Joint EUBA/ISEL Event: The Building Blocks of a Career in EU Law: Different Perspectives

Date: Tuesday 28 November

Start Time: 5.30pm

Finish Time: 6.45pm

Location: Gaffney Room & Online

1 CPD points.

This event is open to all.

The EU Bar Association and the Irish Society for European Law are delighted to be hosting what is now an annual event for junior practitioners on career opportunities in EU law. The speakers will draw on their diverse experience to share insights into the different ways that practitioners can develop a successful career in EU law. 

The event will be followed by a reception in the Sheds, hosted by the Irish Society for European Law. 

Chair: The Hon. Mr. Justice Brian Murray of the Supreme Court


  • Dr Róisín Á. Costello BL, Trinity College Dublin
  • Jessica Egan, Deputy Director of Legal Services (Competition), Competition & Consumer Protection Commission
  • Benoît Keane, solicitor and avocat, Brussels

Learning Outcomes: At the end of the presentation, participants will know more about the diverse career options in the sphere of EU law and will have gained insights into how to develop their current practice in areas where knowledge of EU law is essential. 

Dr Róisín Á Costello BL is a practising barrister and assistant professor of EU and International Law at Trinity College Dublin. Róisín’s work is particularly focused on EU law, privacy and data protection law. Róisín is an advisor to the Council of Europe’s data protection unit, is the co-editor of the recent volume Data Protection After Brexit: Reflections from the UK and Ireland and the author of Privacy Law in Ireland.

Jessica Egan is a Deputy Director of Legal Services at the CCPC. She currently oversees the Competition Unit of the Legal Services Division, a team of lawyers who advise the organisation on all aspects of competition enforcement and mergers. Jessica qualified as a solicitor in 2016 and previously worked as a Senior Legal Advisor at the CCPC. Prior to this, she worked as a solicitor and an associate in A&L Goodbody, specialising in EU, competition and procurement law. Jessica holds a degree in law and politics from University College Dublin, a master’s in law from the University of Cambridge and an advanced diploma in public procurement law from the King’s Inns. She is an active member of the Irish Society of European Law.

Benoît Keane is a leading EU lawyer in Brussels specialising in European sports law. He has acted in major sports cases before the European Commission and the Court of Justice and is representing UEFA in the landmark Super League case. Benoît also appears as counsel before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Originally from Cork, he read law at University College Cork and holds a master's degree in European law from the College of Europe, Bruges. Following his training at an international law firm in London, Paris and Brussels, Benoît practised with international firms in Brussels, developing his specialisation in European sports law. In 2012, he set up his own practice, Keane Legal. Benoît is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Who's Who Legal. He is a regular writer and speaker on developments in EU law.

Accessibility Requirements: At the Bar of Ireland we wish for our events to be as welcoming, accessible and inclusive for all. Please provide us if comfortable with any accessibility related considerations so that we can endeavour to ensure a barrier free experience during the event. Email to discuss your needs.

EUBA Membership: The current membership year ends on 31 Dec 2023 and the new membership year will begin on 1 January 2024. Junior counsel membership fees also begin in January 2024. For more information, please go to


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Additional Information

The EU Bar Association is a specialist bar association for Irish barristers who practise in the area of EU Law. It was established in December 2016 with the purpose of providing a forum for barristers who practise or possess expertise in the area of EU law or who would wish to develop such practice or expertise.

The EUBA provides specialist education to its members through seminars, conferences and morning briefing sessions which seek to keep members up to date on developments in a complex and fast moving area of EU law.

The EUBA promotes the Bar as a specialist provider of advocacy and legal advice in this area.