construction | contracts | disputes | Ireland

Ireland’s Construction Contracts Act: 5 suggestions

Paper presented to Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Irish Branch Construction Contracts Act Conference 13 July 2022 It’s hardly surprising that Ireland’s Construction Contracts Act 2013 differs from some similar legislation elsewhere. I like some of its particular features, such as— Adjudication is a free-standing statutory process. This is more clear, straightforward, and honest than writing adjudication into contracts as a…

Ireland | UK

Master of the Rolls

Yesterday, England and Wales welcomed its (at least) 98th Master of the Rolls, Sir Geoffrey Vos. As long ago as 2018 he extolled ‘telepresence’ videoconferencing, and argued for judges and lawyers to be trained in tech. The office goes back to 1286 or earlier — which doesn’t seem much longer ago than 2018. It was already old when Thomas Cromwell…

human rights & business | Ireland

Hard law, soft law: business and human rights

Human rights arethe concern of governments. But not just governments. Individuals and corporations can contribute—positively and negatively—to the realisation of human rights.

This paper accompanied a lecture I gave to the Law Society’s corporate social responsibility certificate course in May 2020. It was the first time I recorded a lecture in an empty room for remote delivery. A surreal experience.