Advanced Diploma in Data Protection Law

Course available via distance / blended learning.

Data protection has gained an increasingly high profile, both in Ireland and internationally, over recent years. With the imminent entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (“the GDPR”), which significantly reforms the regulatory regime, it is more important than ever for citizens, businesses and public institutions to become familiar with their rights and obligations under Irish and EU data protection law.   


This course aims to provide participants with a comprehensive and practical grounding in the changing framework for data protection law and practice, knowledge of which will be essential for almost all businesses and public and private entities in the State.  


Delivery is in part–time mode through the medium of lectures presented by leading experts in the area. The course will take place over a period of 18 weeks on Tuesday mornings 8.30 – 10.00 am. Free parking and refreshments will be provided for participants. The course concludes with an evening round–table discussion.

This course will also be available via blended learning, with most classes recorded using e–learning software and made available to students for streaming via our student intranet system. This means that, while all students are welcome and encouraged to attend class in person, some of the sessions will be recorded so that students who are based outside Dublin or who are otherwise unable to attend can catch up on the material by streaming the video in their own time. Lecture videos require an internet connection to be streamed.

Attendance in person will be required for registration and the first class and for the final round–table discussion session (NB dates to be confirmed).

Course Start Date: Tuesday 9th October 2018

Application Deadline: extended to noon on Monday 1 October 2018

Please note that the schedule below is provisional for 2018/19. 

Week No.





9th October 2018

Introduction to Data Protection Law (attendance in person required)

Dr. David Fennelly BL


16th October 2018

Data Processing Principles 

Dr. Maria Murphy, Lecturer in Law, Maynooth University 


23rd October 2018

Lawfulness of Data Processing 

Catherine Donnelly BL


30th October 2018

Data Processors and Data Controllers: Roles and Responsibilities 

Grainne Gilmore BL


6th November 2018

Data Subjects’ Rights

John Magee, Partner, William Fry 


13th November 2018

The Right to be Forgotten

Eoin O’Dell, Associate Professor, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin


20th November 2018

Dealing with Access Requests 

Damien Young, Partner, Philip Lee 


27th November 2018

Data Security  

Brian Honan, BH Consulting 


4th December 2018

Data Protection Officer

Kate Colleary, Colleary & Co.


11th December 2018

Data Protection: the EU Regulatory Framework

Anna Morgan, Head of Legal (Deputy Commissioner), ODPC


15th January 2019

Data Protection Remedies 

Noel Travers SC


22nd January 2019

Data Protection Enforcement

Emily Gibson BL


29th January 2019

Dealing with Data Breaches

Jevan Neilan, Senior Associate, Mason Hayes & Curran


5th February 2019

Data Protection Impact Assessment

Colin Rooney, Partner, Arthur Cox


12th February 2019

State Surveillance

Dr. TJ McIntyre, UCD/Digital Rights Ireland


19th February 2019

International Data Transfers

Brian Murray SC


26th February 2019

Data Protection Issues: A View from the Bench (attendance in person required)

The Hon. Ms Justice Costello


5th March 2019

Current Issues in Data Protection Law / Update on State of Play in Implementation (attendance in person required)

Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner


To be awarded the Advanced Diploma, a participant will be required to successfully complete two written assignments.


The GDPR is of such wide application that it will affect anyone dealing with personal data. This course will be of interest to: barristers and solicitors working in the public and private sector; prospective data protection officers and members of DPO teams; those working in technology and data–driven sectors; employed and self–employed persons whose work brings them into contact with data protection issues on a regular basis in large, medium and small enterprises; employees of financial institutions; those working in central or local government, as well as the health and education sectors. The course will be particularly valuable to individuals with responsibility for data protection within their organisations, whether big or small, public or private sector.


Fees can be viewed here


Applications are made here.

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Darren Martin

“As a public sector worker tasked with processing sensitive data during investigations I found that this course gives an excellent knowledge and understanding of responsibilities we have in processing and collecting information under the new GDPR. The lectures are informative and the online resources are easy accessible and helpful. Whether you work in the pubic or private sector this course will improve your knowledge of GDPR and Data protection legislation. I enjoyed my time at the Kings Inns and highly recomend this course.” (Class of 2017–2018)

Darren Martin, Garda Siochana

David Murphy

“The legal landscape is changing in a major way and having a solid foundation of the principles of Data Protection Law really helps me in the day–to–day of a my job. I can offer insights at early stages as to how certain designs may be problematic legally and be able to offer viable solutions for such problems. The knowledge gained from this course has already been put to use and I have I am confident in being able to bridge the gap between the legal and technical requirements” (Class of 2017–2018)

David Murphy, Database Developer