Foreword to the Fourteenth Edition

AuthorClaire Loftus
PositionDirector of Public Prosecutions
[2015] COLR
I am honoured to have been asked to write the foreword to the 14th edition of the
UCC Online Law Review. I understand that this is very much a student led initiative,
being a law journal established by the UCC Law Society. I had the pleasure of being
invited to speak to members of the Law Society earlier in this academic year and was
very struck by the level of interest among law students as evidenced by several
thoughtful and incisive questions which followed my address.
At the outset I must commend the very impressive standard of writing and the
diverse range of subjects covered by the journal. I had an unofficial preview of
advanced drafts on topics ranging from examinership to company law, and from
sovereignty to “sexting”. The entire collection of articles has a very contemporary
feel, touching on aspects of the law which have great significance for all our citizens.
Naturally there are several topics in the journal upon which as a criminal lawyer I
would not hold myself out as an expert. It was nevertheless very rewarding to learn
more about such subjects and to see such a high standard of scholarship and debate.
Topics which had more relevance for my own area of criminal law were thought
provoking. It was very refreshing to read such reasoned analysis putting complex
concepts into an overall context.
Having a law review within a faculty of law is a marvellous outlet whereby not only
legal writing can be honed but skills of reasoning, analysis and research developed.
In order to present a concise paper on a complex subject all the authors had to
navigate and master the seemingly endless online legal resources available now and
discern those of greatest value to their subject.
Equally for the hard working editorial board with, I am sure, great support and input
from members of the Law Faculty the process of distilling and refining articles is
invaluable experience for their later careers. The collaboration and academic rigour
required in the editing process is very significant. The editorial board have had many
decisions to make, firstly selecting, I am sure, a very few articles from the many
submitted for publication, then editing them to ensure a consistent style and
absolute accuracy. I commend the Editor in Chief and Editorial Board and of course
the authors themselves on the results which we see in this edition. I congratulate
everyone involved in this initiative and I wish UCC Law Society and the Online Law
Review continued success in the future.
Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions

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