Who We Are

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

Vanina Trojan

IRLI Programme Coordinator

Louise O’Connor (Code Champion)


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: Jonathan Scheib

Programme Officer: Claudia Bonifay (Child Protection Focal Point)