Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Events in March 2017 and after

I have updated the listings of events here.

This is the current list:

Wed. 29 March 2017:
Making Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Meaningful, Dublin

Thu. 30-Mar-2017 06:00 PM  
Special Criminal Court for Sierra Leone: jurisprudential developments in the field of women's rights and of children's rights - Lecture - The International Law Association-Irish branch, Dublin 

Thu. 30 March 2017:
UCC Sports Law Clinic presents: Increased Regulation in Sport, Cork  

30-31 March 2017:
Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings: Recourse to European and International Mechanisms - Blackhall Place, Dublin 

Fri. 31 March 2017:
Understanding the "Right to be Forgotten" - A Workshop, School of Law, University College Cork 

Fri. 31 March 2017:
A Tale of Two Cities: the Protection of Fundamental Rights in Strasbourg and Luxembourg, School of Law Annual Distinguished Lecture, NUI Galway 

Fri. 31-Mar-2017 09:00 AM  
Spanish and Italian Property Transactions Update - The Post-Recession Position - Law Society Finuas Network Seminar, Dublin - Law Society of Ireland 

Fri. 31 March 2017:
Probate Seminar - Southern Law Association in collaboration with STEP, Cork

31 March to 2 April:
International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility, Cork 

Wed. 5 April 2017:
Irish Women Lawyers' Association and Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
present a panel event on the IWD 2017 theme of "Be Bold for Change", Dublin

Wed. 5 April 2017:
Spies, Parking Tickets, Illegal Transactions and Insider Dealing: Four Cases which Reshaped Contract Law - Inaugural Lecture by Professor James Devenney, McCann Fitzgerald Chair in  International Law and Business, UCD Sutherland School of Law, Dublin 

5-7 April 2017:
Socio-Legal Studies Association conference, Newcastle

6 April 2017:
Expert Evidence | Recent Developments in Practice & Procedure - DSBA, Dublin

6-8 April 2017:
Irish Tax Institute Annual Conference, Galway

7-8 April 2017:
The Future is Now: International Conference on eConveyancing and Title Registration, School of Law, NUI Galway 

Sat. 8 April 2017:
Mental Health Law, Capacity Law & Deprivation of Liberty - School of Law, University College Cork 

10-11 April 2017:
Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference 2017: Foundations and Futures, Portsmouth, England

20 April 2017:
Mandatory Regulatory CPD Seminar - DSBA, Dublin

20-21 April 2017:
Annual Conference of British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association, Portugal 

Tue. 25 April 2017 2:00 PM:  
Family Law: A Review of Recent Developments - Legal Seminar - CPD Accredited, Dublin 

Wed. 26 April 2017:
Brexit Series - Implications for Irish Agriculture, ICEL, Dublin

Thu. 27 April 2017:
Environmental Principles - Between Flexibility and Opacity - 15th Annual Law and the Environment Conference, University College Cork.

Thu. 27 April 2017:
Perspectives on hidden victims: Findings of three new innovative
studies, School of Law, University of Limerick 

Fri. 28-Apr-2017 09:00 AM 17-Jun-2017 
Law Society Finuas Network Executive Leadership Programme 2017 - Law Society Finuas Network Programme - run over 3 non-adjacent weekends. Discounts available for Finuas members., Law Society, Dublin 

28-30 April 2017:
New Politics – New Law? - Burren Law School, Co. Clare 

3 May 2017:
UCD Human Rights Centre Brexit Seminar at Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Greene Street, Dublin 7. Email law.events@ucd.ie for details.

Fri. 05-May-2017 10:00 AM  
Midlands General Practice Update - 
Law Society Skillnet in partnership with the Laois Solicitors’ Association, Carlow Bar Association, Midland Bar Association and Kildare Bar Association - The aim and objectives of the day are to provide an opportunity for practitioners to update their knowledge in areas of law of essential relevance to most in general practice. There will also be an opportunity to network with other practitioners., Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise 

Tue. 9 May 2017:
ICEL Data Protection and Privacy Conference, Dublin

Tue. 9 May 2017 01:00 PM:  
Practical Conveyancing: A Review of Recent Developments - Legal Seminar - CPD Accredited., Dublin 

Thu. 11-May-2017 02:00 PM 12-May-2017 
Essential Practitioner Update Parts I & II 2017 - 
Law Society Skillnet in partnership with the Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon and Sligo Bar Associations - Two day event with three attendance options. The aim and objectives of the event are to provide an opportunity for practitioners to update their knowledge in areas of law of essential relevance to most in general practice., Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon 

17 May 2017:
Brexit - Fishing Rights and redrawing Irish territorial waters - ICEL 
Details to follow at http://www.icel.ie.  

Mon. 22-May-2017 01:00 PM  
Professionalism across the Professions -
Presented by Law Society Professional Training and the 3U Partnership - venue Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place - light lunch served at 1.00pm seminar begins at 2.00pm - Law Society of Ireland, Dublin 

4-7 June 2017:
World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights - in partnership with School of Law, University College Cork - Venue: Convention Centre, Dublin 
Details at http://www.wcflcr2017.com   

8 to 10 June 2017:
British and Irish Association of Law Librarians Annual Conference, Manchester, England

12-16 June 2017:
Summer School on Transitional Justice 2017, University of Ulster, Jordanstown 

19-23 June 2017:
International Criminal Court Summer School - Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway

19-23 June 2017:
International Disability Law Summer School, NUI Galway


Fri. 23 June 2017:
ICEL Eversheds Sutherland Procurement Conference 2017, Dublin

28 June 2017:
Brexit - WTO option as the basis for UK/EU trade - ICEL
Details to follow at http://www.icel.ie

9 August 2017:
The Interface of National Security and Humanitarian Law in Situations of Low-Intensity Armed Conflict / High Intensity Emergency - Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster

5-8 September 2017: 
Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Dublin, - UCD Law School 


Law Society Diploma and Certificate courses:  

Details at http://www.lawsociety.ie/Courses--Events/Public-Diplomas-CMS/

Certificate in Professional Education; Diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution;
Certificate in Conveyancing; Diploma in Law; Diploma in Education Law;
Diploma in Healthcare Law; Diploma in Judicial Skills and Decision-Making;
Certificate in Pensions Law and Practice; Diploma in Sports Law;
Diploma in Trust & Estate Planning (STEP);
Certificate in Practice Development; Certificate in Decision-Making Capacity and Support
Diploma in Arbitration; Diploma in Finance Law; Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance
Diploma in Mediation; Diploma in Technology Law; Diploma in In-House Practice
Diploma in Litigation Management Skills (new); Certificate in Aviation Leasing and Finance
Certificate in Advanced Negotiation; Certificate in Charity Law, Trusteeship and Governance
Certificate in Employment Law Advocacy Skills; Certificate in Commercial Contracts
Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice; Certificate in Trade Mark Law; Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance
Diploma in Commercial Property; Diploma in Employment Law
Certificate in Data Protection Practice; Certificate in Environmental and Planning Law
Certificate in Human Rights Law; Diploma in Legal Decision-Making Skills

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Áine Hynes: The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 – What to Expect in Practice

Áine Hynes  -  Casey Photography 
This a summary of the presentation by Áine Hynes to the Legal Capacity Conference 2016 at University College Cork. The summary was written by Joanna Ralston.

More information on the Legal Capacity Conference - http://imhla.ie/events/.

Slides and videos from the conference –
http://www.ucc.ie/law/docs/mentalhealth/conferences/capacity-2016.shtml


Ms Áine Hynes is a Partner in St. John Solicitors, Dublin.  the title of her presentation was ‘The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 – What to Expect in Practice’. 

Ms Hynes was very positive about the Act and stated that she would not be surprised if the Act was commenced before the end of this year. Ms Hynes was of the view that there is no need to panic and that there is a very clear legal structure set out in the Act.

Ms Hynes outlined some of the more significant legal changes that the Act will introduce such as the abolition of the Ward of Court system, changes to the Powers of Attorney, advance healthcare directives and the role that the Director of the Decision Support Services will have when that person is appointed and the legislation is commenced.

Áine Hynes’ slides:
http://www.ucc.ie/law/docs/mentalhealth/conferences/13.00-Aine-Hynes.pdf

[Photos by Casey Photography]

Monday, March 13, 2017

Alan Corkery: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 - Unanswered Questions

This a summary of the presentation by Alan Corkery to the Legal Capacity Conference 2016 at University College Cork. The summary was written by Joanna Ralston.

More information on the Legal Capacity Conference - http://imhla.ie/events/.

Slides and videos from the conference –
http://www.ucc.ie/law/docs/mentalhealth/conferences/capacity-2016.shtml


Dr Alan Corkery is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Rehabilitation Psychiatry, North Cork Mental Health Services.  The title of his presentation was ‘A Psychiatrist’s Perspective on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Unanswered Questions’.

Dr Corkery spoke about the 2015 Act from the perspective of a psychiatrist. Dr Corkery stated that there are only a handful of what he referred to as historical Wards of Court in Ireland at present, all of which must be reviewed within 3 years of the legislation coming into operation. Dr Corkery was of the view that there are a lot of wards out there that have never been subject to a formal review and that it remains to be seen how many of those wards are out there that are subject to de facto wardship.
Dr Corkery also raised the issue of costs and how they can be contained. He was of the view that the Act is not clear on legal aid provisions for those who will be subject to court procedures.

Alan Corkery’s Slides:
http://www.ucc.ie/law/docs/mentalhealth/conferences/12.30-Alan-Corkery.pdf

[Photos by Casey Photography]

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Louise Loughlin: Perspective on Capacity Issues from the National Advocacy Service

Louise Loughlin - Casey Photography 
This a summary of the presentation by Louise Loughlin to the Legal Capacity Conference 2016 at University College Cork. The summary was written by Joanna Ralston.

More information on the Legal Capacity Conference - http://imhla.ie/events/.

Slides and videos from the conference –

http://www.ucc.ie/law/docs/mentalhealth/conferences/capacity-2016.shtml

Louise Loughlin is National Manager at the National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities.  The title of her presentation was ‘Perspective on Capacity Issues from the National Advocacy Service’.
Ms Loughlin spoke about how the individual can get lost in the process. Ms Loughlin was of the view that Ireland requires a cultural shift towards supporting decision-making and that there may in certain circumstances be a role for advocacy services to operate as decision-making assistants. Ms Loughlin raised the important point as to who is going to ensure that the voice of the individual is actually heard?

Louise Loughlin’s Slides:  
http://www.ucc.ie/law/docs/mentalhealth/conferences/11.30-Louise-Loughlin.pdf

Video of Louise Loughlin’s Presentation

[Photos by Casey Photography]


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mary Donnelly on Policy and Principles in the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015


Mary Donnelly - Casey Photography 
This a summary of the presentation by Mary Donnelly to the Legal Capacity Conference 2016 at University College Cork. The summary was written by Joanna Ralston.

More information on the Legal Capacity Conference - http://imhla.ie/events/.

Slides and videos from the conference –

http://www.ucc.ie/law/docs/mentalhealth/conferences/capacity-2016.shtml

Mary Donnelly is a Professor at the School of Law, University College Cork.  The title of her presentation was ‘Policy and Principles in the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015’.

Professor Donnelly highlighted some of the policy issues and principles contained in the 2015 Act. She stated that she had some very serious concerns about resources and how we are going to face the challenge of giving this Act effect in reality.
Professor Donnelly spoke about the fact that there will be many stumbling blocks along the way but that yet there is also a lot of potential in the Act.
In referring to some of the principles of the Act, Professor Donnelly spoke about the looseness of the language contained in the Act. She asked, how are these principles going to be given effect in practice?
Professor Donnelly referred to the Act as being complex containing 146 sections. Implementation of the Act will require extensive regulations and codes of practice. Professor Donnelly was of the view that she would like to see a provision contained in the Code of Practice that would enable us to see and to know how the Act is working in practice.

Mary Donnelly’s slides:
http://www.ucc.ie/law/docs/mentalhealth/conferences/11.00-Mary-Donnelly.pdf

Video of Mary Donnelly’s Presentation

[Photos by Casey Photography]

Friday, March 10, 2017

Peter Bartlett on Implementation of Capacity Legislation

Peter Bartlett -    Casey Photography 
This a summary of the presentation by Peter Bartlett to the Legal Capacity Conference 2016 at University College Cork. The summary was written by Joanna Ralston.

More information on the Legal Capacity Conference - http://imhla.ie/events/.

Slides and videos from the conference –

http://www.ucc.ie/law/docs/mentalhealth/conferences/capacity-2016.shtml

Professor Peter Bartlett is Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Professor of Mental Health Law, University of Nottingham.  The title of his presentation was ‘Capacity Legislation and the Challenges of Implementation’.

Professor Bartlett in referring to the experience in the UK in implementing the Mental Capacity Act 2005 highlighted some of the problems that occurred, some of which may be relevant in the Irish context. The Act has not permeated into the professional population, service users, carers or the general population and is not relied upon very much despite a lot of cash resources being put into its implementation.

The Act has not integrated into the professional culture. Professor Bartlett was of the view that we may have difficulty also in Ireland getting traction for the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 and it is something that we are going to have to resource properly.

Professor Bartlett referred to the problem of scale given that capacity issues can virtually cover decisions in any setting. Associated with this problem is how it is possible to get the statute embedded into the way we think so that it becomes more than a tick box exercise. Phrases likes changing professional ethos sound great but how in practical terms is this to be achieved?

How can the Act be successfully implemented from a family perspective? It is difficult to ensure that the family as a unit can function; it is more than just about the Act, it is also about the other family members and how to ensure that those who are most vulnerable are being protected.

He discussed the flexibility of the language in the Act and how much weight should be attached to the language in the Act. he asked, how can “wishes and preferences” be accommodated? In the Irish context the Act refers to will and preferences in circumstances which are “practical”. This raises the questions as to who decides what is practical?

He raised the issue of professional colonization which in his view in the UK is largely by social workers and to some degree medics. The experience in the UK has been that if testing capacity is controversial then it is largely dealt with by professionals. The Act in the UK to a certain extent has allowed professionals to do what professionals want to do. He referred to “collegiate” decision-making where no one has personal responsibility for the decision being taken where families can be pushed aside despite the existence of best interests.

Professor Bartlett also referred to the issue of the courts and the inherent delays in the Court process and that this is not an option for poor people.

Finally, Professor Bartlett referred to the role of the relevant person in Court. The issue here is: can this person give evidence in Court and how should a Judge deal with this person?

Peter Bartlett’s slides: http://www.ucc.ie/law/docs/mentalhealth/conferences/10.10-Peter-Bartlett.pdf

Video of Peter Bartlett’s presentation.

[Photos by Casey Photography]

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Call for Papers/Panels for 2017 SLS Annual Conference at University College Dublin




Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)

Call for Papers/Panels for 2017 SLS Annual Conference at University College Dublin

The call for papers and panels for the 2017 SLS Annual Conference, to be held at University College Dublin from Tuesday 5th September – Friday 8th September, is now open.

This year's theme is ‘The Diverse Unities of Law’
Deadline for submissions:  Monday 27th March 2017.

In addition to our established subject sections, we are also running ‘trial’ sessions on Conflict of Laws and Energy Law this year, as there is interest in creating new sections in these two areas.

Further details about the call and how to respond can be found here:  http://www.slsconference.uk/call-for-papers
--
Dr. Desmond Ryan
Visiting Fellow,
Exeter College Oxford,
0X1 3DP,
United Kingdom.
desmond.ryan@law.ox.ac.uk