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'In Defense of the European Union'

Tuesday, 11 April, 2017

Presented by Justice John MacMenamin, Supreme Court of Ireland

The European Union is the United States’ largest trading partner. Each year the U.S. exports almost $500 billion worth of goods and services, and imports slightly more from the E.U. The European Union is frequently criticized for being bureaucratic and over-centralized.

It is criticized too for its social programs, and unwillingness to undertake financial burdens in the defense sector. Justice MacMenamin will seek to point out that the Union, since the Treaty of Rome in 1957, has made a significant contribution, not only to the welfare of its own citizens, but also on the world stage. 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.

CLE credit available. Sponsored by the Center for International and Comparative Law, located in the Pruellage Courtroom. RSVP here.