Irish lawyers facilitate training of Magistrates in Malawi, Sept 2015

Is it possible to apply the law without any access to the law? 8th October 2015 This apparent contradiction is all too much of a reality for lay magistrates in Malawi. Due to a lack of resources, the isolated location of many courts, a lack of access to computers or the internet and a lack […]

Irish Lawyers Meet President Higgins in Malawi

Irish Lawyers Meet President Higgins in Malawi November proved to be an exciting month for Irish Rule of Law International as the team in Malawi had the opportunity to meet with President Michael D Higgins on Tuesday 11th November during his visit to the country as part of a three-country trip including Ethiopia and South Africa. […]

Malawi By The Sea

Malawi By The Sea Irish Rule of Law International Fundraising Dinner Friday 20th June 2014 Irish Rule of Law International will be hosting the annual ‘Malawi By the Sea’ dinner in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, on Friday 20th June at 7pm to raise funds for its Access to Justice project in Malawi. The […]

Malawi Project goes from Strength to Strength

Malawi Project goes from Strength to Strength  The last few months have been extremely busy in Malawi and Jane O’Connell has been doing an incredible job since the departure of Eithne Lynch and Paul Bradfield in October last year and who are greatly missed. Eithne has joined former IRLI Coordinator Rachel Power in PILA while Paul […]

Pre-Departure Briefing for Malawi Access to Justice Project

IRLI Welcomes new Volunteer Programme Lawyers to the Malawi Team IRLI is delighted to welcome our two new Volunteer Programme Lawyers to the Malawi Access to Justice Project. Sarah Houlihan and Morgan Crowe will travel to Lilongwe in the next two weeks where they will join Jane O’Connell who has been steering the project since November. Jane […]

Malawi Chief Justice Msosa hits out at overcrowding in the country’s prisons

“Speaking in Mangochi on 3 Sept at the start of a two-day orientation for judges and registrars organised by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) for the Lilongwe Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Malawi, Malawi’s Chief Justice Anastasia Msosa has accused arresting authorities including the Malawi Police Service of being the […]

Newly Appointed Chief Justice Msosa Addresses Magistrates in First Public Speech

I had the honour and privilege to be selected by the Malawi Judiciary to externally facilitate and present on ‘Alternative Sentencing’ at the DFiD sponsored workshop entitled ‘Human Rights and Criminal Justice’. I presented on the factors to consider and the sentencing options available to magistrates when imposing a sentence on a person found guilty […]

IRLI Magistrates’ Training Visit, May 2013

Last month I was invited to travel to Malawi as part of a training delegation to Malawi with Mr. Justice Roderick Murphy, who recently retired from the Irish High Court, and Anne-Marie Blaney, practising solicitor with the Irish Legal Aid Board. I was delighted to be part of the team and thought I would share […]

Camp Courts Welcome Irish Delegation

Following on from the successful camp court facilitated by IRLI in Maula Adult Prison on 13 May, the Programme Lawyers decided to facilitate another camp court in the prison on 20 May, again focusing on those remandees who had committed minor offences and who wished to apply for bail pending trial. In addition to assisting […]

New IRLI Lawyers Tackle Camp Courts

On 13 May, IRLI facilitated the first ‘Camp Court’ of 2013 in Maula Adult Prison, Lilongwe. A Camp Court is essentially a fully functioning court session which is located within the physical grounds of the prison. Facilitating these court hearings is a key project objective for IRLI, as the regular court system suffers from a […]