Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law. He practises in the areas of Public Law, Employment Law, Media Law, Commercial Law and European Law.
Lord Lester has been described by leading UK practitioners as “the doyen of the public law bar" and "the founding father of human rights law." He is recognised as one of the leading human rights law practitioners in Europe having appeared in all the major European human rights law cases involving the UK extending back almost 30 years. He received the Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award in 1997, and has received honorary degrees from the Open University, and the universities of Durham, Ulster, the South Bank and University College London. He co-edited Human Rights: Law and Practice, 2nd edition, Butterworths, London, 2004, with David Pannick QC, and has written numerous articles in various academic journals, e.g. Public Law and the Statute Law Review. He is President of Interights (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights) and is a member of the Irish Bar.
The Honourable Mr Justice Paul Carney is a graduate of Gonzaga College, University College Dublin and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. He was called to the bar in 1966 and to the inner bar in 1980. He was appointed a judge of the High Court in 1991. He is the presiding judge of the Central Criminal Court.
His parents, Professor James Carney and Maura Morrissey, were both academics and founded a department of Celtic Studies at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
Mr. Justice Carney has contributed to a number of scholarly journals and publications in the area of criminal justice. He is the Irish National President of the World Jurist Association.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Bryan M.E. McMahon, Judge of the High Court, BCL, LLB, LLM, PhD is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law.
Mr. Justice McMahon received his BCL and LLB degrees from UCD and later undertook further postgraduate study at Harvard Law School, having been awarded the Harvard Fellowship. He returned to Ireland in 1967 to take up a post as a Statutory Lecturer in the Law Faculty, UCC. During his time at UCC Mr. Justice McMahon went on to become Professor of Law and Head of the Department of Law. In 1987 Mr. Justice McMahon joined the law firm of Houlihan and McMahon, Ennis, Co. Clare, as a Senior Partner. While continuing to practise law he simultaneously held a part-time Chair of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In 1999 he was appointed a Judge of the Circuit Court and in 2007 he was appointed a Judge of the High Court. Mr. Justice McMahon has co-authored many legal texts including Law of Torts, co-authored with W. Binchy (Butterworths: 1980, 1989, 3rd Edition 2000), Casebook on Irish Law of Torts, co-authored with W. Binchy, (Butterworths 1983, 2nd Edition 1991), and European Community Law in Ireland, co-authored with F. Murphy (Butterworths: 1989). Mr. Justice McMahon is also Chair of the Irish Universities Quality Board and the Board of the Abbey Theatre.
Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, based at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, where she was the founding executive director [1998-2002]. She is the recent author of Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and The Fight to Save the World (Penguin Press, 2008), a biography of the UN envoy killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2003. Her book "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide (New Republic Books) was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for general nonfiction, and the Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Prize for the best book in US foreign policy. Power's New Yorker article on the horrors in Darfur, Sudan, won the 2005 National Magazine Award for best reporting.
In 2007, Power became a foreign policy columnist at Time magazine. From 1993 to 1996 she covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia as a reporter for the US News and World Report, the Boston Globe, and The New Republic. She remains a working journalist, reporting from such places as Burundi, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and contributing to the Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. Power is the editor, with Graham Allison, of Realizing Human Rights: Moving from Inspiration to Impact. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, she moved to the United States from Ireland at the age of nine. She spent 2005 to 2006 working in the office of Senator Barack Obama. In 2008, Samantha Power was conferred with an honorary doctorate of law by the National University of Ireland at UCC.
Dr Vincent Power is a Partner at A&L Goodbody Solicitors specialising in EU law, EU and Irish competition law and transport law. He is Head of the Firm's EU and Competition Group. He is the author or editor of seven books including "Competition Law and Practice", "Irish Competition Law" and the award-winning "EC Shipping Law". He has been invited to speak on EU, competition and transport matters around the world. He has a Master's Degree and a Doctorate from Cambridge University and was the first ever Law graduate to be awarded the Distinguished Alumnus award from University College Cork where he graduated with a BCL. He is Visiting Professor of EU Law at Dalhousie University in Canada.