Bar Council’s Human Rights Award 2013 – Video

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Eithne and Ruth win the Bar Council Human Rights Award

The second Danske Bank Irish Law Awards 2013 took place today at the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, with awards across twenty-three categories recognising excellence at all levels of the law industry in Ireland. Hosted by broadcaster Miriam O’ Callaghan, the awards identified legal individuals, teams and firms who made outstanding contributions to Irish law during […]

Malawi by the Sea – Thank Yous Abound!

Friday 22nd of March saw another successful fundraiser in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire where Malawi supporters wined, dined….and crooned into the night! IRLI just wants to acknowledge the very generous raffle prizes that were donated by the Cliff House Hotel, Winding Stair, Louis Copeland, Herbstreet, Bridge Bar & Grill, Ely Winebar, The Morrison […]

Paddy’s Day, the Malawi way!

As part of the Irish Society in Lilongwe, James Sherry of the Irish Embassy and I decided to bring a flavour of home to sunny southeast Africa by hosting an evening of music and dance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  It was an opportunity for cultural exchange between Irish and Malawian artists, with all proceeds […]

The faces behind Diversion

A key component of the IRLI ‘Access to Justice’ project has been its partnership with the Malawi Police Services. Since September 2011, an IRLI Programme Lawyer has worked in conjunction with the main Police Station in Lilongwe to implement a diversion programme and provide legal advice and assistance to officers in the police station. IRLI […]

Homicide Remandees meet the High Court

In an unprecendented move the High Court of Malawi in the country’s capital Lilongwe has moved into Maula prison to conduct homicide trials. Her Ladyship Justice Chombo together with Court staff, the Legal Aid Department and the Director of Public Prosecutions attended Maula on 5th and 12th December 2012 to start work on the back […]

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies Evening in support of the IRLI Malawi project

On Thursday 13th of December at 7.00pm, pop along to The Distillery Building’s new bar, The Sheds, for some festive cheer in support of Irish Rule of Law International’s Malawi project. We currently have two Irish lawyers, Ruth Dowling and Eithne Lynch, bringing access to justice to pre-trial detainees in a bid to tackle severe […]

Magistrates Training – Access to Justice

As part of our ‘Access to Justice’ programme we recognised that there was a clear need to engage with Magistrates.  Magistrates are regarded as the primary gatekeepers of justice with their courts alone presiding over 90% of formal criminal cases in Malawi.  While Magistrates’ Courts can often dispose of cases expeditiously, the ability of such […]

Legal Literacy in Kachare Boys Reformatory Centre

Kachere Boys Reformatory Centre was originally built in the 1960s as a remand centre.  While over the past two years significant strides have been made in improving conditions at Kachere, sleeping and sanitary conditions remain sub-standard. Kachere was originally built with a capacity for 70 persons.  While writing this post today I am saddened to […]

Generation Hope – A Poetry Anthology By Young Malawian Writers

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across the Lilongwe Cultural Festival which provided an opportunity for artists, playwrights and poets to showcase their work to the public. It was at the festival that I came across a publication call ‘Generation Hope’. This publication serves as a platform to allow young Malawians voice their views […]