Pagespp vii - ix
Published date12 January 2022
Date12 January 2022
On behalf of the Editorial Board, it is my privilege to present Volume 20 of the
Hibernian Law Journal. e aims of the Journal are to help bridge the gap that
can sometimes exist between lawyers ‘in practice’ and the study of the law, and
to provide a platform for practising solicitors and trainee solicitors to contribute
works of the highest calibre. It is our sincere hope that the contributions in this
Volume have gone someway to meeting these aims and that they will further enrich
and propel legal discourse in this country and further aeld.
anks, as ever, must rstly be given to all those who submitted articles for
consideration. It was both a pleasure and a challenge, given the volume and quality
of pieces received, to work with the Editorial Board to select the nal features
for Volume 20. As covered in greater depth in the Hon. Mr Justice Michael
Twomey’s Foreword, this year’s pieces cover a broad range of topics, from the
contemporary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Courts to the sweeping
historical overview of the Revenue Commissioners as preferential creditors, and
the constitutional concepts of sovereignty. I hope that you enjoy reading these as
much as we enjoyed working with the authors to bring them to publication.
is year we also hosted the Journal’s rst online only Annual Lecture, which rather
ttingly addressed the topic of Disinformation in an Information Age together with
the potential benets – as well as limits – that regulating this space might present.
Recent events both at home and abroad have made clear that ever more rapid
information ows and changes to media consumption have led to problems which,
if le uninterrogated, have the potential to sow social disharmony and erode trust
in institutions we have for so long taken for granted. We would like to extend
our warmest thanks to Professor Lorna Woods, OBE (Professor of Internet Law,
University of Essex), Paul uigley (CEO and co-founder, NewsWhip) and Celine
Craig (Deputy Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, and member
of the Board of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services)
for delivering such thought-provoking talks on the topic. It was clear from both
the presentations and the lively panel discussion which followed that this issue
invites no simple solutions but, reassuringly, is one which those at the forefront of
their elds in academia, industry and regulation are committing their considerable
talents to resolving. My hope is that, in future years, our Annual Lecture can return
to its natural home at Blackhall Place and we can once more welcome our guests
and invitees to continue the discussions long into the evening.
While many things have changed since my rst involvement with the Journal
in 2018, the generous support and encouragement of others within the wider
legal community has remained unwavering. e Journal is an entirely voluntary

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