July 2, 2016


Since 1999, our Annual Lecture has become a staple event in the Irish legal calendar, at which topics of contemporary significance are discussed by a panel of distinguished guests. In recent years, the HLJ has been fortunate to welcome, among others, current Attorney General Paul Gallagher SC, former Chief Justice John Murray, Professor Colin Harvey of Queen’s University Belfast and Senator Michael McDowell SC as speakers at our Annual Lecture. 

Previous Lectures


The Courts and Court Officers Act 2002: Reflections on 20 Years of Solicitors as Superior Court Judges

The Hibernian Law Journal held its Annual Lecture of 2023 at the Law Society of Ireland on Thursday 11 May 2023.

Speakers: Mr. Justice Michael Quinn (Chair), Mr Justice Michael Peart, Dr. Jennifer Carroll MacNeill (Minister of State), Michael McDowell SC (TD and Senator).


Emergency Powers & The Executive: Reflections on the Past and a Vision for the Future 

The Hibernian Law Journal held its Annual Lecture of 2022 at the Law Society of Ireland on Tuesday 19 April 2022.

Speakers: Michelle Ní Longáin (Chair, Law Society of Ireland), Sinéad Gibney (IHREC), Jim O’Callaghan (TD Fianna Fáil), Dr. David Kenny (Trinity College Dublin), Jack Horgan-Jones and Hugh O’Connell (Authors of Pandemonium).


Disinformation in an Information Age: Ireland’s Response to a Global Challenge 

The Hibernian Law Journal held its Annual Lecture of 2021 virtually on 27 April 2021.  


Ireland, Northern Ireland and a Constitutional Conversation

The Hibernian Law Journal held its Annual Lecture of 2019 Ireland, Northern Ireland and a Constitutional Conversation – at the Law Society of Ireland on 28 November 2019.  


  • Mr Justice Michael Twomey (Chair & Judge-in-Residence of the Hibernian Law Journal)
  • Paul Gallagher SC (29th Attorney General of Ireland
  • Sir Paul Girvan (Former Lord Justice of Appeal in Northern Ireland)
  • Professor Aileen Kavanagh (Chair of Constitutional Governance at TCD)
  • Mr Justice John L Murray (10th Chief Justice of Ireland)


One Island, Two Systems: The Future of Rights Post-Brexit

Speakers: Mr Justice Michael Twomey (Chair), Séamus Woulfe SC, Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC (Doughty Street Chambers), Professor Conor Gearty (London School of Economics), Eilis Barry (Chief Executive of FLAC)


Checkpoint Cathal – Brexit and the Border

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


Climate Change and Legal Disruption

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), 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