The Governing Authority of the University of Limerick decided unanimously on 29th January 2013 to appoint former Chief Justice the Hon. Mr Justice John Murray as Chancellor of the University of Limerick and Chairman of UL’s Governing Authority.
The Hon.Mr Justice John Murray, who is now Senior Ordinary Judge of the Supreme Court, will take up office immediately. The Office of UL Chancellor is honorary and Justice Murray’s tenure will extend to 30 November 2017.
The Hon Mr Justice John L. Murray was born in 1943 in Limerick, Ireland. He was Chief Justice of Ireland from 2004–2011, having been a member of the Supreme Court since 1999. Prior to that he was a member of the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg) from 1991–1999. In 1967 he was admitted to practice at the Bar of Ireland. In 1981 he was called to the Inner Bar. He was Attorney General of Ireland from August–December 1982 and again from 1987–1991.
He was educated at Crescent College, Rockwell College, University College Dublin and the King’s Inns. At University he was active in student affairs and was twice elected President of the Union of Students of Ireland (U.S.I.). He is a Member of the Council of State and Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Panel of Experts on the Appointment of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights.
Speaking about the appointment announcement, Professor Don Barry, President, University of Limerick, said: "I welcome the decision of the Governing Authority and know that the appointment of Mr Justice John Murray as our Chancellor will allow us to draw on his extensive experience as an eminent public figure in Ireland and internationally. I look forward to working with him and I know that his input and guidance will augment the University's advancement as a pioneering and progressive force in Irish education."
In expressing his appreciation of his appointment Justice Murray observed that learning and education concern the soul of a nation and he felt privileged to become involved in this special way with the University of Limerick “which is one of our most innovative and successful ventures in the field of higher education since the foundation of the State”. Chancellor Murray is very proud of his linkages with the University which extend back to his late father, Mr Cecil Murray, who was a leading member of the committee that campaigned for a university for Limerick.
Background Information re: Justice John Murray:
1967: Called to the Bar of Ireland
1981: Called to the Inner Bar
1982: Attorney General of Ireland (August – December)
1982-1987 Private practice
1987-1991 Attorney General of Ireland
1991-1999 Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities
1994-2002 Visiting Lecturer, Georgetown University School of Law, Washington
1997-2000 Visiting Professor at the Université de Louvain
1998 Guest Lecturer at Human Rights Summer School in France
1999 Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland
2000-2003 Chairperson, Anti-Fraud Committee of the European Central Bank
2004-2007 Chairperson, Ad hoc Ethical Committee of the European Commission
2004-2011 Chief Justice of Ireland
2011 Senior Ordinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland
He has delivered papers or lectures at, inter alia, University College Dublin; University of Limerick, Georgetown University Law School, Washington, U.S.A.; Princeton University, U.S.A,; Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights, Athens; European Competition Law Forum, Belfast; University of Aix-en-Provence; Fordham University, New York; the Cypriot Association for European Law, Nicosia; International Bio-ethics Conference, 1999, Athens; the United Kingdom Association for European Law; New England Law School Boston, Mass., U.S.A.; National Seminar Inns of Court of the United States (Washington, D.C.); Colloques of the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as many international conferences. He has been invited as the 2013 Distinguished International Jurist-in-Residence at John Marshall Center for International Law, Chicago, U.S.A.
Honours: Order of Merit, Grand Cross (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg) (1999)
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, University of Limerick (1993)
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, New England School of Law, Mass., U.S.A. (2006).