Colm Ó Cinnéide

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Colm Ó Cinnéide

Colm Ó Cinnéide HLM was auditor of the 144th Session and Vice-Auditor of the 143rd Session; he is one of the most successful debaters ever to have come out of UCC, though many of his successes were for insitutions other than the Philsoph.

Colm was winner of the Munster Schools' Debating Competition (and the All-Ireland Schools' Debating Competition) in the 141st Session for Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh (partner: Gerry Hyde). In 1995 he came runner up in the Irish Times Debating Competition (partner: David Leahy), being beaten by three Philosoph members - no doubt as punishment for speaking representing the Law Society! He was winner of the Glasgow Ancients and an octo-finalist at the World Universities' Debating Championships on behalf of the Philosoph. He was also on the organising committee for Cork Worlds 1996.

Colm went on to come runner-up in the Irish Mace in 1996 for the King's Inns. He won the Edinburgh IV and the Dundee IV for DCU. And he also finalled at the World Championships, won the Glasgow Ancients (again!) and won the Scottish Mace and the John Smith Memorial International Mace 1997/1998 with Ben Foss for Edinburgh University.

Colm was one of the four Cork debaters (along with Diarmuid Conway, Gavin Hurley and John Long) who won the World Masters competition at Manilla in 1999. A number of years later he went on to win the competition again, with Ben Foss, for Scotland.

Colm joined the Faculty of Laws at University College London in 2001, and was appointed professor in 2015. He previously worked as Legal Officer to Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC (1999-2001), providing legal advice to parliamentarians, NGOs and the media on domestic and international human rights law, discrimination law and public policy. He has also lectured in Constitutional Law at the University of Limerick (1998-1999) and was called to the Irish Bar in 1997. He is currently a member of the European Committee of Social Rights, the EU Network of Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field and the Blackstone Chambers Academic Panel.

He is the brother of Muireann Ní Chinnéide.


Colm speaking for Edinburgh at the final of the World Universities' Debating Championships in Athens, 1998