July 2, 2016


Annual Lecture 2017Annual Lecture 2017

The Annual Lecture of the Hibernian Law Journal 2017 was Checkpoint Cathal – Brexit and the Border.  The Lecture considered the legal implications for the island of Ireland following the United Kingdom’s decision to withdraw from the European Union, in light of the especial historic and cultural considerations at issue both North and South of “the Border”.  The speakers presented short addresses followed by panel discussion and audience Q&A.


  • The Hon. Ms Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon, Chair
  • Senator Michael McDowell SC
  • Miriam González (Partner, Dechert LLP)
  • Professor Colin Harvey (Queen’s University Belfast)


6:30pm | Education Centre, Law Society of Ireland

Tea and Coffee from 6pm

Refreshments to Follow

Former Lectures


Climate Change and Legal Disruptionhlj-2016-annual-lecture-poster

Speakers: Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan (Chair), Professor Maria Lee (UCL), Dr Áine Ryall (UCC) and Dr Eloise Scotford (KCL)


World Wide Web or Wild Wild West? The Rule of Law in a Digitised Society

Speakers: Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan (Chair), Cliona Kimber BL, Dr. Eoin O’Dell (TCD) and Dr. Raphael Cohen-Almagor (Hull)


The Future of the Legal Profession

Speakers: Professor Stephen Gillers (NYU), Professor Alan Paterson (Strathclyde), Professor John Flood (UCD), Mr Justice Michael Peart


Press for Freedom – Legal Friction between Press Freedom and Press Regulation in Modern Society

Speakers: David Leigh (The Guardian), Professor John Horgan (Press Ombudsman), Mr Justice Michael Peart, Vincent Browne


The Future of Defamation in an Online Society

Speakers: Mr Justice Michael Peart, Mr Hugh Mohan SC, Mr Michael Kealey (Solicitor)


The Commercial Court

Speakers: Mr Justice Peter Kelly, Ms Justice Finlay-Geoghegan, Mr Justice Michael Peart


Nationalism, Constitutionalism and the Future of the European Union

Speaker: Professor Sir David Edward


The Three Courts

Speakers: Mr Justice Kevin O’Higgins, Ms Justice Fidelma Macken, Professor Imelda Maher (UCD)


Speaker: Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston


Speakers: Judge Erik Mose, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda & Dr Maurice Manning, President of the Irish Human Rights Commission


Justice John Cooke – Impressions on White Paper

Speakers: Geoffrey Robertson QC, (2004-2005) 5 Hibernian Law Journal 1 and Robert Marshall (Solicitor)


Sanctions and International Law: Connect or Disconnect?

Speakers: Andreas Lowenfeld (NYU), (2003) 4 Hibernian Law Journal 1 and  “Legal Limits to International Sanctions” – Gernot Biehler (TCD), (2003) 4 Hibernian Law Journal 15


The Rule of Law and Judicial Remedies in the European Union

Speakers: Advocate General Francis G. Jacobs, (2002) 3(1) Hibernian Law Journal 1


Post Nice or Anti-Nice? The Debate on Europe’s Constitutional Future after Ireland’s No Vote

Speakers: Professor Gráinne de Búrca (EUI), (2001) 2 Hibernian Law Journal 1, John Rogers SC, Dr. Vincent Power (Solicitor)


The Second Great English Reform of Civil Justice – A Triumph of Hope over Experience

Speakers: Professor Adrian Zuckerman (Oxford), (2000) 1(2) Hibernian Law Journal 178 and Michael McDowell SC, “A Reply to Mr Zuckerman” (2000) 1(2) Hibernian Law Journal 198