In 2011, the LL.M. in Public Law had a five year anniversary conference entitled “Executive Accountability and Parliamentary Democracy. The keynote speaker was Emily O’Reilly, Ombudsman and Information Commissioner. Other speakers included Dr Elaine Byrne (TCD), Judge Catherine McGuinness, Larry Donnelly (PILA), Donncha O’Connell (NUIG) and Catherine Allen (Mason Hayes and Curran). See picture below. Full details can be found here.
Left to right: Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly; President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne; adjunct professor in law, Judge Catherine McGuinness; law lecturer, Donncha O’Connell; partner, Mason, Hayes & Curran, Catherine Allen.
- Donncha O’Connell was appointed to the Law Reform Commission in 2012
- Professor Gerard Quinn and Judge Catherine McGuinness were appointed to the Council of State
In 2010- 2011, the programme was honoured to host Joseph Graziano, a Mitchell Scholar from Georgetown University in Washington DC, who studied for the LL.M. in Public Law.
The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honour former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.
Brehon Law Society of Philadelphia Conference
In 2011, LL.M. in Public Law student Katie Cadden organised an international conference of the Brehon Law Society of Philadelphia held in Westport Co. Mayo in conjunction with the Law School
Picture shows left to right: Katie Cadden (LL.M. in Public Law 2011-2012); Donncha O’Connell (law lecturer, NUIG); An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who addressed the conference; Professor Willie Golden (Dean, College of Business, Public Policy and Law, NUIG); and Professor Nollaig Mac Congáil (Registrar and Deputy President, NUIG).