Conference: Beyond the Single Procedure: Reforming Ireland’s Protection System

NASCNasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre and  UCD’s Sutherland School of Law invite you to a one day conference to mark World Refugee Day on the 20th June 2014 in UCD’s William Fry Theatre from 10 am – 3pm. The conference, titled Beyond the Single Procedure: Reforming Ireland’s Protection System.

This conference is an opportunity to bring together politicians and policymakers, practitioners, advocates and other interested parties to discuss and critically assess the protection system in Ireland, the pending introduction of the Single Procedure, how it will impact the protection system in Ireland and what legacy issues will remain.

Some of the issues to be addressed include: international best practice, leave to land, early legal intervention, the legacy of direct provision, subsidiary protection, unaccompanied minors, family reunification of refugees, and the Judicial Review process.  The conference is very timely as the discussions generated could potentially inform thinking on the upcoming Immigration, Residency and Protection Bill.

Confirmed list of speakers:

Sophie Magennis, UNHCR – morning keynote: overview of protection, role of UNHCR

Liam Thornton, UCD – direct provision

Olaniyi Kolawole, UCC – human cost of protection system

Patricia Brazil, BL & Trinity College Dublin– history of protection system, JRs, legacy issues

Colm O’Dwyer, BL – separated children

Jacqueline Kelly, Irish Refugee Council – early legal intervention

Claire Cumiskey, Nasc – family reunification

Barry Magee, Refugee Appeals Tribunal – on role of RAT

Karen Berkeley, Brophy Solicitors – on statelessness

Clare Kelly, Legal Aid Board

Steven McQuitty, BL (NI) – afternoon keynote, on JLM case and NI/UK perspective



To attend this conference, please email Bethany Wynee-Morgan on Please note that there is no charge for this event. CPD points are available from UCD Sutherland School of Law.

Further details available here. You can download the conference poster for this event here.

Conference: Beyond the Single Procedure: Reforming Ireland’s Protection System

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