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About the Centre

The Irish Centre for European Law is a neutral body that seeks to promote knowledge, understanding and the good practice of EU law and European Human Rights law. It is based at Trinity College Dublin and is operated on a not-for-profit basis.

The Centre was founded in 1988 by Dr Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Guided by an expert Board, the Centre produces conferences, seminars, courses and publications of quality in specialised fields of European law.

Its members comprise solicitors, barristers, academics, representatives from industry, the public sector and non-governmental organisations.

The Centre's Chairman is The Honorable John D.Cooke SC, retired Judge of the Irish High Court and a former Judge of the General Court of the European Union.

The Centre's Director is Gary Fitzgerald BL, a practising barrister at the Irish Bar. Anne Fitzpatrick BL is the assistant director with responsibility for Brexit events and is also a practising barrister.

Upcoming Events


ICEL 30th Anniversary Conference

3 CPD Points (Barristers) 3 General CPD Points (Solicitors) The ICEL is 30 years in existence this year and to mark this event we are holding a special afternoon conference to examine two high level themes on the European Union. Leading Irish and international speakers…

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The Aarhus Convention – 20 years on

5.5 CPD Points (Barristers) 5.5 General CPD Points (Solicitors) The Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (the Aarhus Convention) was adopted 20 years ago, in June 1998. It has led to a number of EU…

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