FLAC: 2016 Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship

FlacThe Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship – a unique opportunity awarded each summer to an Irish law student interested in working on critical social justice issues and developing skills in public interest law practice.

Run in conjunction with the University of Washington, the recipient will spend two months with a public interest law justice centre at the forefront of human rights and social change in Seattle, Washington, gaining hands-on experience of targeted public interest litigation, policy development and campaigns.

The Fellowship is open to all current law students, including students that have studied law as part of their undergraduate degree, postgraduates in law, and students of the King’s Inns or Law Society professional practice courses.

To apply please submit an essay on an area of public interest law of your choice (max. 2000 words) along with a cover letter and CV to info@flac.ie by Friday 15 January 2016.

For more information, please download the information sheet.

FLAC: 2016 Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship

PILA Seminar: The Duty of the State in Constitutional Cases– 7 July, Dublin

PILAFollowing their recent book, ‘Public interest litigation and social change in South Africa: Strategies, tactics and lessons’, Gilbert Marcus SC and Nick Ferreira are visiting Dublin to share learning in public interest litigation.

Date:                     7 July 2015

Time:                    5.30pm – 7pm

Venue:                 The Morrison Hotel, Lower Ormond Quay

Marcus and Ferreira will explore the duty of the State in constitutional cases, followed by a panel discussion with Michael Lynn SC and Noeline Blackwell of FLAC on the experience of public interest litigators in Ireland. The seminar will be chaired by former Attorney General, Paul Gallagher SC.

This event is a must for those interested in how to best use rights, law and litigation to advance social change. Continue reading “PILA Seminar: The Duty of the State in Constitutional Cases– 7 July, Dublin”

PILA Seminar: The Duty of the State in Constitutional Cases– 7 July, Dublin

Call for Applications: FLAC Public Interest Law Fellowship

FLACThe Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship in Public Interest Law. This is a unique opportunity awarded each summer to an Irish law student interested in working on critical social justice issues and developing skills in public interest law practice.

Run in conjunction with the University of Washington, the Fellow will spend two months with a public interest law justice centre at the forefront of human rights and social change in Seattle, Washington gaining hands-on experience of targeted public interest litigation, policy development and campaigns.

The Fellowship is open to all current law students, including students that have studied law as part of their undergraduate degree, postgraduates in law, and students of the King’s Inns or Law Society professional practice courses.

To apply please submit an essay on an area of public interest law of your choice (max. 2000 words) along with a cover letter and CV to info@flac.ie by Friday 13th of February 2015.

For more information, please download the information sheet here.

 

 

Call for Applications: FLAC Public Interest Law Fellowship

Wave the pro bono flag: it’s time to celebrate the power of public interest law

Emma Cassidy headshot 2014Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Emma Cassidy. Emma is a legal and communications trainee with PILnet: the Global Network for Public Interest Law, and is based in the organization’s Budapest office. More information on PILnet’s work can be found at www.pilnet.org or on Twitter @PILnet. Emma tweets in a personal capacity @CassidyEmma.

A tall, bespectacled blonde woman smiling out from behind a dramatic spray of white lilies. The images from 2007 of Dr Lydia Foy outside the High Court are very familiar to anyone interested in transgender rights in Ireland. They were often the stock images that would appear alongside newspaper articles on the dragging intransience of successive governments in relation to gender recognition legislation.  I thought of those pictures every year since, wondering if the next 12 months would see the introduction of laws to allow a small section of the Irish population to simply be recognised in their true gender.

Happily, those photos resurfaced last week for an altogether more positive reason. On 28 October, the legal team representing the State said that it was the Irish government’s ‘firm intention’ to legislate as soon as possible. Commitments to publish the Gender Recognition Bill by year’s end and have it on the statute books in 2015 were also made in court. This statement was the end point of a 21-year struggle for Dr Foy, who had been supported and represented by the Dublin-based legal rights group FLAC (The Free Legal Advice Centres) since 1997. Lydia’s previous attempts to get answers from state authorities had resulted in nothing but dead ends. The impact of strategic litigation and lawyers motivated, not by financial gain, but by the overall public interest, cannot be underestimated.

This development in the story of Lydia Foy is particularly timely as the concept of public interest law and pro bono assistance is being celebrated just across the Irish Sea. From 5-7 November, nearly 400 pro bono supporters, including NGO’s, international law firms, solo practitioners, students and academics, from all over Europe will converge on London for the 8th annual PILnet European Pro Bono Forum. Continue reading “Wave the pro bono flag: it’s time to celebrate the power of public interest law”

Wave the pro bono flag: it’s time to celebrate the power of public interest law

PILnet’s 8th Annual European Pro Bono Forum

PILnetEmma Cassidy is Legal & Communications Trainee in PILnet, The Global Network of Public Interest Law.

PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law is pleased to announce that registration for the  2014 European Pro Bono Forum—to take place on 5-7 November in London, U.K.—is now open. The Forum has played a major role in building support for pro bono across the continent and around the globe. By bringing together a growing community that recognizes the urgent need for pro bono—leading figures from law firms, corporations, bar organizations, NGOs, and law schools—the event offers a setting where participants can explore how they can most effectively collaborate to address critical issues of social justice. Through interactive workshops, engaging social events, and structured networking opportunities, attendees gain insight into the pro bono community and forge alliances that can help deliver justice and protect rights around the world.

The 2014 Forum will include a heightened focus on the real-world tools that are needed to run a successful pro bono program, projects for in-house counsel, Roma rights, and the use of technology to promote change. Local, European and global concerns regarding the application of pro bono will all be on the table. The winners of PILnet’s prestigious European Pro Bono Awards will also be announced at the Forum.

The Forum will run as a central event of the U.K.’s National Pro Bono Week–a time to celebrate and encourage the contributions lawyers make, free-of-charge, to those in need.

The essential event for pro bono lawyers, NGO leaders, and others who are dedicated to using law to achieve social justice. PILnet’s eighth annual European Pro Bono Forum will be held 5-7 November in London, U.K. 

For more details and to register, visit
www.probonoforum.eu
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PILnet’s 8th Annual European Pro Bono Forum

The European Convention on Human Rights at 60 & Socio-Economic Rights

ECHR at 60Today marks the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights (EC HR) coming into force. Ireland was one of the original signatories of the ECHR in 1950, and one of the first states parties to recognise the jurisdiction of the (now overburdened) European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The history of the Convention, the Court and the cases and principles of law that have been developed and decided upon  have been well covered in a number of significant texts (see here, herehere, here and here).

In June 2013, UCD Human Rights Network hosted a conference, organised by Suzanne Egan, Judy Walsh and I, on The ECHR and Ireland: 60 Years and BeyondMy paper ” Seasca Bhlian Faoi Bláth (60 Years A-Growing): Socio-Economic Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights” examined the emergence and development of the ECHR as a protector  of social and economic rights. While the ECHR is generally seen as protecting civil and political rights, with the exception of property rights, in the last number of decades a soft consensus is emerging from the ECtHR that such a distinction between both sets of rights is not warranted. The first significant suggestion that the Convention may be able to protect, to some degree, socio-economic rights, was made by the ECtHR in Airey v Ireland (for a background to this case, see here). Ireland stated that Airey was seeking to enforce a socio-economic right to legal aid and the ECHR should not be interpreted Continue reading “The European Convention on Human Rights at 60 & Socio-Economic Rights”

The European Convention on Human Rights at 60 & Socio-Economic Rights

FLAC: Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship in International Public Interest Law

The Free Legal Advice Centres have recently advertised the Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship in International Public Interest Law.  The successful candidate will get the opportunity to work in a public interest law environment; gain hands on experience in the law; will have an opportunity to attend lectures and seminars in the University of Washington Law School, Seattle. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work with American law students working in public interest law. The fellowship provides, flights, accommodation, meals and an allowance. Interested students should see here for more details on how to apply and closing dates.

FLAC: Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship in International Public Interest Law