The Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL) and the European Lawyers’ Union (U.A.E.) are holding an international conference marking the Congress of the UAE in Dublin on 11 November 2022 in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College. The theme of the conference is The Rule of Law in the European Union”. The conference, featuring a panel of leading experts and practitioners, will examine the fundamental role of and emerging threats to the rule of law in the EU. The event will be followed by a conference dinner and more details are provided below.


Welcome (2.15 pm)

Pedro de Gouveia e Melo, President, UAE

Eoin Delap, CEO, Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL)

The Honorable Ms Justice Tara Burns, Judge of the High Court, President of AJI – Association of Judges of Ireland

Session 1 – Emerging Threats to the Rule of Law in Europe (2.30 pm to 4pm)

Moderator: Elisabeth De Boissieu, Vice President, UAE

Professor Laurent Pech, University College Dublin, “The European courts’ answers to Europe’s rule of law crisis”

Paul Gallagher SC, Attorney General of Ireland, Vice President of ICEL, and Adjunct Professor, University College Dublin, “The Rule of Law in Europe – the Teleological Method of Interpretation of the Court of Justice of the European Union”

Andrea Mulligan BL, Law Library and Trinity College Dublin, “The Covid 19 Pandemic and the Rule of Law”

Carlos Botelho Moniz, Honorary President, UAE, “Procedural and financial mechanisms for sanctioning breaches to the Rule of Law in the EU”.

Session 2 – The Rule of Law in a Plural System (4.15 to 5.45 pm)

Moderator: Nicole Hirst, Buckles Solicitors, Secretary General, UAE

Dr Stephen Brittain BL, Law Library, “The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the Member States, and the Rule of Law”

The Honorable Mr Justice John Edwards, Court of Appeal (Ireland), former President of AJI – Association of Judges of Ireland, “The work of the IAJ/EAJ in recent years in support of the rule of law”

Professor Christopher McCrudden, Queen’s University Belfast and University of Michigan, Board Member, ICEL, “The Rule of Law and Brexit – the Ireland-Northern Ireland Protocol.” 

Keynote Address (5.45 to 6.30 pm)

The Honorable Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, The Supreme Court of Ireland, “The Rule of Law in Europe and the Role of the Judiciary”.

Conference Dinner (8pm)

Delegates are invited to join ICEL and the UAE for dinner following the conference at 8pm on Friday 11 November 2022 in the Stephen’s Green Club, 9 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, D02 C891. Tickets for the conference dinner are €105.00 and available below. Dinner includes a three-course meal and wine.


This conference is sold out. There are still tickets available for the conference dinner. If you wish to attend the conference dinner please contact us by email at

About the U.A.E.

The U.A.E. was founded in Luxembourg in 1986 by a group of leading practitioners as a non-profit association devoted to promoting the practice of law within the European Community (as the European Union was then called), the harmonisation of the statue and professional and ethical practices of European lawyers, as well as to advancing the practice of E.U. law and of the law derived from the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

You can find out more about the U.A.E. on its website.