Enforcing European Union Environmental Law

Friday, 23 November 2012, UCC, 2-6pm

This conference will build on the success of the environmental enforcement conferences held at UCC in November 2010 and November 2011.  It aims to identify contemporary issues in the enforcement of EU environmental law and to foster discussion among participants.  The conference will present a variety of perspectives on the challenges involved in delivering effective enforcement.  At a more general level, it seeks to provide accurate, up to date information for participants on current issues and problems relating to enforcement. 

This event is funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and Department of An Taoiseach, Communicating Europe Initiative. 

The Faculty of Law, UCC is indebted to the funding agencies for their support which has made it possible to run this event again in 2012.

Confirmed contributors

Conference Convenor: Dr Áine Ryall, Faculty of Law, UCC

Full programme and booking details:  Enforcing EU Environmental Law Conference 2012 Booking Form

The Ethics of Researching with Children

 ISS21 Children and Young People Research Cluster


The Ethics of Researching with Children


A seminar with Prof Ursula Kilkelly (Dean of Faculty of Law; Chair of University Ethics Committee) and Dr Shirley Martin (Lecturer, School of Applied Social Studies)

 September 11th 2012, 2-4 p.m., ORB 212


Involving children directly in research is an important way of ensuring that our research is informed by their perspectives and views. It is rewarding research that raises many ethical issues in ensuring that the rights of the research participant and the integrity of the research process are protected. New national guidelines have been put in place to help promote ethical research with children and this seminar is intended to tease out their usefulness and to discuss and air the whole range of ethical challenges associated with involving children directly in research. The seminar is intended to address social science research but it may also be of relevance to those involving children in clinical research.


All welcome




Risk, Rescue and Protection of Personal Assets in Insolvency Law

A seminar on corporate insolvency law took place on Thursday the 5th July in the Glucksman Gallery, UCC.


Annual CCJHR Lecture 2012

 The Annual CCJHR Lecture entitled ‘The United Nations Human Rights Committee and Freedom of Expression...General Comment 34’ was delivered by Professor Michael O'Flaherty, University of Nottingham, on 20th June, 2012, Venue,  Aula Maxima, Time: 6pm. This Lecture attracted 1.5 CPD hours.

 Convenor: Dr. Siobhan Wills,  Faculty of Law, UCC,  021 490 1881; siobhan.wills@ucc.ie

 For further information email:ccjhr@ucc.ie, or alternatively contact Noreen Delea at 021 490 2728

Child Law March 2012



Challenges and Issues in Child Law Scholarship


An international conference organised by the Child Law Clinic at University College Cork, with the support of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Brookfield Health Sciences Complex Room G04

Friday March 9th 2012

Child Law is a new and exciting area of legal scholarship and practice. The aim of this conference is to examine the law in this area and to share experiences oflitigating, legislating and researching child law nationally and internationally.

These issues will be addressed by eminent legal scholars including:

Professor Laura Lundy, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dr Helen Stalford, Reader, University of Liverpool, England; Professor Elaine Sutherland, University of Stirling, Scotland; Professor Ton Liefaard, University of Utrecht, Netherlands;Jane Williams, Senior Lecturer, University of Wales, Swansea; Professor Eva Brems, University of Gent, Belgium; Professor Marielle Bruning, Leiden University, Netherlands; Dr Karl Hanson, Associate Professor, University Institute Kurt Bosch, Switzerland; Dr Fergus Ryan, Dublin Institute of Technology; Dr Conor O’Mahony, Faculty of Law, University College Cork; and Dr Aisling Parkes, Faculty of Law, University College Cork.

The Conference Convenor is Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Director of The Child Law Clinic, Faculty of Law, University College Cork.

Dr. Ursula Kilkelly, Professor of Law

Child Law Conference Programme March 2012    

The Conference will be preceded on Thursday 8th March from 5.30 to 7pm in ALG30 Áras na Laoi, with 'Dear Minister: Proposals for Child Law Reform' addressed by academic and practising child law experts.

Dear Minister Programme March 2012 

ISCL Conference

2nd and 3rd March, 2012, University College Cork

Conference Convenor

Dr. Bénédicte Sage Fuller

Environmental Conference 2012

Law and the Environment 2012

Click here for further information and a full list of downloadable papers

Law Environment 2012 Brochure

Post Graduate Symposium Brochure 2012


Dr. Owen McIntyre

Faculty of Law

University College Cork

E-Mail: o.mcintyre@ucc.ie

Tel. 021-4902090 / 087-2861055

 Conference Administrator: Ms. Noreen Delea

Tel. 021 4903220

E-Mail: n.delea@ucc.ie

Regulating Funny: Humour and the Law.


Professor Laura E. Little

Professor of Law, Temple

University’s Beasley School of Law

Thursday, 2 February 2012

 5.30-6.30 p.m.

 Lecture Theatre, ALG_30 Áras na Laoi

 University College Cork


Recognising people with disabilities as Victims of Crime

 May 3rd – 4th 2012, University College Cork

 Brookfield Health Sciences Building, Room G.01

UCC hosted a two day conference entitled Creating Equitable Access to Justice: Recognising People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime on 3rd and 4th May 2012. Organised by the School of Applied Social Studies, Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century and the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, and supported by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS), the conference sought to explore the barriers that people with disabilities face in accessing the justice system when they are victims of crime, as well as legal developments in Ireland affecting disabled people’s access to justice, and international initiatives seeking to promote better practice in the way the justice system engages with people with disabilities. The conference, which emerged out of a piece of research undertaken by Dr. Claire Edwards (School of Applied Social Studies, 021 490 2313), Dr. Shane Kilcommins (Faculty of Law, 021 490 2223) and Gill Harold on disabled people’s encounters with the criminal justice system in Ireland, brought together speakers from Ireland, Scotland and England, and from a range of organisations, including the Law Reform Commission, Inclusion Ireland, Capability Scotland, Liverpool City Council’s Investigations Support Unit, and Rape Crisis Network Ireland.

Conference Papers and Presentations



Constitution Project @ UCC

The People’s Constitution: A Reflection on the Referendum Process

Thursday September 27, 6:30 p.m., Boole 1 Lecture Theatre

Constitution Project @ UCC is a new interdisciplinary research group comprised of academic staff and graduate students from the Faculty of Law, the Department of Government, the School of History and Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge (Department of Modern Irish) at University College Cork. It aims to promote collaborative scholarship and contribute to public discourse on constitutional matters. This event will formally launch the project by discussing contemporary challenges associated with the referendum process in Ireland. A wine reception will follow.


6:30     Welcome (Dr Conor O’Mahony, Faculty of Law)

6:35     Introduction by Chair (Professor David Gwynn Morgan, Faculty of Law)

6:40     The Hon Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, author of The Origins of the Irish Constitution: “The Design of the Constitutional       Amendment Mechanism”

7:00     The Hon Mr Justice Bryan McMahon, Former Chair of the Referendum Commission: “The Role of the Referendum Commission: An Inside View”

7:20     Dr Theresa Reidy, Department of Government: “Voter Behaviour in the Oireachtas Inquiries Referendum”

7:40    Dr Maria Cahill, Faculty of Law: “25 Years after Crotty v An Taoiseach: Are Referendums Really Necessary for EU Treaties?”

8:00     Questions and Discussion

8:30     Wine Reception – Staff Restaurant

For further details, see www.constitutionproject.ie.

This event attracts 2 Hours of CPD – General Group Study.  Attendance is free of charge, but advance registration is essential to book a place.

Register by e-mailing lawevents@ucc.ie or telephoning Noreen Delea on 021 490 3220. Please note that parking is very limited in UCC.

The Conscience of Mankind

The School of History, Faculty of Law and Department of Government

is delighted to present

 “The Conscience of Mankind”


A Lecture on Human Rights By Paul Gordon Lauren, Regents Professor University of Montana 

Date : Monday, 8th October 2012

Venue:  Lecture Room W6, West Wing, UCC,

Time:  6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Paul Gordon Lauren is the first person to be named as a Regents Professor at The University of Montana.  He is an internationally-recognized teacher and scholar on diplomacy, international relations, and human rights.  He has published many articles, chapters, and eleven books, all or portions of which have been translated into seven different languages, including the widely-read Force and Statecraft, the highly-acclaimed The Evolution of International Human Rights: Visions Seen nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and the award-winning Power and Prejudice: The Politics and Diplomacy of Racial Discrimination.  Professor Lauren has received the Distinguished Scholar Award, Outstanding Advisor to Students Award, the Most Inspirational Teacher Award, the Robert Pantzer Award, and the Award for Distinguished Service to International Education at The University of Montana as well as the CASE Professor of the Year Award and the Governor’s Humanities Award.  He served as the founding director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center and as the Mansfield Professor of Ethics and Public Affairs.  In addition, he has been a Senior Fulbright Scholar, a Senior Fulbright Specialist, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Peace Fellow, a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellow, and a Distinguished Lecturer for the U.S. Department of State.  Professor Lauren has presented many lectures throughout the United States and around the world to a wide variety of audiences, including students and professors, the general public, activists, analysts, attorneys and judges, professional diplomats, legislators, and policy makers.  He also has delivered invited addresses before the Smithsonian Institution, the Nobel Peace Institute, and the United Nations.

Paul Gordon Lauren, Regents Professor University of Montana

European Union Law in Practice

Friday, 12 October 2012

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Boole 1 Lecture Theatre, Main Campus, UCC


European Union (EU) law impacts on an ever increasing number of areas of legal practice including employment law, family law, planning and environmental law, agriculture law, fisheries law, immigration and EU citizenship rights, competition law and consumer law.  In the case of conflict between EU law and national law, EU law takes precedence.  The Court of Justice of the European Union has developed a number of doctrines to ensure the effectiveness of EU law in the national legal order including supremacy, direct effect, consistent interpretation and State liability.  In practice, however, the interaction between EU law and national law can prove contentious and the courts are often called upon to resolve points of conflict.  EU law is sometimes perceived as being complex and difficult to decipher.  This state of affairs is compounded by the sheer volume of EU measures and the rapidity with which the law evolves.  This seminar aims to demystify EU law and to explore its relevance in day to day legal practice.  



Chair              John Lucey SC

5:00-5:15       Opening Remarks

                        Declan Walsh, Faculty of Law, UCC

5:15-5:45       Dr Vincent Power, Head of EU and Competition, A&L Goodbody; Adjunct Professor of Law, UCC

“EU Law Arguments and Strategies You Can Use in Practice in Ireland to Win Cases"

5:45-6:15       Anthony M Collins SC      

“Everyday Issues in Litigating EU Law in Ireland”

6:15-7:00       Questions and Discussion


This event is supported by funding from the Department of An Taoiseach Communicating Europe Initiative

Continuing Professional Development: 2 hours General CPD – Group Study 

There is no charge to attend this event, but advance booking is essential as places are limited: European Union Law in Practice 2012 flier & booking form.

If you book a place, and subsequently find that you cannot attend, please cancel in advance so that your place may be reallocated.

The Faculty of Law reserves the right to substitute and to rearrange presentations if necessary.


The venue, Boole 1 Lecture Theatre, is located on the main UCC campus.  Transport and parking information may be acessed at  Please note that parking at UCC is extremely limited.

School of Law

Scoil an Dlí

Room 1.63, T12 T656