About the Traveller Equality and Justice Project
The Traveller Equality & Justice Project (TEJP) is an innovative collaborative project between UCC School of Law and the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC).
Based within the Centre for Criminal Justice & Human Rights at the UCC School of Law, TEJP aims to highlight ongoing levels of discrimination experienced by Travellers in Cork. The TEJP will establish Munster’s first Traveller-specific legal clinic, providing access to justice for Travellers who have experienced discrimination and have been refused access to goods and services. In highlighting the barriers to justice which Travellers face in seeking to challenge their right to equal treatment under the Equal Status Acts 2000-2015, the TEJP seeks to address the ‘rediscrimination’ which many Travellers experience attempting to secure their right to equal treatment and access legal services.
The partnership with FLAC, established under this phase of the project, seeks to respond to a need for legal research and increased data on discrimination which Irish Travellers face in provision of goods and services, and legal supports in challenging acts of discrimination through the legal system. The consortium partnership provides an inclusive and holistic approach to the identified problem, marrying strong practical legal expertise (FLAC) with demonstrable, impactful research, created through Community engagement (UCC).
The REC Award allows the TEJP to build upon the CCJHRs existing partnership with the Traveller Community in Cork & Kerry and creation of the new TEJP Traveller-specific legal clinic in line with the research findings. It will also allow for creation of a vital data set around Traveller experience of discrimination and engagement with the legal system and access to justice. Currently, such data on the Irish Traveller Community does not exist.
The Traveller Equality and Justice Project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) under Grant Agreement number: 963353 — TEJP — REC-AG-2020 / REC-RDIS-DISC-AG-2020
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