Irish Rule of Law International is a project-oriented, non-profit organisation established by the Law Society of Ireland and the Bar of Ireland in 2007. In 2015, IRLI was joined by the Law Society of Northern Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland in the support and promotion of IRLI’s rule of law projects.
The current Chief Justice of Ireland, the Honorable Mrs. Justice Susan Denham, is IRLI’s patron.
IRLI is governed by a Board of Directors comprising representatives of the Law Society of Ireland and the Bar of Ireland. To ensure adequate growth management, in 2015 the Board has expanded to include a number of other relevant experts such as in International Development, Access to Justice, Business and Marketing.
IRLI has two staff members operating from its Head Quarter in Dublin: an Executive Director and a Programme Coordinator.
IRLI project-base work is carried out through a wide range of Pro-bono Legal Experts and Programme Lawyers either remotely or in-country. In Malawi, where IRLI carries out its largest programme on Access to Justice, a total of six Programme Lawyers support the programme for a minimum period of 12 months.
Members of the Board of Directors
David Barniville SC Chairman of the Bar Council
Simon Murphy President of the Law Society of Ireland
Michael Collins SC Former Chairman of the Bar Council
Michael Irvine Former President of the Law Society
Mary Keane Deputy Director General of the Law Society
Cillian MacDomhnaill Director of Finance, The Law Society
John Shaw Former President of the Law Society
Eithne Lynch Legal Officer, Public Interest Law Alliance
Rachel Power Co-ordinator, Public Interest Law Alliance
Mary Jennings Consultant, International Development
Noel Lourdes Consultant, Business and Finance
Anna Hickey Solicitor
IRLI Executive Director
IRLI Programme Coordinator
IRLI Malawi Programme on Access to Justice
Programme Manager: Erin Gregg
Programme Lawyer – Legal Aid Bureau: Macdara O Drisceoil
Programme Lawyer – Malawi Police Services: Heath McCullum
Programme Lawyer – DPP: Klair O Brien
Programme Lawyer – Judiciary: Victoria May
Programme Officer: Claudia Bonifay