Moving Forward: Irish Law for the 21st Century – University College Cork Student Law Society Conference

Venue: Jury’s Doyle Hotel, Cork – Registration at 8.30. Conference finishes at 4.00 – Cost: €50 (Students: €15)

Speakers include:

  • The Hon. Ms. Justice Susan Denham: ‘Changes in Irish Law’
  • Jerry Healy SC: ‘Litigation Culture’
  • Vincent Power, A&L Goodbody Solicitors: ‘Modern Competition Law’
  • Charlie Bird, RTE: ‘Law and the Media’
  • Alpha Connelly, Department of Foreign Affairs: ‘International Law’
  • Don McAleese, Matheson Ormsby Prentice: ‘The Electronic Commerce Act
  • Barry Galvin, Criminal Assets Bureau: ‘The Proceeds of Crime Act”

Profiles of Speakers:

Barry Galvin

Barry Galvin was called to the Irish Bar in 1965 having being placed first in the role of honour. As a barrister he specialised in corporate, banking, taxation and to a lesser extent criminal defence. He is also a practising solicitor and partner in family firm of Solicitors, Barry C. Galvin & Son, in Cork

In 1983 Barry was appointed State Solicitor for Cork City. In this job he was responsible for the discharge of all government work arising in Cork City including the prosecution of all serious criminal offences. He has also served as an elected member of the Law Society of Ireland.

In July 1996 he was requested to assist in the drafting and enacting of a legislative anti crime package. This resulted in the creation of an independent multi-agency body called the Criminal Assets Bureau. He assisted in the implementation of the statutory remit of the Bureau and the statutory position of Bureau Legal Officer. Part of his work was to manage all of the litigation undertaken by the Bureau. In addition as part of the senior management of the Bureau he has been involved in all operational and strategic decisions taken.

Dr. Alpha Connelly

Dr. Alpha Connelly lectured in law for many years, first at University College, Cardiff and then at University College Dublin, before assuming the position of Research Counsellor to the Law Reform Commission in the early 1990s.

In 1996, she was appointed Legal Advisor in the Department of Foreign Affairs and, in this role, she heads a small team of lawyers, who provide advice to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and the Department and the Minister of State in the Department.

She also represents Ireland in many international legal for a and has headed Ireland’s delegations to a number of diplomatic conferences, including the conference held in Rome in 1998 on the establishment of an International Criminal Court. She is an expert in Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law and Public International Law, and has published extensively in these fields.

Vincent Power

Vincent Power is a practicing European Union Law, Competition / Anti-Trust and Transport Law (particularly Shipping Law) at A & L Goodbody. He is the Director of the Firm’ s EU & Competition Law Unit

He is a graduate of University College Cork and the University of Cambridge. A former College Lecturer at University College Cork and lecturer in European Business law at the Smurfit Business School, he is at present visiting Professor of European Union Business Law at The Netherlands Business School at the Universiteit Nyenrode in The Netherlands.

Mr. Power is a member of the Irish Government’s Commission of Inquiry on the Newspaper Industry, Chairman of the Irish Government’s Review Group on the Investigation of Marine Accidents and Director of the Irish Centre for European Law at Trinity College in Dublin.

Jerry Healy SC

Jerry Healy is a member of the Moriarty Tribunal Legal team.

He was educated in University College Cork, King’s Inns and Cambridge University and practiced at the Cork Bar until 1995 when, on taking silk, he moved to Dublin.

Practicing mainly in the areas of personal injury law, commercial law and public law, for the past four years he has been working exclusively with the Moriarty Tribunal.

Mr. Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird has worked with RTE for over twenty five years and has been a news reporter since 1980.He is now Chief News Correspondent with the national broadcaster.

He has covered many of the major national and international news stories in recent times. He travelled throughout Africa, reporting on the famines and crises in Rwanda and Somalia. He was with Nelson Mandela when he cast his vote, in the first post apartheid elections, in South Africa. He also covered the Gulf War conflict in the early 1990’s. Earlier this year Charlie was RTE’s reporter from the tragic scenes at Ground Zero. In the last few years he has taken on the mantle of the country’s leading investigative reporter and has covered all the major tribunals of inquiry.

He was also involved in the longest running libel case in the history of the State against Beverley Cooper Flynn.

In 1998 he was awarded the Journalist of the Year award with colleague George Lee, for their work on the banking scandals.

Justice Susan Denham

Justice Denham was educated at Alexandra College, Dublin and Columbia University, New York. Called to the Bar in 1971, she established a general practice ultimately specializing in judicial review.

In 1987 Mrs. Justice Denham was called to the Inner Bar and in April, 1991 was nominated a High Court Judge. In December, 1992 she became the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. From 1995-1998 Mrs. Justice Denham chaired the Working Group on a Courts Commission established by the government to review the management of the courts.

The Commission published six reports and two working papers, advocating the establishment of an independent Courts Service, the introduction of a Drugs Court into Ireland and addressing the issues of case management and of information and the courts. She chairs the Committee on Court Practice and Procedure and is Honorary Secretary of the Committee on Judicial Conduct and Ethics. She became Pro-Chancellor of Dublin University in 1996 and is a member of the Board of the Courts Service.

Don McAleese

Don McAleese is a Partner and Head of the Information Technology Law Group of Matheson Ormsby Prentice Solicitors, one of Ireland’s leading law firms and recognized specialists in the field of electronic commerce; telecommunications; broadcasting; software copyright; data protection and technology related issues.
He is a member of the European Commission Legal Advisory Board on the Information Market and of the Legal Issues Advisory Group to the Irish Information Society Commission. He is also Chairman of the Legal Subcommittee of the Electronic Commerce Association of Ireland.


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