University of Galway: “Replacing the Offences against the State Acts: The Challenge of Jury Trials for Terrorism and Organised Crime” – Friday/Saturday 16th & 17th February 2024 @ 9am, Aula Maxima (Lower), Quadrangle, University of Galway

University of Galway School of Law in association with Birmingham Law School

Day One: Friday 16/2/2024

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  • Chair: Professor Caroline Fennell, Professor Emerita, UCC

  • 9.30am Session 1: What principles should shape the replacement of the OASAs?

  • Keynote speaker:

  • Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin MRIA KC, Regents Professor & Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy & Society at the University of Minesota and Professor of Law at Queen’s University Belfast, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights & Counter-Terrorism, Member of the International Commission of Jurists

  • Professor Liz Campbell, Professor & Francine V. McNiff Chair, Faculty of Law, Monash University (Zoom)

  • Professor Fiona de Londras, Chair of Global Legal Studies, Birmingham Law School


  • 11.30am Session 2: Does Ireland need a non-jury court and if so, what should it look like?

  • Dr Cian Ó Concubhair, Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice, School of Law & Criminology, Maynooth University

  • Dr Eoin Daly, Lecturer in Law, School of Law, University of Galway

  • Dr Mark Coen, Associate Professor, Sutherland School of Law, UCD


  • ***LUNCH 1-2.30pm***


  • 2.30pm Session 3: Are special evidentiary measures required in counter-terrorist or organised crime cases and, if so, what safeguards should be in place? How should proscription be dealt with?

  • Dr Lawrence McNamara, Reader in Law, York Law School and Law Commission of England & Wales

  • Dr Katy Vaughan, Senior Lecturer, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University

  • Jamie McLoughlin, PhD Researcher and IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar, Sutherland School of Law, UCD

  • Dr Alan Greene, Reader in Constitutional Law & Human Rights, Birmingham Law School


  • 4pm Session 4: What Oversight Mechanisms should be in place for any replacement of the OASAs?

  • Dr Jessie Blackbourn, Associate Professor in Public Law & Human Rights, Durham Law School

  • Professor Donncha O’Connell, School of Law, University of Galway


Day Two: Saturday 17/2/2024

  • Chair: Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley, Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland

  • 10.00am Session 5: Practitioner perspectives and concluding observations

  • Brendan Grehan SC

  • Ronnie Renucci KC (Zoom)

  • Alice Harrison BL, Lecturer in Law, King’s Inns & School of Law & Criminology, Maynooth University

  • Professor Claire Hamilton, Professor of Criminology & Head of Criminology, School of Law & Criminology, Maynooth University


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