Art Ward

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Art Ward

Art Ward holds a Masters degree (2010) in law, specialising in Intellectual Property, from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He completed his BCL Clinical law degree at University College Cork in 2009. He trained as a solicitor with Matheson Solicitors in Dublin, before moving to London where he now practices as a corporate tax lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis.

Art returned to Cork to both complete his degree, and convene the World Universities' Debating Championships, in June of 2008. He was granted Honorary Life Membership of the Society during the 159th Session, and received a Honorary Life Membership from the UCC Law Society in the same year, one of only a very small few to have been awarded both in the history of both societies. He received a Bene Merenti for his outstanding society involvement, with specific regard to Cork Worlds 2009, from the Societies' Guild at the end of the 159th Session.

Art was a Grand Finalist and 9th Best Speaker at the World Universities' Debating Championships held by Koc University, Turkey in 2010. He served as a Deputy Chief Adjudicator at the 2012 World Universities' Debating Championships in Manila, Philippines, and as Chief Adjudicator of the 2012 European Universities' Debating Championships held in Belgrade, Serbia.

Competitive Debating[edit]

2006/07 - UCC

2007/08 - UCC

  • Finalist/Best Speaker in the Final (Breaking 3rd) ESU European Parliament IV (Partner - Tiernan Fitzgibbon)
  • Finalist/Runner-up (Breaking 5th) DCU Open (Partner - Declan Bruton)

2008/09 - UCC

2009/10 - LSE






  • Grand Final Adjudicator London Australs
  • Grand Final Adjudicator ESU England Schools' Mace Final




Art wass the Convenor of the 29th World Universities' Debating Championships (Cork Worlds 2009), which were held in University College Cork over the New Year's period of 2008/09. He was the top Irish speaker at the 2009 European Championships, placing 9th on the speaker tab overall.

Art was Editor-in-Chief of the UCC Law Society Cork Online Law Review for the 77th Session ( He received a Society Achievement Award in 2007.

He was the Irish Politics Correspondent for Motley magazine (, the monthly publication of the University's Journalism Society in 2007.

He played for the UCC Law Society in both the 4th and the 5th Annual Philosoph Lawsoc Grudge Matches.

He has previously worked for Qatar Debate[1], coaching debating to primary, secondary and University students as well as coaching adjudication to University faculty members in the Middle-East.

Art served as coach of the Eton College debating society in 2011/12 during which time Eton won the England Schools Mace and, as representing England, the International Schools Mace.