Irish Penal Reform Trust

Prison Litigation Conference at Trinity College Dublin

10th April 2016

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On 22 April 2016, IPRT and the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin will co-host a conference on the topic of prison litigation.

This conference forms part of a Europe-wide project towards building a Prison Litigation Network among practitioners and researchers working to defend prisoners’ rights across EU Member states. 

This conference will be of interest to solicitors, barristers, judiciary, academia, law students. IPRT will provide certificates of attendance at the conference for CPD purposes.

The purpose of the conference is to:

  • examine the use of law in a prison context;
  • compare prison litigation experiences between European jurisdictions and internationally;
  • refresh the debate around effective access to justice in prison; and
  • provide current updates to legal practitioners and judiciary.

As part of the conference, IPRT will launch a National Report on prison litigation in Ireland.

Speakers include:

  • Senator Ivana Bacik, Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
  • Dr. Lisa Kerr, Queen's University, Kingston Ontario (Canada)
  • Agnieszka Martynowicz, researcher on the Prison Litigation Network project (Ireland)
  • Pete Weatherby QC, Garden Court Chambers (United Kingdom)
  • Dilyana Angelova, Researcher, Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (Bulgaria)

The conference will also include a roundtable discussion on the key challenges and ways forward with practitioners engaged in prison litigation in Ireland.

Full programme, including speaker biographies, is available here.


Conference details:

  • Venue: Trinity College Dublin (Synge Theatre, Arts Block), Dublin 2.
  • Date: Friday 22nd April, 2016
  • Time: 09.45 - 15.30 (registrations from 9.30am)
  • Cost: Attendance at the conference is free. Lunch will be provided.

Registrations: To register for the conference, click here.

For more information, please contact Marie Therese at 


The Prison Litigation Network is a European network of practitioners and researchers working to defend prisoners’ rights. For more information on the Prison Litigation Network, visit:

EU logoThe Prison Litigation Network Project is funded by the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union.

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