Traveller Equality and Justice Project Partners
The TEJP is made up a consortium between UCC Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights as the coordinator and FLAC (The Free Legal Advice Centre). This unique partnership between a Law School and Ireland’s premier Free Legal Advice Centre creates a strong and inclusive approach to the issues, through legal service provision from experienced lawyers and robust academic research creation by key experts in the field of Traveller rights.
About The CCJHR, UCC:
The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights is an established research centre based in UCC's Law School with a focus on teaching, research and advocacy on criminal justice and human rights issues. It has been at the forefront of research relating to social justice and human rights and has an established track record in working with the Traveller Community in Munster.
It has previously worked on a project funded by the Irish Research Council through which academic and research staff have provided discrimination workshops for Traveller groups and have submitted to public consultations on Traveller rights for the Oireachtas and Local Authorities. This groundwork forms the starting point for the TEJP project.
In addition, the members of the CCJHR bring extensive experience of carrying out high quality impactful and Community orientated research as well as delivering training, event planning and social media dissemination.
The UCC Staff (Core Team):
- Dr Fiona Donson, Director.
- Dr Samantha Morgan-Williams, Coordinator.
- Alannah Humphreys, Research and Clinic Assistant.
FLAC is a human rights organisation which promotes equal access to justice for all. It has a well-established track record of providing legal supports to the Traveller Community through targeted legal clinics. It brings legal practice expertise along with extensive understanding of the key legal institutions, practitioners and practice barriers. It also has extensive expertise in providing legal training, report writing, policy development and event planning.
FLAC will therefore provide legal expertise in relation to specific cases, legal and Community training and building capacity for the development of a panel of pro-bono lawyers who can provide legal services for Travellers in Munster. UCC will provide legal research, Community engagement, training and dissemination experience to the project. FLAC is based in Dublin and has to date, carried out many of its key interventions in the capital, including through involvement with JUSTROM 1 in Tallaght.
- Eilis Barry BL, Chief Executive, FLAC.
- Sinead Lucey, Solicitor.
- Chris McCann, Solicitor.
FLAC and the TEJP bring together a shared commitment to developing access to justice supports for the Traveller Community. By combining these complimentary experiences, the project partnership can achieve effective and sustainable interventions to support Travellers who, to date, are largely excluded from the anti-discrimination legal system.