Irish law firm, McCann FitzGerald, and UCD Sutherland School of Law today announced the creation of the new McCann FitzGerald chair of International Law and Business. This sponsorship will enable the creation of a first of its kind Masters Degree in International Law and Business.
The Masters will be offered jointly by the UCD Sutherland School of Law and the UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business. The Masters course will be the first of its kind in Ireland and one of the very few offered to students internationally.
McCann FitzGerald chairman, John Cronin said: “We are very pleased to support UCD and to make this contribution to the development of legal and business study and thinking at the highest level.”
He added: “As a firm, we recognise the importance to today’s students and to the legal and business communities that Ireland can offer the very best in legal and business education. Our support of this new chair and the opportunities it will offer permits us to further this endeavour.”
The McCann FitzGerald Professor of International Law and Business, who is currently being sought, will be required to engage in research, teaching and academic administration within the UCD Sutherland School of Law. The successful appointee will have a substantial and consistent record of research and teaching to the highest international standards, and will have demonstrated the capacity for academic leadership at institutional, national or international level.
Professor Colin Scott, Dean of Law at UCD said: “McCann FitzGerald is one of Ireland’s premier law firms and we are delighted to announce the establishment of the McCann FitzGerald Chair of International Law and Business. The School of Law and the School of Business have long been aware of the important connections between their two disciplines. We feel the timing is excellent to introduce this specialised and innovative programme now.’’
Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, UCD Dean of Business, welcomed the new Masters as an outstanding example of the cross disciplinary cooperation vital to the future of higher education.
He noted: “This new programme will build on the highly successful collaboration between our two schools at undergraduate level. The international dimension that the McCann FitzGerald Chair of International Business & Law will bring will be an invaluable addition in a country that is so dependent on international trade for its future prosperity.”