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Law Reform Commission Hosting Consultative Event at University College Cork

18 Jan 2018

The Law Reform Commission is hosting a consultative event in University College Cork on Wednesday 31st January.

The event will take place in the Boole Lecture Theatre Building (Room Boole 1)at 6pm. The meeting forms an important part of the Commission’s preparations for projects to be included in its Fifth Programme of Law Reform. We wish to hear from a broad range of stakeholders and interested parties as to projects that ought to be considered in the Commission’s new Programme. We are visiting Cork as part of a countrywide consultation in which we have already hosted similar events in Limerick, Galway, Dublin and Dundalk.

The meeting is expected to run until approximately 8:00pm and 3 CPD points will be awarded to attendees.

If you would like to attend then we would very much appreciate if you would let us know by emailing

We hope that you can join us and look forward to hearing from you.

Background Notes

Under with the Law Reform Commission Act 1975, the Commission is required to prepare from time to time a Programme of Law Reform, which forms the principal basis on which we carry out our statutory mandate to keep the law under review with a view to its reform and modernisation. The new Programme of Law Reform will, as provided by the 1975 Act, be prepared by the Commission in consultation with the Attorney General for submission by the Taoiseach to the Government for approval.

The Commission will consider the proposed projects contained in submissions by reference to the following criteria.

(a) Public benefit: projects must meet a real community need by providing a remedy for a deficiency or gap in the law, including the need to modernise an outdated law.

(b) Suitable for a law reform body: projects should be suitable for analysis by the legal expertise available in the Commission, supplemented by  appropriate consultation with other professionals and interested parties. 

(c) Mix of projects and resources: the programme should include a mix of narrow-focus projects and wider-focus projects that are relevant to society, so that the Commission’s resources are not tied up in one project.

(d) Avoid duplication: projects should not overlap with the work of other bodies engaged in law reform activities, but should complement such work where appropriate.

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