Irish Penal Reform Trust

Law Seminar: Slavery in Cannabis Production

31st March 2014

Slavery in cannabis production and other criminal activity is a growing trend in Ireland and Globally. The Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Acts (2008-2013) provide for slavery to be considered as a factor in such cases before the courts. The seminar aims to generate awareness of these legal provisions and examine case law from other jurisdictions to enable slavery victims to be identified at critical points in the criminal justice system. The seminar will also address the specific needs of trafficked persons in prison.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Virginija Petrauskaite, Legal Officer specialising  in immigration, employment &  forced labour law, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland
  • Klara Skrivankova, Anti-trafficking Programme Manager & expert on human trafficking and forced labour - Anti-Slavery International
  • Nikhil Roy, Programme Development Director & expert in human rights issues, including on access to justice, alternatives to imprisonment and juvenile justice, Penal Reform International
  • Colin Smith, BL specialising in Human Rights Law and Human Trafficking and is Adjunct Assistant Professor of international humanitarian law in Trinity College Dublin
  • Aileen Donnelly, SC is an experienced prosecutor for the DPP in trafficking cases. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors at The International Legal Foundation.

Date: Monday, 31st March 2014, Courts of Criminal Justice Jury Room

Time:     4.30pm-7pm

Venue:  Courts of Criminal Justice Jury Room

Registration: To register for the MRCI/ICBA/IPRT Prison Law Seminar, or for more information, please contact Gráinne O Toole at tel: 086 8678883 or email:

The seminar qualifies for Continuing Professional Development (2 hours) for both solicitors and barristers.

Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.



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