The Annual Distinguished Lecture 2015, hosted by the School of Law at NUI Galway will, this year, be delivered by the Right Honourable Sir Declan Morgan, the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland on the topic of ‘The role of the judiciary in the vindication of human rights’. The event, which takes place in the Aula Maxima (Lower) at 8pm on Friday 24th April, will be chaired by the Chief Justice of Ireland, Ms. Justice Susan Denham. It will be followed by a reception for attendees in the Staff Club, Quadrangle Building, NUIG.
Previous speakers in the Annual Distinguished Lecture series include: Professor Christopher McCrudden of Oxford University, Judge John T. Noonan of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Professor Neil Walker of Edinburgh University, Baroness Brenda Hale of the UK Supreme Court, Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness of the Irish Supreme Court and Mr. Justice Nial Fennelly of the Irish Supreme Court.
The event is held on an annual basis to mark the end of the academic year and is open to students and graduates of the School of Law, NUIG as well as interested members of the public.
Biographical details of speaker and chairperson:
THE RT HON SIR DECLAN MORGAN
LORD CHIEF JUSTICE OF NORTHERN IRELAND
Sir Declan Morgan was educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar in 1976 and took Silk in 1993. He was Senior Crown Counsel for Northern Ireland from 2002 until his appointment as a High Court Judge in May 2004. He was appointed to the Family Division in January 2007 and in September 2008 became one of two judges with responsibility for judicial review. Sir Declan was appointed Chairman of the Law Reform Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland in 2004. He was Chairman of the Northern Ireland Law Commission from April 2007 until his appointment at Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland in July 2009. Sir Declan is also Chairman of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission. He is an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple.
CHIEF JUSTICE SUSAN DENHAM
CHIEF JUSTICE OF IRELAND
Mrs. Justice Susan Denham was appointed the 11th Chief Justice of Ireland on the 25th July, 2011. Judge Denham was educated at Alexandra College, Dublin; TCD; King’s Inns and Columbia University, New York. She was called to the Bar in 1971 and became a Senior Counsel in 1987. As a barrister she practised on the Midland Circuit and in Dublin, and had a general practice with a specialisation in Judicial Review cases. Appointed a Judge of the High Court in 1991, in December 1992 she was the first woman appointed a Judge of the Irish Supreme Court. Judge Denham is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy since 2013. From 1996 to 2010 Judge Denham was Pro-Chancellor of the University of Dublin (TCD). She has been awarded honorary doctorates by Queen’s University Belfast, University of Ulster, UCD and DCU.
Date: Friday 24th April
Venue: Aula Maxima, NUI Galway