IPRT & Irish Criminal Bar Association: Seminar on The Prison Rules, Current Impact and Opportunities for Reform – 25 February

Day & Time:      Thursday 25 February 2021, 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Location:            Virtual, via Zoom

Register:             To register to attend this event please click here or contact info@IPRT.ie

The Irish Penal Reform Trust and the Irish Criminal Bar Association will co-host a seminar on The Prison Rules: Current Impact and Opportunities for Reform online on Thursday 25 February 2021 at 4pm, via Zoom.

The event is the first in IPRT’s 2021 Prison Law Seminar Series and will look at the role of the Irish Prison Rules in vindicating prisoners’ rights, the process by which the Rules are amended and the opportunities for strengthening the protection they offer to prisoners.

The event will be chaired by Dr Mary Rogan, President of the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation and Principal Investigator of the PRILA project, and will include the following speakers:

  • Matthew Kenny, Partner at O’Sullivan Kenny LLP and Honorary Treasurer of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
  • David Perry BL, Barrister and Board Member of the Irish Penal Reform Trust
  • Damien Coffey, Senior Associate at Sheehan & Partners
  • Patricia Gilheaney, Chief Inspector at the Office of the Inspector of Prisons
  • John Farrelly, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Commission
  • Professor Dirk van Zyl Smit, Emeritus Professor of Comparative and International Penal Law at the University of Nottingham; Expert Adviser to the Council of Europe on the European Prison Rules and the European Rules on Juvenile Offenders

IPRT will launch its updated ‘Know Your Rights – Your Rights as a Prisoner’ guide at the event.

IPRT’s Legal and Public Affairs Programme is supported by a donor-advised fund through the Community Foundation for Ireland.




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