Mr Anthony Michael Collins obtained a diploma in legal studies at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) in 1984 and a Barrister-at-Law degree at the Honourable Society of King’s Inns (Dublin) in 1986.
He pursued his professional career at the Bar of Ireland as a Barrister-at-Law between 1986 and 1990 and between 1997 and 2003. He became Senior Counsel in 2003 and practiced as such until 2013. Between 1990 and 1997 he interrupted his career as a Barrister-at-Law to work at the Court of Justice of the European Communities as a legal secretary to Judges Thomas Francis O’Higgins (from 1990 to 1991) and John L. Murray (from 1991 to 1997). Joint Editor of the Irish Journal of European Law between 1992 and 2002 and Director of the Irish Centre for European Law between 1997 and 2000, he also served as a member of the Permanent Delegation of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) to the Court of Justice and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court between 2006 and 2013.
Mr Collins was appointed as a Judge at the General Court on 16 September 2013. He was elected President of the Chamber at that court for two terms, commencing on 21 September 2016. Since 2015 he has also been an Adjunct Professor of EU law at University College Cork (Ireland). Since 7 October 2021, he has been an Advocate General at the Court of Justice. He is currently President of the Advisory Council of the Irish Centre for European Law. He is an author of numerous publications on Irish administrative law and on EU law.