Burren Law School - Programme


The Burren Law School 2014


Twenty-First Century Justice ?

Confirmed Speakers:
Robert Fisk; Dr Fatima Hamroush (Minister for Health, Libya, 2011-12); European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly; Professor Richard Susskind of Oxford University; Judge Nicholas Kearns, President of the High Court; Liam Herrick of the Irish Penal Reform Trust; Pat Leahy of the Sunday Business Post; Professor Donnchadh Ó Corráin; Donal Ryan, Booker-nominated author; Kenneth W. Nicholls, Historian and author.

Friday May 2nd to Sunday May 4th 2014




Friday 2nd May

7.15pm - Registration and Reception

8.00pm - Official Launch of the 2014 Burren Law School

8.15pm - Opening Session : Donal Ryan, Novelist

Saturday 3rd May

7.30am - Michael Greene's Morning Walk

9.30am - Professor Donnchadh Ó Corráin, UCC

10.15am - Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman

11.00am - Coffee Break

11.30am - Session 1 : Justice Across Borders
Robert Fisk, Journalist & Author
Dr. Fatima Hamroush, Former Minister for Health Libya (2011-12)

1.00pm - Lunch Break

1.45pm - Session 2A : Systems of Justice
Prof. Richard Susskind, Legal Author & Philosopher
"The 21st Century Lawyer"

2.45pm - Session 2B: Systems of Justice
Bill Prasifka, Financial Services Ombudsman
"The Role of the Ombudsman and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Ireland"

8,30pm - Conference Dinner

Sunday 4th May

10.00am - Justice Nicholas Kearns, President of the High Court
"Appointments to the Court of Appeal: A Balancing Exercise"

10.45am - Coffee Break

11.15am - Kenneth W. Nicholls

11.45am - Session 3 : Access to Justice
Pat Leahy, Journalist, Sunday Business Post
"Did I Just Miss the Democratic Revolution?"
Dr. Mary Rogan, DIT, Chairperson Irish Penal Reform Trust
"Access to Justice and the Rule of Law in Prisons"

12.45pm - Concluding Remarks

3.00pm - Field Trip
Led by Brendan Dunford

Burren College of Art 20th celebration year 2014


Senator Ivana Bacik, Paddy Brennan, Maura Butler, Mary Hawkes-Greene,
Martin Hawkes, Kieran McGrath, Aengus Ó Corráin, Peter Ward.



Newtown Castle

Burren Law School at Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle