Legal Education Programme Vietnam in its Second Year

Second Year of Vietnam Legal Education Partnership

Group photo, Hue University

Group photo, Hue University, 2013

In April 2013, IRLI worked with Freda Grealy (Diploma Manager, Law Society of Ireland) to lead a team of volunteer Irish lawyers, including Sean O’Reilly (Sean T. O’Reilly & Co. Solicitors) and barrister Sonya Donnelly (former IRLI programme lawyer in Malawi) to undertake a one week self-funded pilot project in Vietnam in partnership with BABSEA-CLE.

The team designed and facilitated a one-day workshop which was replicated in three universities: Foreign Trade University (Hanoi), Hue University and Ho Chi Minh University.

Building on the success of the 2013 programme, Freda Grealy and Sean O’Reilly, joined this year by solicitor Michelle Linnane, will travel once again to Vietnam in April 2014 to deliver three legal eduction workshops in Can Tho University, Ho Chi Minh City University and Trade Union University in Hanoi. The team received support from Anne-Marie Blaney BL and solicitor Rosemary O’Connell who assisted with the development of material in Dublin. The team will also be joined by IRLI Director Michael Irvine when they are in Hanoi.

IRLI, in partnership with Bridges Across Borders South East Asia – Community Legal Education (BABSEA-CLE) will deliver the workshops with a particular focus on legal ethics and professional responsibility. The objective of the programme is to engage Irish lawyers to build the capacity of universities and law students in Vietnam through Clinical Legal Education (CLE).
University-based clinical legal education (CLE) programmes promote acceptance and empowerment of marginalised groups and strengthen the development of the civil society.  At the heart of CLE philosophy is the belief that substantive legal knowledge, taught within universities by academic professors, should be utilised by law students to teach and assist poor and marginalised groups.

The project this year will once again be self-funded by the participating volunteer lawyers, but a submission has been made for future funding and we are hoping to have good news in the coming months.