EUBA Annual Conference 2023: Fifty Years of EU Law in the Irish Legal System

Date: Friday 20th October 2023

Location: Distillery Building, Dublin 7

2.5 CPD points.

This conference is open to all.

Time Speaker/ Topics
1:15-2:00 p.m Registration Begins
Tea/ coffee and light lunch available at arrival.
2:00–2.45 p.m. Welcome by Brian Kennedy SC, Chair, EUBA
Keynote address by Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan
Chaired by Judge Suzanne Kingston, General Court of the EU
2:45–3:30 p.m. Panel discussion on Competition Law and panellists are; 
Paul Gallagher S.C.
Michael Collins S.C.
Una Butler, Competition & Consumer Protection Commission.
Chaired by Ms. Justice Niamh Hyland

Paul Gallagher SC will discuss the evolution and importance of competition law enforcement tracing back from the early days of competition law in Ireland up to the present. Una Butler will then speak on the operational aspects of enforcement under the 2022 Act. Michael Collins SC will speak on potential challenges to the 2022 Act/future enforcement and competition law issues that might arise. Attendees will then have the opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A with the speakers.
3:30-4:00 p.m. Tea and Coffee Break
4:00-4:45 p.m. Environmental Law session
Jarlath Fitzsimons SC
Margaret Gray SC
Chaired by Mr. Justice Garrett Simons

Jarlath Fitzsimons SC will present a paper tracing thedevelopment of the impact of EU environmental law on Ireland, including theplanning system. A group discussion will follow looking at EUlaw’s impact on a past, present and future basis.
4:45-4:50 p.m. Concluding comments
4.50pm Drinks Reception (Sheds, Distillery Building)

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


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.