By Annelieke Mooij
On the 15th of March the Research Conference on Transparency and Accountability took place. Over 40 people gathered in the U-building on DCU Glasnevin campus to talk about transparency and accountability in law and politics. With delegates from various universities throughout Ireland and Europe it was a very exciting day. Topics ranged from democracy in classrooms to automated journalism and central bank accountability. The delegates presented their work in four different categories: Corruption, Human Rights, Democratic Institutions and Policies of Tension.
The conference was opened with a keynote speech from Dr Michael Breen, an associate professor at Dublin City University. He presented his thoughts and ideas on the impact of free Press, democracy and corruption. He delivered a very interesting keynote speech that led to fruitful discussions after his speech and during the break. The day was further enhanced by the delicious lunch provided by the organisation committee, who did an excellent job at organizing the conference. Their next aim is to get the papers published and ultimately to publish the papers in a book. The day was closed with a small networking reception.
The conference was well organised and led to many new networks, and the participants had a great day. Special thanks goes out to our sponsors: Arthur Cox, DCU Graduate Studies Office, GreenFields TAD and Horizon 2020. Also a special thanks to the Dublin Law and Politics Review organising committee: Annelieke Mooij, Gian Marco Moisé, Daniele Grippo and Marije Luitjens-Tol.