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Friday 22nd September 2017

9.00 – 17.30  Presidents’ Hall, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place

The Right to Legal Assistance in Police Interviews - brouchure (pdf)

 

Seminar Series Spring 2017

 

The Socio-Legal Research Centre at the School of Law and Government, DCU, hosts a socio-legal research seminar series through each academic term. Generally this a presentation from a researcher whose work goes beyond black-letter law and considers broader social, political or economic factors bearing upon particular legal questions. The seminars tend to be open and interactive: those present are not expected to be expert or even necessarily engaged in the field of scholarship addressed by the scholar or scholars presenting at the seminar. The concern is with enhancing understandings of socio-legal research and methodologies, as much as with engaging in substantive questions. The idea is that socio-legal researchers in different fields and at different stages of their research careers can share their work and experiences.

 

Wednesday, 8th February

3-5pm, X101, Londsdale Building (near Library, Glasnevin Campus)

Prof. Antonio Estella, Jean Monnet Professor ad personam, Law and European Economic Governance, University Carlos III of Madrid

The Legal Foundations of European Economic Governance: The 2020 Strategy

 

Wednesday, 22nd February

3-5pm, X101, Londsdale Building (near Library, Glasnevin Campus)

Dr Brenda Daly, SLRC, DCU

Age Discrimination and Healthcare

 

Wednesday, 8th March

3-5pm, X101, Londsdale Building (near Library, Glasnevin Campus)

Prof. Mikael Madsen, iCourts, University of Copenhagen

The work of iCourts

 

Wednesday, 22nd March

3-5pm, X101, Londsdale Building (near Library, Glasnevin Campus)

Peter Finnegan, Clerk of Dáil Éireann

How New Politics works in 2017

 

Wednesday, 5th April

3-5pm, X101, Londsdale Building (near Library, Glasnevin Campus)

Dr Adam McAuley, SLRC, DCU

The Family Law District Court perspective on fatherhood in contemporary Ireland

 

Wednesday, 12th April

3-5pm, X101, Londsdale Building (near Library, Glasnevin Campus)

Dr Claire Hamilton, Department of Law, Maynooth University

Comparative Counterterrorism

 

 

 

 

Final Seminar in Winter 2016 Seminar Series

The final seminar in the SLRC series this Winter will take place as follows:

Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Irish Times

"The Supreme Court"

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, CG03

 

 

Socio-Legal Studies Review Call for Papers

 

Guide to authors

The DCU Socio-Legal Studies Review (SLSR) is accepting submissions for its 2017 volume. The SLSR is a peer-reviewed law journal, published under the auspices of the Socio-Legal Research Centre at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University. It is the only Irish-based journal of its kind, and so represents a unique platform for work by scholars, activists and practitioners working in the relevant fields. 

The journal focuses on socio-legal scholarly work, understood in broad terms. We accept empirical, theoretical and comparative legal research, whether in national or international contexts. We do not have a rigid understanding of what counts as ‘socio-legal’, but there is an expectation that submissions would go beyond doctrinal or ‘black-letter’ approaches and would assess legal questions in broader social, political, cultural or economic contexts. 

 

Specific

We accept articles, casenotes and recent legislative and judicial updates from academic scholars, students (including from undergraduate students, where the work is of sufficient depth and quality), as well as practitioners/trainees and activists. We operate an initial screening process at editorial board level, as well as a routine double peer-review.  

The guideline length for submissions is 5000 to 7000 words for articles, and 2000 words for casenotes and updates. Submissions should be formatted in line with the OSCOLA Ireland citation guidelines; where required, will be done only with the agreement of the author. Features should be submitted in word format to dcuslsr@hotmail.com.

The closing date for submissions is the 20th January 2017.

Please include the name of author, and details of professional or student status and contact details in the body of email. As the peer-review process is anonymous, we ask you not to include your personal details directly on submissions.

 

David Smith

Clare Barry

Co-Editors-in-chief

 

 

Academic Advisor

Dr. Tom Hickey

 

 

SLRC Seminar Series Winter 2017

Introduction

 

The Socio-Legal Research Centre at the School of Law and Government, DCU, hosts a socio-legal research seminar series through each academic term. Generally this a presentation from a researcher whose work goes beyond black-letter law and considers broader social, political or economic factors bearing upon particular legal questions. The seminars tend to be open and interactive: those present are not expected to be expert or even necessarily engaged in the field of scholarship addressed by the scholar or scholars presenting at the seminar. The concern is with enhancing understandings of socio-legal research and methodologies, as much as with engaging in substantive questions. The idea is that socio-legal researchers in different fields and at different stages of their research careers can share their work and experiences.

 

The speakers for Winter 2016 are as follows:

Wednesday, 23rd November

2-3pm, CG03

James Gallen, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Dublin City University

“Historical Abuse: Interrogating the Structures of Vulnerability”

 

Tuesday, 29th November

3-4pm, CG20

Vicky Conway, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Dublin City University

“Dangerous, Political and Silenced: Policing the Border During the Northern Irish Troubles”

 

Wednesday, 30th November

2-3pm, XG19

Ray Byrne, Full-Time Commissioner, Law Reform Commission,

“Reforming the Law on Harmful Digital Communications: The Legal and Policy Challenges”

 

Wednesday 7th December

2-3 pm, CG03

Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Irish Times

"The Supreme Court"

 

 

Conference: State Accountability for Vulnerability

                                Friday, September 92016, School of Nursing, DCU

                              

Broken silver chain repaired. New link highlighted in red.

On September 9th 2016, the Socio-Legal Research Centre, Dublin City University will host its biennial law and society conference. Following on from the success our inaugural conference on Judges, Law and the Irish Constitution in 2014, the theme of this year's conference is State Accountability for Vulnerability. The purpose of the conference is to analyse the response of the Irish State to present and historic vulnerability caused or exacerbated by public policy. The purpose of the conference is to and historic vulnerability caused, or exacerbated, by public policy. We hope to identify how people can become vulnerabilised by public policy and examine how the State can acknowledge and remedy that impact. The conference will bring together academics, practitioners, judges, politicians, representatives from NGOs and other civil society organisations.

 

The conference will have two streams, one which examines the detail of vulnerability in defined areas. A second examines the various accountability mechanisms which have or could be used to acknowledge the State’s role in creating and/or contributing to this vulnerability and to provide remedies to victims/survivors. 

 

#DCULawConf

 

Registration:

There is no registration fee for attending this conference. However we do ask that attendees register for the event in order to facilitate the event organisation.

 

Conference Programme

 

Time

Event

People

08:30

Registration Opens

 

Foyer, Nursing Building, DCU

 

09:00

Housekeeping notices

Dr Tanya Ní Mhuirthile, Socio-Legal Research Centre, DCU

09:05

Welcome Address

Prof Daire Keogh, Deputy-President Designate, DCU

09:15

Opening Address

Ms Frances Fitzgerald, Tánaiste & Minister for Justice & Equality

09:30

Plenary Panel 1: Interrogating Vulnerability

 

 

HG23, Nursing Building

Chair: Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, T.D., Chair Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality.

 

  • Who is Vulnerable? The Usefulness of a Vulnerability Theory in Jurisprudence and Public Policy.
    • Prof Titti Mattsson, Lund University
  • Interrogating Vulnerability: the Limitations of Law.
    • Noeline Blackwell, CEO Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

 

10:45

Coffee Break

 

11:00

Parallel Panels 1 

HG06, Nursing Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

HG07, Nursing Building

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

HG08, Nursing Building

Panel A: Migration and Asylum

Chair: Majella Twomey, BL, member of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal

  • Acknowledging the Vulnerability of People on the Move: Towards a Coherent and Responsive EU Approach to Vulnerability
    • Dr Mikaela Heikkla and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso, Institutie for Human Rights, Abo Akademi University, Finland
  • Vulnerability to Labour Exploitation: Migration Law, Employment Law and the Puzzle of Effective Regulation
    • Dr Cliodhna Murphy, School of Law, Maynooth University
  • Promoting the Visibility of Migrant Children in Irish Immigration Law: A Welfare Imperative
    • Dr Patricia Brazil, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin
  • The European Union as a Human Rights Organisation? The Role of the Charter in Asylum Cases
    • Dr Stephen Coutts, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Dublin City University

 

Panel B: Public Engagement and Disability

Chair: Marian Harkin, MEP

  • The Discriminatory Representation of Persons with Disabilities on Television: Reconciling Accountability and Freedom of Expression in Irish Law and Policy
    • Dr Ingrid Cunningham, School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • De-Institutionalisation of People Ageing with Intellectual Disabilities: Vulnerabilities Need to be Considered by the Irish State.
    • Dr Bernadette Flood
  • When is a Voluntary Patient Not  a Voluntary Patient: Unseen Vulnerability in Mental Health Law
    • Hope Davidson, School of Law, University of Limerick
  • Vulnerability for Different Reasons: Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities in Ireland and China
    • Bo Chen, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway

 

Panel C: Prison and Punishment

Chair: Deirdre Malone, Irish Penal Reform Trust

  • Risk, Blame and the Problem of ‘Paperwork’: Irish Prison Staff Experiences of Investigative Mechanisms for Prisoner Deaths in Custody
    • Colette Barry, School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Supports for Offenders with Learning Disabilities in the Irish Judicial System
    • Gillian Mc Namee, RehabCare
  • The Limitations of Proportionality in the Irish District Court: Disproportionate Punishment
    • Sharon Walker, School of Law, National University or Ireland, Galway
  • A Constitutional Right to Rehabilitation and Reintegration for Prisoners in Ireland: What Would this Mean?
    • Jane Mulcahy, School of Law, University College Cork

 

12:15

Lunch

2nd Floor Foyer, The Helix

13:15

Parallel Panels 2

 HG23, Nursing Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 HG06, Nursing Building

 

  

 

 

 

 

HG07, Nursing Building

 

  

 

 

 

 

HG08, Nursing Building

Panel D: Accountability and the Past

Chair: Judge Gerard Hogan, Court of Appeal of Ireland

  • State Accountability for Historical Abuse: Interrogating the Structures of Vulnerability
    • Dr James Gallen, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Dublin City University
  • The right to reparation for 'historic' abuse: how do the State's recent responses to the Magdalene Laundries abuse and the treatment of unmarried mothers and their children measure up? 
    • Maeve O’Rourke, Barrister
  • Responses to Clerical Sexual Abuse in Ireland: Learning from the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission of Canada?
    • Dr Gladys Ganiel,  Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast

 

Panel E: Criminalising Vulnerability

Chair: Deirdre Duffy, Irish Council for Civil Liberties

  • Hate Crime Legislation and Violence Against Sex Workers in Ireland: Lessons in Policy and Practice
    • Dr Graham Ellison, School of Law, Queens University Belfast and Lucy Smith, UglyMugs.ie
  • Legislative Policy on Vulnerability: Reflections on the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014
    • Dr Liz Heffernan, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin
  • Criminalising Abortion: Shaming Vulnerability?
    • Dr Vicky Conway, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Dublin City University

 

Panel F: Children in the Care of the State

Chair: Tanya Ward, Children’s Rights Alliance

  • Challenges with a Rights-Based Approach to Implementing Children’s Rights in Mental Health Admission and Treatment Proceedings
    • Dr Catríona Moloney, School of Law, University of Limerick
  • Emerging Adulthood of Children Aging Out of State Care
    • Dr Adam McAuley, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Dublin City University
  • From Vulnerable Minors to Vulnerable Adults: Secure Care and Detention Pursuant to the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court
    • Dr Andrea Mulligan, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

 

Panel G: Socio-Economic Rights and Austerity

Chair: Fionnán Sheahan, Irish Independent

  • The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Socio Economic Rights
    • Dr Claire-Michelle Smyth, School of Law, University of Brighton
  • Vulnerability and Social Rights – What Role for Judges? A Neo-Republican Assessment
    • Dr Tom Hickey, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Dublin City University
  • Statistics, Poverty and the Bailouts – The Failure of Instruments Designed to Monitor the Impact of Austerity on the Vulnerable
    • Dr Roderic O’Gorman, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Dublin City University

14:30

Coffee

 

14:45

Plenary Panel 2: Exploring Vulnerability and Accountability before the European Court of Human Rights

  

HG23, Nursing Building

Chair: Judge Mary Ellen Ring, Judge of the High Court of Ireland and Chairperson of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission

  • Reflections on ‘Vulnerability’ as a Factor in the Assessment of Claims Before the European Court of Human Rights
    • Ann Power-Forde, SC, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights (2008-2015)
  • Accountability for Gross Human Rights Violations Committed in the Fight Against Terrorism: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights
    • Prof Federico Fabbrini, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Dublin City University

 

16:00

Coffee

 

16:15

Parallel Panels 3

 

 

HG06, Nursing Building

  

 

 

 

HG07, Nursing Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HG08, Nursing Building

Panel H: Vindicating LGBT Rights: Ending Vulnerability?

Chair: Max Krzyanowski, LGBT Rights Campaigner

  • Transgender Children and Young People in Ireland: Socio-Legal Challenges to Self-Expression of Gender
    • Dr Maire Leane, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Studies, University College Cork, and Dr Fiachra Ó Súilleabháin, School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork
  • Is Marriage a Cure for All Ills? Vulnerability and LGBT Communities in the Wake of the Marriage Referendum
    • Dr Fergus Ryan, Maynooth University
  • Recent Reforms in Law on LGBT Rights in Ireland: Tightening the Tourniquet on the Rights of Vulnerable Intersex People
    • Dr Tanya Ní Mhuirthile, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Dublin City University

 

Panel I: Public Policy and the Family

Chair: Graina Long, Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

  • State Accountability for the Protection of Prenatal Children’s Rights: Recent Interference by the Human Rights Committee and the Committee on the Rights of the Child
    • Dr Fiona Broughton, Law Faculty, Griffith College
  • Vulnerable Parents: In Times of Austerity Should the State Hold Parents Responsible?
    • Niall Williams, Birbeck University of London
  • Polygamy and Public Policy
    • Avril Cryan, National University of Ireland Galway

 

Panel J: Schemes of Reparation

Chair: Dr Brenda Daly, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Dublin City University

  • Seeking Redress for the Past in Northern Ireland: Victimhood, Responsibility and the Politics of the Past
    • Dr Luke Moffett, Human Rights Centre, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Thirty Pieces of Silver? Engineering Redress
    • Marie O’Connor, Survivors of Symphysiotomy
  • Irish Adult Reparative Panel Schemes, Vulnerable Adults and State Accountability: A Time for Courage
    • Dr  Darren McStravick, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Dublin City University

 

17:30

Conference Close 

Chair: Prof Iain McMenamin, Head of School of Law and Government, DCU

Registration:

There is no registration fee for attending this conference. However we do ask that attendees register for the event in order to facilitate the event organisation.

 

CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Points:

7 hours. Should you require a Certificate of Attendence, please contact the convenors.

 

Social Media:

#DCULawConf

Twitter: @SocioLegalDCU

 

Conference Convenors:

Dr James Gallen, Socio-Legal Research Centre, DCU

Dr Tanya Ní Mhuirthile, Socio-Legal Research Centre, DCU

 

Contact Information

Email:  dculawconference@gmail.com

Twitter: @SocioLegalDCU