The 14th annual UCC Law Conference takes place on November 19th in the Aula Maxima at University College Cork. This is the only student-run professional law conference in Ireland and it is sponsored by William Fry. This year’s theme is “Human Trafficking – Modern Slavery in Ireland” and the speakers include:
– Colm O’Dwyer BL – Victims of trafficking in the asylum/protection system.;
– Edel McGinley, Director of the Migrants Rights Centre on trafficking for labour exploitation, new trends in forced labour, criminal exploitation in cannabis production, the situation of potential victims in prison and new preventative measures to protect workers in the homes of diplomats.
– A former victim of forced labour discussing his/her experience and the realities of forced labour in Ireland.
– Aidan McQuade the Director of Anti-Slavery International on trafficking in the International Sphere;
– Mick Quinn of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit from the Department of Justice on how Ireland is monitoring the issue of trafficking on our shores.
– Héilean Rosenstock-Armie,Immigrant Council of Ireland, on the issue of sex trafficking in Ireland and potential procedural reforms.
The organisers say that the aim of this year’s conference is to draw as much attention as possible to the issue of forced labour and trafficking in Ireland, and to open up an academic discussion on procedural reform and the efficiency of our approach. They contend that the issue of human trafficking is kept in the dark, and say that it is time for the student body to bring to light the fact that his problem in fact exists closer to home than one might imagine.
The conference will act as a forum for discussion regarding a legal issue at the forefront of both Irish and International law, and will be attended mainly by practitioners, academics, and students. The organisers hope that attendees will be inspired to do something about human trafficking in Ireland as a result of the conference.
All are welcome to attend the conference, though prior registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration cost is €40 (this can be paid on the day) and the event carries 4 CPD points as recognised by the Law Society of Ireland. Registration takes place between 8.45am and 9.20am with the event to begin at 9.30am sharp.
For more information see here.