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IACBA Conference 2020

Webinar Recording Part 1

Webinar Recording Part 2

Conference Materials

Opening Address

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IACBA Chair, Denise Brett SC

Conference Chair

The Hon. Mr. Justice Brian Murray


Michael Lynn SC

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Gorry v Minister for Justice [2020] IESC 55 & its implications

Michael Lynn SC is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, with a practice in both criminal and civil law. He has had an interest in immigration and asylum law for many years, and has represented applicants in cases in the Superior Courts, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. He helped establish the Immigration and Asylum Law Module in the Kings’ Inns, and is consultant editor of the textbook, National Security Law in Ireland, O’Connor, Bloomsbury, 2018.   

Strategic Litigation to Vindicate the Rights of Refugees and Migrants:

The Right to Work and Family Reunification in Global Context

Prof Cathryn Costello, Hertie School

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Cathryn Costello is a Professor of Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School and Co-Director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights.  She is an expert in European and international refugee and migration law and has written about EU asylum and migration law, international refugee law, and the relationship between migration and labour law. Costello is also part-time Professor II at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo, and is on leave from her previous post as Professor of Refugee and Migration Law at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. She is currently the Principal Investigator of RefMig, a five-year ERC-funded research project exploring refugee mobility, recognition and rights.  She holds a DPhil in Law from the University of Oxford.  She began her academic career as Lecturer in European Law at the Law School, TCD, where she was also Director of the Irish Centre for European Law (2000-2003). She served on the boards of both the Irish Refugee Council and the Immigrant Council of Ireland.

Prof Steven Peers, University of Essex

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The new asylum proposals from the EU

Steve Peers received a B.A. (Hons.) in history from McMaster University (Canada) in 1988, an LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario (Canada) in 1991, an LL.M. in EU Law from the London School of Economics in 1993, and a Ph.D from the University of Essex in 2001.  His research interests include EU Constitutional and Administrative, Justice and Home Affairs, External Relations, Human Rights, Internal Market and Social Law. He has written over fifty articles on many aspects of EU law in journals including the Common Market Law Review, European Law Review, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Yearbook of European Law and the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, as well as many chapters in books. He has worked as a consultant for the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union and the Council of Europe, and contributed to the work of NGOs such as Amnesty International, Justice, Statewatch, ILGA-Europe and the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA).

Jonathan Tomkin 

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"Strings attached": the derived rights of third country national spouses and carers of EU citizens - an update on recent case-law

Jonathan Tomkin is a Member of the Legal Service of the European Commission and an affiliated member of the Institute for European Law, KU Leuven. He is a barrister (Bar of Ireland, Bar of England and Wales - Inner Temple), former Director of the Irish Centre for European Law (Trinity College, Dublin) and Legal Secretary (Référendaire) at the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Jonathan appears regularly before the Union Courts and EFTA Courts, in particular, in the field of EU citizenship, migration and asylum law.

Jonathan has published and lectured extensively in the field of EU Citizenship and Free Movement law. Together with Steve Peers and Elspeth Guild, he has co-edited and co-authored commentaries on EU Immigration and Asylum law (Brill, 2012) and the EU Citizenship Directive (OUP, 2019). He is also co-editor of the Commentary on the EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights (OUP, 2019).

Advocate General Gerard Hogan, Court of Justice, European Union

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Recent developments in EU immigration law (recast Qualification and Procedures Directive)

Appointed Judge of the High Court: 2010

Appointed Judge of the Court of Appeal: 2014

Appointed Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union: 2018

Suzanne Kingston SC

The EU Citizens' Directive - Recent Irish case-law

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Suzanne Kingston is Senior Counsel and Professor of Law, University College Dublin. She was previously référendaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg, and practised EU law in Brussels. She has published widely in the fields of EU and human rights law and has held a variety of visiting positions, most recently as Adjunct Professor and International Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia University, New York.

Tensions in EU law between Art 4 Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and concept of mutual trust

Aoife McMahon BL

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Following a masters in human rights law obtained from the University of Evry Val d’Essonne in France, Aoife obtained a PhD in immigration law from TCD. She has lectured in EU law, Immigration law and refugee law in TCD, UCD, Maynooth University, Griffith College and the Law Society of Ireland and has had a number of articles published in this area. Her book, The Role of the State in Migration Control was published by Brill Nijhoff in December 2016. In 2011, she worked with Siofra O’Leary in the Irish judge’s Chambers of the CJEU. Prior to this, she obtained experience in the international human rights sphere through her work at Unesco and Médecins du Monde in Paris. She now has 11 years of experience as a practising barrister and has been involved in a number of preliminary references to the CJEU.

Sara Moorehead SC

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Recent updates in Citizenship law in Ireland

Sara Moorhead is a Senior Counsel and a CEDR Accredited Mediator. She is primarily a trial lawyer / courtroom advocate. She has extensive expertise in the areas of Judicial Review, Personal Injuries, Administrative and Contract Law, Medical Negligence, Professional Negligence, Insurance Law, non-Jury, Asylum and Immigration law. She has represented the Government in proceedings before the European Court of Justice. She has also advised the Office of the Parliamentary Legal Adviser and acted as Legal Counsel in a number of Tribunals of Inquiry.


She is the Bar Council representative on the Legal Services Regulatory Authority which will govern the Bar of Ireland in the future.

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