Newly Appointed Chief Justice Msosa Addresses Magistrates in First Public Speech

I had the honour and privilege to be selected by the Malawi Judiciary to externally facilitate and present on ‘Alternative Sentencing’ at the DFiD sponsored workshop entitled ‘Human Rights and Criminal Justice’. I presented on the factors to consider and the sentencing options available to magistrates when imposing a sentence on a person found guilty […]

Eithne and Ruth win the Bar Council Human Rights Award

The second Danske Bank Irish Law Awards 2013 took place today at the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, with awards across twenty-three categories recognising excellence at all levels of the law industry in Ireland. Hosted by broadcaster Miriam O’ Callaghan, the awards identified legal individuals, teams and firms who made outstanding contributions to Irish law during […]

The faces behind Diversion

A key component of the IRLI ‘Access to Justice’ project has been its partnership with the Malawi Police Services. Since September 2011, an IRLI Programme Lawyer has worked in conjunction with the main Police Station in Lilongwe to implement a diversion programme and provide legal advice and assistance to officers in the police station. IRLI […]

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies Evening in support of the IRLI Malawi project

On Thursday 13th of December at 7.00pm, pop along to The Distillery Building’s new bar, The Sheds, for some festive cheer in support of Irish Rule of Law International’s Malawi project. We currently have two Irish lawyers, Ruth Dowling and Eithne Lynch, bringing access to justice to pre-trial detainees in a bid to tackle severe […]

Magistrates Training – Access to Justice

As part of our ‘Access to Justice’ programme we recognised that there was a clear need to engage with Magistrates.  Magistrates are regarded as the primary gatekeepers of justice with their courts alone presiding over 90% of formal criminal cases in Malawi.  While Magistrates’ Courts can often dispose of cases expeditiously, the ability of such […]

Generation Hope – A Poetry Anthology By Young Malawian Writers

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across the Lilongwe Cultural Festival which provided an opportunity for artists, playwrights and poets to showcase their work to the public. It was at the festival that I came across a publication call ‘Generation Hope’. This publication serves as a platform to allow young Malawians voice their views […]

Ngala Mountain – The Mountain of the Smile

While our friends and family took on the Blackstairs Mountains at home, the programme lawyers decided to take on a challenge of our own – to summit Ngala Mountain. As many of you know Ngala holds a special place for us here in Malawi because it is this mountain that we scaled with some vulnerable […]

Ngala Mountain – Climb ‘in’ Malawi!

This coming Saturday while family, friends and supporters tackle the Blackstairs Mountains in Ireland to raise funds to support our work in Malawi, the IRLI lawyers will take on Ngala Mountain located on the outskirts of Lilongwe. Ngala holds a special place for us here in Malawi because it is this mountain that we scaled […]

Diversion Training – Kanengo Police Station

During our first year in Malawi we developed a training programme around the principles of diversion and restorative justice. Diversion can be defined as the channelling of prima facie cases away from the formal criminal justice system with or without conditions.  It places the victim firmly at the centre of the decision making process and […]

Access to Criminal Justice Malawi – A Time to Reflect on the Highs and Lows of Year One

The ‘Access to Criminal Justice – Malawi Project’ commenced in July 2011 with the placement of three lawyers by IRLI within the Department of Legal Aid and the Department of Public Prosecutions.  IRLI is most grateful for the continued assistance of Irish Aid which has enabled this project to continue this year and to all […]