26 April 2018 - European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly speaks to LILA on the future of a changing Eur
LILA invites you to hear European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly speak on the Future of a Changing European Union Following on from the success of our Women in Law event at the Irish Embassy in January, LILA would like to invite you to attend our next exciting speaker event with high profile Irishwoman, European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly. Emily O'Reilly was first elected as the European Ombudsman in July 2013. Following the European Parliament elections, she was re-elected for a five year mandate in December 2014. As the European Ombudsman she investigates maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union. For her work she was awarded the Schwarzkopf Europe Award in 2017 (for institutions or public figures who have distinguished themselves in an outstanding way by a committed and dedicated service to either European understanding or the growing together of Europe). Ms O'Reilly deals with over 2000 complaints to her Office a year, and has been involved in numerous high profile investigations since her election in 2013. Inquiries have included Barroso's appointment to Goldman Sachs 20 months after leaving his role as the President of the European Commission, in relation to President Draghi's membership of the 'Group of 30', and the initiative to improve transparency in the EU's decision making processes especially in the Council of the EU. From 2003 until 2013, Ms O’Reilly was the first female Ombudsman and Information Commissioner in Ireland and was additionally appointed Commissioner for Environmental Information in 2007. As a former journalist and political editor Ms O’Reilly’s career attracted significant domestic and international recognition including a Harvard University Fellowship in 1988 and multiple national awards. Ms O’Reilly has written three critically acclaimed books on Irish politics and media, including the biography Veronica Guerin and is a current member of the International Advisory Board of Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism. She is a native of Tullamore, Co. Offaly and is married with five children. Time and Venue: 6pm for a 6.30pm start, 26 April 2018, at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London, EC2A 2EG. If you would like to attend, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and title. Places are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment.