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Fathers and the Law seminar at DCU postponed due to volcanic ash aviation disruption

April 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Unfortunately, the seminar on “Fatherhood, Law and Personal Life: Rethinking Debates about Fathers and Law” which was to be delivered by Professor Richard Collier at Dublin City University on this Wednesday April 21st has had to be postponed due to the current disruption in aviation caused by the cloud of volcanic ash. It will be re-arranged in the Autumn – details to follow.

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Lady Hale, Justice of the UK Supreme Court, to speak at QUB

February 2, 2010 Leave a comment

The School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast has just announced that Lady Hale, Justice of the UK Supreme Court, will deliver the MacDermott Lecture on Thursday 18th March 2010 at 17:30.

According to Lady Hale’s bio on the UK Supreme Court website,

Lady Hale became the United Kingdom’s first woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in January 2004, after a varied career as an academic lawyer, law reformer, and judge. She is now the first woman Justice of The Supreme Court.

After graduating from Cambridge in 1966, she taught law at Manchester University from 1966 to 1984, also qualifying as a barrister and practising for a while at the Manchester Bar. She specialised in Family and Social Welfare law, was founding editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, and authored a pioneering case book on ‘The Family, Law and Society’.

In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, a statutory body which promotes the reform of the law. Important legislation resulting from the work of her team at the Commission includes the Children Act 1989, the Family Law Act 1996, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She also began sitting as an assistant recorder.

In 1994 she became a High Court judge, the first to have made her career as an academic and public servant rather than a practising barrister. In 1999 she was the second woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal, before becoming the first woman Law Lord.

She retains her links with the academic world as Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Visitor of Girton College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor of Kings College London. A home maker as well as a judge, she thoroughly enjoyed helping the artists and architects create a new home for The Supreme Court.

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Police Governance and Accountability: Challenges and Outlook – Conference Report

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Last Thursday and Friday, December 3 and 4, saw an international conference of a very high calibre take place in Limerick (see press coverage in the Irish Times and the Irish Examiner). This conference (previously advertised on this blog here), which focused on Police Governance and Accountability, was organised through the Centre for Criminal Justice in the University of Limerick by a contributor to this blog, Dr. Vicky Conway (formerly of UL, now at Queen’s University Belfast) and Professor Dermot Walsh (UL).

The conference was very well-attended and drew an impressive array of scholars and practitioners researching and working in the area of policing both nationally and internationally. The main plenary presentations were given by Professor Andrew Goldsmith from the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia, Professor James Sheptycki from York University in Toronto, Canada and an intriguing turn-and-turn-about final plenary presentation from Dr. Vicky Conway and Professor Dermot Walsh.

Professor Goldsmith discussed the manner in which modern technology, such as mobile phones, digital cameras and the internet (specifically sites like YouTube), are allowing for a new sort of transparency in policing whereby previously invisible police actions can be observed, recorded and shown to the public at large. He gave the example of the death of a Polish immigrant, Robert Dziekanski, following the police use of a taser gun on him in Vancouver airport which was caught on video. Professor Goldsmith used the phrase “sous-veillance” for this type of recording of police actions which comes from beneath and can be contrasted with the more traditional sur-veillance (which comes from the top down). All of this, he suggested, will have an impact on the ability of the police to manage public perceptions of policing, on the demands that are made of oversight agencies, and on the practice of policing in general.

Professor Sheptycki discussed the challenges which exist for transnational policing in the modern world. Employing interesting analogies from the world of art and art history, Professor Sheptycki explored the concept of “constabularly ethics” and sought to ask the question, in the context of European co-operation in policing, “what is good policing?” Professor Sheptycki was particularly interested in “The Raft of the Medusa” by Gericault, which is housed at the Louvre, and depicts a scene of tragedy on a raft set adrift after the wreck of a French naval vessel. Of 147 people aboard the raft, only 15 survived. The painting shows a point of crisis but with the hope of a rescue ship in the distance. Professor Sheptycki suggests that the concept of the “constabulary ethic” may bring hope to the future of transnational policing.

While each of the plenary sessions were thought-provoking, from an Irish perspective the swift overview of the Garda Síochána, from their initial establishment through to current challenges and future possibilities delivered in this third session was particularly interesting. Dr. Conway and Professor Walsh raised many questions about the level of political control of the gardaí provided for under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the potential strengths and weaknesses of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and the general secrecy of the Gardaí as an institution. Dr. Conway gave a most insightful description of the work of the Morris Tribunal, the allegations which led to its establishment and the findings of Mr. Justice Morris (all of which are detailed in her forthcoming book “The Blue Wall of Silence: The Morris Tribunal and Police Accountability in Ireland“). Professor Walsh mentioned the lack of statistics on many policing issues in this jurisdiction. He suggested that material such as The Garda Code ought to be made publicly available and was of the opinion that the availability of such material and public knowledge about the training and ethics of the gardaí might in fact increase public confidence in the force.

More than 40 papers were delivered over the course of the two-day event on topics including: juvenile justice and alternative policing; police complaints and accountability; policing of vulnerable groups; new technologies in policing; police culture and decision-making; local policing; policing and constitutional values; policing and the law of evidence; and many other related matters. Rights issues which arose included: incursions on the right to silence; the protection of the suspect right to pre-trial legal advice; victims’ rights; privacy rights and the use of DNA; the consequences of police abuse of power and the exclsuion of evidence; children’s rights; privacy rights and the use of CCTV; and many more.

This was a most successful and informative conference which allowed for transnational discussions at the macro level on the changing nature of modern policing and the challenges for the investigation of crime in a globalised world, as well as debates and comparisons on the details of policing powers and experiences at a micro level in different jurisdictions.

3rd Annual Dave Ellis Memorial Lecture

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment

FLAC send details of its 3rd Annual Dave Ellis Memorial Lecture,  which will also serve to launch FLAC’s Online Archive to mark  FLAC’s 40th Anniversary.

The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Maurice Hayes at the Law Society of Ireland, Presidents’ Hall, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 on  Tuesday 1 December at 6.00pm sharp.

The lecture will be on the theme of “Access to Justice”and a wine reception will follow the lecture.

To confirm your attendance, please e-mail or phone us at (01) 8745690.

The late Dave Ellis was a community activist who dedicated his career to working with community groups in areas including welfare rights, legal aid, legal education and legal entitlements generally.  Dave was Community Law Officer at Coolock Community Law Centre (now Northside CLC – for more than 20 years.  He subsequently established Community Legal Resource to provide information, training and support for the not-for-profit and community sector.

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JM Kelly Memorial Lecture: Friday 20 November 2009

November 20, 2009 1 comment

This Friday evening the UCD School of Law will hold its 13th annual JM Kelly Memorial Lecture, this year delivered by Lord Brian Kerr: Justice of the UK Supreme Court and formerly Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland. The title of the lecture is The Conversation between the European Court of Human Rights and National Courts: Dialogue or Dictation. Lord Kerr has indicated that the lecture will focus on some recent and controversial decisions of the superior courts of the United Kingdom in order to explore the tensions between national courts and the ECtHR.

The lecture will take place in the Clinton Auditorium, UCD at 6.00 pm on Friday evening (20 November 2009) and all are welcome.

The JM Kelly Memorial Lecture commemorates and honours the late John Maurice Kelly, Professor of Roman Law and Jurisprudence in UCD who contributed so much to the development of the School of Law and to legal scholarship in Ireland and further a field. This lecture series also serves as a memorial to John Maurice Kelly’s distinguished contribution, which he made as a jurist, parliamentarian and public servant to the legal, academic and political culture of the Irish State. Everyone educated in law in this jurisdiction has learned from his magnificent The Irish Constitution (now in its 4th edition and edited by Gerard Hogan and Gerry Whyte) and A Short History of Western Legal Theory, both of which continue to be leading texts in their fields.

You can find out about the illustrious JM Kelly lecturers whose ranks Lord Kerr will join on Friday evening here.

Please note: I originally posted this as starting at 6.45pm. It will, in fact, commence at 6 o’clock.

Brendan O’Leary to Speak at UCD School of Law

November 3, 2009 Leave a comment

olearyProf. Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science in University of Pennsylvania, will speak at the UCD School of Law on “Departing Responsibly from Iraq” this Thursday evening. The lecture will take place at 5pm in the UCD Legal Education Centre in UCD (Fosters Avenue Entrance) and is not to be missed by anyone interested in the aftermath of the Iraq War.

Brendan O’Leary, born in Cork, is Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and currently on secondment as the Expert on Power-Sharing attached to the Mediation Support Unit of the United Nations. He was schooled in county Antrim,  and is a graduate of Oxford and the London School of Economics, where he subsequently was a professor and chair of its Government Department.  He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of nineteen books, most recently How to Get Out of Iraq With Integrity, Terror Insurgency and the State, The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq, and The Northern Ireland Conflict: Consociational Engagements. O’Leary was a policy advisor to the British Labour Party on Northern Ireland between 1988 and 1996, and subsequently advised Irish, British and American officials and parties before during and after the Good Friday Agreement. His book with John McGarry on Policing Northern Ireland: Proposals for a New Start was extensively cited by the Patten Commission. Between 2003 and 2009 he was regularly a constitutional advisor to the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq. He has also been a constitutional consultant for in Somalia, South Africa, and Nepal. His next book, co-edited with Joanne McEvoy, will be on Power Sharing in Deeply Divided Places.

Anyone interested in attending should pre-register their interest with Gina Molloy at gina.molloy[at]

Human Rights Standards and the Past: The Eames/Bradley Proposals

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

qub_logoFrom the Human Rights Centre in Queen’s University Belfast comes details of an event entitled “Human Rights Standards and the Past: The Eames/Bradley Proposals” to be held on 30 September 2009 at 3pm in Seminar Room 1 of the Institue of Governance in Queen’s.

The event will be a group discussion led by Brice Dickson and Kieran McEvoy, both professors in the law school there. Interested parties should register with Deaglán Coyle at d.p.coyle[at]

Places are limited!

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