Conference - Creating Equitable Access to Justice

UCC hosted a two day conference entitled Creating Equitable Access to Justice: Recognising People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime on 3rd and 4th May 2012. 

Organised by the School of Applied Social Studies, Institute for Social Science in the 21stCentury and the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, and supported by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS), the conference sought to explore the barriers that people with disabilities face in accessing the justice system when they are victims of crime, as well as legal developments in Ireland affecting disabled people’s access to justice, and international initiatives seeking to promote better practice in the way the justice system engages with people with disabilities. The conference, which emerged out of a piece of research undertaken by Dr. Claire Edwards (School of Applied Social Studies), Dr. Shane Kilcommins (Faculty of Law) and Gill Harold on disabled people’s encounters with the criminal justice system in Ireland, brought together speakers from Ireland, Scotland and England, and from a range of organisations, including the Law Reform Commission, Inclusion Ireland, Capability Scotland, Liverpool City Council’s Investigations Support Unit, and Rape Crisis Network Ireland.

For further information about the conference, please contact the conference convenors, Dr. Claire Edwards claire.edwards@ucc.ie, or Dr. Shane Kilcommins, s.kilcommins@ucc.ie

Picture l-r: Dr Shane Kilcommins, Dr Claire Edwards, Gill Harold, Raymond Byrne and Professor Caroline Fennell

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