Distinguished Global Fellow

Hon. Chief Justice Ronan Keane


  • Blackrock College, County Dublin
  • B.A. (Hons.), Modern History, University College Dublin (1953)
  • Barrister-at-Law, The Honorable Society of King's Inns (1954); John Brooke Scholarship


  • Appointed Adjunct Professor of Law in Trinity College Dublin (2005)
  • Retired from the office of Chief Justice, having reached the retirement age fixed by statute (2004)
  • Appointed Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Ireland (2000)
  • Appointed to the Supreme Court (1996)
  • President of the Law Reform Commission of Ireland (1987-1992)
  • Appointed to the High Court (1979)
  • Took silk (1970)
  • Called to the Bar (1954) and practiced as junior counsel in Dublin, specializing in the law of local government, planning and the environment. He was successively secretary and chairman of the General Council of the Bar of Ireland.


  • The Law of Local Government in the Republic of Ireland, 1st edition 1982, 2nd edition (by Patrick Butler, SC) 2004
  • Company Law in the Republic of Ireland, 1st edition 1985, 2nd edition 1992, 3rd edition 2000
  • Equity and the Laws of Trusts in the Republic of Ireland, 1988
  • Edited the 2nd edition of Walsh's Planning and Development Law, 1984
  • Many articles in learned journals, such as the Irish Jurist and the Dublin University Law Journal


  • Until appointed to the Supreme Court of Ireland, he was the High Court representative on the Working Group on a Courts Commission
  • Chairman of the Committee on Court Practice and Procedure and of the Courts Service Board
  • Chairman of the Superior Courts Rules Committee, the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board and the Judicial Studies Institute until he retired from the office of Chief Justice
  • He was actively involved, on behalf of the Council of Europe, in seminars and discussions in a number of the new democracies in Eastern and Central Europe concerned with giving advice and assistance in the establishment of genuinely independent court systems in those countries.


  • Doctor of Law (ex causa honoris), National University of Ireland, Dublin
  • Honorary Bencher of the Inns of Court of Northern Ireland and of Lincoln's Inn
  • Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London