The Cork Online Law Review (usually known as COLR) was launched in the Staff Common Room in UCC on the 11th of March, at an event hosted by the Editorial Board of the publication. The Cork Online Law Review at
University College Cork, Ireland, is a non-profit Law Review which provides an opportunity for undergraduates and postgraduate students, lawyers, academics and doctorate students worldwide to have their work published.
The Law Review was revolutionary when established by law students who had the vision of forming Ireland’s only online law review to be run solely by law students. The Cork Online Law Review is internationally renowned and universities such as Cambridge in the UK and the University of St. Louis in the United States have links to COLR from their websites.
Committees have gone from strength to strength in establishing this Review as a respected and reliable legal source. As always the students of UCC play an important role in the success of the Review and the Editorial Board encourages feedback on how the Review can be improved. The Law School at New York University has also recently stipulated that COLR is one of Ireland’s leading legal publications despite the fact that it is run by students.
The Editorial Board received 114 submissions and over 150 enquiries from law students all over the world as well as from students in Ireland. The countries from which the Law Review received submissions this year ranged from Canada and the United States to Russia, Pakistan, Singapore, Belgium and Australia, as well as many others. They also received articles from student interns in the European Court of Justice, NATO, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, numerous UN Bodies and Interpol. As expected, many submissions came from Irish Legal institutions, including UCC.
Editor in Chief of the Review, Anna Marie Brennan, told the Express that “Being involved in a student activity such as COLR has been a great experience for me personally. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with a brilliant team who ensured that the edition was published on time. COLR continues to go from strength to strength and has gained international recognition.”
The Editorial Board and Chief State Solicitor also made a presentation to the student who wrote the overall best essay in this year’s edition. The winner of this year’s Gold Medal is Jennifer Hourihane. The presentation consisted of a Gold Medal along with a hard copy of the edition.
Ms. Brennan continued to state that “We are also very grateful to the Law Faculty for their continued assistance in reviewing submissions and advising on how to publish the edition according to a particular House Style Guide. Without their assistance this would not have been a success. Being involved in COLR has been a great experience for me personally. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with a brilliant team.”