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'The Rule of Law in a Time of Change'

Monday, 10 April, 2017

Justice John MacMenamin of the Supreme Court of Ireland will discuss the unprecedented pressures on the very concept of the rule of law, both in the E.U. and internationally. The talk will consider the challenges set out by populism, nationalism, migration, and social alienation, all taking place in a digital age, where there is a real risk that the integrity of fact-finding, both in courts and the academy, runs the risk of misunderstanding and mis-portrayal. The talk will consider the key role to be played by the media in explaining the role of courts, judges and scholarship, where in Europe the attack on “experts” could pose an existential threat to reasoned debate.

This lecture will take place at noon Monday, April 10, in Scott Hall 1166.

Justice MacMenamin was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ireland in February of 2012, and he has been on the bench since 2004. Since his appointment, he has decided a number of cases with a human rights dimension, addressing issues such as the rights of asylum seekers, children in need of special care, treatment of prisoners and unmarried fathers. He has spoken and published frequently on the subject of family law and the law of children.