Following the success of last year’s “Law on Screen” seminar, the School of Law and Government and the Socio-Legal Research Centre at Dublin City University are pleased to announce the next seminar in the ‘Law on…’ series: ‘Law on Celebrity – Privacy and the Press in Ireland‘. This seminar will focus on developments in privacy law and how the law interacts with the coverage of celebrities in the Irish media. Speakers will include:
- Marie McGonagle (NUI Galway)
- Tony Williams (Partner, Simon McAleese solicitors)
- Una Mullally (Sunday Tribune)
The seminar will take place on Wednesday, November 17th from 6-8pm in QG15 (DCU Business School) and should be a highly informative and enjoyable evening. To RSVP (before 5pm on Monday, November 15th) or for further information please contact Dr Michael Doherty (email@example.com).
Marie McGonagle (NUI Galway))
Marie McGonagle lectures in law at NUI Galway. She was Head of the Law School from 2005 until 2008 and has been Director of the LL.M. in Public Law since its inception in 2005. She teaches courses in Media Law and Entertainment Law at undergraduate level, and Communications Law at LL.M. level. Her book Media Law is now going into its third edition, and she is also the author of numerous studies, reports and articles on various aspects of Media and Communications Law, particularly in relation to the print and broadcasting media. She has contributed to several studies for the European Commission related to the revision of the Television without Frontiers Directive and was the Irish Government’s nominee to the Focus Group in Brussels examining issues of jurisdiction and content regulation in relation to what has now become the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.
More recent work includes articles on defamation and privacy, reports on media pluralism and data retention and a commentary for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the Draft Convention on Access to Official Documents.
Tony Williams (Partner, Simon McAleese solicitors)
Tony Williams is a partner at Simon McAleese Solicitors, a Dublin-based firm widely regarded as Ireland’s leading specialist defamation and media law practice. The firm provides pre-publication advice, post-publication complaint handling and litigation services to an extensive array of media clients including Independent Newspapers, Tribune Newspapers, Johnston Press, Mirror Group Newspapers and Today FM.
Tony has a Law Degree from Trinity College Dublin and postgraduate qualifications from University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology. He qualified as a Solicitor in Ireland in 1991 and is also admitted as a Solicitor in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
He has appeared personally as an advocate at all levels of the Irish Courts and is regularly involved in high profile cases. He has lectured on legal issues, written articles on legal topics for Ireland’s national newspapers and features regularly as a legal commentator on Ireland’s national and independent TV and radio stations. The U.S. legal website BestLawyers.com named him as its 2010 Dublin Defamation Lawyer of the Year.
Úna Mullally (Sunday Tribune)
Úna Mullally is a journalist with the Sunday Tribune newspaper who writes weekly on news and current affairs, popular culture, and television. She also regularly conducts high-profile interviews and pens opinion pieces for the Tribune.
She graduated with a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University in 2005. She has been a multiple nominee at the Irish Blog Awards in the best personal blog category (UnaRocks blog) and was a co-presenter on TTV, a live evening programme on RTÉ 2 where she presented a slot detailing quirky websites and social networks. Úna is currently filming a second series of the TG4 music programme she presents, Ceol Ar An Imeall. She is also the assistant producer on (and founder of) the Dancing About Architecture free music journalism course.
She is a regular contributor to several other media outlets, having appeared on various television shows, such as The Late Late Show, Six One News and News on Two. She has also appeared regularly on Today FM, Newstalk, Phantom 105.2 and RTE Radio.
Úna is currently writing her first book about the impact of the Internet on modern identity.