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Save the date - Separated Children Conference Dublin 30-31st March 2017

6 March 2017

The upcoming separated children’s conference in Dublin will be the fifth in the series and will focus on Recourse to European and International Mechanisms.


The Child Law Clinic at UCC, in collaboration with partners across Europe including the AIRE centre, will host a conference on the 30th and 31st of March 2017 on the subject of Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings.  This conference seeks to build the capacity for legal professionals (including judges) to become more aware of the need for child centred justice in all judicial proceedings involving separated children.


You are invited to register your interest in attending this conference, programme below, in the President’s Hall, Blackhall Place, Dublin, and you will be notified shortly about whether your place has been confirmed.


Please note that the event team is aiming for a balanced and wide range of stakeholders, representing the different groups of separated children.  As venue capacity is strictly limited, the team will only be able to accept requests for participation at the conference using these criteria and taking account of the number of places available.


The outline of the Conference programme and speakers (subject to change and additions) is:


Thursday, March 30th , 9.00 a.m.

Friday, March 31st 9.00a.m.

Registration & Welcome

Registration & Welcome

Session 1: Strategic Litigation & International and European Mechanisms Available


Catherine Cosgrave, Immigrant Council of Ireland;

Nuala Mole, Senior Lawyer, AIRE Centre, London

Session 1: Contemporary Issues Affecting Separated Children (including Parental Imprisonment; Radicalisation of Children; Asylum and Refugee Children)


Drs Aisling Parkes & Fiona Donson, School of Law, UCC

Ruth Kirby, Barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, London

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children


Syd Bolton, Solicitor UK (non-practising), Methoria International Consulting


Morning Coffee Break

Morning Coffee Break

Session 2: European Court of Human Rights – An Irish Perspective


Dr Conor O’Mahony, School of Law, UCC

Dr Aoife McMahon, Barrister at Law

Session 2: ECtHR and ECSR – Practical Guidance on Exploring European Avenues of Recourse


Anna Austin, Registry of the European Court of Human Rights

Professor Colm O’Cinneide, European Committee of Social Rights

Lunch at Blackhall Place

Lunch at Blackhall Place

Session 3: UNCRC - Exploring the Potential of OP3CRC and Article 12


Tanya Ward, CEO Children’s Rights Alliance


Session 3: Workshop & Discussion Groups

Practical application of the knowledge and experiences shared during the conference, directed at enhancing existing practices in order to vindicate the rights of separated children to best effect using all available domestic, European and International mechanisms

Afternoon Coffee Break

Afternoon Coffee Break

Session 4: Courts of Justice of European Union


Dervla Browne, Senior Counsel

Grainne Lee, Barrister at Law


Session 5: BREXIT: challenges and potential impact on Children


Nuala Mole, Senior Lawyer, AIRE Centre, London

Conference Summary &

Overview of Upcoming Events

Daily Conference Close, 5.00p.m.

Conference Close 5.00p.m.

Networking Dinner, Bar Italia, 6.30 p.m.



While there is no charge to register your interest, there will be a modest attendance fee for participants to cover the expenses of holding the event (€100 for 2 days; €50 for 1 day).  This attendance fee is payable online once your place at this conference has been confirmed.


A limited number of discounted places will be available for recently qualified practitioners, NGOs and students.  Please contact if you wish to avail of this.


CPD points will be available for attendance at this Conference.


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