The Mental Health Rights Group and the LL.M in International and Comparative Disability Law at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, School of Law, NUI Galway in conjunction with the Employment Law Association will hold a one day conference entitled ‘Law and the Older Person’ on Saturday 24th of January 2015 in Galway.
The conference is timely focusing on the rights of older persons nationally and internationally. The conference addresses the need for comprehensive information and critical analysis of legal and policy reform in Ireland. This Conference will address this need and discuss a number of key legal and policy issues of relevance to older persons. The morning session will focus on the important area of advocacy and will address the proposed Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 from both legal and medical perspectives. The afternoon session will focus on aspects of legal practice and the older client, on ageing and discrimination and on the Fair Deal Scheme.
The Conference brings together many leading commentators from the fields of law, medicine and practice. It provides an opportunity for discussion, and debate and will be of particular relevance to older persons, to carers, advocates, health care practitioners, lawyers, researchers, and independent sector service providers and policy activists. For a full conference programme and to register online see here.
The Irish Human Rights Commission and the Law Society are holding their 9th Annual Human Rights Conference on 22 October 2011 from 10am to 2.30pm in the President’s Hall, Blackhall Place. The theme of this conference is the implications of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review for Ireland. Ireland’s draft UPR outcome is available here. The keynote conference address will be given by Ms Anastasia Crickley, UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Other speakers include: Geraldine Hynes, Equality Authority, Susan McKay, National Women’s Council of Ireland, Professor William Binchy, Trinity College Dublin and Commissioner of the IHRC, Martin Collins, Pavee Point and former Commissioner of the IHRC, Siobhan O’Donoghue, Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland, Judge Michael Reilly, Inspector of Prisons, Candy Murphy, Social and Economic Consultant and John Dolan, National Disability Federation.
Those wishing to attend can contact Anthea Moore on 01 672 4961 or email a.moore[at]lawsociety.ie.
HRiI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Sonya Donnelly, a barrister-at-law and law tutor, who will be working as a programme lawyer on pre-trial detention with the Department of Justice of Malawi in the Legal Aid Department. Sonya’s book (with Sarah Carew) The Devil’s Handbook was recently published by Round Hall.
Later this week I will be leaving these fair shores to spend a year in Malawi working on an access to justice and prison reform project with Pamodzi Promoting Rule of Law, a non-profit Rule of Law charity established by the Law Society and Bar Council. Myself and my two colleagues, barrister Ruth Dowling and solicitor Carolann Minnock, will be based in Lilongwe and partnering with the Ministry of Justice Legal Aid Department, the Department of Public Prosecutions and the Paralegal Advisory Service (PASI). The project is focusing on increased access to Legal Aid for those within the Criminal Justice system, with particular emphasis on pre-trial prisoners. On any one day there might not be a qualified legal person in a criminal court, with a policeman acting for the Prosecution, the defendant unrepresented and Magistrate might not be in any way qualified legally. Our project will ensure the Rule of law is upheld in the Criminal Courts. It is believed that increasing access to legal services will ensure a greater number of prisoners are released on bail, while also decreasing the time spent by those on remand. Crucially, we are hoping to ensure that prisoners are monitored so cases are processed quickly, fewer become lost in the system and that legal representation will also result in a decrease of those wrongly convicted.
Defendants in Malawi face physical, financial and language barriers to legal representation. Most live in remote rural areas on an income of approximately $1 per day, and do not speak English – the language of the court. With no representation defendants are often held in custody for years, until a trial court acquits or sentences them, often far longer than the maximum sentence allowed for the offences they are alleged to have committed. Dockets are regularly misplaced Continue reading “Pre-Trial Detention & Legal Aid in Malawi”
The Human Rights Committee of the Law Society will hold its Annual Human Rights Lecture Tuesday 10th May 2011 at 5:30 pm. This year’s lecture is entitled “Dispatches from the Dark Side – On Torture and the Death of Justice” and will be delivered by the human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce. The President of the Law Society, Mr. John Costello, will open the Lecture and the Honourable Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan will introduce the lecture. This lecture is free to attend, however, there is limited availability so early registration is advised. To book your place, please contact Ms Joyce Mortimer at: j.Mortimer@lawsociety.ie
PILA is hosting a human rights seminar organised in conjunction with the Law Society of Ireland. The seminar is on Business, Law and Human Rights. It will take place on 19 April 2011 at 5.30 PM in the Blue Room at Blackhall Place. CPD points are available. A wine reception will follow.
The Honourable Mr Justice Gerard Hogan of the High Court of Ireland will chair. The speakers will be Mr Michael Smyth, author of “Business and the Human Rights Act” and Vice-Chairman of the International Bar Association’s CSR committee, Tina Roche, Chief Executive of Business in the Community Ireland and Esther Lynch, Legislation & Social Affairs Officer of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
To register, please contact Jo Kenny at the Public Interest Law Alliance, FLAC at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joyce Mortimer at the Law Society on J.Mortimer@LawSociety.ie.