Fidelma Macken SC
Judge Macken has been called to the Irish Bar and to the Bar of England and Wales, and is a door tenant at Brick Court Chambers in London. Following her appointment as a judge of the High Court of Ireland, in 1999 Judge Macken became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Court of Justice of the European Union. In 2004 she returned to the High Court of Ireland, and in 2005 was appointed to the Irish Supreme Court, from which she retired in 2012.
During her time in judicial office Judge Macken presided over or was a member of the formation in many seminal cases involving a wide range of legal issue, at European and national level, including in the areas of the environment (waste, water, special areas of conservation), free movement, intellectual property, regulatory control, telecommunications, privacy and data protection, the European Arrest Warrant, and in a broad range of constitutional and EU Treaty matters.