Thursday 5 December


 1. FLAC 7th annual Dave Ellis Memorial Lecture on Access to Justice Dublin

FLAC Logo 2011FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) is holding its 7th annual Dave Ellis Memorial Lecture at 6pm on Thursday, 5 December. This year's lecture on 'Access to Justice' will be given by Martin O'Brien, Senior Vice President for Programmes at the Atlantic Philanthropies and former head of the Committee for the Administration of Justice (Northern Ireland). The venue is the Pillar Room at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1.


Registration from 5.30pm with tea & coffee on arrival, and there will be a wine reception after the talk. Besides the lecture, there will be a host of activities on the night, with updates from the Public Interest Law Alliance, awards for FLAC volunteers, a presentation to this year's Thomas Addis Emmet Fellow and a first look at some new public information video clips on the Irish legal system. Entrance is free but as spaces are limited, please e-mail FLAC or phone 01 887 3600 by Thursday 4 December. More information...



2. Refugee  & Immigration Practitioners Network: Presentation on Dublin III Regulation, Dublin


Maria Hennessy, Senior Legal Officer at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, will present on the Dublin III regulation on the 5th December at 6.30pm at the Blue Room, The Law Society. Maria’s presentation is titled: 'Reviewing the Dublin III recast regulation, challenges and opportunities’. The Regulation comes in to force on the 1st January 2014 and shall apply to applications for international protection lodged after that date.


Maria is Senior Legal Officer at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. She leads and develops ECRE's legal advocacy work in the field of asylum as well as working specifically on developments concerning the Qualification Directive and the Dublin Regulation. She also has a particular interest in asylum claims related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Prior to joining ECRE, Maria was a legal researcher within the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and was a Senior Appeals Caseworker at the former Refugee Migrant Justice in the UK. 


Apart from the Eurodac regulation, the Dublin III regulation is the only ‘recast’ that Ireland has opted in to. The new regulation contains important changes to Dublin II, including the right to information and personal interview, guarantees for minors, procedural safeguards and time limits. Free event but voluntary donation of 5 euro requested. Tea and coffee served. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by  28th November.



3. NWCI & Irish Observatory on Violence against Women: New report on 'Violence against Women, A Gender Issue'


VAW Issue of Gender 580 336The Irish Observatory on Violence against Women in association with the National Women’s Council of Ireland has launched a new publication entitled ‘Violence against Women, A Gender Issue – highlighting the role of gender in the analysis and response to the issue.  The launch included a morning seminar chaired by Justine McCarthy and  with guest speakers including Senator Ivana Bacik, Greg Heylin, COSC, Margaret Martin, Women’s Aid and Member of the Observatory and Anne Ferris, Vice Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence.  It took place at the National Women’s Council offices on Wednesday 4 December 2013.  


Get a copy of the report by contacting the National Women’s Council at 01- 8787248 or download it from the NWCI website.