Convention on the Constitution to hold public meeting in NUI Galway
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
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Local Authority Solicitors Bar Association Annual Conference, 27 September
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.
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Careers in Law Week 2013
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
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).
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EU DG Research singles out DREAM project as success story
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.
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Family Law Scholarship for IRC PhD Candidate
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'.
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Cautious Welcome for the Assisted Decision-Making Bill
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.”
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Prestigious EU Appointment for Law School Professor
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.”
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NUI Galway Convenes Workshop on Information and Communications Technology and Environmental Regulation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or +353-91-495626
5th International Disability Law Summer School 2013
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.
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NUI Galway Celebrate Over 20 Years in Occupational Health and Safety Education
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.
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Law of the Sea Conference 2013
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.
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Graduate student conference on Law, Technology and Governance
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.
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School of Law, NUI Galway Hosts International Conference on Comparative Public Law
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.
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Conference on Mediation in Cases of International Family Conflict and Child Abduction
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.
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New Head of Law School Appointed
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.
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Judge McGuinness Appointed Chair of NUI Galway Governing Authority
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
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'Developing Clinical Legal Education in Ireland' 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.
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Student Success at 12th INADR Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament
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.
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Public Symposium on Privacy Laws at NUI Galway
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.
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