IRLI South Africa Programme 2014

South Africa Commercial Law Training Programme  This has really been a busy summer for the South Africa Programme. A team of 6 from IRLI travelled to Pretoria in early June to deliver a one-week Commercial Law Workshop. The Irish team included IRLI Directors Michael Irvine and Cillian Mac Domhnaill; Michael Carrigan; Anna Hickey from Phillip […]

Pre-Departure Briefing for Malawi Access to Justice Project

IRLI Welcomes new Volunteer Programme Lawyers to the Malawi Team IRLI is delighted to welcome our two new Volunteer Programme Lawyers to the Malawi Access to Justice Project. Sarah Houlihan and Morgan Crowe will travel to Lilongwe in the next two weeks where they will join Jane O’Connell who has been steering the project since November. Jane […]

New IRLI Lawyers Tackle Camp Courts

On 13 May, IRLI facilitated the first ‘Camp Court’ of 2013 in Maula Adult Prison, Lilongwe. A Camp Court is essentially a fully functioning court session which is located within the physical grounds of the prison. Facilitating these court hearings is a key project objective for IRLI, as the regular court system suffers from a […]

Commerical Law Training Programme 2013

Last month I was invited to travel to South Africa as part of IRLI’s Commercial Law Training delegation, with Michael Irvine (director of IRLI), David Barniville SC, Jarlath Ryan BL, Cillian MacDomhnaill of the Law Society and Eithne Lynch, Programme Lawyer with IRLI’s Malawi project.  I was delighted to be part of the team and […]

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 […]

Farewell to Ntombi and Martin

Today we say goodbye to Ntombi Rikhotso and Martin Sambo who have spent the last two months doing commercial law placements in Dublin as part of the IRLI Commerical Law Training Programme. They have worked alongside two of the largest commercial law firms in Ireland, William Fry and Eversheds, gaining insight into the mechanics of […]

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 […]

Legal Literacy in Kachare Boys Reformatory Centre

Kachere Boys Reformatory Centre was originally built in the 1960s as a remand centre.  While over the past two years significant strides have been made in improving conditions at Kachere, sleeping and sanitary conditions remain sub-standard. Kachere was originally built with a capacity for 70 persons.  While writing this post today I am saddened to […]

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 […]

Commercial Law Training Programme 2012

Our most recent update on Commercial Law Training in South Africa was some time ago, when solicitor Eithne Lynch told us of plans to expand our one week course into a year long programme.  Eithne’s post gives full insight into the original course here. Irish Rule of Law International (IRLI) and the Law Society of […]