The Irish Centre for European Law

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Welcome to the webiste of the the Irish Centre for European Law at Trinity College, Dublin.

Founded by Mary Robinson in 1988, the Centre is a neutral body that seeks to promote knowledge, understanding and the good practice of EU law and European Human Rights law. It is operated on a not-for-profit basis.

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 and interested persons. The Centre also welcomes corporate members, including, law firms, government departments, non-governmental organisations and universities, public bodies and agencies, as well as businsses who operate in areas affected by EU law. 

The Centre's Chairman is The Honorable Mrs Justice Fidelma Macken, former Judge of the Irish Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The Centre's Director is Gary Fitzgerald, a practising barrister at the Irish Bar.

Constitutions and Courts in the EU - A Tribute to Nial Fennelly - 8 May 2014

The Centre jointly hosted this conference on 8 May 2014 with the Irish Society of European Law and the Academy of European Law. The conference was followed by the launch of the book, Of Courts and Constitutions, Liber Amicorum in Honour of Nial Fennelly, published by Hart Publishing. Pictured are editors of the book, Noel Travers BL and Judge Kieran Bradley, with Mr Justice Nial Fennelly.

Criminal Law Conference - 20 & 21 March 2014

Pictured at the Centre's EU Criminal Law Conference (supported by the European Commission/OLAF) on 20 March 2014 are Northern Irish DPP, Mr Barra McGrory QC and Irish DPP, Ms Claire Loftus.

Environmental Law Conference with the Environmental Protection Agency - 8 November 2013

Pictured at the joint ICEL/EPA Environmental Law Conference on 8 November 2013 at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin is Judge Aindrias Ó Caoimh, Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg (Photograph courtesy of Shay Fennelly)

Fundamental Rights Conference - 10 May 2013

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Pictured at the Centre's conference on 10 May 2013, 'Fundamental Rights Protection in the European Union', are The Hon. Mrs Justice Fidelma Macken, Chairman of the Centre and An Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Judge Allan Rosas of the Court of Justice of the European Union, speaking at the Centre's Fundamental Rights conference on 10 May 2013 in Dublin.

News & Events

The IT Law Conference was a huge success with over 90 delegates listening to a variety of excellent presentations. The papers will be uploaded to the Member's section of the website soon.


The next event is the IT law seminar July 15th. Places are limited so booking is advised. For more details, click here.

ECJ Communiqués »

Commission Communiqués »

Over the past 20 years, the Irish Centre for European Law has provided an important forum for debate and discussion on major developments in the area of EU law. It has been the link between legal practitioners, academics and representatives of the wide range of sectors affected by European Law

Mary McAleese
President of Ireland

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