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Judge Síofra O’Leary to deliver Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Annual Lecture 2020

16 Oct 2020

The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) at the UCC School of Law is delighted to announce that Judge Síofra O’Leary, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, will deliver this year’s Annual Lecture, which will take place online on Monday 9 November at 4pm GMT.

Judge O’Leary will speak on the topic:

Ireland, the ECHR, and EU Law: Parallel Lines and Convergence
The Right of Access to a Lawyer

About Judge Síofra O'Leary

Judge Síofra O'Leary, BCL (University College Dublin), PhD (European University Institute) was sworn in as a Judge at the European Court of Human Rights in July 2015.

Prior to joining the European Court of Human Rights, Judge O’Leary worked for 18 years at the Court of Justice of the European Union, where she served as a référendaire and Chef de cabinet for Judges Aindrias Ó Caoimh, Fidelma Macken  and Federico Mancini. She later ran part of that Court’s Research Directorate.

Judge O’Leary has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges for many years where she has taught LLM courses on EU law and the individual, EU Social Law and Policy and now a judicial workshop.

She has, in recent years, been a member of the Editorial Board of the Common Market Law Review and is now a member of both its Advisory Board and the Board of the Irish Centre for European Law. In 2016 she was elected an Honorary Bencher of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

Before joining the Court of Justice of the European Union, Siofra O’Leary was the Assistant Director for the Centre of European Legal Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Emmanuel College. She was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University College Dublin, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cádiz, Spain and a Research Associate at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London.

She is the author of two books entitled The Evolving Concept of Community Citizenship (Kluwer, 1996) and Employment Law at the European Court of Justice (Hart Publishing, 2001) and has published extensively in academic journals and monographs on the protection of fundamental rights, EU employment law, the free movement of persons and services and EU citizenship.

The CCJHR is delighted to welcome Judge Síofra O’Leary to deliver the distinguished Annual Lecture this year.

About the CCJHR

The study of criminal justice and human rights and the intersection between the two raises complex and challenging questions. The CCJHR at UCC seeks to contribute to national and international debates on these questions through the promotion of cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, innovative programmes of legal education and training, and strategic partnerships with Government, statutory bodies, and civil society organisations worldwide.

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More information about the Annual Lecture 2020

The CCJHR Annual Lecture 2020 will be delivered online on Monday 9 November between 4pm and 5pm GMT. It is free to attend and open to all on first come, first serve basis.

Link to register: Click Here

Please note that joining instructions (including the link to access the lecture) will be issued to registered attendees only in advance of the event. 

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