUI Galway law student has won this award. Trevor is expected to receive his medal from the President of Ireland in Dublin Castle during a gala lunch on October 28th courtesy of his essay on The Enforcement of EU Competition Law and Respect for Human Rights.


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