Myanmar Programme October 2017

National Mock Trial CompetitionFreda Grealy facilitating Workshop

Irish Rule of Law International is looking for volunteer barristers and solicitors to join our Myanmar Training Project on Legal Ethics to take place in October 2017.

 IRLI is a joint initiative of the Law Society of Ireland and The Bar of Ireland as well as the Law Society of Northern Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland, dedicated to promoting the rule of law in developing countries.  IRLI seeks to harness the skills of Irish lawyers in using the law as a means of tackling global injustice and empowering all people to live in a society free from inequality, corruption and conflict.

The Legal Ethics and Clinical Legal Education Project

Together with the Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma Centre, IRLI has been delivering a Training Project on Legal Advocacy Skills in Myanmar and Vietnam since 2013. The Project aims to strengthen social justice in a sustainable manner by supporting a culture that values access to justice for the poor and an ethical legal profession that is committed to challenging inequalities. The Project is directed at law lecturers and law students and aims to equip them with the skills and knowledge to mainstream legal ethics within the law curriculum as a means to increasing the commitment of future advocates to use the law to assist and empower marginalised groups.

The Legal Ethics and CLE Project has been delivered in partnership with the local NGO Bridges Across Borders South East Asia-Community Legal Education (BABSEACLE) and a number of Law Schools in Myanmar and Vietnam.

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The Project in 2017

In 2017, IRLI is once again collaborating with BABSEACLE and East Yangon University to organise a Mock Trial event from 19th-21st October 2017. We also hope to organise a training to take place immediately after this event, working with a law school in Yangon and one in Mandalay which focuses on sending teachers to rural communities to inform them about issues affecting their communities.

The Mock Trial event consists of four days: a two-day mock trial exercise which is preceded by two days of training with students and lecturers which will focus on honing their legal advocacy skills, including cross examination and direct questioning, opening and closing statements, and dealing with evidence at trial.

There will be a training of trainers element, as lecturers are assisted during the 2 days of preparation for the mock trial in imparting practical trial skills and legal ethical considerations.

Topics that we intend to cover during the subsequent training project include:

Ethics and Professional Responsibility

  • The role of the lawyer in society as an actor of transformative change
  • What is meant by ethics and professional responsibility
  • The importance of utilizing ethical frameworks and professional rules of conduct
  • Consequences of breaching ethical rules of conduct
  • Emphasis on social justice
  • Identify ways to act professionally according to ethical frameworks and professional rules of conduct while working at the clinic and practicing law

Client Based Lawyering Skills

  • Identify what client-based lawyering is
  • Confidentiality, conflict of interest, fairness and transparency
  • Understand the difference between client-based lawyering and traditional lawyering
  • Apply some of the basic principles of client-based lawyering to their interviewing, counselling skills and conflict of interest questions

The Role of the Selected IRLI Delegation

IRLI will select a delegation of 6 to 8 members comprising 2 to 3 barristers, 2 to 3 solicitors and 2 trainees.

It is expected that selected delegates will be supporting the development and delivery of the Legal Ethics and CLE training at the University Level as well as contributing to the logistics organisation of the Mock Trial Event and the delivery of the training component which precedes this event.

Members of the delegation should be ready to commit to:

  • Meeting bi-weekly from mid-July to take part to a Training of Trainers on Legal Ethics and CLE as well as to support the technical and logistical preparation of the Training Project in October;
  • Attending the Law Society’s Street Law Orientation Weekend from 15th-17th September;
  • Travelling to Myanmar in 18th-28th October 2017;
  • Actively taking part in IRLI funding efforts towards the Project.

Please note that the delivery of this training project is dependent on securing sufficient funding to undertake the trip and the participation from Volunteers might include a self-funding component.

Person specification for volunteer barristers/solicitors & how to apply

  • Qualified barrister/solicitor
  • Committed to Human Rights, Access to Justice, Rule of Law Projects
  • Familiarity/Commitment to the importance of the use of law in the process for international development
  • Commitment to IRLI ethos, vision and mission
  • Previous exposure to international development an advantage

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call on 01 817 5331.

Interested candidates should send an Expression of Interest to, inclusive of a CV and a cover letter (1 page maximum) by Sunday 9th July 2017.

Candidates will be contacted by the 14th July and an initial meeting with pre-selected candidates will take place in the Diploma Centre of the Law Society of Ireland at 6:30pm on the 19th of July 2017.

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