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20-22 September 2018
Jubilee Conference – 30 years German-Irish Lawyers and Business Association (GILBA), Dublin

20 September 2018
Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7
- 6.00 p.m.  Arrival/Registration
6.20 p.m.    Welcome & Introduction
6.30 p.m.    Presentation and Addresses

                    30 years  German-Irish Lawyers and Business Association
                    H.E. Deike Potzel, German Ambassador to Ireland, Patron GILBA
                    Patrick Dorgan, Vice-President (upcoming President), Law Society of Ireland
                    Donnacha Curley, President, Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys in Ireland
7.30 p.m.    Reception

21 September 2018
The Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin
9.30 a.m.     Registration
9.45 a.m.     Welcome & Introduction
                     The Honourable Mr. Justice Liam McKechnie, Supreme Court
                     Elmar Conrads-Hassel, President GILBA
10.00 a.m.    SESSION I: Guided tour of this Historical Building
11.00 a.m.    Coffee
11.30 a.m.    SESSION II: The Judicial System in Ireland
                      The Honourable Mr. Justice Liam McKechnie, Supreme Court
                      The Honourable Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan, The Court of Appeal
1.00 p.m.      Light Lunch at the Four Courts
2.00 p.m.      End of Conference Morning SESSIONS
                     Walk / Drive to the Honorable Society of King's Inns
Honorable Society of King's Inns, Henrietta Street, Dublin 1
2.30 p.m.      SESSION III: AGM of the German-Irish Lawyers and Business Association (GILBA)
4.00 p.m.      Coffee
4.30 p.m.      Greeting
                     Tom Creed, SC, Vice.Chairman, Bar Council or Ireland    
4.45 p.m.      SESSION IV: Digitalisation/Digital Transformation
                      Chair: Marcus Metz, GILBA
                      Co-Chair: Lothar Köhl, GILBA
                      Dr Jill Cousins, Director & CEO, The HUNT Museum, Limerick
                      Dr Matthias Lachenmann, Pauly & Partner Rechtsanwälte, Bonn
                      Niall O`Donnellan, Head of ICT & International Services Division, Enterprise Ireland, Dublin
                      Shane Nolan, Divisional Manager, Content, Consumer & Business Services, IDA, Dublin
6.00 p.m.       Final Comments & Close of Conference
6.30 p.m.       Reception

22.September 2018
The German Ambassador`s Residence
Danesfield, 1 Seaview Terrace, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
7.00 p.m.      Cocktail Reception
7.30 p.m.      The Conference Gala and Charity Dinner
                     in conjunction with The Ireland Funds Germany e. V.
                       Hosted by H.E. Deike Potzel, German Ambassador to Ireland
                       Guest of Honour & Guest Speaker: 
                       Professor Dr Martin Selmayr, Secretary-General of the EU-Commission

Programme & Registration Jubilee Conference Dublin 2018
Invitation Charity Dinner Charity Dinner 2018
Reply Card Charity Dinner Charity Dinner 2018 (Registration)

7-9 July 2017
GILBA Conference, Leuven, Belgium

The Leuven Institut for Ireland in Europe (Historic Irish College),  Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium 

7 July 
6.40 p.m.  Opening Lecture

                    Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Vice-President of the European Parliament
                    The political landscape in Europe after Britain’s  Brexit Decision
7.30 p.m.  Buffet Dinner
                   Hosted by H.E. Eamonn Mac Aodha, Ambassador of Ireland to Belgium

8 July
11.00 a.m.  Visit to Leuven Town Hall and short talk on the history of the City of Leuven 
12.30 p.m.  Light Lunch at the Leuven Institute 
1.30 p.m.    Welcomes  

  • David Grant, The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe
  • Elmar Conrads‐Hassel, President, German‐Irish Lawyers and  Business Association

2.00 p.m. Session I: State Aid and Anti Trust Regulation in the EU   

  • Angeline Woods, Principal Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus   Deringer LLP, Brussels
  • Ursula O’Dwyer, Partner, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Brussels
  • Benoit Keane, Principal, Keane Legal, Brussels  

4.00 p.m. Session II: Brexit and its implications for Ireland and Germany 

  • Christina Tritz, Regional Representation of Baden Wuerttemberg  to the EU (Vertretung des Landes Baden ‐ Württemberg bei der  Europäischen Union), Brüssel
  • Guy Ooms, Irish Belgian Business Association, Brussels
  • Dr Heiko Willems, Head of Department Law, Competition  and Consumer Policy, Federation of German Industries  (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie, BDI), Brussels
  • Tom Moylan, Irish EU Affairs Communication Consultant,  Brussels 

7.30 p.m.  Charity Dinner at the Leuven Institute  
                   Guest of Honour: H.E.  Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to Germany

9 July

Programme & Registration Leuven 2017 + Charity Dinner Leuven 2017
On-campus accomodation RESERVATION FORM

2 July 2016
GILBA conference, Dusseldorf

State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Platz des Landtages 1, 40221 Dusseldorf

Data Protection

Reception organised by the President of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Ms Carina Gödicke, and His Excellency the Ambassador of Ireland to Germany Mr Michael Collins.

Dr. Mathias Schneider, Rechtsanwalt, Partner, Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner, Dusseldorf
Claire Morrissey, Solicitor, Partner, A & L Goodbody, Dublin
Axel Voss, MEP, Rechtsanwalt, Bonn/Strasbourg/Brussels
Daniel Starkey, Senior Market Adviser, Software & Services, Enterprise Ireland, Dusseldorf
Jan Dhont, Lawyer, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP, Brussels
Donal Denvir, General Manager Germany, Bord Bia, Dusseldorf

Programme & Registration Dusseldorf 2016


6 June 2015
GILBA conference, Sligo

St Angela's College, Lough Gill, Sligo

Commercial Dispute Resolution and Commercial Mediation in Ireland and Germany

Kevin O'Higgins, Solicitor, President of the Law Society of Ireland
Cormac Little, Partner, William Fry Solicitors, Dublin
Dr. Daniel Simms, Barrister, LLM, Dublin
Brian Speers, Managing Partner, CMG, Belfast
Christopher Callan, Solicitor, Partner, Callan Tansey Solicitors, Sligo
Duncan S. Grehan, Solicitor, Duncan Grehan & Partners, Dublin

Evening Reception organised by His Excellency the Ambassador of Germany to Ireland Mr Matthias Höpfner

Programme & Registration Sligo 2015


4 October 2014
GILBA conference, Berlin

Embassy of Ireland, Jägerstraße 51, 10117 Berlin

The upcoming Agenda for the EU and the role of and tasks for Germany and Ireland
Brian Flynn, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Ireland, Berlin

Mathias Bartke, MdB, Deputy Head of the German-Irish Parlamentary Group of the Bundestag, Berlin

Derek Scally, Berlin correspondent of The IrishTimes


Niall Lenihan, Assistant General Counsel at the European Central Bank (ECB), Frankfurt
The ECB's new banking supervision tasks within the Single Supervisory Mechanism
Thomas Schmidt, LLM., RA, StB, White & Case, Frankfurt
Counter Measures against Base Erosion and Profit Shifting“ (example: Google in Ireland

Programme & Registration GILBA Berlin 2015 [PDF]:

16 November 2013

Irish Annual Ball 2013


Münchner Künstlerhaus

Lenbachplatz 8

80333 Munich


8 June 2013:
25th Anniversary of GILBA:

McLaughlin's Irish Pub, Kurze Straße 1, Dusseldorf

4 October 2013:
GILBA conference, Dublin

Dáil Éireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin
National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin
Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin


2 November 2012:
GILBA conference, Dublin

Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7
[download: programme and reservation form]

Charity Dinner (together with the "Ireland Fund of Germany")
Residence of the German Ambassador to Ireland, Danesfield, Seaview Terrace, Dublin 4
Guest of Honor: Caitriona Fottrell, Vice President and Director Ireland of The Ireland Funds
[download: programme and reservation form]


24 June 2011:
GILBA conference, Belfast

Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast
Law Society of Northern Ireland, 96 Victoria Street, Belfast
[download: programme and reservation form]

With kind support from Mason Hayes+Curran and Byrne Wallace

25 June 2011:
Charity Dinner (together with the "Ireland Fund of Germany")

Great Hall, Queen's University, Belfast
Guest speaker: David Ford, Northern Ireland Minister of Justice, MLA
[download: programme and reservation form]


13 November 2010:
Charity Dinner (together with the "Ireland Fund of Germany")

Collegium Leoninum, Noeggerathstraße 14, Bonn
Guest speaker: Former Ambassador of Germany to Ireland Christian Friedemann Pauls
Guests of Honor: H.E. Dan Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to Germany, and his wife Greta

[reservation form]

14 May 2010:
GILBA conference, Dublin

Law Society, Dublin 7

22 May 2009:
GILBA conference, Dublin

Competition Law in Ireland and Germany, Law Society, Dublin 7

4 - 6 September 2008:
GILBA conference, Binz / Rügen

Atmospheric Change - Environmental Laws in Ireland and Germany
[reservation form]

6 September 2008:
Charity Dinner (together with the "Ireland Fund of Germany")


4 January 2007:
Lecture by Council Member Marcus Metz, Bonn University

Der rechtliche Status der irischen Sprache (The Legal Status of the Irish Language)
[article Bonner Generalanzeiger]

24 April 2007:
Lecture by H.E. Christian Pauls, Ambassador of Germany to Ireland, Law Society, Dublin

Whither the EU?

6 July 2007:
Lecture by H.E. David Donoghue, Ambassador of Ireland to Germany, Mainz University


7 September 2007:
GILBA conference, Frankfurt

The Development of the Financial Centres Germany and Ireland in the European Market

8 September 2007:
German-Irish Golf Outing, Mittelrheinischer Golf Club, Bad Ems
Charity Dinner (together with the "Ireland Fund of Germany"),
Guest of Honour: H.E. David Donoghue, Ambassador of Ireland to Germany


23 November 2007:
AGM, Rheinisches LandesMuseum (Seminarraum I),
Colmantstr. 14 - 16, Bonn

3.00 - 4:30 p.m.: Guided tour "War and peace - Celts, Romans and Germans" (German)
5.00 p.m.: open committee meeting
7.00 p.m.: AGM

7 December 2007:
Lecture by EU Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, Law Society, Dublin 7

Financial Services: recent EU developments
[reply form]


Conference programme Dublin 2009: [download]

Conference programme Rügen 2008: [download]
Conference report Rügen 2008 (German): [download]

Conference programme Frankfurt 2007: [download]
Conference report Frankfurt 2007 (German): [download]
The integration of the German and Irish financial systems within the euro (Niall Lenihan, ECB): [download]
The financial services industry in Ireland (Damien Hennelly, IDA): [download]

Conference programme Limerick 2006: [download]
Conference report Limerick 2006 (German): [download]

Conference programme Dublin 2005: [download]