NUI Galway Conference to Focus on Legal Legacy of 1916 Rising

Mar 31 2016 Posted: 11:14 IST

NUI Galway’s School of Law will host a conference on Law, Revolution and Sovereignty: Reflections on the Legal Legacy of the 1916 Rising and the Declaration of Independence. The conference will take place at the Aula Maxima at NUI Galway on 9-10 April. 

The conference, part of NUI Galway’s commemorative programme for the centenary of the 1916 Rising, will consider the legacy of Irish independence and sovereignty in the domain of law and legal thought. 

The conference will address:

  • The distinctive character of the legal order that developed post-independence
  • The impact of revolutionary ideals in the Irish legal and constitutional system
  • Constitutional experimentation and evolution in independent Ireland
  • Concepts of nationalism and popular sovereignty and their impact in the area of social and penal policy

The conference will be opened by Dr Maurice Manning, Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, and Mr Justice John MacMenamin of the Supreme Court of Ireland.  Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, will close the proceedings.

Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of NUI Galway’s School of Law, said: “The School is delighted to host this conference. It provides an opportunity for staff, alumni and students, and members of the public, to join a distinguished panel of speakers in considering how Ireland has used a century of political independence to fashion its legal order and engagement with the wider world.”

To view the full conference programme and speakers visit To register for the conference email

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points will be available for legal professionals who register and attend the conference.


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