Judicial Education and Training in Twenty-First Century Ireland

Aug 26 2021 Posted: 11:24 IST

European and International Perspectives

Online Seminar

Friday 17 September 2021


10.00 am – 5.00 pm 

Irish Council for Civil Liberties
Whitaker Institute and School of Law,
National University of Ireland Galway
School of Law, University of Limerick

Funded by the Irish Research Council


9.30 Login

Session 1 – Judicial Education and Training in Ireland

Chair: Dr Laura Cahillane, UL

  • Doireann Ansbro, ICCL: International Standards in Judicial Education and Training
  • Prof Paul McCutcheon, UL: Review of Judicial Studies Institute 2003
  • Dr Rónán Kennedy, NUI Galway: Review of Judicial Studies Committee 2019
  • The Hon Mr Justice Richard Humphreys, High Court of Ireland: Judicial Education and Training in Ireland – A Judge’s View
11.30 Break

Session 2 – Judicial Skills and Judgecraft

Chair: Her Honour Judge Rosemary Horgan, Circuit Court of Ireland

  • Prof Cheryl Thomas, UCL: Judicial Training in the UK
  • Mr Justice Gerard Tangenberg, SSR: The Place of Skills in Judicial Education
  • Ms Justice Adèle Kent, National Judicial Institute of Canada: Teaching Judicial Skills
13.15 Lunch

Session 3 – Developing Judicial Skills in Ireland

Chair: Dr Rónán Kennedy, NUI Galway

  • Dr Niamh Howlin & Dr Mark Coen, UCD: Skills Acquisition and Development among Judges of the Circuit Criminal and Central Criminal Courts
  • Dr Rachel Cahill-O'Callaghan, Cardiff University: Values and Bias: Refining Decision Making Through Education
  • Dr Jennifer Schweppe and Prof Amanda Haynes, UL: “It takes the gleam off the harp”: The Need for Training to Address Judicial Prejudice 
15.15 Break

Session 4 – Trauma-Informed Judging

Chair: Dr Rachel Cahill-O'Callaghan, Cardiff University 

  • Dr Jane Mulcahy, UL: Towards a Neurodevelopmentally Aware, Trauma-Responsive Judiciary in Ireland
  • Saoirse Enright, UL: Judging the Judges: Adopting a Trauma-Responsive Approach to Judicial Decision-Making
  • Mr Tom O’Malley, NUI Galway: The Role of Intermediaries in the Investigation and Trial of Sexual Offences
16.30 Conclusions, Final Discussion, and Next Steps
17.00 Close
Registration is now open for this event – please sign up at  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvdeyoqzIvGtKxKbDD_KCPjwLEucn6D7xE

Enquiries to: ronan.m.kennedy@nuigalway.ie or to Rónán Kennedy (Law School, National University of Ireland Galway) at +353-91-495626.

Funded by the Irish Research Council.


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