UCD Sutherland School of Law have announced the appointment of five Adjunct Professors. According to UCD, adjunct appointees “are individuals whose appointment to the University will enhance the teaching or research profile of a School, Research Institute or College and contribute to the intellectual life of the University”.
The new professors can be employed for a maximum of five years and there is usually no remuneration attached to the appointment.
Rossa Fanning SC
Rossa Fanning SC is the current Attorney General and a UCD graduate, he completed a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) degree in 1997. Mr Fanning won the Swift McNeill Memorial Prize on graduation, having obtained the highest overall results. During his time as an undergraduate, Mr Fanning served as the Auditor of UCD LawSoc.
Mr Fanning was awarded a Postgraduate Research Scholarship for his L.L.M thesis on civil procedure and subsequently travelled to the University of Michigan as a Fulbright Scholar and a University Fellow where he completed an LL.M degree specialising in comparative and constitutional law.
Mr Fanning completed the Barrister at Law Degree at The Honourable Society of King’s Inns, graduating from King’s Inn in first place as the John Brooke Scholar. He was called to the Bar in 1999 and completed his legal apprenticeship (devilling) with David Barniville, who is now the current President of the High Court. Mr Fanning would go on to develop a successful practice with his expertise in bankruptcy and insolvency cases as well as commercial disputes seeing him feature in many high-profile cases in the wake of the Financial Crash. He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 2016.
Mr Fanning was previously a member of the Law School’s faculty from 2001 to 2009, lecturing in constitutional and company law. He was a supporter of the Law School building project and a room in Sutherland is named in his honour.
Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC
Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC is a human rights lawyer and barrister, practicing with Doughty Street Chambers in London. In February 2023, she was appointed as Ireland’s Special Rapporteur on Child Protection.
Ms Gallagher is also a UCD alumnus, having completed the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) degree and graduating in 1999. She subsequently completed the Barrister at Law Degree at The Honourable Society of King’s Inns in 2001 and completed an L.L.M. at Cambridge University in 2002.
In 2017, Ms Gallagher received UCD’s alumni award for outstanding achievements by a UCD law graduate, and in the same year, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for her contribution to the protection of human rights. In 2016 she was named by the Irish Times as one of the 100 most influential Irishwomen living outside Ireland.
Sally Hayden is an award-winning journalist and writer. Ms Hayden is a graduate of UCD School of Law having completed the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) degree and graduating in 2012. Ms Hayden has an MSc in international politics from Trinity College, where her thesis covered post-conflict societies and theories of civil war resolution.
Her recent book, “My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World’s Deadliest Migration Route” won the An Post Irish Book Awards Book of the Year in 2022, as well as the Orwell Prize for Political Writing.
Dr Michael O’Flaherty
Dr Michael O’Flaherty is the Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and has, in the past, served as Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, as well as being a member of the UN Human Rights Committee.
O’Flaherty is a graduate of UCD Law School, having completed the Bachelor of Civil Law in 1980. After studying law at UCD Dr O’Flaherty qualified as a solicitor. Dr O’Flaherty is also a graduate of the University of Amsterdam and of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, where he studied theology and philosophy before being ordained a priest.
Dr O’Flaherty was subsequently laicized before taking up his present vocation in human rights. He was previously a Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Galway.
Carsten Zatschler SC
Carsten Zatschler SC is an experienced barrister, having litigated more than 100 cases in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court.
Mr Zatschler is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, where he studied law, Paris-Pantheon-Assas University, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Honourable Society of King’s Inns. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1999 and to the Bar of Ireland in 2018, becoming senior counsel in 2021.
Mark O’Rourke – Features Editor