Judicial Conduct in Ireland: A Framework Fit for Purpose?

Sep 13 2021 Posted: 16:42 IST

Online Seminar

Friday 22 October 2021


10.00 am – 5.00 pm 

Irish Council for Civil Liberties
Whitaker Institute and School of Law,
National University of Ireland Galway
School of Law, University of Limerick

Funded by the Irish Research Council



9.30 Login

The Hon Mr Justice Frank Clarke, Chief Justice of Ireland – Title TBC


Session 1 – Judicial Conduct and Ethics in Ireland: The Context

Chair: Dr Rónán Kennedy

  • Doireann Ansbro, ICCL: International Standards on Judicial Conduct and Ethics
  • Ray Byrne, Adjunct Full Professor, UCD: The Bangalore Principles and the Judicial Council Act 2019
  • Dr Laura Cahillane, UL: Analysing the New Judicial Conduct Framework
11.30 Break

Session 2 – Judicial Conduct and Ethics in Comparative Perspective

Chair: Ray Byrne

  • Dr Sophie Turenne, University of Cambridge: Judicial Conduct, Complaints and Discipline in England and Wales: Key Features and Issues
  • Prof Daniela Cavallini, University of Bologna: The Italian Case: The Impact of the 2006 Reform on Transparency and Effectiveness of Disciplinary Action. Current debate
  • Silvio R. Vinceti, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia: How (Not) to Try a Judge. Judicial Discipline in Italy and Ireland
13.15 Lunch

Session 3 – What is Judicial Misconduct?

Chair: The Hon Mr Justice Brian Murray

  • Eunice Collins, University of Oxford: Defining Judicial Misconduct
  • Dr David Fennelly, TCD: Equal Treatment in the Court Process
  • Dr Brian Barry, TUD: The Definition and Nature of Judicial Impartiality
15.15 Break

Session 4 – Investigating Complaints

Chair: Dr Brian Barry 

  • Caoimhe Kiernan, TUD: Who Judges the Judges? A Comparative Analysis of the Composition of the Bodies Responsible for Investigating Complaints against the Judiciary
  • Dr Patrick O’Brien, Oxford Brooks University: Disentangling the Formal and Informal in Judicial Conduct Processes
  • Prof Colin Scott, UCD: Regulating Judicial Conduct Responsively
16.30 Conclusions, Final Discussion, and Next Steps
17.00 Close

Registration is now open for this event – please sign up at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkceygqDMpG9doCTra3P9L4oxvY5zFgn3g

Enquiries to: ronan.m.kennedy@nuigalway.ie or to Rónán Kennedy (Law School, National University of Ireland Galway) at +353-91-495626.

Funded by the Irish Research Council.


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