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 […]

Paddy’s Day, the Malawi way!

As part of the Irish Society in Lilongwe, James Sherry of the Irish Embassy and I decided to bring a flavour of home to sunny southeast Africa by hosting an evening of music and dance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  It was an opportunity for cultural exchange between Irish and Malawian artists, with all proceeds […]

Homicide Remandees meet the High Court

In an unprecendented move the High Court of Malawi in the country’s capital Lilongwe has moved into Maula prison to conduct homicide trials. Her Ladyship Justice Chombo together with Court staff, the Legal Aid Department and the Director of Public Prosecutions attended Maula on 5th and 12th December 2012 to start work on the back […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

UN Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid

Due to an ever increasing workload in the aftermath of Judicial Strike we’ve been a bit quiet on the blog lately but Ruth Dowling is back today with an excellent article on the new UN Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in the Criminal Justice System. On 27th April 2012 the 21st session […]

The Judicial strike goes on….

The judicial strike in Malawi has now entered its second month. All 200 courts, from the Supreme Court to the Magistrate’s Courts have closed causing great disturbance to the efficient running of the legal system, having serious consequences for all who seek access to justice. The Malawi Law Society and senior judicial officers have written […]