Paul Gilligan is former President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ). He was educated at Blackrock College and University College Dublin. He practised as a barrister and was a legal adviser to the Parliamentary Inquiry conducted by the Public Accounts Committee in respect of the Irish banking system involving Deposit Interest Retention Tax.

He was appointed a Judge of the High Court and recently was appointed to head up the Chancery division. He is a qualified mediator and a Board member of the Courts Service of Ireland.