The UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies will have the privilege of hosting The Public Law Conference in July 2022, one of the top international legal conferences in the world. UCD will be the next to host, following the unfortunate cancellation of the 2020 Conference in Ottawa due to Covid-19. The convenors for this event have been announced as our very own Professor Eoin Carolan and Professor Jason Varuhas, from the University of Melbourne, both former speakers in previous years. 

Having taken place since 2014, this conference is to be the latest in the Biennial Public Law Series; UCD will be following previous hosts – the University of Cambridge and the University of Melbourne – in holding this esteemed forum for the discussion of public law matters in the world of common law. The theme of the 2022 conference is ‘The Making (and remaking) of Public Law’ and over the course of three days, this event is expected to bring hundreds of leading public law figures into Dublin.

The conference being hosted in Ireland at this time has particular significance; 2022 will mark one hundred years since the first Irish Constitution was enacted. Hosting the Public Law Conference is yet another achievement for UCD to be proud of its Law Department for; following the School of Law’s recent ranking as number one in Ireland in the 2021 Times Higher World University Rankings (by subject), Sutherland has much to be congratulated on. 

When asked for his thoughts on UCD hosting the convention here in Ireland, Professor Carolan expressed it was ‘recognition of the quality of the Centre for Constitutional Studies’ and ‘an honour for UCD to be in the same category as the likes of Cambridge and Melbourne.’ He also stated that the various panels taking place will be an opportunity for local junior scholars not only to partake and engage with visitors, but to bring their work to the attention of high-quality international audiences. 

Lucy Mackarel – Reporter