The Hon. Mr. Justice John L. Murray (2004-2011)
The Hon. Mr. Justice John L. Murray was born in 1943 in Limerick, Ireland. He is married (1969) to Gabrielle Walsh (two children Catríona and Brian).
He was the Chief Justice of Ireland from 2004–2011, having been a member of the Supreme Court since 1999. Since his term of office as Chief Justice expired on 22 July 2011 he is now the senior ordinary judge on the Supreme Court.
Prior to that he was a member of the Court of Justice of the European Communities (Luxembourg) from 1991–1999. In 1967 he was admitted to practice at the Bar of Ireland. In 1981 he was called to the Inner Bar. He was Attorney General of Ireland from August–December 1982 and again from 1987–1991.
He was educated at Crescent College, Rockwell College, University College Dublin and the King’s Inns. At University he was active in student affairs and was twice elected President of the Union of Students of Ireland (U.S.I.).
He is a Member of the Council of State and Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Panel of Experts on Candidates for election as Judge to the European Court of Human Rights. He is also a Bencher of the Honorable Society of the King's Inns.
Visiting Professor of Law, Université de Louvain;
Chairperson of the Anti-Fraud Committee of the European Central Bank;
Chairperson of the Ad hoc Ethical Committee of the European Commission;
Vice President First Commission International Association of Judges.
He has delivered papers or lectures at, inter alia, University College Dublin; Georgetown University Law School, Washington, U.S.A.; Princeton University, U.S.A; Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights, Athens; European Competition Law Forum, Belfast; University of Aix en Provence; Fordham University, New York; the Cypriot Association for European Law, Nicosia; International Bio-ethics Conference, 1999, Athens; the United Kingdom Association for European Law; Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, U.S.A.; New England Law School, Mass., U.S.A., and the European Court of Human Rights; as well as at international conferences. Most recently he participated at the invitation of the American Inns of Court as a symposium panel member with Justice Breyer (United States Supreme Court) and Lord Phillips (President, United Kingdom Supreme Court) in Washington D.C.
Order of Merit, Grand Cross (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg) (1999)
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, University of Limerick (1993)
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, New England School of Law, Mass., U.S.A. (2006)