Clare artist Mick O’Dea to open Burren Law School 2016

Clare artist Mick O’Dea to open Burren Law School 2016


Mick O'Dea 2Mick O’Dea, Clare born artist and President of the RHA, will open the annual Burren Law School conference, which will take place in Ballyvaughan at the Burren College of Art from Friday, April 29th to Sunday, May 1st.

The Director of this year’s School is John Fingleton, former CEO of the UK’s Office of Fair Trading and former director of the Irish Competition Authority. Among the eminent speakers assembled from the UK and Ireland are Alex Chisholm, Chair of the UK Competition Authority; Baroness Shriti Vadera, Chair of Santander Bank and Jonathan Portes, Institute for National Economic and Social Research, UK. They will be joined by Judge Ian Forrester, General Court of the European Union, Denis Staunton, London Editor of the Irish Times and by Ireland’s leading medievalist Professor Donnchadh O’Corráin.

Is the law, enacted by politicians and adjudicated by judges and regulators adequate to the task of ensuring that the common good prevails over vested interests in these turbulent times? And what of migration and its implications for BREXIT? These and other relevant issues will be addressed within this year’s conference theme: “The Power of Vested Interests and the Law”. Discussions will feature the time-honoured Brehon perspective, which make the Burren Law School a unique event in the Irish calendar.

The Burren Law School aims to recreate the tradition of legal learning associated with the Brehon Law Schools, allowing the past to illuminate the present in what promises to be a stimulating and entertaining weekend. It will be of interest to the general public as much as to members of the legal and caring professions, historians and relevant interest groups.

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