"A Common Law for Europe:
Legal Systems and Legal Information"

Courts of Law

20th - 24th August 2000
- Dublin International Arbitration Centre of the Bar Council of Ireland -

Updated: September 7, 2000

The Conference Photo Album

 - see Final Programme

The annual course in international law librarianship is the Association's main meeting and educational event of the year. There are three main themes this year:
Social Events

There are receptions on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights in some great locations - including a private viewing of the Book of Kells Museum - as listed in the programme. On Wednesday there are morning visits, an afternoon excursion to the countryside, and an 'Irish evening' , all described in detail below under 'Wednesday Events'. On Thursday the Annual Dinner will be at the grand King's Inns Dining Hall, preceded by a reception in the fascinating King's Inns Library.


The Association's annual meeting is being held for the first time in Ireland. Dublin is special, a place where tradition and cultural heritage have merged seamlessly over the centuries to create a unique atmosphere. Intimate, sophisticated, friendly, Dublin is full of interest and activity — see Joseph Donnelly's Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath): A Brief Guide . Dublin is also Europe's most popular short break destination, so book early!


Please complete the Registration Form [pdf] and return it to Abbey Conference Services. The full registration fee includes all lunches and receptions, visits and excursion, the Irish evening and the Annual Dinner. A day rate is available for local participants on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday which includes social events on those days except the Annual Dinner for which tickets are available.


Dublin Airport has a wide range of domestic and international links. Taxis and a direct Airlink coach service run to the city centre. Abbey Conferences Services, located close to the conference venue, will handle both registration and accommodation. If you require assistance with travel or want to book additional travel and accommodation in Ireland, they will tailor a package for you. They will be available during the conference.


A range of accommodation is available and is described on the Hotel Information sheet . The Accommodation Booking Form [pdf] should be returned to Abbey Conference Services. Accommodation is reserved at conference rates. Please book early to get your first choice; deadline for reservation is 15th June.


The conference venue is the Dublin International Arbitration Centre of the Bar Council of Ireland, Distillery Building, 145-151 Church Street, Dublin 7, Ireland. The Centre is a new facility, built on the former site of the Jameson Distillery. Buffet meals, refreshment breaks and a publishers exhibition will be in the spacious internal courtyard, which preserves the stone walls of the old distillery. All sessions take place in the Main Arbitration Room.

The Centre is situated near the Four Courts in the heartland of Dublin's legal community. It is a short walk along the old city quays to the city centre and the prestigious shopping precincts of Grafton Street and Stephen's Green, the historic Trinity College, and the Temple Bar area with its superb selection of restaurants, galleries, and pubs.


Registration and accommodation:
Camilla Lehtinen, Abbey Conference Services City Gate, 22 Bridge Street Lr., Dublin 8, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 6799144; Fax: +353 1 6799722; email:

Programme, Speakers, Exhibitors:
Jules Winterton, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR, UK. Tel: +44 20 7862 5884; Fax: +44 20 7862 5850; email:


The Association homepage is at and here are some general links to explore:


  • Final Programme

    Sunday 20th August

    17.00 - 20.00  Registration
    19.00 - 21.30  Welcome Reception (drinks and canapés)

    Monday 21st August

    Law in Ireland; Law in Europe

    09.00 - 09.30  Registration
    09.30 - 10.00  Formal Opening.
                         Larry Wenger, President IALL.
                         Welcome Address. 
                         Jennefer Aston, Consultant Librarian, Bar Council of Ireland.

    10.00 - 11.00 The Irish Legal System.
                         Professor William Binchy, Trinity College Dublin.

    11.00 - 11.30  Coffee

    11.30 - 13.00  A new common law for Europe.
                         Mads Andenas, Director, British Institute of International and Comparative Law.  
                         The common application of the European Convention on Human Rights.  
                         Professor Conor Gearty, King's College London.

    13.00 - 14.00  Buffet Lunch

    14.00 - 15.30  Copyright law: the implementation of European law.
                         Jonathan Newman, Bar Council of Ireland.
                         Ireland in Europe.
                         Eugene Regan, Bar Council of Ireland.

    15.30 - 16.00  Tea

    16.00 - 17.30  Constitutional developments in the United Kingdom.
                         Professor Sir David Williams, Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
                         Ireland as a venue for international arbitration.
                         Colm O hOisin, Bar Council of Ireland.

    18.30             Coaches to Mansion House

    19.00 - 20.00  Civic drinks Reception at the Mansion House. Welcome address by the Lord
                         Mayor of Dublin

    Tuesday 22nd August

                         08.30 - 09.00 Registration

                         09.00 - 10.30  Freedom of Information in Ireland and Europe: Progress and Regression.
                                              Maeve McDonagh, Faculty of Law, University College Cork.

    Convergence of Common and Civil Law Systems

               Mixed jurisdictions and convergence: Louisiana
               Professor Warren Billings, University of New Orleans.

    10.30 - 11.00  Coffee

    11.00 - 12.30  Mixed jurisdictions and convergence:
                         Professor Hector McQueen, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh.
                         Codification in Ireland. 
                         Mary Johnson, Statute Law Revision Unit of Ireland.

    12.30 - 13.30  Buffet lunch

    Access to Legal Materials

    13.30 - 15.00  The coming together of the nations of Europe: sources of  information.
                         Tony Eklof, Law and EDC Librarian, University College Dublin.
                         Finding law in the 21st Century: the SOSIG Internet law gateway.

                         Steve Whittle, Resource Discovery Network Officer, Institute of Advanced Legal
                         Studies, London.

    15.00 - 15.30  Tea 

    15.30 - 16.30  Annual General Meeting

    17.30             Coaches to Trinity College

    18.00 - 20.00  Reception (drinks and canapés) at the Long Room, Trinity College 
                     (with a private viewing of the Museum
                         of the Book of Kells -
    Wednesday 23rd August 09.00 - 12.00  Visit in Dublin
                         Choice of one from the visits described at the end of this programme.
                         (Coaches to & from visit)

    12.00 - 18.00  Afternoon Excursion by coach:

                         Powerscourt House and Wicklow countryside (Lunch en route).

    19.30 - 23.00  Traditional Irish Evening with tour, tasting, dinner, music and dance at the
                         Old  Jameson's Distillery.
    Thursday 24th August Access to Legal Materials

    08.30 - 09.00  Registration

    09.00 - 10.30  GLIN - the Global Legal Information Network.
                         Dr. Rubens Medina, Law Librarian of Congress.
                         A world-wide architecture for free access to law: some implications
                         of AustLII, BAILII, World Law and Project DIAL.

                         Professor Graham Greenleaf, Co-Director of AustLII.

    10.30 - 11.00  Coffee

    11.00 - 12.30  A legal information service for practitioners. 
                         Miriam Dudley, Director, SLS Legal Publications, Queen’s University Belfast. 
                         The external information policy of the Scottish Parliament.   
                         Bethan Hubbard, Head of Information Systems, the Scottish Parliament.

    12.30 - 13.30  Buffet lunch

    13.30 - 15.00  Legal information Sources in Ireland.  
                         John Furlong, Chair Elect of the British and Irish Association of Law 
                         Librarians and Information Manager, William Fry Solicitors 
                         Electronic Access to Legal Information in Ireland. 
                         John Mee, Dean of the Law Faculty, University College Cork.

    15.00 - 15.30  Tea

    15.30 - 16.30  Law Libraries and Legal Information Issues: a panel.
                         Jennefer Aston, Consultant Librarian, Bar Council of Ireland;
                         Joe Donnelly, Librarian, The Judges' Library, Courts Service;
                         John Furlong, Information Manager, William Fry Solicitors.

    18.30 - 23.00  Reception at King's Inns Library followed by the Association Annual Dinner
                         in the Dining Hall of King's Inns (Coaches to & from venue)

    Friday 25th August

    Independent Visits:
    (No transport or entry fees included.)
    Dublin Visits: make one of the visits you missed on Wednesday morning, Full information provided.

    Visits to Law Libraries: local librarians will host drop-in visits to law libraries in the city including a chance to visit and talk with law firm librarians.

    Wednesday Events

    Morning visits (choice of one):

    Marsh's Library is the oldest public library in Ireland, erected in 1701. The interior fittings have remained unaltered since Swift worked here as Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral nearby.

    Dublin Writers. Museum houses letters, books and other memorabilia of Ireland's greatest writers'shaw, Yeats, Beckett, Swift, Wilde, Joyce and Behan are all featured in this restored Eighteenth Century mansion.

    National Library of Ireland. The library collection is a record of the history and culture of Ireland. There are close to one million books and extensive files of manuscripts, photographs, maps, official publications, and prints and drawings.

    James Joyce Centre. Located in a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse, the Centre is dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of the life and works of James Joyce. The Centre contains the Guinness reference library and audio visual material relating to this celebrated writer.

    Registry of Deeds. Housed in the King's Inns building, the Registry contains a vast array of documents such as wills from many of the great figures of Irish history, and is much used by genealogical researchers.

    Guinness Hopstore. The Brewery was established in 1759 by Arthur Guinness, with an initial investment of 100 Irish pounds, who took a 9000 year lease on the site; it is now Europe's largest brewery. The Hopstore visitor centre offers history and samples as well as a great shop.


    Powerscourt House. An excursion for all delegates on Wednesday afternoon will take us through the beautiful Wicklow countryside to this grand House, Lunch will be provided en route and there will be an opportunity to purchase country craft products and souvenirs.


    Old Jameson's Distillery. A traditional Irish evening with dinner, music and dance in part of the old distillery preserved as a visitor centre. The evening starts with a tour and tasting'situated right next to the Conference venue, it is within walking distance of all the selected hotels. Transport not provided.

    Hotel Information

    (Click on locations numbered on the map)

    1. Conference venue: Dublin International Arbitration Centre, Distillery Building, 145-151 Church Street, Dublin 7, Ireland. The venue for all sessions.


    2. Chief O'Neill's

      Smithfield Village, Dublin 7. 73 rooms, 4*. The conference hotel is literally across the street from the Bar Council building where the sessions take place. Chief O'Neill's opened in 1999 and has been carefully designed to reflect a distinctive vision of hotel accommodation for the new millennium. It has CD hi-fi systems, multichannel satellite TV and ISDN lines in each of its rooms, and a state-of-the-art gym. The building also contains CEOL, the museum of Irish traditional music, a vibrant café bar and an excellent crossover oriental restaurant: Kelly & Ping. Single occupancy IR£100 per night, twin/double IR£110 per night. Full Irish breakfast included.

    3. Clarence Hotel

      6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2. 50 rooms, 5*. In Dublin city centre overlooking the river Liffey. Opened in 1996, this is a fashionable boutique hotel, innovative and contemporary in design with an award winning restaurant and a fashionable bar. 10 minutes walk from the Conference Venue. Single room IR£182.00 per night, twin/double room IR£193 per night. Full Irish breakfast included.

    4. Morrison Hotel

      Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1. 95 rooms, 4*. In Dublin city centre overlooking the River Liffey. Opened in 1999, this is a chic fashionable hotel designed by John Rocha in a modern but timeless style. 2 bars and 2 restaurants and a rooftop garden. 5 minutes walk from the conference venue. Single room IR£110 per night, twin/double room IR £143.00 per night. Full Irish breakfast included.

    5. Harding Hotel

      Copper Alley, Fishamble Street, Dublin 2. 53 rooms, 2*. In Dublin city centre near Christchurch Cathedral, an attractive redbrick building, this is a new hotel tastefully decorated and furnished, with bar and restaurant. 5 minutes walk from the conference venue. Single room IR£48.00 per night, twin/double room IR£67.00 per night. Full Irish breakfast included.

    6. Trinity College Dublin

    Trinity College, Dublin 2. Student accommodation with ensuite facilities located within the ancient walls of the main college campus in the city centre, 20-25 minutes walk from the conference venue. Single room IR£46.00 per night, twin room IR£84.00 per night. Full Irish breakfast included.

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