The Legal Ethics and Clinical Legal Education Project – Background

Together with the Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma Centre, IRLI delivered from 2013-2018 a training project on Legal Advocacy Skills in Myanmar and Vietnam.

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.

The Project in 2016

Freda Grealy facilitating Workshop








Participants in Training Workshop, 2016

National Mock Trial Competition

Mock Trial Competition, 2016

IRLI collaborated with BABSEACLE and East Yangon University to organise a Mock Trial event from 19th-21st October 2016.

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

A Training of Trainers (ToT) element took place, as lecturers were assisted during the 2 days of preparation for the mock trial in imparting practical trial skills and legal ethical considerations.

The following topics covered training project include were:

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 utilising 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

Both the Mock Trial and Workshop Training methods are effective in helping improve participants knowledge of the rule of law in Myanmar.

National Mock Trial Competition2 [L-R] Mary Clear, Aisling Woods and Stephanie O'Brien

Pictures from the National Mock Trial Competition, 2016 and the CLE Community Teaching Workshop, 2016