EU DG Research singles out DREAM project as success story

 EU DG Research singles out DREAM project as success story-image

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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NUI Galway Convenes Workshop on Information and Communications Technology and Environmental Regulation

NUI Galway Convenes Workshop on Information and Communications Technology and Environmental Regulation-image

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  

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Family Law Scholarship for IRC PhD Candidate

Family Law Scholarship for IRC PhD Candidate-image

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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Prestigious EU Appointment for Law School Professor

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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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Cautious Welcome for the Assisted Decision-Making Bill

Cautious Welcome for the Assisted Decision-Making Bill-image

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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5th International Disability Law Summer School 2013

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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

NUI Galway Celebrate Over 20 Years in Occupational Health and Safety Education-image

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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'Developing Clinical Legal Education in Ireland' Conference

'Developing Clinical Legal Education in Ireland' Conference-image

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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School of Law, NUI Galway Hosts International Conference on Comparative Public Law

School of Law, NUI Galway Hosts International Conference on Comparative Public Law-image

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

Conference on Mediation in Cases of International Family Conflict and Child Abduction-image

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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Graduate student conference on Law, Technology and Governance

Graduate student conference on Law, Technology and Governance-image

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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Law of the Sea Conference 2013

Law of the Sea Conference 2013-image

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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Judge McGuinness Appointed Chair of NUI Galway Governing Authority

Judge McGuinness Appointed Chair of NUI Galway Governing Authority-image

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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Public Symposium on Privacy Laws at NUI Galway

Public Symposium on Privacy Laws at NUI Galway-image

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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New Head of Law School Appointed

New Head of Law School Appointed-image

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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Student Success at 12th INADR Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament

Student Success at 12th INADR Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament-image

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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Moot Court Module Final 2013

 Moot Court Module Final 2013-image

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.

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Call for Papers: ICT4ER 2013

Call for Papers: ICT4ER 2013-image

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

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NUIG Law Student Wins A&L Goodbody Bold Ideas Competition 2012

NUIG Law Student Wins A&L Goodbody Bold Ideas Competition 2012-image

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

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Law Reform Commission to Hold Public Consultation In Galway on Programme of Law Reform

Law Reform Commission to Hold Public Consultation In Galway on Programme of Law Reform-image

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.  

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Law of the Sea Commemoration at the UN

Law of the Sea Commemoration at the UN-image

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.

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American Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship to Study at NUI Galway

American Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship to Study at NUI Galway-image

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.”

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Call for Papers: Irish Society of Comparative Law Annual Conference

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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.

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Law Prizes & Scholarships 2012

Law Prizes & Scholarships 2012-image

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)

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NUI Galway Appoints Michael O’Flaherty as Professor of Human Rights

 NUI Galway Appoints Michael O’Flaherty as Professor of Human Rights-image

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.

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DCU National Moot Court Competition

DCU National Moot Court Competition-image

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.

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Scholarships announced at NUI Galway

Scholarships announced at NUI Galway-image

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.

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Children’s Referendum Discussion at NUI Galway

Children’s Referendum Discussion at NUI Galway-image

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.

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Autumn Conferrings at NUI Galway

Autumn Conferrings at NUI Galway-image

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.

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Law Students Highly Commended in Undergraduate Awards

Law Students Highly Commended in Undergraduate Awards-image

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.

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Towards a Better Approach to Housing Policy

Towards a Better Approach to Housing Policy-image

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.

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Law School Lecturer Speaks at Academy of European Law

Law School Lecturer Speaks at Academy of European Law-image

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.

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Careers in Law Week

Careers in Law Week-image

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.

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NUI Galway Law Lecturers Appointed to Law Reform Commission

NUI Galway Law Lecturers Appointed to Law Reform Commission -image

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.

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'Making Your Decisions' Guides Available

'Making Your Decisions' Guides Available-image

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 .

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President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins Addresses International Disability Conference at NUI Galway

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins Addresses International Disability Conference at NUI Galway-image

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.

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School of Law 2011/12 Bulletin

School of Law 2011/12 Bulletin-image

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).

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PhD student appointed to Irish Stem Cell Foundation

PhD student appointed to Irish Stem Cell Foundation-image

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.

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LLM in Law, Technology and Governance Research Conference

LLM in Law, Technology and Governance Research Conference-image

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.

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First international housing research conference

First international housing research conference-image

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.

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NUI Galway Law Lecturer Appointed To Mental Health Commission

NUI Galway Law Lecturer Appointed To Mental Health Commission-image

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.

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Successful NDLR Application

Successful NDLR Application-image

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.

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Student Wins Cork Online Law Review Prize

Student Wins Cork Online Law Review Prize-image

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.    

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NUI Galway Law Lecturer Appointed To Law Reform Commission

NUI Galway Law Lecturer Appointed To Law Reform Commission-image

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.

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NUI Galway Law Lecturer Addresses Oireachtas Justice Committee

NUI Galway Law Lecturer Addresses Oireachtas Justice Committee-image

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/

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NUI Galway Academics Appointed to Council of State

NUI Galway Academics Appointed to Council of State-image

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.

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NUIG Student Wins Undergraduate Award

NUIG Student Wins Undergraduate Award-image

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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