ICEL Human Rights Law Conference 2016

Thursday 20th October 16:30 – 19:30 (Registration 16:00)

DDRC, Distillery Building, Church Street, Dublin 7
3 CPD Points

Human rights in Ireland are protected by the Constitution, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention of Human Rights.  The interaction between the three documents and the legal regimes that they create is at times unclear.  This conference sought to give practitioners some practical advice on how human rights law affects litigation in a number of areas, to address some of the limitations of the current human rights protections in addition to setting out the interaction between the three main sources of human rights in Ireland.

Speakers and topics

  • The Hon. Mr Justice Frank Clarke – Chair
  • Judge Siofra O’Leary, European Court of Human Rights – Courts, Conventions and Charters: making sense of fundamental rights in the EU
  • Michael Farrell, Senior Solicitor, Free Legal Advice Centre – Practical limitations – a review of the European Human Rights Act 2003
  • Margaret Gray BL – Pleading the Charter and the ECHR in litigation
  • Michael McDowell SC – Avoiding judicial overreach, the EU as an organisation of limited sovereignty
  • Giollaíosa ó Lideadha SC – European human rights law in criminal cases
  • Ángel Bello Cortés, KOD Lyons Solicitors – Human rights law in asylum and immigration cases: a practitioner’s perspective